The Last Castle (2001)

ROD LURIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2001.  DreamWorks, Robert Lawrence Productions.  Story by David Scarpa, Screenplay by David Scarpa, Graham Yost.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Robert Lawrence.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Kirk M. Petruccelli.  Costume Design by Ha Nguyen.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow, Kevin Stitt.   Robert Redford plays a top-ranking Army general who is…

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Girlfight (2000)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2000.  Green/Renzi, Independent Film Channel.  Screenplay by Karyn Kusama.  Cinematography by Patrick Cady.  Produced by Sarah Green, Martha Griffin, Maggie Renzi.  Music by Gene McDaniels, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Marco Cattoretti, Luca Mosca.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.   A fantastic story about a young woman (Michelle Rodriguez) who wants…

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The Sentinel (2006)

CLARK JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2006.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Furthur Films, New Regency Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Major Studio Partners, Sentinel Productions.  Screenplay by George Nolfi, based on the novel by Gerald Petievich.  Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by Michael Douglas, Marcy Drogin, Arnon Milchan.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume…

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21 Grams (2003)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2003.  This Is That Productions, Y Productions.  Screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Robert Salerno.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by Brigitte Broch.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   This is a powerful tale of love lost and souls redeemed that, like…

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The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call – New Orleans (2009)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2009.  Millennium Films, Edward R. Pressman Film, Saturn Films, Polsky Films, Osiris Productions, Lieutenant Productions.  Screenplay by William M. Finkelstein, based on the film Bad Lieutenant by Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Abel Ferrara, Zoë Lund.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Stephen Belafonte, Randall Emmett, Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky, Edward R. Pressman, John…

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The Firm (1993)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1993.  Davis Entertainment, Mirage Enterprises, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by John Davis, Sydney Pollack, Scott Rudin.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp,…

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Bad Lieutenant (1992)

ABEL FERRARA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1992.  Bad Lt. Productions.  Screenplay by Abel Ferrara, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Zoë Lund.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Mary Kane.  Music by Edward R. Pressman.  Production Design by Charles M. Lagola.  Costume Design by David Sawaryn.  Film Editing by Anthony Redman.   Harvey Keitel is the perfect choice to play this dangerous role in…

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Clockers (1995)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Richard Price, Spike Lee, based on the book by Richard Price.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D….

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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.   Independent film became a truly commercial entity when Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant drama hit the…

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Out Of Sight (1998)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Ultra-cool tale of an ex-con bank robber…

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Four Rooms (1995)

ALLISON ANDERS, ALEXANDRE ROCKWELL, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, QUENTIN TARANTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 1995.  Miramax, A Band Apart.  Screenplay by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Garcia, Guillermo Navarro, Phil Parmet, Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Lawrence Bender.  Music by Combustible Edison.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Susan L. Bertram, Mary Claire Hannan.  Film Editing…

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