Grandma (2015)

PAUL WEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Depth of Field, 1821 Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Weitz.  Cinematography by Tobias Datum.  Produced by Terry Dougas, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Andrew Miano, Paul Weitz.  Music by Joel P. West.  Production Design by Cindy Chao, Michele Yu.  Costume Design by Molly Grundman.  Film Editing by Jon Corn.  Dorian Awards 2015.   Golden Globe Awards 2015.  Gotham…

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Transamerica (2005)

DUNCAN TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2005.  Belladonna Productions.  Screenplay by Duncan Tucker.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, Linda Moran.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Mark White.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Pam Wise.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.   Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Felicity Huffman plays a…

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La Bamba (1987)

LUIS VALDEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Visions.  Screenplay by Luis Valdez.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Bill Borden, Taylor Hackford.  Music by Miles Goodman, Carlos Santana.  Production Design by Vincent M. Cresciman.  Costume Design by Sylvia Vega-Vasquez.  Film Editing by Don Brochu, Sheldon Kahn.   Touching, energetic film biography of pop singer Richie Vallens, who was among the…

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Rush Hour (1998)

BRETT RATNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  New Line Cinema, Roger Birnbaum Productions.  Story by Ross LaManna, Screenplay by Jim Kouf, Ross LaManna. Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Arthur M. Sarkissian.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Robb Wilson King.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Mark Helfrich. One of the most fun…

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Tortilla Soup (2001)

MARIA RIPOLL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Samuel Goldwyn Films, Starz! Encore Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ramon Menendez, Tom Musca, Vera Blasi, based on an earlier screenplay by Hui-Lang Wang, Ang Lee, James Schamus.  Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet.  Produced by John Bard Manulis.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Alicia Maccarone.  Costume Design by Ileane Meltzer.  Film Editing by Andy…

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Mother And Child (2009)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Spain, 2009.  Everest Entertainment, Cha Cha Chá Films, Mockingbird Pictures.  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet.  Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone, Julie Lynn.  Music by Ed Shearmur. Production Design by Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Susie DeSanto.  Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.  Dorian Awards 2010.  Toronto International Film Festival 2009.  Independent Spirit Awards 2010.  …

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Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1990.  Carolco Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.  Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Rolf. Years after he served in Vietnam, Tim Robbins is trying to put his life together while at the same time…

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Vibes (1988)

KEN KWAPIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Imagine Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Deborah Blum, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Deborah Blum, Tony Ganz.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Richard Sawyer.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Carol Littleton.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.   Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum…

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The Waterdance (1992)

NEAL JIMENEZ, MICHAEL STEINBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1992.  No Frills Film Production.  Screenplay by Neal Jimenez.  Cinematography by Mark Plummer.  Produced by Marie Cantin, Gale Anne Hurd.  Music by Michael Convertino.  Production Design by Bob Ziembicki.  Costume Design by Isis Mussenden.  Film Editing by Jeff Freeman.   Eric Stoltz is injured in a hiking accident and ends up paralyzed from the…

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Down And Out In Beverly Hills (1986)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1986.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners II.  Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Leon Capetanos, based on the play Boudu Sauve Des Eaux by Rene Fauchois.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Andy Summers.  Production Design by Pato Guzman.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.   This hilarious comedy…

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Impostor (2001)

GARY FLEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2001.  Dimension Films, Marty Katz Productions, Mojo Films, P.K. Pictures.  Screenplay by Caroline Case, Ehren Kruger, David Twohy, adaptation by Scott Rosenberg, based on the short story by Philip K. Dick.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Gary Fleder, Marty Katz, Daniel Lupi, Gary Sinise.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Nelson…

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Lone Star (1996)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Castle Rock Entertainment, Rio Dulce.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by R. Paul Miller, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Academy Awards 1996.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.  National Board of…

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