Short Eyes (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Screenplay by Miguel Pinero, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Lewis Harris, Robert M. Young. Music by Curtis Mayfield.  Production Design by Joe Babas. Costume Design by Paul Martino. Film Editing by Edward Beyer. Miguel Pineyro’s Tony-nominated play, based on his own experiences behind bars, is adapted to…

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Nasty Baby (2015)

SEBASTIAN SILVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Chile, 2015.  Fabula, Funny Balloons, Versatile, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Sebastián Silva.  Cinematography by Sergio Armstrong.  Produced by Charlie Dibe, David Hinojosa, Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Julia Oh.  Music by Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans.  Production Design by Naomi Munro.  Costume Design by Mark Grattan.  Film Editing by Sofia Subercaseaux.  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies Sebastian Silva…

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

BB (out of 5) It’s been thirteen years since a charming, independently produced comedy about an ethnic wedding became the most profitable film of all time, and so much has changed: the adorable Portokaloses are now a tight-knit clan who can’t stay out of any of their family members’ business.  Okay, so not much has…

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Noah (2014)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures, Disruption Entertainment, FortyFour Studios.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   The Bible gets the Dark Knight treatment…

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Glory

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This fantastic Civil War drama looks at the very first African-American regiment in the United States army. It intelligently explores the outside atmosphere that influenced this move on the military’s part as well as going well within the ranks to examine the personal conflicts that happen between many of the soldiers….

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Defiance

BB (out of 5) A family of Jewish brothers see their friends and neighbours being carted off by Nazis in World War II Russia and decide not to sit around and wait for the worst. Escaping into the woods, they soon find themselves joined by more friends and strangers, with news of the burgeoning makeshift…

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Hard Ball

BBB.5 (out of 5) Keanu Reeves plays a compulsive gambler whose debts have caught up with him and landed him in big trouble. To help ease his money problems, his friend (Michael McGlone) suggests he take over a coaching assignment of an inner-city Little League baseball team and he will pay him weekly for it. Reeves…

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The Pallbearer (1996)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax, The Chess Club.  Screenplay by Jason Katims, Matt Reeves.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Paul Webster.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Stan Salfas.  Cannes Film Festival 1996.   David Schwimmer plays a lazy dope who finds out from surprise visitor Barbara Hershey that…

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Mickey Blue Eyes

BBB (out of 5) Hugh Grant‘s charm and some extremely hilarious moments make up for the lack of substance and a bad ending in this charming but forgettable comedy. Grant plays (what else) a bumbling Englishman in love with beautiful Italian-American Jeanne Tripplehorn, who finds out upon his marriage proposal to her that she’s got…

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

BBB (out of 5) The film that made Jim Carrey a superstar is a silly comedy but one filled with many laughs that would eventually become the hallmark of his crude humour. He plays a goofy, oddly-coiffed private detective who specializes in cases involving members of the animal kingdom. He is called onto the scene when…

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End Of Days (1999)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Lucifilms.  Screenplay by Andrew W. Marlowe.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Bill Borden.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Richard Holland.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Jeff Gullo, Steven Kemper.   Lord, deliver us from evil studio executives who think the devil is an interesting…

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I Shot Andy Warhol

BB (out of 5) Lili Taylor‘s performance as Valerie Solanas starts out riveting and soon grows tiresome, as does this film.  It chronicles Solanas’ unstable life up until her date with destiny, when she shot pop culture icon Andy Warhol (the wound was eventually responsible for taking his life many years later). Director Mary Harron…

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