August: Osage County

BBBB (out of 5) The hit Broadway play by Tracy Letts makes its way to the big screen with fully satisfying results.  Meryl Streep lords over the roost of an eccentric (to say the least) Oklahoma family thrown into disarray when her husband (Sam Shepard) walks out of the house and vanishes without a trace.  Almost … More August: Osage County

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All The Real Girls

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2003.  Jasmine Productions Inc., Jean Doumanian Productions, Muskat Filmed Properties.  Story by David Gordon Green, Paul Schneider, Screenplay by David Gordon Green.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by Jean Doumanian, Lisa Muskat.  Music by Michael Linnen, David Wingo.  Production Design by Richard A. Wright.  Costume Design by Erin Aldridge Orr.  Film Editing by … More All The Real Girls

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Wild Man Blues

BBB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable but not very informative documentary that follows Woody Allen and his famous jazz band on their world tour. Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple makes sure to keep a safe distance from Allen while following him around his various hotel rooms, concert stages and press conferences, never pressing for too much … More Wild Man Blues

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for … More Small Time Crooks (2000)

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Sweet And Lowdown (1999)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Laura Bauer.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Academy Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Woody Allen’s best film since Mighty Aphrodite is this sweet fictional documentary about the second greatest jazz … More Sweet And Lowdown (1999)

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Celebrity (1998)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen will … More Celebrity (1998)

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Deconstructing Harry (1997)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Sweetland Films, Jean Doumanian Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1997.   Woody Allen plays a popular scribe with writer’s block who spends two days re-examining his life and his … More Deconstructing Harry (1997)

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