A Dirty Shame (2004)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2004.  Fine Line Features, This Is That Productions, Killer Films, John Wells Productions, City Lights Pictures.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Steve Gainer.  Produced by Ted Hope, Christine Vachon.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Wolf.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004.   Tracey Ullman is a…

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Pecker (1998)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Polar Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Vincent Perani.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Janice Hampton.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Funny little film from John Waters is one of his most modest films, about a…

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Serial Mom (1994)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Savoy Pictures, Polar Entertainment Corporation, Saul Zaentz Film Center.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by John Fielder, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Janice Hampton, Erica Huggins.   Taking on America’s obsession with the ‘American dream’, John Waters…

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Hairspray (1988)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  New Line Cinema, Stanley F. Buchthal, Robert Shaye Production.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by David Insley.  Produced by Rachel Talalay.  Music by Kenny Vance.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Janice Hampton.  Independent Spirit Awards 1988.. John Waters’ most popular film is also one of his most thoughtful and entertaining.  Ricki…

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Polyester (1981)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1981.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by David Insley.  Produced by John Waters.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Charles Roggero.   Divine is hilarious as a prim 1950s suburban housewife whose world falls apart when her porn-theatre owning husband (fifties heartthrob Tab Hunter) admits…

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Cecil B. Demented (2000)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/USA, 2000.  Artic Productions LLC, Canal+, Ice Cap Production, Polar Entertainment Corporation.  Written by by John Waters. Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Basil Poledouris, Zoe Poledouris.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Wolf.   Pompous and tiring…

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Hairspray (2007)

ADAM SHANKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  New Line Cinema, Ingenious Film Partners, Zadan / Meron Productions, Offspring Entertainment.  Screenplay by Leslie Dixon, based on the musical play by Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan and the 1988 screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Neil Meron, Craig Zadan.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by David…

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Beautiful Darling (2010)

JAMES RASIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Flowerside Creations, JJay Productions. Screenplay by James Rasin.  Cinematography by Martina Radwan.  Produced by Elizabeth Bentley, Gill Holland, Jeremiah Newton.  Music by Gerald Busby, Louis Durra.  Film Editing by Zachary Stuart-Pontier.   The life and times of Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling are examined in this highly enjoyable documentary, a great companion piece…

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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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Stealth (2005)

ROB COHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   0.  USA, 2005.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Original Film, Phoenix Pictures, Laura Ziskin Productions, AFG Talons Productions.  Screenplay by W.D. Richter.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Mike Medavoy, Neal H. Moritz, Laura Ziskin.  Music by BT.  Production Design by Jonathan Lee, J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Lizzy Gardiner.  Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin.   There…

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I Am Divine (2013)

JEFFREY SCHWARZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Automat Pictures, Making it Big. Cinematography by John Chater, John Davis, Dan DeJesus, David A. Ford, Marsha Kahm, Cameron MacDonald, James Mulryan, Elle Schneider, Steven Wacks, Clay Westervelt.  Produced by Jon Glover, Lotti Pharriss Knowles, Lance Robertson, Jeffrey Schwarz.  Music by Michael Cudahy.  Film Editing by Phillip J. Bartell.   Stylish, heartfelt…

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Breaker Morant (1980)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Australia, 1980.  The South Australian Film Corporation, The Australian Film Commission, 7 Network, Pact Productions.  Screenplay by Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens, Bruce Beresford, based on the play by Kenneth G. Moss, additional material from The Breaker by Kit Denton.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Matt Carroll.  Production Design by David Copping.  Costume…

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