Millennium Mambo (2001)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Qian Xi Man Po Taiwan/France, 2001.  3H Productions, Orly Films, Paradis Films, Sinomovie.  Screenplay by T’ien-wen Chu.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by T’ien-wen Chu, Eric Heumann.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno, Kai-yu Huang, Giong Lim.  Production Design by Wen-Ying Huang, Chih-cheng Wang.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.   Visually opulent indulgence from Hou…

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The Last Samurai (2003)

EDWARD ZWICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2003.  Warner Bros., The Bedford Falls Company, Cruise/Wagner Productions, Radar Pictures.  Story by John Logan, Screenplay by John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Tom Cruise, Tom Engelman, Marshall Herskovitz, Scott Kroopf, Paula Wagner, Edward Zwick.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Costume Design by Ngila Dickson.  Film…

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Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003)

PETER WEBBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Luxembourg, 2003.  Archer Street Productions, Delux Productions, Pathé Pictures International, Film Fund Luxembourg, UK Film Council, Wild Bear Films. Screenplay by Olivia Hetreed, based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Andy Paterson, Anand Tucker.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Ben Van Os.  Costume Design by Dien van…

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

GORE VERBINSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2003.  Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Story by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert, Screenplay by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Klaus Badelt.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Penny Rose.  Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin, Arthur Schmidt, Craig Wood.   A young…

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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

PETER SOLLETT Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  France/USA, 2002.  Canal+, Forensic Films, StudioCanal, Untitled Productions.  Story by Peter Sollett, Eva Vives, Screenplay by Peter Sollett.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by Alain de la Mata, Scott Macaulay, Robin O’Hara, Peter Sollett.  Music by Roy Nathanson.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Jill Newell.  Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein.   Peter Sollett’s…

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X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003)

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  X2 Canada/USA, 2003.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Enterprises, Donners’ Company, Bad Hat Harry Productions, XF2 Canada Productions, XM2 Productions.  Story by Zak Penn, David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, David Hayter.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter.  Music by John…

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Down With Love (2003)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2003.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Jinks/Cohen Company, Mediastream Dritte Film GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth. Produced by Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks.  Music by Marc Shaiman. Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by Larry…

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House Of Sand And Fog (2003)

VADIM PERELMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  DreamWorks, Cobalt Media Group, Bisgrove Entertainment.  Screenplay by Vadim Perelman, Shawn Lawrence Otto, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Michael London, Vadim Perelman.  Music by James Horner.    Production Design by Maia Javan.   Costume Design by Hala Bahmet.   Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.  …

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Winged Migration (2001)

JACQUES PERRIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Le Peuple Migrateur France/Italy/Germany/Spain/Switzerland, 2001.  Galatée Films, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Les Productions de la Guéville, Bac Films, Canal+, Pandora Filmproduktion, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Les Productions JMH, Télévision Suisse-Romande, Wanda Visión S.A., Eyescreen S.r.l., Liliane Bettencourt au Nom de la Bettencourt Schuller, Crédit Agricole, Primagaz,…

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

HIROYUKI OKIURA, SHINICHIRO WATANABE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira Japan/USA, 2001.  Bandai Visual Company, Bones, Destination Films, Sunrise.  Screenplay by Keiko Nobumoto, English version by Marc Handler, based on the story by Hajime Yatate.  Cinematography by Yoichi Ogami.   Produced by Haruyo Kanesaku, Yutaka Maseba, Masahiko Minami, Minoru Takanashi, Masuo Ueda.    Music…

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The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

ERROL MORRIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2003.  Sony Pictures Classics, RadicalMedia, SenArt Films, The Globe Department Store.  Cinematography by Peter Donahue, Robert Chappell.  Produced by Julie Ahlberg, Errol Morris, Michael Williams.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design by Ted Bafaloukos, Steve Hardie.  Costume Design by Eddie Marquez, Julie Vogel.  Film Editing by Doug Abel, Chyld King, Karen Schmeer.   In this captivating…

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Irreversible (2002)

GASPAR NOE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France, 2002.  120 Films, Canal+, Eskwad, Les Cinémas de la Zone, Nord-Ouest Productions, StudioCanal, Wild Bunch.  Screenplay by Gaspar Noe.  Cinematography by Benoit Debie, Gaspar Noe.  Produced by Christophe Rossignon.  Music by Thomas Bangalter.  Production Design by Alain Juteau.  Costume Design by Laure Culkovic.  Film Editing by Gaspar Noe.   Unpleasantness is the cornerstone of this…

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