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…

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Great Directors (2009)

ANGELA ISMAILOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Anisma Films.  Screenplay by Angela Ismailos.  Cinematography by John Pirozzi.  Produced by Patricia Romeu.  Music by Joel Douek.  Film Editing by Christina Burchard, Sabine Hoffman.  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…

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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…

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Straight Talk

BARNET KELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.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…

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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…

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Something Wild (1986)

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.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1986.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.  New York Film Critics Awards…

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The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

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 (Joe…

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Lianna (1983)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1983.  Winwood Productions.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Austin De Besche.  Produced by Jeffrey Nelson, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Jeanne McDonnell.  Costume Design by Louise Martinez.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   After years of a seemingly happy marriage, Lianna (Linda Griffiths) decides to leave her husband because…

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Casa De Los Babys (2003)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Mexico, 2003.  IFC Films, Springall Pictures.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Mauricio Rubinstein.  Produced by Alejandro Springall, Lemore Syvan.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Felipe Fernández del Paso.  Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Toronto International Film Festival 2003.  Six women stay at a resort in Mexico,…

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Passion Fish (1992)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1992.  Atchafalaya.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Dan Bishop, Dianna Freas.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.  Independent Spirit Awards 1992.  New York Film Critics Awards 1992. John Sayles’ masterpiece is…

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Sunshine State (2002)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  Anarchist’s Convention Films.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Patrick Cady.  Produced by Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  National Board of Review Awards 2002.   John Sayles has dealt with different American states in many of the films…

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Limbo (1999)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Green/Renzi.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Gemma Jackson.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Cannes Film Festival 1999.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  National Board of Review Awards 1999.   Beautifully photographed Alaska adventure by John Sayles, who…

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