The Judge (2014)

DAVID DOBKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2014.  Warner Bros., Big Kid Pictures, Team Downey, Village Roadshow Pictures.  Story by David Dobkin, Nick Schenk, Screenplay by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by David Dobkin, Susan Downey, David Gambino.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Mark…

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The Grudge (2004)

TAKASHI SHIMIZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan/Germany, 2004.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Ghost House Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Susco, based on the film Ju-On: The Grudge by Takashi Shimizu.  Cinematography by Hideo Yamamoto.  Produced by Takashige Ichise, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Iwao Saito.  Costume Design by Shawn Holly Cookson, Miyuki Taniguchi.  Film Editing by Jeff Betancourt.   An…

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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 Waterdance

BBBB (out of 5) Eric Stoltz is injured in a hiking accident and ends up paralyzed from the waist down, suddenly thrust into a world of nurses, physiotherapy and a wide variety of fellow patients who are also going through the same shock. His girlfriend (Helen Hunt), a married woman with whom he is having an…

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Bastard Out Of Carolina

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Anjelica Huston makes an incredible debut as director with this riveting drama. Based on Dorothy Allison’s novel, it concerns the harrowing experiences of a little girl (an excellent Jena Malone) who endures being sexually abused by her sadistic stepfather (Ron Eldard) without her mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) being aware of it….

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An Officer And A Gentleman

BBB (out of 5) After having been raised in the Philippines by his insensitive father (and I love that they show delicately lit flashbacks to it as if they were setting up for a great epic), Richard Gere goes into basic training at a Navy Flight School and must survive his sadistic sergeant (Louis Gossett Jr.)…

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Norma Rae (1979)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1979.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr..  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Tamara Asseyev, Alexandra Rose.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Agnes Lyon, Michael J. Harte.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Academy Awards 1979.  Cannes Film Festival 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.  National Board of…

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Inland Empire (2006)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB. France/Poland/USA, 2006.  StudioCanal, Fundacja Kultury, Camerimage Festival, Absurda, Asymmetrical Productions, Inland Empire Productions. Screenplay by David Lynch.  Cinematography by David Lynch.  Produced by David Lynch, Mary Sweeney.  Music by Marek Zebrowski.  Production Design by Christina Ann Wilson.  Costume Design by Karen Baird, Heidi Bivens.  Film Editing by David Lynch.   David Lynch goes full-on indie…

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France/USA, 1992.  New Line Cinema, CiBy 2000, Twin Peaks Productions.  Screenplay by David Lynch, Robert Engels, based on the television series Twin Peaks created by Mark Frost, David Lynch.  Cinematography by Ronald Victor Garcia.  Produced by Gregg Fienberg.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Patricia Norris.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Mary…

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Wild At Heart (1990)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1990.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by David Lynch, based on the novel Wild At Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula by Barry Gifford.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Steve Golin, Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sightvatsson.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Patricia Norris.  Costume Design by Amy Stofsky.  Film Editing…

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Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1993)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1993.  New Line Cinema, Fourth Vision.  Screenplay by Gus Van Sant, based on the novel by Tom Robbins.  Cinematography by John J. Campbell, Eric Alan Edwards.  Produced by Laurie Parker, Lucy Phillips.  Music by k.d. lang, Ben Mink. Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Curtiss…

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My Own Private Idaho

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Gus Van Sant’s first film after his critically acclaimed Drugstore Cowboy is this gritty, powerful drama that explores thlives of male prostitutes. Keanu Reeves plays the son of a rich politician who sells his body on the street to rebel against his father. His best friend is…

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