Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by Edward … More Isle of Dogs (2018)

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On The Road

BBB (out of 5) At long last, after decades of false starts and development hell, Francis Ford Coppola’s dream of bringing Jack Kerouac’s milestone novel to the big screen has come true, with Coppola relegating the director seat to Walter Salles and keeping himself on as producer.  The narrative follows the fictionalized members of Kerouac’s … More On The Road

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The Bling Ring (2013)

SOFIA COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France/ Germany/Japan, 2013.  American Zoetrope, FilmNation Entertainment, NALA Films, Pathe Distribution, StudioCanal, TOBIS Film, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Sofia Coppola, based on the Vanity Fair article The Suspect Wore Louboutins by Nancy Jo Sales.  Cinematography by Christopher Blauvelt, Harris Savides.  Produced by Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Youree Henley.  Music by Daniel Lopatin, … More The Bling Ring (2013)

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CQ

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1969, and an American film editor (Jeremy Davies) living in Paris is working on the troubled set of a Barbarella-like science-fiction film. The director (Gerard Depardieu) has passionate aims for his story, while the maniacal producer (Giancarlo Giannini) wants sex and violence in a marketable format. Strife ensues, much of … More CQ

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Apocalypse Now

BBBBB (out of 5) Fascinating, colourful and completely disturbing adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness, featuring some of the best camera work of the seventies by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Director Francis Ford Coppola moves the original period and setting of the novel to the Vietnam war, with Martin Sheen taking a long trip down a … More Apocalypse Now

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In adapting a book by Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson finds the perfect balance of perspectives as Dahl’s whimsy is convincingly made Anderson’s own, and the story is fine-tuned to towards the milquetoast characterizations and small-arc plot turns that made films like Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums so satisfying.  George Clooney and Meryl Streep do excellent … More Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2012.  Indian Paintbrush, American Empirical Pictures.  Screenplay by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Academy Awards 2012.  Cannes Film Festival 2012.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Gotham Awards … More Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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