Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Stonelock Pictures, Single Cell Pictures, double A Films, Conversation Productions Inc., Echo Lake Entertainment, Entitled Entertainment.  Screenplay by Karen Sprecher, Jill Sprecher.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Beni Atoori, Gina Resnick.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   On a casual…

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Secretary (2002)

STEVEN SHAINBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  Slough Pond, TwoPoundBag Productions, double A Films.  Screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson, adapted by Steven Shainberg, Erin Cressida Wilson from the short story by Mary Gaitskill.  Cinematography by Steven Fierberg.  Produced by Andrew Fierberg, Amy Hobby, Steven Shainberg.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Amy Danger.  Costume Design by Marjorie Bowers.  Film Editing by Pam…

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The Quiet American (2002)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Germany/USA/United Kingdom/Australia/France, 2002.  Miramax, Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises, Saga, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 2. Produktions KG, Giai Phong Film Studio.  Screenplay by Christopher Hampton, Robert Schenkkan, based on the novel by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Christopher Doyle.  Produced by Staffan Ahrenberg, Matthias Deyle, William Horberg.  Music by Craig Armstrong.  Production…

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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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Unfaithful (2002)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Germany/France, 2002.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Unfaithful Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr., based on the film La Femme Infidele by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by G. Mac Brown, Adrian Lyne.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Brian Morris,…

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Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (2002)

PAUL JUSTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Artisan Entertainment, Rimshot, Elliott Scott Productions.  Narration by Walter Dallas, Ntozake Shagne, based on the book by Alan Slutsky.  Cinematography by Douglas Milsome, Lon Stratton.  Produced by Paul Justman, Alan Slutsky.  Music by Alan Slutsky.  Production Design by Rolfe D. Bergsman.  Costume Design by Scarlett Jade.  Film Editing by Anne Erikson.   After years of…

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Adaptation. (2002)

SPIKE JONZE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Beverly Detroit, Clinica Estetico, Good Machine, Intermedia, Magnet Productions, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman, based on the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by Jonathan Demme, Vincent Landay, Edward Saxon.   Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design by Casey…

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Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

ALFONSO CUARON Bil’s rating (out of  5):  BBBB.  Mexico, 2001.  Anhelo Producciones, Besame Mucho Pictures, Producciones Anhelo.  Screenplay by Alfonso Cuaron, Carlos Cuaron.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.  Produced by Alfonso Cuaron, Jorge Vergara.  Music by Annette Fradera, Liza Richardson.  Production Design by Marc Bedia, Miguel Ángel Álvarez.  Costume Design by Gabriela Diaque.  Film Editing by Alfonso Cuaron, Alex Rodriguez.   Teenage recklessness is given a deserved…

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The Kid Stays In The Picture (2002)

NANETTE BURSTEIN, BRETT MORGEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Highway Films, Ministry of Propaganda Films, Robert Evans Company, Woodland Pictures LLC.  Screenplay by Brett Morgen, based on the book by Robert Evans.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Nanette Burstein, Graydon Carter, Brett Morgen.  Music by Jeff Danna.  Production Design by Mark Harper.  Film Editing by Jun Diaz.   After meeting…

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The Piano Teacher (2001)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  La Pianiste France/Austria/Poland, 2001.  Arte France Cinema, ARTE, Bavaria Film International, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Eurimages, Filmfonds Wien, Les Films Alain Sarde, MK2 Productions, Wega Film, Osterreichischer Rundfunk, Österreichisches Filminstitut.  Screenplay by Michael Haneke, based on the novel by Elfriede Jelinek.  Cinematography by Christian Berger.  Produced by…

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The Pianist (2002)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  France/Poland/Germany/United Kingdom, 2002.  R.P. Productions, Heritage Films, Studio Babelsberg, Runteam, Canal+, StudioCanal, Bac Films, Canal+ Polska, Telewizja Polska, Agencja Produkcji Filmowej, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderungsanstalt.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the book by Wladyslaw Szpilman.  Cinematography by Pawel Edelman.  Produced by Robert Benmussa, Roman Polanski, Alain Sarde.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by…

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Far From Heaven (2002)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA/France, 2002.  Focus Features, Vulcan Productions, Killer Films, John Wells Productions, Section Eight, TF1 International.  Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Jody Allen, Christine Vachon.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by James Lyons.   Todd Haynes reimagines Douglas Sirk’s masterpiece All That Heaven…

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