La Haine (1995)

MATHIEU KASSOVITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Alternate Title: Hate. France, 1995.  Canal+, Cofinergie 6, Egg Pictures, Kasso Inc. Productions, La Sept Cinema, Les Productions Lazennec, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Studio Image.  Screenplay by Mathieu Kassovitz.  Cinematography by Pierre Aim.  Produced by Christophe Rossignon.  Music by Assassin.  Production Design by Giuseppe Ponturo.  Costume Design by…

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Happy End (2017)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   France/Austria/Germany, 2017.  Les Films du Losange, X-Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film, Arte France Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE G.E.I.E, Arte France, France Televisions, Canal+,  Cine+, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Pictanovo Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Région Hauts-de-France, Filmforderungsanstalt, CNC/FFA Mini-Traite, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Eurimages.  Cinematography by Christian Berger.  Produced by Margaret Menegoz.  Production…

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

LUC BESSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   France/China/Belgium/Germany/United Arab Emirates/USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  EuropaCorpm, Fundamental Films, Grive Productions, Gulf Film, Novo Pictures, Orange Studio, River Road Entertainment, TF1 Films Production, Universum Film.  Screenplay by Luc Besson, based on the comic book series Valerian and Laureline by Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mezieres.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Luc Besson, Virginie Besson-Silla.  Music by…

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Gothika (2003)

MATHIEU KASSOVITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros., Dark Castle Entertainment.  Screenplay by Sebastian Gutierrez.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Susan Downey, L. Levin, Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Graham ‘Grace’ Walker.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Yannick Kergoat.   You know you’re in trouble when the supernatural element of…

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Amelie (2001)

JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain France/Germany, 2001.  Claudie Ossard Productions, Union Generale Cinematographique, Victoires Productions, Tapioca Films, France 3 Cinema, MMC Independent, Sofica Sofinergie 5, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Canal+.  Scenario by Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, dialogue by Guillame Laurant.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Claudie Ossard.   Music by Yann Tiersen.   Production Design…

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Munich (2005)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA/Canada/France, 2005.  DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Barry Mendel Productions, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Peninsula Films.  Screenplay by Tony Kushner, Eric Roth, based on the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel, Steven…

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Birthday Girl (2001)

JEZ BUTTERWORTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2001.  FilmFour, HAL Films, Mirage Enterprises, Miramax, Portobello Pictures.  Screenplay by Tom Butterworth, Jez Butterworth.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Eric Abraham, Steve Butterworth, Diana Phillips.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski.  Costume Design by Phoebe De Gaye.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.   Nicole Kidman is marvelous in this odd…

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The Fifth Element (1997)

LUC BESSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   France, 1997.  Gaumont.  Story by Luc Besson, Screenplay by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Patrice Ledoux.  Music by Eric Serra.  Production Design by Dan Weil.  Costume Design by Jean-Paul Gaultier.  Film Editing by Sylvie Landra.   Highly imaginative and colourful science-fiction film has an unnecessarily complicated plot but a lively visual style….

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