The French Dispatch (2021)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: The French Dispatch of The Liberty Kansas Evening Sun USA/Germany, 2021. American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg. Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, Jason Schwartzman, Screenplay by Wes Anderson. Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman. Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales….

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Jimmy P. (2013)

ARNAUD DESPLECHIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Jimmy P.:  Psychotherapy Of a Plains Indian France/USA, 2013.  Why Not Productions, Orange Studio, France 2 Cinema, Hérodiade, Le Pacte, Canal+, Cine+, France Televisions, Smuggler Films.  Screenplay by Arnaud Desplechin, Kent Jones, Julie Peyr.  Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine.  Produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Jennifer Roth, Gregoire Sorlat.  Music by Mike Kourtzer, Howard Shore.  Production Design…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany, 2014.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, American Empirical Pictures, TSG Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness, Screenplay by Wes Anderson, inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by…

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The Door In The Floor (2004)

TOD WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2004.  Focus Features, This Is That Productions, Revere Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Tod Williams, based on the novel A Widow For One Year by John Irving. Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Anne Carey, Michael Corrente, Ted Hope.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Eric Daman.  Film Editing by…

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Maid In Manhattan (2002)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Revolution Studios, Red Om Films.  Story by John Hughes, Screenplay by Kevin Wade.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Paul Schiff, Deborah Schindler.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Craig McKay.   An honest and hardworking hotel chambermaid (Jennifer Lopez) gets the chance to…

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Outsourced (2006)

JOHN JEFFCOAT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2006.  ShadowCatcher Entertainment.  Screenplay by George Wing, John Jeffcoat.  Cinematography by Teodoro Maniaci.Produced by Tom Gorai.  Music by BC Smith.  Production Design by Fali Unwalla.  Costume Design by Heidi Bivens, Himani Dehlvi.  Film Editing by Brian Berdan.   Josh Hamilton successfully runs a call centre that sells catalog products of a jingoistically patriotic nature. When his…

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The Shipping News (2001)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/Canada, 2001.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs, based on the novel by Annie Proulx.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. Produced by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Leslie Holleran, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   Disappointing adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning…

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Vanya On 42nd Street (1994)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Channel Four Films, Mayfair Entertainment, The Vanya Company.  Screenplay by Andre Gregory, based on the play by Anton Chekhov, adapted by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Fred Berner.  Music by Joshua Redman.  Production Design by Eugene Lee.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Nancy Baker.  A very simple concept makes for…

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Addicted To Love (1997)

GRIFFIN DUNNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Warner Bros., Outlaw Productions, Miramax.  Screenplay by Robert Gordon.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Jeffrey Silver.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Elizabeth Kling.   Passable romantic comedy that is a perfect exercise in silliness for Meg Ryan’s diehard fans. Brokenhearted geek…

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Girl 6 (1996)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1996.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by  Suzan-Lori Parks.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Ina Mayhew.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard. Theresa Randle  plays a struggling actress who takes a job at a phone…

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Before And After (1996)

BARBET SCHROEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Caravan Pictures, Hollywood Pictures.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the book by Rosellen Brown.  Cinematography by Luciano Tivoli.  Produced by Susan Hoffman, Barbet Schroeder.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Lee Percy.   Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson small-town parents who threaten to tear…

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The Ice Storm (1997)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1997.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Good Machine, Canal+ Droits Audiovisuels.  Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the novel by Rick Moody.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Ted Hope, Ang Lee, James Schamus.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.   America’s coming-of-age in the seventies…

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