The Card Counter (2021)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/China/USA, 2021. Focus Features, LB Entertainment, Astrakan Film AB, Bona Film Group, Convergent Media, Enriched Media Group, HanWay Films, One Two Twenty Entertainment, Redline Entertainment. Screenplay by Paul Schrader. Cinematography by Alexander Dynan. Produced by Lauren Mann, Braxton Pope, David M. Wulf. Music by Robert Levon…

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First Reformed (2017)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA/United Kingdom/Australia, 2017.  Killer Films, Fibonacci Films, Arclight Films, Big Indie Pictures, Omeira Studio Partners.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Alexander Dynan.  Produced by Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Gary Hamilton, Victoria Hill, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon.  Music by Brian Williams.  Production Design by Grace Yun.  Costume Design by Olga…

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Obsession (1976)

BRIAN DE PALMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Yellowbird Productions.  Story by Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader, Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Harry N. Blum, George Litto.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Jack Senter.  Costume Design by Frank Balchus.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.   Cliff Robertson loses wife Genevieve Bujold and their…

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The Walker (2007)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  Kintop Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Isle of Man Film, Paul Schrader Productions, The Walk.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Chris Seager.  Produced by Deepak Nayar.  Music by Anne Dudley.  Production Design by James Merifield.  Costume Design by Nic Ede.  Film Editing by Julian Rudd.  Toronto International Film Festival 2007. Woody Harrelson plays a southern aristocrat…

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Auto Focus (2002)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Focus Puller Inc., Good Machine, Propaganda Films.  Screenplay by Michael Gerbosi, based on the book The Murder Of Bob Crane by Robert Graysmith.  Cinematography by Jeffrey Greeley, Fred Murphy.  Produced by Scott Alexander, Alicia Allain, Patrick Dollard, Larry Karaszewski, Brian Oliver, Todd Rosken.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume…

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Affliction (1997)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1997.  JVC Entertainment Networks, Kingsgate Films, Largo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Russell Banks.  Cinematography by Paul Sarossy.  Produced by Linda Reisman.  Music by Michael Brook.  Production Design by Anne Pritchard.  Costume Design by Francois Laplante.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.   Relentlessly depressing drama based on the novel…

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Light Sleeper (1992)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Carolco Pictures, Grain of Sand Productions, Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Linda Reisman.  Music by Michael Been.  Production Design by Richard Hornung.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Kristina Boden.  This excellent drama by Paul Schrader features a marvelous script and excellent performances. It stars…

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The Comfort Of Strangers (1990)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/Italy/United Kingdom, 1990.  Erre Produzioni, Reteitalia, Sovereign Pictures, The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Angelo Rizzoli Jr..  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by Giorgio Armani.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow. British travellers in Italy Natasha Richardson and Rupert Everett become the unwitting houseguests of a…

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American Gigolo (1980)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1980.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Schrader.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Giorgio Moroder.  Production Design by Edward Richardson.  Costume Design by Giorgio Armani.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.   Richard Gere made an icon of himself in this supposedly groundbreaking film, one that is only memorable because for once it is a…

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The Canyons (2013)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2013.  Prettybird, Post Empire Films, Sodium Fox, Filmworks/FX, Canyons.  Screenplay by Bret Easton Ellis.  Cinematography by John DeFazio.  Produced by Braxton Pope.  Music by Brendan Canning.  Production Design by Stephanie J. Gordon.  Costume Design by Keely Crum.  Film Editing by Tim Silano. Dorian Awards 2013.   A complete waste of time, both for…

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A Decade Under The Influence (2003)

TED DEMME, RICHARD LaGRAVENESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2003.  Constant Communication, Written in Stone.  Cinematography by Tony C. Jannelli, Clyde W. Smith.  Produced by Ted Demme, Jerry Kupfer, Richard LaGravenese, Gini Reticker.  Music by John Kimbrough.  Film Editing by Meg Reticker. National Board of Review Awards 2003.  The clips alone are reason enough to watch this invigorating…

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Cat People (1982)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1982.  RKO Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Ormsby, based on a story by DeWitt Bodeen.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Charles W. Fries.  Music by Giorgio Moroder.  Production Design by Edward Richardson.  Costume Design by Daniel Paredes.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas, Jere Huggins, Ned Humphreys.   Remake of the forties classic that…

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