Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Fred Waitzkin.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by William Horberg, Scott Rudin.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman.  Academy Awards 1993.   Young Josh Waitzin (Max Pomeranc) feels only passably amused by the…

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Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/Canada/Japan/France, 2004.  Strike Entertainment, New Amsterdam Entertainment, Metropolitan Filmexport, Toho-Towa.  Screenplay by James Gunn, based on the 1978 screenplay by George A. Romero.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, Richard P. Rubinstein.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Andrew Neskoromny.  Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg.  Film Editing by Niven Howie….

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Sugar

JOHN PALMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Canada, 2004.  New Real Films, Actra Tip, On the Stroll Productions.  Screenplay by Todd Klinck, Jaie Laplante, John Palmer, based on short stories by Bruce LaBruce.  Cinematography by John Westheuser.  Produced by John Buchan, Damion Nurse.  Music by Ravi Persaud.  Film Editing by Robert Kennedy.   An entire movie about junkie hustlers, how fun. Andre Noble is…

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Capote (2005)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/USA, 2005.  United Artists, Sony Pictures Classics, A-Line Pictures, Cooper’s Town Productions, Infinity Media, Eagle Vision.  Screenplay by Dan Futterman, based on the book by Gerald Clarke.  Cinematography by Adam Kimmel.  Produced by Caroline Baron, Michael Ohoven, William Vince.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by…

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The Shipping News (2001)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/Canada, 2001.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs, based on the novel by Annie Proulx.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. Produced by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Leslie Holleran, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.  Golden Globe Awards 2001.  National Board of Review Awards 2001.  …

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Cinderella Man (2005)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Universal Pictures, Miramax, Imagine Entertainment, Parkway Productions.  Story by Cliff Hollingsworth, Screenplay by Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman.  Cinematography by Salvatore Totino.  Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Penny Marshall.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.  Academy Awards 2005.  Boston…

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Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

FRANCOIS GIRARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.   The title literally describes this film in a nutshell: it is comprised of thirty-two films, some only seconds in length, others going on for several minutes, describing various aspects of the life of foremost Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. His personal relationships, his need for solitude, his dependence…

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Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lars Productions.  Screenplay by Nancy Oliver.  Cinematography by Adam Kimmel.  Produced by Sarah Aubrey, John Cameron, Sidney Kimmel.  Music by David Torn.  Production Design by Arvinder Grewal.  Costume Design by Kirston Leigh Mann.  Film Editing by Tatiana S. Riegel.   Academy Awards 2007.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  National Board of Review Awards 2007.   Toronto International Film Festival 2007….

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A History Of Violence (2005)

DAVID CRONENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2005.  New Line Cinema, BenderSpink, Media I! Filmproduktion München & Company, New Line Productions.  Screenplay by Josh Olson, based on the graphic novel by John Wagner, Vince Locke.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Chris Bender, J.C. Spink.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg.  Film Editing by Ronald Sanders.  Academy…

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