All Boys (Poikien bisnes) (2009)

MARKKU HEIKKINEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Finland/Denmark, 2009.  Kinotar.  Screenplay by Markku Heikkinen.  Cinematography by Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen.  Produced by Cilla Werning.  Music by Tobias Wilner.  Film Editing by Joona Louhivuori.   The popularity of handsome young Czech men made for big profits in the gay porn industry at the beginning of the millennium, providing westerners with the thrilling fantasy of peeking…

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Strong Island (2017)

YANCE FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/Denmark, 2017.  Yanceville Films, Louverture Films, Final Cut for Real.  Cinematography by Alan Jacobsen.  Produced by Joslyn Barnes, Yance Ford.  Music by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Craig Sutherland.  Film Editing by Janus Billeskov Jansen.  Academy Awards 2017.  Gotham Awards 2017.  Twenty five years after the murder of a young man named William Ford, filmmaker Yance Ford revisits the…

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Last Men In Aleppo (De sidste mænd i Aleppo) (2017)

FERAS FAYYAD, STEEN JOHANNESSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Denmark/Syria, 2017.  Aleppo Media Center, Larm Film, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH, Danish Film Institute, AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Cinereach, IDFA BERTHA Fund, International Documentary Association, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.  Screenplay by Feras Fayyad.  Cinematography by Mujahed About Al Joud, Fadi Al Halabi, Hassan Kattan, Thaer…

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The Golden Clown (Klovnen) (1926)

A.W. SANDBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Denmark, 1926.  Nordisk Film.  Screenplay by Poul Knudsen, A.W. Sandberg.  Cinematography by Christen Jørgensen.  Music by Walter Schrøder.  Production Design by Carlo Jacobsen, Poul Kanneworff. A family of travelling circus performers includes a married couple and their daughter Daisy, accompanied wherever they go by Joe, a young man they took in from a…

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The Square (2017)

RUBEN OSTLUND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, 2017.  Plattform Produktion, Arte France Cinema, Coproduction Office, Det Danske Filminstitut, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Film i Vast, Imperative Entertainment, Minorordningen, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Sveriges Television, Swedish Film Institute, Yle to 1 Finland, ZDF/Arte.  Screenplay by Ruben Ostlund.  Cinematography by Fredrik Wenzel.  Produced by Philippe Bober, Erik Hemmendorff.  Music by Rasmus Thord.  Production…

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Manderlay

BB (out of 5) Lars von Trier’s proposed trilogy of observations of American society starts out strong with Dogville but moves on to a much less interesting second chapter (the third has yet to be produced at the time of this review).  Forced to drop out of the project because of conflicting commitments, Nicole Kidman is replaced…

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Evil (Ondskan)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Young Torless meets Full Metal Jacket in this riveting look at the world of elite boarding schools set in the 1960s.  After getting into too many fights and being expelled too many times from local schools, Erik is sent to a prestigious school after his sympathetic mother sells a number of heirlooms to pay his tuition.  Getting…

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The Look Of Silence

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The blazing effect of The Act Of Killing is developed further as director Joshua Oppenheimer goes deeper into his subject, this time centering on the experiences of one family that has been living under Indonesia’s military dictatorship since it overthrew the government in 1965. Adi Rukun lives with his aged parents and spends his days making…

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The Act Of Killing

BBBB (out of 5) Joshua Oppenheimer originally intended to make a documentary about victims of death squad leaders who rose to prominence following the military overthrow of the Indonesian government in 1965.  Oppenheimer found that he could barely get individuals to go on camera with their stories since, unlike other places where dictatorship and genocide destroyed…

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A War (Krigen)

BBB (out of 5) Danish soldiers in rural Afghanistan become embroiled in the situation of one particular family in the village where they are stationed, placing the family in danger from the Taliban that these peacekeepers are there to protect them from.  When an ambush leads to a split-second decision on the part of the commander to…

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The Neon Demon

BB.5 (out of 5) Young and inexperienced but not naive, Elle Fanning comes to L.A. to be a model and is immediately on her way to the top of the game, loved by photographers and agents and plucked from obscurity for her first big runway show the minute she shows up to be tested.  A…

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Louder Than Bombs

BB (out of 5) A family is in shreds following the death of their matriarch (Isabelle Huppert), a photographer famous for her unflinching images of conflict zones who gave up war zones for suburbia and died in a car accident.  Her husband (Gabriel Byrne) is at a loss as to how to communicate with his angst-ridden…

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