Altman (2014)

RON MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada, 2014.  Sphinx Productions.  Screenplay by Len Blum.  Cinematography by Simon Ennis.  Produced by Ron Mann.  Music by Phil Dwyer, Guido Luciani.  Production Design by Matthew Badiali, Craig Small.  Film Editing by Robert Kennedy. Ron Mann gives a wonderful overview of the career of filmmaker Robert Altman, the American auteur who reached his height at a time…

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The Face Of Love (2013)

ARIE POSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2013.  Mockingbird Pictures.  Screenplay by Matthew McDuffie, Arie Posin.  Cinematography by Antonio Riestra.  Produced by Bonnie Curtis.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film Editing by Matt Maddox.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013. A romantic drama with so many miscalculated contrivances,…

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What Dreams May Come (1998)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/New Zealand, 1998.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications, Metafilmics.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Barnet Bain.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Maysie Hoy.   Robin Williams plays a happy family man, married…

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The Night Listener (2006)

PATRICK STETTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2006.  Hart-Sharp Entertainment, IFC Films, Fortissimo Films.  Screenplay by Armistead Maupin, Terry Anderson, Patrick Stettner, based on the novel by Armistead Maupin.  Cinematography by Lisa Rinzler.  Produced by Jill Footlick, Robert Kessel, Jeff Sharp.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Michael Shaw.  Costume Design by Marina Draghici.  Film Editing by Andy Keir.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.   A…

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August Rush (2007)

KIRSTEN SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Southpaw Entertainment, CJ Entertainment.  Story by Paul Castro, Nick Castle, Screenplay by Nick Castle, James V. Hart.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Richard Baron Lewis.  Music by Mark Mancina.  Production Design by Michael Shaw.  Costume Design by Frank L. Fleming.  Film Editing by William Steinkamp.   Painfully melodramatic bullshit about a little…

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Patch Adams (1998)

TOM SHADYAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Blue Wolf Productions, Farrell/Minoff, Bungalow 78 Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Oedekerk, based on the book Gesundheit: Good Health Is A Laughing Matter by Patch Adams, Maureen Mylander.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Mike Farrell, Barry Kemp, Marvin Minoff, Charles Newirth.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Linda DeScenna.  Costume Design by Judy…

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Robots (2005)

CARLOS SALDANHA, CHRIS WEDGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios.  Story by Ron Mita, Jim McClain, David Lindsay-Abaire, Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Produced by Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin, William Joyce, Lorne Orleans.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by William Joyce.  Film Editing by John Carnochan. In a…

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One Hour Photo (2002)

MARK ROMANEK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Catch 23 Entertainment, Killer Films, Laughlin Park Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Romanek.  Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.  Produced by Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Stan Wlodkowski.  Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek.  Production Design by Tom Foden.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford. The slick photography and…

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The Aristocrats (2005)

PAUL PROVENZA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2005.  Mighty Cheese Productions.  Produced by Peter Adam Golden.  Music by Gary Stockdale.  Film Editing by Emery Emery, Paul Provenza.  Paul Provenza interviews dozens of comedians about a famous joke, loved among comedians, that provides a sort of jazzy opportunity for performers to really shine. Each interview subject gives their own…

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Noel (2004)

CHAZZ PALMINTERI Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/Canada, 2004.  The Convex Group, Neverland Films, Code Entertainment, Red Rose Productions LLC.  Screenplay by David Hubbard.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Al Corley, Eugene Musso, Bart Rosenblatt, Howard Rosenman.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Chazz Palminteri directs an abysmally manipulative…

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Insomnia (2002)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/Canada, 2002.  Alcon Entertainment, Witt/Thomas Productions, Section Eight, Insomnia Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Hillary Seitz, based on the 1997 screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjaerg.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, Paul Junger Witt, Andrew A. Kosove, Edward McDonnell.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film…

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The Final Cut (2004)

OMAR NAIM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Canada/Germany, 2004.  Lions Gate Entertainment, Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Industry Entertainment, Cinetheta.  Screenplay by Omar Naim.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Nick Wechsler.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Robert Brakey.   Embarrassing film that could only have attracted its big name stars with…

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