Shower (1999)

YANG ZHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Xi zao China, 1999.  Imar Film, Xi’an Film Studio.  Screenplay by Shangjun Cai, Yi’nan Diao, Xin Huo, Fendou Liu, Yang Zhang.  Cinematography by Jian Zhang.  Produced by Peter Loehr.  Music by Xiaogang Ye.  Production Design by Meng Tian.  Film Editing by Hongyu Yang.   Funny and touching drama about an emotionally repressed businessman who mistakes a…

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Dancer In The Dark (2000)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Denmark/Germany/The Netherlands/Italy/USA/United Kingdom/France/Sweden/Finland/Iceland/Norway, 2000.  Zentropa Entertainments, Trust Film Svenska, Film i Vast, Liberator Productions, Pain Unlimited GmbH Filmproduktion, Cinematograph A/S, What Else? B.V., Icelandic Film, Blind Spot Pictures Oy, France 3 Cinema,  Danmarks Radio, Arte France Cinema, SVT Drama, ARTE, Angel Films, Canal+, FilmFour, Fine Line…

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Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)

E. ELIAS MERHIGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/Luxembourg, 2000.  Saturn Films, Long Shot Pictures, BBC Films, Delux Productions, Luxembourg Film Fund, Pilgrim Films Ltd..  Screenplay by Steven Katz.  Cinematography by Lou Bogue.  Produced by Nicolas Cage, Jeff Levine.  Music by Dan Jones.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise.  Film Editing by Chris Wyatt.    Gorgeous film by…

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The Contender (2000)

ROD LURIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2000.  Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Cinecontender, Battleground Productions, SE8 Group, Battlefield.  Screenplay by Rod Lurie.  Cinematography by Denis Maloney.  Produced by Stephanie Antosca, Willi Bar, Marc Frydman, James Spies, Douglas Urbanski.  Music by Larry Groupe.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.  Costume Design by Matthew Jacobsen.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow.   Joan Allen is fantastic as…

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One Day In September (1999)

KEVIN MACDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  Switzerland/Germany/United Kingdom, 1999.  Passion Pictures, Arthur Cohn Productions, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Screen Productions, Dan Valley Film AG, European Co-production Fund, Soros Documentary Fund of the Open Society Movement.  Cinematography by Neve Cunningham, Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by John Battsek, Arthur Cohn.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Film Editing by Justine Wright.   In…

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State And Main (2000)

DAVID MAMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  France/USA, 2000.  Filmtown Entertainment, Green/Renzi, El Dorado Pictures.  Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Sarah Green.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Gemma Jackson.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Barbara Tulliver.   Ridiculously smug comedy from David Mamet, who apparently thinks that he is the only clean soul in all…

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The Girl On The Bridge (1999)

PATRICE LECONTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5 Original title:  La Fille Sur Le Pont France, 1999.  Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films Christian Fechner, Sofica Sofinergie 5, UGCF.  Screenplay and dialogue by Serge Frydman.  Cinematography by Jean-Marie Dreujou.  Produced by Christian Fechner.  Music by Didier Lize.  Production Design by Ivan Maussion.  Costume Design by Annie Perier.  Film Editing by Joelle Hache.   A deliciously capricious…

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Chicken Run (2000)

PETER LORD, NICK PARK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2000.  Aardman Animations, DreamWorks Animation, Pathé.  Original Story by Peter Lord, Nick Park, Screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, additional dialogue by Mark Burton, John O’Farrell.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver, Frank Passingham.  Produced by Peter Lord, Nick Park, David Sproxton.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell.  Production Design by Phil Lewis.  Film…

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American Psycho (2000)

MARY HARRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.    USA/Canada, 2000.  Am Psycho Productions, Edward R. Pressman Film, Lions Gate Films, Muse Productions, P.P.S. Films, Quadra Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Christian Halsey Solomon, Chris Hanley, Edward R. Pressman.  Music by…

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Quills (2000)

PHILIP KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2000.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Walrus & Associates, Hollywood Partners.  Screenplay by Doug Wright, based on his play.  Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers.  Produced by Julia Chasman, Peter Kaufman, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Martin Childs.  Costume Design by Jacqueline West.  Film Editing by Peter Boyle.   Excellent drama about the Marquis de…

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Gladiator (2000)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Mill Film, C & L, Dawliz.  Story by David Franzoni, Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by David Franzoni, Branko Lustig, Douglas Wick.  Music by Lisa Gerrard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by…

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Cast Away (2000)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2000.  Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks, ImageMovers, Playtone.  Screenplay by William Broyles Jr..  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.   Tom Hanks‘ amazing performance is the best reason to watch this…

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