Color Out Of Space (2019)

RICHARD STANLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Malaysia/Portugal, 2019.  SpectreVision, ACE Pictures Entertainment, BRO Cinema, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris, based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft.  Cinematography by Steve Annis.  Produced by Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen, Elijah Wood.  Music by Colin Stetson.  Production Design by Katie…

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The Wind Rises (2013)

HAYAO MIYAZAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Kaze Tachinu Japan, 2013.  Studio Ghibli, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, KDDI Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nippon Television Network, Toho Company.  Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his comic.  Produced by Toshio Suzuki.  Music by Joe Hisaishi.  Production Design by Yoji Takeshige.  Academy Awards 2013.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2013….

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Black And White (1999)

JAMES TOBACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Bigel / Mailer Films, Palm Pictures.  Screenplay by James Toback.  Cinematography by David M. Ferrara.  Produced by Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer, Ron Rotholz.  Music by American Cream Team, Oliver ‘Power’ Grant.  Production Design by Anne Ross.  Costume Design by Jacki Roach.  Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Exploitative and depressingly awful film by…

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The Oxford Murders (2008)

ALEX DE LA IGLESIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Spain/United Kingdom/France, 2008.  Canal+ España, Canal+, Eurimages, HBC, ICO, La Fabrique de Films, Oxford Crimes, Telecinco Cinema, Tornasol Films, Universal, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Alex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechevarria, based on the novel Crimenes Imperceptibles by Guillermo Martinez.  Cinematography by Kiko de la Rica.  Produced by Alvaro Augustin,…

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The Good Son (1993)

JOSEPH RUBEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1993.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Ian McEwan.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Mary Ann Page, Joseph Ruben.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by George Bowers. Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood play cousins who spend a summer together, with Wood the guest…

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The Faculty (1998)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Dimension Films.  Story by David Wechter, Bruce Kimmel, Screenplay by Kevin Williamson.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Elizabeth Avellan.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Michael T. Boyd.  Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez.   A group of teenagers begin to wise up to the fact that their high…

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Happy Feet (2006)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia/USA, 2006.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions, Animal Logic, Kingdom Feature Productions.  Screenplay by George Miller, John Collee, Judy Morris, Warren Coleman.  Cinematography by David Peers.  Produced by Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Mark Sexton.  Film Editing by Christian Gazal, Margaret Sixel.  Academy Awards…

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Forever Young (1992)

STEVE MINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1992.  Warner Bros., Icon Entertainment International, Icon Productions.  Screenplay by J.J. Abrams.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Bruce Davey.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Gregg Fonseca.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Jon Poll. Boring, romantic hodgepodge about an eager scientist (Mel Gibson) in the 1940s who can’t face…

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Deep Impact

MIMI LEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   The insults to human intelligence that hurl themselves your way one after the other in this loser action film are way deadlier than the meteor that threatens to destroy the planet. A cast of varied ages and pedigrees (Vanessa Redgrave, Elijah Wood, to name but two) never makes…

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

MICHEL GONDRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Focus Features, Anonymous Content, This Is That Productions.  Story by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth, Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Steve Golin.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Valdis Oskarsdottir.  Academy Awards 2004.   AFI Awards 2004….

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Avalon (1990)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  TriStar Pictures, Baltimore Pictures.  Screenplay by Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.  National Board of Review Awards 1990.  New York Film Critics Awards…

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Back To The Future Part II (1989)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1989.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, U-Drive Productions.  Story by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Screenplay by Bob Gale, based on characters created by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Neil Canton, Bob Gale.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Harry Keramidas,…

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