The Ogre (1996)

VOLKER SCHLONDORFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Der Unhold Germany/France/United Kingdom, 1996.  Canal+, France 2 Cinema, Heritage Films, Recorded Picture Company, Renn Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Universum Film, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Volker Schlondorff, based on the novel by Michel Tournier.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.   Produced by Gebhard Henke, Ingrid…

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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

ERIC DARNELL, SIMON J. SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images.  Story by Alan Schoolcraft, Brent Simons, Michael Colton, John Aboud, Screenplay by Michael Colton, John Aboud, Brandon Sawyer.  Produced by Lara Breay, Mark Swift.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Shannon Jeffries.  Film Editing by Nick…

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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

DAN GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.  USA, 2019.  Netflix.  Screenplay by Dan Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Jennifer Fox.  Music by Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders.  Production Design by Jim Bissell.  Costume Design by Isis Mussenden, Trish Summerville.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.  Dan Gilroy follows the exceptional Nightcrawler and the absorbing…

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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PETER BERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Hong Kong/USA, 2016.  Summit Entertainment, Participant Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, TIK Film.  Screen Story by Matthew Sand, Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand, based on the article by David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Stephen…

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2012.  Summit Entertainment, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, based on his book.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by Michael Brook.  Production Design by Inbal Weinberg.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Mary Jo Market.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2012. Dorian Awards 2012.    Independent Spirit…

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Beyond The Clouds (1995)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, WIM WENDERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Al Di La Delle Nuvole France/Germany/Italy, 1995.  Sunshine, France 3 Cinema, Ciné B, Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Road Movies Zweite Produktionen, Canal+, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Degeto Film, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Eurimages, Wim Wenders Stiftung.  Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Wim…

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Ghost World (2001)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  United Artists, Granada Film Productions, Jersey Shore, Mr. Mudd, Advanced Medien, Capitol Films.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Edward T. McAvoy.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

RANDALL WALLACE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Randall Wallace, based on the books Vingt Ans Apres and Le Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas pere. Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Russell Smith, Randall Wallace.  Music by Nick Glennie-Smith.  Production Design by Anthony Pratt.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by William Hoy.   Leonardo DiCaprio‘s first film…

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Art School Confidential (2006)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2006.  United Artists, Sony Pictures Classics, Mr. Mudd.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, based on his comic story.  Cinematography by Jamie Anderson.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Robert Hoffman.   Terry Zwigoff returns to the world of conflicted…

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Of Mice And Men (1992)

GARY SINISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1992.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Horton Foote, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan. Produced by Gary Sinise.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Robert L. Sinise.   Faithful, literate adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel is passionately adapted to the screen by…

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Lines Of Wellington (2012)

VALERIA SARMIENTO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/Portugal, 2012.  Alfama Films, Clap Filmes, France 3 Cinéma.  Screenplay by Carlos Saboga.  Cinematography by Andre Szankowski.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Jorge Arriagada.  Production Design by Isabel Branco.  Costume Design by Lucha d’Orey.  Film Editing by Luca Alverdi, Valeria Sarmiento.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012.  Venice Film Festival 2012.    Raoul Ruiz was in pre-production of this…

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