Face/Off (1997)

JOHN WOO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Permut Presentations, Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Douglas/Reuther Productions, WCG Entertainment Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Werb, Michael Colleary.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick, Barrie M. Osborne, David Permut.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Steven Kemper, Christian Wagner.  Academy Awards 1997.   You’ll…

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Tart (2001)

CHRISTINA WAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Canada, 2001.  Green Moon Productions, Interlight.  Screenplay by Christina Wayne.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Patrick D. Cheh, Diane Isaacs, Nile Niami.  Music by Jeehun Hwang.  Production Design by Marian Wihak.  Costume Design by Gersha Phillips.  Film Editing by Ray Hubley.   More teen angst, served up bitter and frank. An excellent Dominique Swain stars as a private school…

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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.   Vladimir…

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Alpha Dog

NICK CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Issues of peer pressure and the desire to fit in are applied to young people involved in organized crime in this absorbing , fact-based drama. Los Angeles drug dealer Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) seizes the moment and kidnaps fifteen year-old Anton Yelchin off the street since his addict brother…

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Pumpkin

ADAM LARSON BRODER, ANTHONY ABRAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  American Zoetrope, Bona Fide Productions, Pumpkin Productions LLC, United Artists.  Screenplay by Adam Larson Broder.  Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt.  Produced by Karen Barber, Albert Berger, Christina Ricci, Andrea Sperling, Ron Yerxa.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Richard Sherman.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey, Sloane…

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