The Edge (1997)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Art Linson Productions. Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Wolf Kroeger.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Neil Travis.  Anthony Hopkins plays a shy billionaire who accompanies his hot young…

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Dumplin’ (2018)

ANNE FLETCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 2018.  COTA Films, Echo Films.  Screenplay by Kristin Hahn, based on the novel by Julie Murphy.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Mohamed AlRafi, Michael Costigan, Kristin Hahn, Trish Hofmann.  Music by Jake Monaco.  Production Design by Elizabeth J. Jones.   Costume Design by Bina Daigeler.  Film Editing by Emma E. Hickox.  Willowdean (Danielle…

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Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.    USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles. John Sayles is in top…

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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Australia/USA, 2003.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Silver Pictures.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, based on their characters.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.  While machine-controlled sentinels storm their way towards the…

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The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Australia, 2003.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Heineken Branded Entertainment.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, based on their characters.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.   At long last, the inevitable sequel…

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Woman On Top (2000)

FINA TORRES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Vera Blasi.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Alan Poul.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Philippe Chiffre.  Costume Design by Elisabeth Tavernier.  Film Editing by Leslie Jones.   Whimsical romantic comedy that, even at its worst, is leagues ahead of director Fina Torres’ last faltering attempt at capturing the colourful…

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet (1996)

BAZ LUHRMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Bazmark Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Baz Luhrmann, Gabriella Martinelli.  Music by Nellee Hooper.  Production Design by Catherine Martin.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.  European Film Awards 1997.   Baz Luhrmann…

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Flirt (1995)

HAL HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany/Japan, 1995.  Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft, Olive Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, True Fiction Pictures.  Screenplay by Hal Hartley.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Ted Hope.  Music by Hal Hartley, Jeffrey Taylor.  Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Steve Hamilton.   The same script is repeated three times in three different…

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Blood And Wine (1997)

BOB RAFELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1997.  Recorded Picture Company, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Marmont Productions, Blood & Wine Productions.  Story by Nick Villiers, Bob Rafelson, Screenplay by Nick Villiers, Alison Cross.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Jeremy Thomas.  Music by Michal Lorenc.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Steven Cohen.   So-so emotional…

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28 Weeks Later (2007)

JUAN CARLOS FRESNADILLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/Spain, 2007.  Fox Atomic, DNA Films, UK Film Council, Figment Films, Sogecine, Koan Films.  Screenplay by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Rowan Joffe, Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Jesus Olmo.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich.  Music by John Murphy.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Jane Petrie.  Film Editing…

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. USA, 2012.  Screenplay by Mark Boal.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Annapurna Pictures, First Light Production.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jeremy Hindle.  Costume Design by George L. Little.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor.   It’s not easy to have a huge breakthrough…

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Lulu On The Bridge (1998)

PAUL AUSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5. USA, 1998.  Capitol Films, Redeemable Features.  Screenplay by Paul Auster.  Cinematography by Alik Sakharov.  Produced by Greg Johnson, Amy J. Kaufman, Peter Newman.  Music by John Lurie, Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Kalina Ivanov.  Costume Design by Adelle Lutz.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.   This romantic drama with touches of science-fiction has moments of pure…

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