Variety (1983)

BETTE GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA/West Germany/United Kingdom, 1983. Variety Motion Pictures, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Channel Four Films, New York State Councils for the Arts and Humanities. Original Story by Bette Gordon, Screenplay by Kathy Acker, Jerry Delamater, Peter Koper, additional dialogue by Nancy Reilly. Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, John Foster. Produced…

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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021)

MORGAN NEVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 2021. CNN Films, HBO Max, Tremolo Productions. Cinematography by Adam Beckman. Produced by Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers. Music by Michael Andrews, Sarah Lipstate. Film Editing by Eileen Meyer, Aaron Wickenden. The breakout success of Anthony Bourdain’s book Kitchen Confidential turned him into a surprise, relatively late-life…

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Permanent Vacation (1980)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1980.  Cinesthesia Productions.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, James A. Lebovitz.  Produced by Jim Jarmusch.  Music by Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie.  Film Editing by Jim Jarmusch.  Jim Jarmusch debuts with an esoteric indie made soon after his dropping out of film school.  Chris Parker stars as an aimless…

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Get Shorty (1995)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Peter S. Larkin.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Jim Miller, Ted Woerner.   Flawless adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s…

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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

SUSAN SEIDELMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Leora Barish.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Santo Loquasto.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   Rosanna Arquette plays a bored New Jersey housewife who gets a little excitement in her life when she gets amnesia and…

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Down By Law (1986)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/West Germany, 1986.  Black Snake, Grokenberger Film Produktion, Island Pictures.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Alan Kleinberg.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Janet Densmore.  Costume Design by Carol Wood.  Film Editing by Melody London.   John Lurie plays a New Orleans pimp who is set up by a rival…

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Wild At Heart (1990)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1990.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by David Lynch, based on the novel Wild At Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula by Barry Gifford.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Steve Golin, Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sightvatsson.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Patricia Norris.  Costume Design by Amy Stofsky.  Film Editing…

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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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Paris, Texas (1984)

WIM WENDERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  West Germany/France/United Kingdom, 1984.  Road Movies Filmproduktion, Argos Films, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Channel Four Films, Pro-ject Filmproduktion, Wim Wenders Stiftung.  Screenplay by Sam Shepard, adaptation by L.M. Kit Carson.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Anatole Dauman, Don Guest.  Music by Ry Cooder.  Production Design by Kate Altman.  Costume Design by Birgitta Bjerke.  Film Editing by Peter Przygodda.   Harry…

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Excess Baggage (1997)

MARCO BRAMBILLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, First Kiss Productions.  Story by Max D. Adams, Screenplay by Max D. Adams, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais.  Cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier.  Produced by Bill Borden, Carolyn Kessler.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin.   Unfunny, awkward comedy…

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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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