The Opposite Of Sex (1998)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Rysher Entertainment.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Hubert Taczanowski.  Produced by Michael Besman, David Paul Kirkpatrick.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Michael Paul Clausen. Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.  Golden Globe Awards 1998.  Independent Spirit Awards 1998. National Board of Review Awards 1998.   New York Film Critics Awards…

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A Simple Plan (1998)

SAM RAIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/France/USA/Japan, 1998. British Broadcasting Corporation, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Towa Video, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Scott B. Smith, based on the novel. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by James Jacks, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Patrizia von…

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Dancing At Lughnasa (1998)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Ferndale Films, Irish Film Board, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Sony Pictures Classics.  Screenplay by Frank McGuinness, based on the play by Brian Friel.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan.  Produced by Noel Pearson.  Music by Bill Whelan.  Production Design by Mark Geraghty.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film…

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Lolita (1997)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1997.  Guild, Lolita Productions, Pathé.  Screenplay by Stephen Schiff, based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Julie Monroe.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.   Vladimir…

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Beyond Silence (1996)

CAROLINE LINK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5 Original title:  Jenseits Der Stille Germany, 1996.  Arte, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Claussen & Wöbke Filmproduktion GmbH, Roxy Film, Schweizer Fernsehen, Süddeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Caroline Link, Beth Serlin.  Cinematography by Gernot Roll.  Produced by Jakob Claussen, Luggi Waldleitner, Thomas Wobke.  Music by Niki Reiser.  Production Design by Susann Bieling.  Costume Design by Katharina von Martius.  Film Editing by…

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Love and Death on Long Island (1997)

RICHARD KWIETNIOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Canada, 1997.  Arts Council of England, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Screen Productions, Mikado Film, Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation, Skyline Films, The Sales Company, Téléfilm Canada, imX Communications.  Screenplay by Richard Kwietniowski, based on the novel by Gilbert Adair.  Cinematography by Oliver Curtis.  Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, Christopher Zimmer.  Music by Richard Grassby-Lewis, The…

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Your Friends And Neighbours (1998)

NEIL LaBUTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Fleece.  Screenplay by Neil LaBute.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Steve Golin, Jason Patric.  Music by Frankie Pine.  Production Design by Charles William Breen.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Joel Plotch.  Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 1998.   National Board of Review Awards 1998.  Online Film Critics Awards…

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The Butcher Boy (1997)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Ireland/USA, 1997.  Geffen Pictures.Screenplay by Neil Jordan, Pat McCabe, based on the novel by Pat McCabe.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.Produced by Redmond Morris, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Anthony Pratt.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.  Berlin Film Festival 1998.  European Film Awards 1998.   Unappealing drama from…

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1998.  DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1998.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1998.  Golden…

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Buffalo ’66

BBB.5 (out of 5) Vincent Gallo is released from prison and decides to go home and visit his parents (Ben Gazzara, Anjelica Huston).   He has been telling them that his absence was due to his making a fortune elsewhere and he is living with a really nice girl; in order to keep this pretense up,…

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Wild Man Blues

BARBARA KOPPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Jean Doumanian Productions, Cabin Creek Films, Sweetland Films.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Film Editing by Lawrence Silk.  National Board of Review Awards 1998.    Online Film Critics Awards 1998.   Enjoyable but not very informative documentary that follows Woody Allen and his famous jazz band on their world…

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Men With Guns (1997)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Clear Blue Sky Productions, Independent Film Channel, Lexington Road Productions.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak.  Produced by R. Paul Miller, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Felipe Fernández del Paso.  Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo.  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Golden Globe Awards…

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