Cafe Society (2016)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to Los…

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Irrational Man (2015)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 2015.  Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Carl Sprague.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen returns to the landscape of dubious moral conundrums that he covered so well in Crimes And Misdemeanors…

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Grace Of Monaco (2014)

OLIVIER DAHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Alternate title:  Princess Grace France/USA/Belgium/Italy/Switzerland, 2014.  Stone Angels, YRF Entertainment, Umedia, Lucky Red, TF1 Films Production, Canal+, Gaumont, Od Shots, Silver Reel, uFilm.  Screenplay by Arash Amel.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Arash Amel, Uday Chopra, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam.  Music by Christopher Gunning.  Production Design by Dan Weil.  Costume Design by Gigi Lepage.  Film Editing by Olivier Gajan.  …

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Ned Rifle (2014)

HAL HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  Possible Films.  Screenplay by Hal Hartley.  Cinematography by Vladimir Subotic.  Produced by Hal Hartley, Matthew Myers.  Music by Hal Hartley.  Production Design by Richard Sylvarnes.  Costume Design by Sandy Siu.  Film Editing by Kyle Gilman.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.   Hal Hartley follows up Henry Fool and Fay Grim with more dark, wry explorations of his…

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The House Of Yes (1997)

MARK WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  Bandeira Entertainment, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Mark Waters, based on the play by Wendy MacLeod.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Beau Flynn,Stefan Simchowitz.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Patrick Sherman.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.   Strange black comedy that can never decide if it wants to be a…

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Frisk (1995)

TODD VEROW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1995.  Screenplay by Jim Dwyer, George LaVoo, Todd Verow, based on the novel by Dennis Cooper.  Cinematography by Greg Watkins.  Produced by Jon Gerrans, Marcus Hu.  Music by Lee Ranaldo.  Production Design by Jennifer Graber.  Film Editing by Todd Verow.   Disgusting and pointless examination of the relationship between violence and pornography is only noteworthy for…

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Dinner At Fred’s (1999)

SHAWN THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Canada/USA, 1999.  HandMade Films, Paragon Entertainment Corporation.  Screenplay by Shawn Thompson.  Cinematography by Robert C. New.  Produced by Jon Slan.  Music by Carlos Lopes.  Production Design by Marian Wihak.  Costume Design by Resa McConaghy.  Film Editing by Michael Pacek.   On a windy winter’s night, fumbling Gil Bellows finds himself in the twilight zone when he loses his wallet at…

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Clockwatchers (1997)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Goldcrest Films International, John Flock Productions.  Screenplay by Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Gina Resnick.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Pamela Marcotte.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrone.   Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach and Toni Collette all give strong performances as four temps working mundane…

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Superman Returns (2006)

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Peters Entertainment, Bad Hat Harry Productions, DC Comics.  Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, based on characters created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Gilbert Adler, Lorne Orleans, Jon Peters,Bryan Singer.  Music by John…

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The Daytrippers (1996)

GREG MOTTOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/USA, 1996.  Alliance Communications Corporation, Cinépix Film Properties, Fiasco Photoplays, Trick Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Mottola.  Cinematography by John Inwood.  Produced by Steven Soderbergh, Nancy Tenenbaum.  Music by Richard Martinez.  Production Design by Bonnie J. Brinkley.  Costume Design by Barbara Presar.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Droll New York comedy about…

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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)

REBECCA MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Blue Magic Pictures, Goldheart Pictures, IFC Productions, InDigEnt.  Screenplay by Rebecca Miller, based on her book.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Alexis Alexanian, Lemore Syvan, Gary Winick.  Music by Michael Rohatyn.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Marie Abma.  Film Editing by Sabine Hoffman.   Rebecca Miller adapts two of her short stories…

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Party Girl (1995)

DAISY VON SCHERLER-MAYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Party Productions.  Story by Harry Birckmayer, Sheila Gaffney, Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Screenplay by Harry Birckmayer, Daisy von Scherler Mayer.  Cinematography by Michael Slovis.  Produced by Harry Birckmayer, Stephanie Koules.  Music by Anton Sanko.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by Cara Silverman.   Parker Posey…

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