The Last Days Of Chez Nous (1992)

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Australia, 1992.  Jan Chapman Productions, The Australian Film Commission, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by Helen Garner.   Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Jan Chapman.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.   Production Design by Janet Patterson.  Costume Design by Janet Patterson.   Film Editing by Nicholas Beauman….

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Sleeping Beauty (2011)

JULIA LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Australia, 2011.  Screen Australia, Magic Films, Screen NSW, Deluxe Australia, Spectrum Films, Big Ears Productions, Fulcrum Media Finance.  Screenplay by Julia Leigh, based on an idea by Yasunari Kawabata.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Jessica Brentnall.  Music by Ben Frost.  Production Design by Annie Beauchamp.  Costume…

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Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)

AUDREY WELLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Italy, 2003.  Touchstone Pictures, Timnick Films, Blue Gardenia Productions, Tatiale Films.  Story and Screenplay by Audrey Wells, based on the book Under The Tuscan Sun: At Home In Italy by Frances Mayes.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Tom Sternberg, Audrey Wells.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Stephen McCabe.  Costume Design by Nicoletta Ercole.  Film Editing…

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The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia/New Zealand, 1988.  Arenafilm, Film Investment Corporation of New Zealand, The Australian Film Commission, New Zealand Film Commission, John Maynard Productions. Screenplay by Geoff Chapple, Kely Lyons, Vincent Ward.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by John Maynard.  Music by Davood A. Tabrizi.  Production Design by Sally Campbell.  Costume Design by Glenys Jackson.  Film Editing by John Scott.  Cannes…

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Last Holiday (2006)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2006.  Last Holiday Productions, Paramount Pictures, ImageMovers, Laurence Mark Productions, The Paperback Company Films, Stillking Films.  Screenplay by Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, based on a screenplay by J.B. Priestley.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Laurence Mark, Jack Rapke.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by William Arnold.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by…

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The Sessions (2012)

BEN LEWIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2012.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Such Much Films, Rhino Films.  Screenplay by Ben Lewin, based on the article On Seeing A Sex Surrogate by Mark O’Brien.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson. Produced by Judi Levine, Ben Lewin, Stephen Nemeth.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by John Mott.  Costume Design by Justine Seymour.  Film Editing by Lisa Bromwell.  Academy…

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Center Stage (2000)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2000.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Laurence Mark Productions.  Screenplay by Carol Heikkinen.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.   Silly rip-off of Fame that is not helped by bad acting from the leads, an idiotic script…

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Shine

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting film biography of concert pianist David Helfgott, who suffered under enormous personal pressures (mostly from an overbearing father) and had a complete nervous breakdown while still a young, burgeoning artist. Played by three extremely gifted actors, the film is probably at its most interesting during the section where Noah Taylor…

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Green Card (1990)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia/France/USA, 1990.  Touchstone Pictures, Australian Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by Peter Weir.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Peter Weir.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Wendy Stites.  Costume Design by Jennifer Ingram, Roseann Milano, Ingrid Price.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.   This heartfelt romance comes across in so simple…

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Life (1999)

BB.5 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence play two bootleggers who stumble across a dead body in a barn one fine evening and end up being convicted of the victim’s murder. Now in prison, they have to spend a lifetime working on a chain gang while also trying to avoid the love-hate relationship between them…

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Glitter

BBB (out of 5) Fifth version of A Star Is Born (if you don’t include Funny Girl) has Mariah Carey doing a fine acting job in her leading role debut, as a Mighty Mouse-talented singer who is discovered by a big-city DJ and rises to fame, while he gradually gets pushed aside to the wings…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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