River Of Grass (1994)

KELLY REICHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Good Machine.  Story by Kelly Reichardt, Jesse Hartman, Screenplay by Kelly Reichardt.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Jesse Hartman.  Music by John Hill.  Production Design by David Doernberg.  Costume Design by Sara Jane Slotnick.  Film Editing by Larry Fessenden. Kelly Reichardt’s feature debut takes place in Dade County, Florida, where a bored…

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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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The Door In The Floor (2004)

TOD WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2004.  Focus Features, This Is That Productions, Revere Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Tod Williams, based on the novel A Widow For One Year by John Irving. Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Anne Carey, Michael Corrente, Ted Hope.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Eric Daman.  Film Editing by…

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Auto Focus (2002)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Focus Puller Inc., Good Machine, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by Michael Gerbosi, based on the book The Murder Of Bob Crane by Robert Graysmith.  Cinematography by Jeffrey Greeley, Fred Murphy.  Produced by Scott Alexander, Alicia Allain, Patrick Dollard, Larry Karaszewski, Brian Oliver, Todd Rosken.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume…

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What Happened Was (1994)

TOM NOONAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Genre Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Tom Noonan, based on his play.  Cinematography by Joe DeSalvo.  Produced by Scott Macaulay, Robin O’Hara.  Music by Tom Noonan.  Production Design by Daniel Ouellette. Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon.  Film Editing by Tom Noonan. A legal secretary (a fantastic Karen Sillas) invites a co-worker from her…

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The King Is Alive (2000)

KRISTIAN LEVRING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Sweden/Denmark/USA, 2000.  Newmarket Capital Group, Good Machine, Zentropa Entertainments, Danmarks Radio, SVT Drama, TV2 Norge, Yleisradio, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Det Danske Filminstitut.  Screenplay by Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas Jensen, with inspiration from the play King Lear by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Jens Schlosser.  Produced by Svend Abrahamsen, Patricia Kruijer, Vibeke Windelov.  Music…

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Adaptation. (2002)

SPIKE JONZE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Beverly Detroit, Clinica Estetico, Good Machine, Intermedia, Magnet Productions, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman, based on the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by Jonathan Demme, Vincent Landay, Edward Saxon.   Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design by Casey…

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Walking And Talking (1996)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/Germany, 1996.  Channel Four Films, Electric, Good Machine, Mikado Film, Pandora Filmproduktion, TEAM Communications Group, Zenith Entertainment.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Ted Hope, James Schamus.  Music by Billy Bragg.  Production Design by Anne Stuhler.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Nicole Holofcener began a successful…

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Lovely And Amazing (2001)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Blow Up Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by Harlan Bosmajian.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Eric d’Arbeloff, Ted Hope.  Music by Craig Richey.  Production Design by Devorah Herbert.  Costume Design by Vanessa Vogel.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.   Nicole Holofcener has fashioned a film that lives up to its title, one populated by…

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Safe (1995)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  American Playhouse Theatrical Films, Killer Films, Chemical Films, Good Machine, Kardana Productions, Channel Four Films, Arnold Semler, American Playhouse, Kardana Films.  Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.  Produced by Christine Vachon, Lauren Zalaznick.  Music by Ed Tomney.  Production Design by David J. Bomba, Clare Scarpulla.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film…

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The Myth Of Fingerprints (1997)

BART FREUNDLICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Eureka Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Bart Freundlich.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Bart Freundlich, Tim Perell, Mary Jane Skolski.  Music by David Bridie, John Phillips.  Production Design by Susan Bolles.  Costume Design by Lucy W. Corrigan.  Film Editing by Ken J. Sackheim, Kate Williams.   Absorbing but icy drama about a family whose…

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In The Bedroom (2001)

TODD FIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Good Machine, Standard Film Company, GreeneStreet Films.  Screenplay by Robert Festinger, Todd Fields, based on the story Killings by Andre Dubus.  Cinematography by Antonio Calvache.  Produced by Todd Field, Ross Katz, Graham Leader.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Shannon Hart.  Costume Design by Melissa Economy.  Film Editing by Frank Reynolds.   Powerful…

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