Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Independent Spirit Awards 2013. John Sayles … More Go For Sisters (2013)

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Great Directors

BB.5 (out of 5) Angela Ismailos travels the world interviewing filmmakers of note and having them speak on camera about their experiences and achievements.  A wonderful assortment of artists are happy to share their opinions and memories, from David Lynch talking about the career-changing introduction to Mel Brooks, to Agnes Varda reflecting on aging, Catherine Breillat discussing censorship and John Sayles spelling out the … More Great Directors

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Girlfight

BBBBB (out of 5) A fantastic story about a young woman (Michelle Rodriguez) who wants to reach beyond her seemingly small life through boxing. To hear the description of a movie about a girl boxer who has to fight the boy boxer she’s just fallen in love with, you might expect a cheese ball teenage … More Girlfight

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Straight Talk

BBB.5 (out of 5) Dolly Parton brings her naturally fresh and fun personality to this unoriginal romantic comedy. She plays an out-of-work small town gal who decides to leave her boyfriend and head for the big city of Chicago. After she accidentally stumbles into a stint taking over as a love doctor on a radio program, … More Straight Talk

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design … More Malcolm X (1992)

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Something Wild

JONATHAN DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1986.  Religioso Primitiva.  Screenplay by E. Max Frye.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Jonathan Demme, Kenneth Utt.  Music by Laurie Anderson, John Cale.  Production Design by Norma Moriceau.  Costume Design by Norma Moriceau.  Film Editing by Craig McKay.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.   One of Jonathan Demme’s best films is this delightfully mad caper … More Something Wild

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The Brother From Another Planet

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  A-Train Films.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Peggy Rajski, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Martin Brody, Mason Daring.  Production Design by Nora Chavooshian.  Costume Design by Karen Perry.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   This enjoyable, low-budget science-fiction film tackles racism in a clever way. After an alien ( … More The Brother From Another Planet

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