Smooth Talk (1985)

JOYCE CHOPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1985. American Playhouse, Goldcrest Films International, Nepenthe Productions, Palmyra Films. Screenplay by Tom Cole, based on the story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. Cinematography by James Glennon. Produced by Martin Rosen. Music by Russ Kunkel, George Massenburg, Bill…

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Molly’s Game (2017)

AARON SORKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   China/USA, 2017.  STX Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures, Entertainment One.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Amy Pascal.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Elliot Graham,…

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2015.  Focus Features, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Kelly Marcel, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates, Lisa…

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La La Land (2016)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Summit Entertainment, Black Label Media, TIK Films, Impostor Pictures, Gilbert Films, Marc Platt Productions.  Screenplay by Damien Chazelle. Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Tom Cross.  Academy Awards 2016….

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Bounce (2000)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Michael Besman, Steve Golin.  Music by Mychael Danna, Dean Landon.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.   Idiotic romance that insults its viewers and degrades the images of the actors involved. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly…

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El Norte (1983)

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1983.  American Playhouse, Channel Four Films, Independent Productions, Island Alive, Public Broadcasting Service.  Story by Gregory Nava, Screenplay by Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Trevor Black, Bertha Navarro, Anna Thomas.  Music by The Folkloristas.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Hilary Wright.  Film Editing by Betsy Blankett Milicevic.   Brother and…

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Collateral (2004)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Edge City.  Screenplay by Stuart Beattie.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron.  Produced by Michael Mann, Julie Richardson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Paul Rubell.  Academy Awards 2004.  AFI Awards 2004.    Golden…

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Oleanna (1994)

DAVID MAMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1994.  Bay Kinescope, Channel Four Films, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, The School Company.  Screenplay by David Mamet, based on his play.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Sarah Green, Patricia Wolff.  Music by Rebecca Pidgeon.  Production Design by Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco.  Costume Design by Jane Greenwood.  Film Editing by Barbara Tulliver.  Fascinating adaptation of David…

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2003.  Miramax, A Band Apart, Super Cool ManChu.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, based on the character The Bride created by Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Music by RZA.  Production Design by Yohei Tanada, David Wasco.  Costume Design by Alexander AD, Kumiko Ogawa, Catherine Marie Thomas, Mark Zunino.  Film…

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, A Band Apart, Studio Babelsberg, Visiona Romantica.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  Academy Awards 2009.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2009.  Cannes Film Festival 2009.  Golden Globe Awards 2009. …

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Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2004.  Miramax, A Band Apart, Super Cool ManChu.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, based on the character The Bride created by Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Music by Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Kumiko Ogawa, Catherine Marie Thomas.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  Golden…

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Live Entertainment, Dog Eat Dog Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.   Quentin Tarantino turned heads with this outrageous directorial debut, one of the most shockingly violent films to be made…

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