One Night In Miami (2020)

REGINA KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2020. ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment. Screenplay by Kemp Powers, based on his play. Cinematography by Tami Reiker. Produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Page Buckner, Barry Robison. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Tariq…

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The Night We Never Met (1993)

WARREN LEIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 USA, 1993.  Miramax, Tribeca Productions.  Screenplay by Warren Leight.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Michael Peyser.  Music by Evan Lurie.  Production Design by Lester Cohen.  Costume Design by Ellen Lutter.  Film Editing by Camilla Toniolo.   Annabella Sciorra and Matthew Broderick timeshare an apartment with a soon to be married bachelor (Kevin Anderson).  She is unhappily married and uses…

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The Basketball Diaries

BB.5 (out of 5) Jim Carroll’s autobiographical account of his days as a delinquent youth has been translated into an unenjoyable film experience. Carroll (played here by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a student at a Catholic high school with a particular aptitude for writing poetry. He spends most of his days getting high with his friends,…

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Amateur (1994)

HAL HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 1994.  American Playhouse, Channel Four Films, La Sept Cinema, True Fiction Pictures, Union Generale Cinematographique, Zenith Entertainment. Screenplay by Hal Hartley.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Hal Hartley, Ted Hope.  Music by Hal Hartley, Jeffrey Taylor.  Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Steve Hamilton….

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Flirt (1995)

HAL HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany/Japan, 1995.  Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft, Olive Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, True Fiction Pictures.  Screenplay by Hal Hartley.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Ted Hope.  Music by Hal Hartley, Jeffrey Taylor.  Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Steve Hamilton.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995. The same script is repeated three…

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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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Summer Of Sam (1999)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   USA, 1999.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures, Hostage Productions.  Screenplay by Spike Lee, Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike Lee directs this exploitative and…

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Girl 6 (1996)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1996.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by  Suzan-Lori Parks.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Alex Steyermark.  Production Design by Ina Mayhew.  Costume Design by Sandra Hernandez.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.   Theresa Randle  plays a struggling actress who takes a…

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Clockers (1995)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Richard Price, Spike Lee, based on the book by Richard Price.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D….

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume…

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Jungle Fever (1991)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1991.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Cannes Film Festival 1991.  National Board of Review Awards 1991.  New York Film Critics Awards…

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Goodfellas (1990)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, based on the novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Irwin Winkler.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by James Y. Kwei, Thelma Schoonmaker.  Academy Awards 1990.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards…

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