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. Independent Spirit Awards 1995.   Independent Spirit Awards 1997. Kelly Reichardt’s feature debut takes…

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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

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.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.   A legal secretary (a fantastic Karen Sillas) invites a…

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The King Is Alive

BB (out of 5) Shakespeare comes easily to the desperate when a group of American tourists and their African driver are stranded after their bus breaks down in the middle of the Sahara desert. Left alone in a ghost village with no means of sustenance or communication, the group need to fend off the elements and…

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Adaptation.

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.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996. Nicole Holofcener…

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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.  Independent Spirit Awards 2002.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.   Nicole Holofcener has fashioned a film that lives…

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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 Editing…

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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.  Independent Spirit Awards 1997.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997. Absorbing…

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In The Bedroom

BBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful and affecting drama about a grief-stricken couple (Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek) who are having trouble coping after a personal tragedy is suffered at the hands of William Mapother.  When justice is not not served by the law, Spacek and Wilkinson decide they cannot live in a world without the emotional relief…

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