The Assistant (2019)

KITTY GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2019. 3311 Productions, Bellmer Pictures, Cinereach, Forensic Films, JJ Homeward Productions, Level Forward, Symbolic Exchange. Screenplay by Kitty Green. Cinematography by Michael Latham. Produced by P. Jennifer Dana, Kitty Green, Ross Jacobson, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus. Music by Tamar-kali. Production Design by Fletcher Chancey. Costume Design…

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Alone In Berlin (2016)

VINCENT PEREZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   United Kingdom/France/Germany, 2016.  X-Filme Creative Pool, Master Movies, FilmWave, Pathe, Buffalo Films, Alone in Berlin, WS Film, Lipsync Productions, Canal+.  Screenplay by Achim von Borries, Vincent Perez, collaboration with Bettine von Borries, based on the novel by Hans Fallada.  Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne.  Produced by Stefan Arndt, Christian Grass, Marco Pacchioni, James…

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Tortilla Soup (2001)

MARIA RIPOLL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Samuel Goldwyn Films, Starz! Encore Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ramon Menendez, Tom Musca, Vera Blasi, based on an earlier screenplay by Hui-Lang Wang, Ang Lee, James Schamus.  Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet.  Produced by John Bard Manulis.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Alicia Maccarone.  Costume Design by Ileane Meltzer.  Film Editing by Andy…

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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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The Wedding Banquet (1993)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Xi Yan Taiwan/USA, 1993.  Ang Lee Productions, Central Motion Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Ang Lee, Neil Peng, James Schamus.  Cinematography by Lin Jong.  Produced by Ted Hope, Ang Lee, James Schamus.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.  Independent…

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Taking Woodstock (2009)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Focus Features.  Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the book by Elliot Tiber, Tom Monte.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Celia D. Costas, Ang Lee.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Cannes Film Festival 2009.   We’ve all heard about the…

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Lust, Caution (Se, jie) (2007)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/China/Taiwan/Hong Kong, 2007.  Haishang Films, Focus Features, River Road Entertainment, Sil-Metropole Organisation, Shanghai Film Group.  Story by Eileen Chang, Screenplay by James Schamus, Hui-ling Wang.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by William Kong, Ang Lee.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Lai Pan.  Costume Design by Lai Pan.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.   Golden Globe…

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Hulk (2003)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Universal Pictures, Marvel Enterprises, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Good Machine.  Story by James Schamus, Screenplay by John Turman, Michael France, James Schamus, based on the Marvel comic book character by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Avi Arad, Larry J. Franco, Gale Anne Hurd, James Schamus.  Music by Danny…

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Ride With The Devil (1999)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the novel Woe To Live On by Daniel Woodrell.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Ted Hope, James Schamus.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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The Ice Storm (1997)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1997.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Good Machine, Canal+ Droits Audiovisuels.  Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the novel by Rick Moody.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Ted Hope, Ang Lee, James Schamus.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Cannes Film Festival 1997.  Golden Globe…

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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Yin Shi Nan Nu Taiwan/USA, 1994.  Ang Lee Productions, Central Motion Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Ang Lee, James Schamus, Hui-ling Wang.  Cinematography by Lin Jong.  Produced by Kong Hsu, Li-Kong Hsu.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Fu-Hsiung Lee.  Costume Design by Wen-Chi Chen.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Independent Spirit…

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She’s The One

EDWARD BURNS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Edward Burns follows his successful debut The Brothers McMullen with this very similar tale of the love lives of Irish-American brothers who mix and match girlfriends and fiancees while trying not to be too embarrassed by their overly-enthusiastic father (John Mahoney).  Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston have some lovely moments…

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