Blithe Spirit (2020)

EDWARD HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B United Kingdom, 2020. Fred Films, Powderkeg Pictures, Align, British Lion Films, IPG Media Pty, StudioCanal UK. Screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth, based on the play by Noel Coward. Cinematography by Ed Wild. Produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, Meg Leonard, Martin Metz, Nick Moorcroft, Toni…

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Love & Friendship (2016)

WHIT STILLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Ireland/Netherlands/France/USA, 2016.  Westerly Films, Blinder Films, Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, Chic Films, Protagonist Pictures, Revolver Amsterdam.  Screenplay by Whit Stillman, based on the novella Lady Susan by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Richard van Oosterhout.  Produced by Lauranne Bourrachot, Katie Holly, Whit Stillman.  Music by Benjamin Esdraffo.  Production Design…

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Mr. Turner (2014)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/France/Germany, 2014.  Film4, Focus Features International, France 3 Cinema, Lipsync Productions, Thin Man Films, Untitled 13, Xofa Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Georgina Lowe.  Music by Gary Yershon.  Production Design by Suzie Davies.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Jon Gregory. Academy Awards 2014.  Cannes Film Festival 2014. …

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The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2004.  Warner Bros., Odyssey Entertainment, Really Useful Films, Scion Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joel Schumacher, based on the musical book by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the novel Le Fantome de L’Opera by Gaston Leroux.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe.  Production…

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story (2005)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2005.  BBC Films, Baby Cow Productions, EM Media, East Midlands Media Initiative, Revolution Films, Scion Films.  Screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on the novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne.  Cinematography by Marcel Zyskind.  Produced by Andrew Eaton.  Music by Edward Nogria.  Production Design by John…

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Grave Indiscretion

B (out of 5) Alternate title:  Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets, The Grotesque Sting looks a bit embarrassed to be in this terrible thriller-comedy produced by his wife Trudie Styler. Originally titled The Grotesque when it played film festivals (that’s also the name of the original novel), it was changed to Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets for its…

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Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)

MIKE NEWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1994.   Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Channel Four Films, Working Title Films.   Screenplay by Richard Curtis.   Cinematography by Michael Coulter.   Produced by Duncan Kenworthy.   Music by Richard Rodney Bennett.   Production Design by Maggie Gray.   Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.   Film Editing by Jon Gregory.   Academy Awards 1994.   Golden…

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Charlotte Gray (2001)

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Australia/Germany, 2001.  Ecosse Films, FilmFour, Pod Film, Senator Film Produktion.  Screenplay by Jeremy Brock, based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by Sarah Curtis, Douglas Rae.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Joseph Bennett. Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by Nicholas Beauman.   Exciting World War II drama about…

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Sense And Sensibility (1995)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Emma Thompson, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Michael Coulter.  Produced by Lindsay Doran.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan, John Bright.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Academy Awards 1995.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1995.  Golden Globe…

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