Bamboozled (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 2000.  New Line Cinema, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.   A television producer with lofty ideals (Damon Wayans in…

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Mothers and Daughters (2016)

PAUL DUDDRIDGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2016.  Siempre Viva Productions, Aloe Entertainment, Future Proof Films, TV4 Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Duddridge, based on a concept by Paul Duddridge.  Cinematography by Mikael Levin.  Produced by Danielle James, Steve King, Amy Williams.  Music by David Hlebo.  Production Design by Shawn Graves.  Costume Design by Devon de la Salle, Camille Jumelle,…

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At First Sight (1999)

IRWIN WINKLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Steve Levitt, based on the story To See And Not See by Oliver Sacks.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.   Intense drama about Mira Sorvino meeting blind massage therapist Val Kilmer at…

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Amongst Friends (1993)

ROB WEISS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Island World, Last Outlaw Films.  Screenplay by Rob Weiss.  Cinematography by Michael Bonvillain.  Produced by Matt Blumberg.  Production Design by Sharon Lomofsky, Cheryl Taylor.  Costume Design by Traci Digesu, Daniele Hollywood.  Film Editing by Ron Kalish, Leo Trombetta.   Excellent mob drama, sort of a mini-GoodFellas. Three Long Island teens don’t shirk from the opportunity to…

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Barcelona (1994)

WHIT STILLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Barcelona Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, Fine Line Features, Westerly Film, Westerly Films.  Screenplay by Whit Stillman.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Whit Stillman.  Music by Mark Suozzo.  Production Design by Jose Maria Botines.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.  Whit Stillman’s endless array of convoluted conversations make their way back to…

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Quiz Show (1994)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1994.  Baltimore Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the book Remembering America: A Voice From The Sixties by Richard N. Goodwin.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.   Produced by Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozik, Robert Redford. Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Kathy O’Rear.  Film…

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The Triumph Of Love (2001)

CLARE PEPLOE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Italy/United Kingdom, 2001.  Fiction Films, Recorded Picture Company, Medusa Film, Navert Film, Odeon Film.  Screenplay by Clare Peploe, Marilyn Goldin, Bernardo Bertolucci, based on the play Le Triomphe de l’Amour by Marivaux. Cinematography by Fabio Cianchetti.  Produced by Bernardo Bertolucci.  Music by Jason Osborn.  Production Design by Ben Van Os.  Costume Design by Metka…

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The Final Cut (2004)

OMAR NAIM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Canada/Germany, 2004.  Lions Gate Entertainment, Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Industry Entertainment, Cinetheta.  Screenplay by Omar Naim.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Nick Wechsler.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Robert Brakey.   Embarrassing film that could only have attracted its big name stars with…

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Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

DAVID MIRKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.   Touchstone Pictures, Bungalow 78 Productions.   Screenplay by Robin Schiff, based on her play The Ladies Room.   Cinematography by Reynaldo Villalobos.   Produced by Laurence Mark.   Music by Steve Bartek, James Newton Howard.   Production Design by Mayne Berke.   Costume Design by Mona May.   Film Editing by David Finfer. …

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Reservation Road (2007)

TERRY GEORGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2007.  Focus Features, Random House Films, Reservation Road, Miracle Pictures, Nick Wechsler Productions, Volume One.  Screenplay by John Burnham Schwartz, Terry George, based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Catherine George.  Film Editing…

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The Replacement Killers (1998)

ANTOINE FUQUA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1998.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, WCG Entertainment Productions.  Directed by Antoine Fuqua.  Screenplay by Ken Sanzel.  Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister.  Produced by Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy. Yun-Fat Chow plays a hired assassin who fails his assignment…

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Beautiful Girls (1996)

TED DEMME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Miramax, Woods Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by Adam Kimmel.  Produced by Cary Woods.  Music by David A. Stewart.  Production Design by Dan Davis.  Costume Design by Lucy W. Corrigan.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Wolf.   A giant cast of appealing actors do a lot for this odd but enjoyable film. Timothy Hutton returns…

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