Ghost World (2001)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  United Artists, Granada Film Productions, Jersey Shore, Mr. Mudd, Advanced Medien, Capitol Films.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Edward T. McAvoy.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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Life As A House (2001)

IRWIN WINKLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Winkler Films.  Screenplay by Mark Andrus.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.   Respectable ensemble drama centering around a dying man (Kevin Kline) who decides to finally tear down his dilapidated house after…

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Behind The Sun (2001)

WALTER SALLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5.  Original title:  Abril Despedacado Brazil/France/Switzerland, 2001.  Bac Films, Dan Valley Film AG, Haut et Court, VideoFilmes.  Screenplay by Karim Ainouz, Sergio Machado, Walter Salles, additional dialogue by Joao Moreira Salles, Daniela Thomas, based on the novel by Ismail Kadare.  Cinematography by Walter Carvalho.  Produced by Arthur Cohn.  Music by Ed Cortes, Antonio Pinto,…

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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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Memento (2000)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2000.  Newmarket Capital Group, Team Todd, I Remember Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, based on the short story Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Patti Podesta.  Costume Design by Cindy Evans.  Film Editing by Dody Dorn.   An…

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The Deep End (2001)

SCOTT McGEHEE, DAVID SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  i5 Films.  Screenplay by Scott McGehee, David Siegel, based on the novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by David Siegel.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Kelly McGehee, Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Sabrina Rosen.  Film Editing by Lauren Zuckerman.   Brilliant thriller that is…

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Hedwig And The Angry Inch (2001)

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Killer Films, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by John Cameron Mitchell, based on the musical play John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask.  Cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco.  Produced by Pamela Koffler, Katie Roumel, Christine Vachon.  Music by Stephen Trask.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Andrew Marcus.   Deliciously tacky…

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Kandahar (2001)

MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  Original title:  Safar E Ghandahar Iran/France, 2001.  Bac Films, Makhmalbaf Productions, StudioCanal.  Screenplay by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.  Cinematography by Ebrahim Ghafori.  Produced by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.  Music by Mohammad Reza Darvishi.  Production Design by Akbar Meshkini.  Film Editing by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.  Nelofer Pazira was an Afghani-born woman living in Canada as a journalism student when her sister wrote…

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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

BAZ LUHRMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Australia/USA, 2001.  Twentieth Century Fox, Bazmark Films.  Screenplay by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Fred Baron, Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production Design by Catherine Martin.  Costume Design by Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie.  Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.    European Film Awards 2001.   Forcefully passionate, Australian…

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Bandits (2001)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Hyde Park Entertainment, Empire Pictures, Lotus Pictures, Baltimore Spring Creek Productions, Cheyenne Enterprises.  Screenplay by Harley Peyton.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Ashok Amirtraj, Michele Berk, Michael Birnbaum, David Hoberman, Barry Levinson, Arnold Rifkin, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by…

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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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Amores Perros (2000)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Mexico, 2000.  Altavista Films, Zeta Film.  Screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by Brigitte Broch.  Costume Design by Gabriela Diaque.  Film Editing by Luis Carballar, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Fernando Perez Unda.   A tragic car accident in downtown Mexico City serves as the…

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