Boxing Helena (1993)

JENNIFER CHAMBERS LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1993.  Mainline Pictures.  Story by Philippe Caland, Screenplay by Jennifer Chambers Lynch.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli, Frank Byers.  Produced by Philippe Caland, Carl Mazzocone.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Paul Huggins.  Costume Design by Patsy Chaney.  Film Editing by David Finfer.   The controversy surrounding this film is a hell of a…

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Impromptu (1991)

JAMES LAPINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France, 1991.  C.L.G. Films, Governor Productions, Les Films Ariane, Sovereign Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Kernochan.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.  Produced by Stuart Oken, Daniel A. Sherkow.  Music by John Strauss.  Production Design by Gerard Daoudal, Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Jenny Beaven.  Film Editing by Michael Ellis.   For some, the idea of making up…

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Vibes (1988)

KEN KWAPIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Imagine Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Deborah Blum, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Deborah Blum, Tony Ganz.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Richard Sawyer.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Carol Littleton.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.   Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum…

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Gothic (1986)

KEN RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Virgin Vision.  Screenplay by Stephen Volk, based on a story by Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Cinematography by Mike Southon.  Produced by Penny Corke.  Music by Thomas Dolby.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Kay Gallwey, Victoria Russell.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell.   As in Haunted Summer and Rowing With The…

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Vatel (2000)

ROLAND JOFFE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/United Kingdom/Belgium, 2000.  Légende Films, Gaumont, Nomad Films, Timothy Burrill Productions, TF1 Films Production, Canal+.  Screenplay by Jeanne Labrune, English adaptation by Tom Stoppard.  Cinematography by Robert Fraisse.  Produced by Alain Goldman, Roland Joffe.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Cecilia Montiel, Jean Rabasse.  Costume Design by Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle.  Film Editing by Noelle…

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The Killing Fields (1984)

ROLAND JOFFE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1984.  Goldcrest Films International, International Film Investors, Enigma Productions.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by David Puttnam.  Music by Mike Oldfield.  Production Design by Roy Walker.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcraft.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in…

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Timecode (2000)

MIKE FIGGIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2000.  Screen Gems, Red Mullet Productions.  Story by Mike Figgis.  Cinematography by Patrick Alexander Stewart.  Produced by Mike Figgis, Annie Stewart.  Music by Mike Figgis, Anthony Marinelli.  Production Design by Charlotte Malmlof.  Costume Design by Donna Casey-Aira.   Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) sends out four video cameras on a Los Angeles afternoon to film various…

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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

MIKE FIGGIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Lumiere Pictures, A Lila Cazès Production, Initial Productions.  Screenplay by Mike Figgis, based on the novel by John O’Brien.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Lila Cazes, Annie Stewart.  Music by Mike Figgis.  Production Design by Waldemar Kalinowski.  Costume Design by Laura Goldsmith.  Film Editing by John Smith.   Performances couldn’t possibly be better in…

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Naked Lunch (1991)

DAVID CRONENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/United Kingdom/Japan, 1991.  Recorded Picture Company, Téléfilm Canada, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Film Trustees Ltd., Pierson, Heldring & Pierson N.V., Nippon Film Development and Finance.  Screenplay by David Cronenberg, based on the novel by William S. Burroughs.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Jeremy Thomas.  Music by Ornette Coleman, Howard Shore.  Production Design by…

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A Room With A View (1985)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB United Kingdom, 1985.  Goldcrest Films International, National Film Finance Corporation, Curzon Film Distributors, Film Four International, Merchant Ivory Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novel by E.M. Forster.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Ismail Merchant. Music by Richard Robbins.  Production Design by Brian Ackland-Snow, Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by…

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

DAVID FINCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Sweden/United Kingdom/Germany, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Scott Rudin Productions, Yellow Bird, Film Rites, Ground Control.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel Man som Hatar Kvinnor by Stieg Larsson.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Cean Chaffin, Scott Rudin, Soren Staermose, Ole Sondberg.  Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume…

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The Medallion (2003)

GORDON CHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Hong Kong/USA, 2003.  Emperor Multimedia Group, Golden Port Productions Ltd., Living Films, Screen Gems.  Story by Alfred Cheung, Screenplay by Bennett Davlin, Alfred Cheung, Gordon Chan, Paul Wheeler, Bey Logan.  Cinematography by Arthur Wong.  Produced by Alfred Cheung.  Music by Adrian Lee.  Production Design by Joseph C. Nemec III.  Costume Design by Grania Preston.  Film Editing by Don Brochu,…

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