Crooklyn (1994)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Child Hood Productions.  Story by Joie Lee, Screenplay by Joie Lee, Spike Lee, Cinqué Lee.  Cinematography by Arthur Jafa.  Produced by Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.  Spike…

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Clerks (1994)

KEVIN SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  View Askew Productions, Miramax.  Screenplay by Kevin Smith.  Cinematography by David Klein. Produced by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith.  Film Editing by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  New York Film Critics 1994.   Hilarious independent film that ignited the career of filmmaker Kevin Smith. Told from the point of view…

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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 Last Seduction

BBBB (out of 5) Linda Fiorentino is sensational in this lurid film noir, a role that would have earned her an Oscar nomination if the Academy hadn’t declared the film ineligible for consideration (it debuted on cable television before hitting theatres). She and Bill Pullman play a happily married couple who pull a scam job for a…

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Spanking The Monkey (1994)

DAVID O. RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1994.   Buckeye Films, Swelter Films.   Screenplay by David O. Russell.   Cinematography by Michael Mayers.   Produced by Dean Silvers.   Music by David Carbonara.   Production Design by Susan Block.   Costume Design by Carolyn Greco.   Film Editing by Pamela Martin.   Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  New York Film Critics 1994.   Jeremy…

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Hoop Dreams

BBBBB (out of 5) This incredible documentary is everything you’ve heard it is and more. It follows the lives of two inner city Chicago kids who want more than anything to play basketball for the NBA, but what it also does, and here’s where the film is elevated to masterpiece status, is give a wholly…

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Miramax, A Band Apart, Jersey Films.  Story by Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary, Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Sally Menke.  Academy Awards 1994.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1994.  Cannes Film Festival 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Independent…

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Red

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Trois Couleurs: Rouge The third part of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours trilogy is far and away the best of the group and could survive as a film on its own. A Geneva model (Irène Jacob) becomes acquainted with a crusty old judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) after she accidentally runs over his…

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Nobody’s Fool (1994)

ROBERT BENTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Capella International, Cinehaus, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Benton, based on the novel by Richard Russo.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Arlene Donovan, Scott Rudin.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by John Bloom.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.  National Board of Review Awards…

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Ed Wood (1994)

TIM BURTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, based on the book Nightmare of Ecstasy by Rudolph Grey.  Cinematography by Stefan Czapsky. Produced by Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Tom Duffield.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon.  Academy Awards 1994.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1994….

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Nell (1994)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Egg Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by William Nicholson, Mark Handley, based on the play Idioglossia by Mark Handley.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Jodie Foster, Renee Missel.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe…

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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1994.  Miramax, Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, Douglas McGrath.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1994. Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  National Board of Review Awards 1994.  New York Film…

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