The Boys In The Band (2020)

JOE MANTELLO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA/Canada, 2020. Netflix. Screenplay by Mart Crowley, Ned Martel, based on the play and the motion picture by Mart Crowley. Cinematography by Bill Pope. Produced by Joe Mantello, Ned Martel, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy, David Stone. Music by Amanda Krieg Thomas. Production Design by Judy Becker….

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Battle Of the Sexes (2017)

JONATHAN DAYTON, VALERIE FARIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  Dorian Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Joy (2015)

DAVID O. RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2015.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Annapurna Pictures, Davis Entertainment, 10 by 10 Entertainment, TSG Entertainment.  Story by Annie Mumolo, David O. Russell, Screenplay by David O. Russell.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by John Davis, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Ken Mok, David O. Russell.  Music by David Campbell, West Dylan Thordson.  Production…

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Carol (2015)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  The Weinstein Company, Film4, Number 9 Films, StudioCanal, HanWay Films, Killer Films, Goldcrest Films International, Dirty Films, Infilm, Larkhard Films.  Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, based on the novel The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley.  Music…

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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

PETER SOLLETT Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  France/USA, 2002.  Canal+, Forensic Films, StudioCanal, Untitled Productions.  Story by Peter Sollett, Eva Vives, Screenplay by Peter Sollett.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by Alain de la Mata, Scott Macaulay, Robin O’Hara, Peter Sollett.  Music by Roy Nathanson.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Jill Newell.  Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein.  Independent Spirit Awards…

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American Hustle (2013)

DAVID O. RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2013.  Columbia Pictures, Annapurna Pictures, Atlas Entertainment.  Screenplay by Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers.  Academy Awards 2013. American…

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We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

LYNNE RAMSAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2011.  BBC Films, UK Film Council, Footprint Investment Fund, Piccadilly Pictures, Lipsync Productions, Independent, Artina Films, Rockinghorse Films, Caemhan, Panaramic, Beryl Betty, Atlantic Swiss Productions.  Screenplay by Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear, based on the novel by Lionel Shriver.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jennifer Fox, Luc Roeg, Robert Salerno.  Music by Jonny…

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Infamous (2006)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2006.  Warner Independent Pictures, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the book Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career by George Plimpton.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Jocelyn Hayes, Christine Vachon, Anne Walker-McBay.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design…

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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)

REBECCA MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Blue Magic Pictures, Goldheart Pictures, IFC Productions, InDigEnt.  Screenplay by Rebecca Miller, based on her book.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Alexis Alexanian, Lemore Syvan, Gary Winick.  Music by Michael Rohatyn.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Marie Abma.  Film Editing by Sabine Hoffman.  Independent Spirit Awards 2002.  National Board of Review Awards 2002.  New…

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Thumbsucker (2005)

MIKE MILLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2005.  Bob Yari Productions, This Is That Productions, Cinema-Go-Go, Bull’s Eye Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mike Mills, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.  Cinematography by Joaquin Baca-Asay.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Bob Stephenson.  Music by Tim DeLaughter.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Haines Hall,…

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I’m Not There. (2007)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA/Germany, 2007.  Killer Films, John Wells Productions, John Goldwyn Productions, Endgame Entertainment, Dreamachine, Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds 4 GmbH & Co. KG, Grey Water Park Productions, Rising Star, Wells Productions.  Story by Todd Haynes, Screenplay by Todd Haynes, Oren Moverman.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by John Goldwyn, John Sloss, James D….

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Hitchcock

BB.5 (out of 5) A prolific decade of films that saw him rise to the very top of his profession seems a punishment to Alfred Hitchcock by 1959. With North By Northwest raking in big box office dollars and the unfortunate disaster of Vertigo well behind him, finding his next project turns out to be…

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