The Lady In The Van (2015)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2015.  BBC Films, TriStar Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his memoir.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.   Having newly found his footing as a playwright on…

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Map Of The Human Heart (1992)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia/United Kingdom/Canada/France, 1992.  Australian Film Finance Corporation, Les Films Ariane, Map Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Sunrise Pictures Company, Vincent Ward Films, Working Title Films.  Story by Vincent Ward, Screenplay by Louis Nowra.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Vincent Ward.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Renee April, Penny Rose.  Film…

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Inkheart (2008)

IAIN SOFTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Germany/United Kingdom/USA, 2008.  New Line Cinema, Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Erste.  Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the novel by Cornelia Funke.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Cornelia Funke, Diana Pokorny, Iain Softley.  Music by Javier Navarette.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Verity Hawkes.  Film Editing by Martin Walsh.   It seems that there…

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The Skeleton Key (2005)

IAIN SOFTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Universal Pictures, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Double Feature Films, Daniel Bobker Productions, Brick Dust Productions LLC, MFPV Film.  Screenplay by Ehren Kruger.  Cinematography by Daniel Mindel.  Produced by Daniel Bobker, Lorenzo P. Lampthwait, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Iain Softley.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by…

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K-PAX (2001)

IAIN SOFTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2001.  IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 2. Produktions KG, Intermedia Films, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Pathé Pictures International.  Screenplay by Charles Leavitt, based on the novel by Gene Brewer.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume…

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Dorian Gray (2009)

OLIVER PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 2009.  Ealing Studios, Alliance Films, Fragile Films, UK Film Council, Aramid Entertainment Fund, Hindsight Media, Moving Picture Company.  Screenplay by Toby Finlay, based on the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Barnaby Thompson.  Music by Charlie Mole.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by…

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Absolute Beginners (1986)

JULIEN TEMPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Goldcrest Films International, Palace Pictures, Virgin.  Screenplay by Richard Burridge, Don MacPherson, Christopher Wicking, developed by Michael Hamlyn, additional dialogue by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Colin MacInnes. Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Chris Brown, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Gil Evans.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design…

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The History Boys (2006)

NICHOLAS HYTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2006.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films, BBC Two Films, UK Film Council, National Theatre.  Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his play.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Justine Luxton.  Film Editing by John Wilson.  …

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Easy Virtue (2008)

ATOM EGOYAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/Canada, 2008.  Ealing Studios, Fragile Films,  Endgame Entertainment, BBC Films, Hindsight, Joe Abrams Productions, Odyssey Entertainment, Prescience Production Partnerships.  Screenplay by Stephan Elliott, Sheridan Jobbins, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Martin Kenzie.  Produced by Joseph Abrams, James D. Stern, Barnaby Thompson.  Music by Marius De Vries.  Production Design by…

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The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Universal Pictures, Cineplex Odeon Films.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Barbara De Fina.  Music by Peter Gabriel.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Jean-Pierre Delifer.  Film Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.  Podcast: My Criterions.   Extremely negative (and in some cases dangerous)…

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Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005)

ALEX GIBNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2005.  Jigsaw Productions, 2929 Productions, HDNet Films.  Screenplay by Peter Elkind, Alex Gibney, Bethany McLean.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney, Jason Kliot, Susan Motamed.  Music by Matthew Hauser.  Film Editing by Alison Ellwood.   Riveting documentary that describes the rise and fall of one of America’s most incredible business stories….

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The Wings Of The Dove (1997)

IAIN SOFTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1997.  Miramax, Renaissance Dove.  Screenplay by Hossein Amini, based on the novel by Henry James.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Stephen Evans, David Parfitt.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Tariq Anwar.  Superior adaptation of the Henry James novel has Helena Bonham Carter encourage her…

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