Greta (2018)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/USA, 2018.  Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lawrence Bender Productions, Little Wave Productions.  Story by Ray Wright, Screenplay by Ray Wright, Neil Jordan.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, James Flynn, Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti.  Music by Javier Navarrete.  Production Design by Anna Rackard.  Film Editing by Nick Emerson.  Chloë Grace Moretz plays a lonely…

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The Mexican (2001)

GORE VERBINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  DreamWorks, Newmarket Capital Group, Lawrence Bender Productions, Pistolero Productions LLC.  Screenplay by J.H. Wyman.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by John Baldecchi, Lawrence Bender.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Cecilia Montiel.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Craig Wood. Odd but often entertaining comedy that features humorous performances from its…

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Anna And The King (1999)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Lawrence Bender Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, based on the diaries of Anna Leonowens.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, Ed Elbert.  Music by George Fenton, Robert Kraft.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli.   So-so effort that features a surprisingly…

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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

DAVIS GUGGENHEIM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2006.  Lawrence Bender Productions, Participant Media.  Cinematography by Davis Guggenheim, Robert Richman.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns, Laurie Lennard.  Music by Michael Brook.  Costume Design by Marina Ray.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy, Dan Swietlik.   Sobering look at the realities of global warming that avoids flashy film techniques and instead puts…

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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

GUY FERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2004.  Lions Gate Films, Miramax, Lawrence Bender Productions, A Band Apart, Havana Nights LLC, Artisan Entertainment.  Story by Kate Gunzinger, Peter Sagal, Screenplay by Boaz Yakin, Victoria Arch.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, Sarah Green.  Music by Heitor Pereira.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski.  Costume Design by Isis Mussenden.  Film Editing…

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Good Will Hunting (1997)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership, Lawrence Bender Productions, Miramax.  Screenplay by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck.   Cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Music by Danny Elfman. Production Design by Missy Stewart.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Pietro Scalia.   Matt Damon plays a math genius who is hiding…

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2003.  Miramax, A Band Apart, Super Cool ManChu.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, based on the character The Bride created by Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Music by RZA.  Production Design by Yohei Tanada, David Wasco.  Costume Design by Alexander AD, Kumiko Ogawa, Catherine Marie Thomas, Mark Zunino.  Film…

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, A Band Apart, Studio Babelsberg, Visiona Romantica.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.   There’s a scene, relatively early on in this picture, when a member of…

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Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2004.  Miramax, A Band Apart, Super Cool ManChu.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, based on the character The Bride created by Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Music by Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Kumiko Ogawa, Catherine Marie Thomas.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  …

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Live Entertainment, Dog Eat Dog Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.   Quentin Tarantino turned heads with this outrageous directorial debut, one of the most shockingly violent films to be made…

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Miramax, A Band Apart, Jersey Films.  Story by Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary, Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.   Independent film became a truly commercial entity when Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant drama hit the…

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Jackie Brown (1997)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1997.  Miramax, A Band Apart, Mighty Mighty Afrodite Productions.  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, based on the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.   What Quentin Tarantino promised in Pulp Fiction…

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