Mister Johnson (1990)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1990. Avenue Pictures.  Screenplay by William Boyd, based on the novel by Joyce Cary.  Cinematography by Peter James. Produced by Michael Fitzgerald.  Music by Georges Delerue. Production Design by Herbert Pinter. Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon. Bruce Beresford returns audiences to…

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Wise Blood (1979)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1979.  Anthea Film, Ithaca.  Screenplay by Benedict Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, based on the novel by Flannery O’Connor.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Kathy Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Costume Design by Sally Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Roberto Silvi.  New York Film Critics Awards 1980.  New York Film Critics 1980…

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The Tall Guy (1989)

MEL SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1989.  London Weekend Television, Virgin Vision, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Richard Curtis.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Paul Webster.  Music by Peter Brewis.  Production Design by Grant Hicks.  Costume Design by Denise Simmons.  Film Editing by Dan Rae.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.  Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with…

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The Pledge (2001)

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2001.  Morgan Creek Entertainment, Franchise Pictures, Clyde Is Hungry Films, Pledge Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski, based on the book by Freidrich Durrenmatt. Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Michael Fitzgerald, Sean Penn, Elie Samaha.  Music by Klaus Badelt, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by…

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Wilde

BRIAN GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/Japan, 1997.  Samuelson Productions, Dove International, NDF International, Pony Canyon, Pandora Films, Capitol Films, BBC Films, The Greenlight Fund.  Screenplay by Julian Mitchell, based on the book by Richard Ellmann.  Cinematography by Martin Fuhrer.  Produced by Marc Samuelson, Peter Samuelson.  Music by Debbie Wiseman.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume Design by Nic Ede.  Film Editing…

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Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Spain/USA/Germany, 2005.  Twentieth Century Fox, Scott Free Productions, BK, KOH, Reino del Cielo, Studio Babelsberg, Inside Track 3, Calle Cruzada, Dune Films.  Screenplay by William Monahan.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Ridley Scott.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by Dody Dorn. Another Gladiator…

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Hollywood, Je T’Aime

BB.5 (out of 5) Jerome is having a rough Christmas in the City Of Lights: his boyfriend has decided that their relationship is non-committal and prefers the company of another lover. Not one to suffer loneliness in his freezing cold city, Jerome leaves gay Paris for even gayer California in the hopes of finding love…

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

BBBBB (out of 5) Tommy Lee Jones scores huge in his feature film directorial debut, a fascinating, dramatic look at race relations and loose concepts of justice in modern-day Texas. He plays a ranch hand who takes the law unto himself when his Mexican cowboy friend is found shot dead for no apparent reason and the authorities…

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Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds

BBB.5 (out of 5) Surprising improvement on the original ups the fun as protagonists Kyle and Gwen are once again doing their best to get more than just fun out of their adventures with men in the sack. After Kyle is dumped by Marc, for whom he went to so much trouble to land in…

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I Do

GLENN GAYLORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Photographer David W. Ross has lived in New York for almost two decades since transplanting himself from England, but this does not protect him when visa issues arise and he is threatened with deportation.  His career is in America, as is his family given that he has taken over…

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G.B.F. (2013)

DARREN STEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2013.  School Pictures, Parting Shots Media, Logolite Entertainment, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Steakhaus Productions.  Screenplay by George Northy.  Cinematography by Jonathan Hall.  Produced by Richard Bever, Stephen Israel, George Northy, Darren Stein.  Music by Brian H. Kim.  Production Design by Michael Fitzgerald.  Costume Design by Kit ‘Pistol’ Scarbo.  Film Editing by Phillip J. Bartell.  Podcast:  Bad Gay…

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Charlotte Gray (2001)

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Australia/Germany, 2001.  Ecosse Films, FilmFour, Pod Film, Senator Film Produktion.  Screenplay by Jeremy Brock, based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by Sarah Curtis, Douglas Rae.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Joseph Bennett. Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by Nicholas Beauman.   Exciting World War II drama about…

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