Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  American Film Institute 2014. …

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Heaven (2002)

TOM TYKWER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Germany/Italy/USA/France/United Kingdom, 2002.  Miramax, X-Filme Creative Pool, Mirage Enterprises, Noé Productions.  Screenplay by Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz. Cinematography by Frank Griebe.  Produced by Stefan Arndt, Frederique Dumas-Zajdela, William Horberg, Maria Kopf, Anthony Minghella.  Production Design by Uli Hanisch.  Costume Design by Monika Jacobs.  Film Editing by Mathilde Bonnefoy.   When celebrated filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski passed away…

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The Mod Squad (1999)

SCOTT SILVER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Stephen Kay, Scott Silver, Kate Lanier, based on characters created by Buddy Ruskin.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Tony Ludwig, Ben Myron, Alan Riche.  Music by BC Smith.  Production Design by Patrick Sherman.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Dorian Harris.   So-so action thriller that purports to be based on…

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Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)

DOMINIC SENA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, based on the 1974 motion picture by H.B. Halicki.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Roger Barton, Chris Lebenzon, Tom Muldoon.   Even by the standards of…

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The Gift (2000)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2000.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Alphaville Films.  Screenplay by Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by James Jacks, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Arthur Coburn, Bob Murawski.  Cate Blanchett is excellent as a medium in a small town…

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Ted (2012)

SETH MacFARLANE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2012.   Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Fuzzy Door Productions, Bluegrass Films, Smart Entertainment.   Story by Seth MacFarlane, Screenplay by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild.   Cinematography by Michael Barrett.   Produced by Jason Clark, John Jacobs, Seth MacFarlane, Scott Stuber.   Music by Walter Murphy.   Production Design by Stephen…

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The Other Sister (1999)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1999.  Mandeville Films, Touchstone Pictures.  Story by Alexandra Rose, Blair Richwood, Garry Marshall, Bob Brunner, Screenplay by Garry Marshall, Bob Brunner.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Mario Iscovich, Alexandra Rose.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Stephen J. Lineweaver. Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.   Juliette Lewis‘ heartfelt…

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subUrbia (1996)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Detour Filmproduction.  Screenplay by Eric Bogosian, based on his play.  Cinematography by Lee Daniel.  Produced by Anne Walker-McBay. Production Design by Catherine Hardwicke.  Costume Design by Melanie Armstrong Fletcher.  Film Editing by Sandra Adair.  New Jersey teens hang out at a convenience store parking lot and shoot the…

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1998.  DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.   The first half hour of Steven Spielberg’s…

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That Thing You Do! (1996)

TOM HANKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Clavius Base, Clinica Estetico, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Tom Hanks.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Jonathan Demme, Gary Goetzman, Edward Saxon.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Tom Hanks makes a notable directorial debut with this brilliantly edited, perfectly…

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Cold Mountain (2003)

ANTHONY MINGHELLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2003.   Miramax, Mirage Enterprises,  Bona Fide Productions, Castel Film Romania, Cattleya.   Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, based on the book by Charles Frazier.  Cinematography by John Seale.   Produced by Albert Berger, William Horberg, Sydney Pollack, Ron Yerxa.   Music by Gabriel Yared.   Production Design by Dante Ferretti.   Costume Design by Carlo…

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Lost Highway (1997)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  France/USA, 1997.  October Films, CiBy 2000, Asymmetrical Productions, Lost Highway Productions LLC.  Screenplay by David Lynch, Barry Gifford.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Deepak Nayar, Tom Sternberg, Mary Sweeney.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Patricia Norris.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Mary Sweeney.   More psychedelia from the warped mind…

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