The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Sweden/South Africa, 2019.  Animal Kingdom, Film i Vast.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan.  Music by Squrl.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves. Jim Jarmusch follows his delicious take on…

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Paterson (2016)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France/Germany, 2016.  K5 International, Amazon Studios, Inkjet Productions, Le Pacte, Animal Kingdom.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan.  Music by Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, Squrl.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves.  Cannes Film Festival 2016.  Gotham Awards 2016. National Society of…

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Storytelling (2001)

TODD SOLONDZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2001.  New Line Cinema, Killer Films, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Todd Solondz.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Ted Hope, Christine Vachon.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by John A. Dunn.  Film Editing by Alan Oxman. Todd Solondz follows two exceptionally good features with a rare misfire, a dull and…

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Brothers (2009)

JIM SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2009.  Lionsgate, Relativity Media, Sighvatsson Films, Michael De Luca Productions.  Screenplay by David Benioff, based on the motion picture Brodre by Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Ryan Kavanaugh, Sigurjon Sighvatsson.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Tony Fanning.  Costume Design by Durinda Wood.  Film Editing by Jay…

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The Namesake (2006)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  India/USA, 2006.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cine Mosaic, Entertainment Farm, Mirabai Films, UTV Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala, based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair.  Music by Nitin Sawhney.  Production Design by Stephanie Carroll.  Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Allyson C. Johnson.   Pulitzer Prize-winning author…

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Trapped (2002)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Senator Film Produktion, The Canton Company, Mandolin Entertainment, Propaganda Films, 24 Hours Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Iles, based on his novel 24 Hours.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes, Piotr Sobocinski.  Produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin, Luis Mandoki.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film…

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Synecdoche, New York (2008)

CHARLIE KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2008.  Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Likely Story, Projective Testing Service, Russia.  Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Sidney Kimmel.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Charlie Kaufman decides to forgo the intelligent interpretations of…

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River’s Edge (1986)

TIM HUNTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Hemdale, Island.  Screenplay by Neal Jimenez. Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Jurgen Knieper.  Production Design by John Muto.  Costume Design by Claudia Brown.  Film Editing by Howard E. Smith, Sonya Sones.  After a disturbed teenager murders his girlfriend and leaves her body by a river, he…

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Broken Rainbow (1985)

VICTORIA MUDD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Earthworks Films.  Screenplay by Mario Florio, Victoria Mudd, Lisa Sonne.   Cinematography by Baird Bryant, Frederick Elmes, Victoria Mudd, Tony St. John, Joan Weidman.  Produced by Roslyn Dauber, Maria Florio, Victoria Mudd.  Music by Rick Krizman, Fred Myrow.  Film Editing by Maria Florio, Victoria Mudd.   America’s devastating history of strife between European…

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Trial By Jury (1994)

HEYWOOD GOULD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1994.   Morgan Creek Entertainment.   Screenplay by Jordan Katz, Heywood Gould.   Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.   Produced by Mark Gordon, James G. Robinson.   Music by Terence Blanchard.   Production Design by David Chapman.   Costume Design by Mary Malin.   Film Editing by Joel Goodman, Thom Noble.    A year after…

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Visions Of Light (1992)

ARNOLD GLASSMAN, TODD McCARTHY, STUART SAMUELS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1992.  American Film Institute, NHK.  Screenplay by Todd McCarthy.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Stuart Samuels.  Film Editing by Arnold Glassman.   Movies about movies are always entertaining, and this beautiful film about the art of cinematography is no exception. The filmmakers have interviewed a group of…

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Broken Flowers (2005)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA/France, 2005.  Focus Features, Five Roses, Bac Films.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch, inspired by an idea from Bill Raden, Sara Driver.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Stacey Smith.  Music by Mulatu Astatke.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.   Offbeat, dryly humorous tale…

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