Transamerica (2005)

DUNCAN TUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 2005.  Belladonna Productions.  Screenplay by Duncan Tucker.  Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski.  Produced by Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, Linda Moran.  Music by David Mansfield.  Production Design by Mark White.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Pam Wise.  Academy Awards 2005.  Golden Globe Awards 2005. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.   Toronto International Film Festival 2005.   Felicity Huffman plays a…

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L.I.E.

BBBB (out of 5) Disturbing, dramatically intense film about a fifteen year-old boy whose entire world leaves him prey to destruction in a very short period of time. After an accident on the Long Island Expressway takes his mother, young Howie Blitzer (Paul Dano) is further upset by his father taking up a sexual affair…

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Friends And Family

BB (out of 5) A hilarious plot is wasted on a hackneyed screenplay and lazy direction. Committed boyfriends Steven and Danny are terrified when Danny’s parents announce that they are coming to New York to visit them and stay at their apartment. The problem isn’t that Steven and Danny are gay, since Danny’s parents already…

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Funny Games U.S. (2007)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA/France/United Kingdom/Austria/Germany/Italy, 2007.  Celluloid Dreams, Halcyon Pictures, Tartan Films, X-Filme Creative Pool, Lucky Red, Kinematograf, Belladonna Productions, Serenity Film, Warner Independent Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Haneke.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Christian Baute, Chris Coen, Hamish McAlpine, Hengameh Panahi, Andro Steinborn.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Monika Willi. Michael…

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