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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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

RICHARD LINKLATER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2006.  Warner Independent Pictures, Thousand Words, Section Eight, Detour Filmproduction, 3 Arts Entertainment.  Screenplay by Richard Linklater, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick.  Cinematography by Shane F. Kelly.  Produced by Tommy Pallotta, Jonah Smith, Erwin Stoff, Anne Walker-McBay, Palmer West.  Music by Graham Reynolds.  Production Design by Bruce Curtis.  Costume Design…

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Rumor Has It… (2005)

ROB REINER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA/Australia, 2005.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Section Eight, Spring Creek Productions, Munich Hoffmann-Media.  Screenplay by Ted Griffin.  Cinematography by Peter Deming.  Produced by Ben Cosgrove, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Robert Leighton.   Jennifer Aniston is perfectly cast as a young…

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Full Frontal (2002)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2002.  Miramax, Monophonic Inc., Populist Pictures, Propaganda Films, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Coleman Hough.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Gregory Jacobs, Scott Kramer.  Music by Jacques Davidovici.  Costume Design by Shosahan Rubin.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack. A group of characters spend their day in various complications until they are all (or most…

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The Informant! (2009)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Participant Media, Groundswell Productions, Section Eight, Jaffe / Braunstein Enterprise.  Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Jennifer Fox, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Jaffe.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Doug J. Meerdink.  Costume Design by Shoshana Rubin.  Film…

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Far From Heaven (2002)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA/France, 2002.  Focus Features, Vulcan Productions, Killer Films, John Wells Productions, Section Eight, TF1 International.  Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Jody Allen, Christine Vachon.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by James Lyons.   Todd Haynes reimagines Douglas Sirk’s masterpiece All That Heaven…

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Michael Clayton (2007)

TONY GILROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 2007.  Samuels Media, Castle Rock Entertainment, Mirage Enterprises, Section Eight, Clayton Productions.  Screenplay by Tony Gilroy.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, Sydney Pollack, Steve Samuels.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Sarah Edwards.  Film Editing by John Gilroy.   George Clooney gives a masterful…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione Elliott Gould gets…

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The Good German (2006)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2006.  Sunset Gower Studios, Warner Bros., Section Eight, Virtual Studios.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the novel by Joseph Kanon.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Ben Cosgrove, Gregory Jacobs.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh.   Underwhelming exercise in style has…

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Syriana (2005)

STEPHEN GAGHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5. USA, 2005.  Warner Bros., Participant Media, 4M, Section Eight, FilmWorks, MID Foundation.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, suggested by the book See No Evil: The True Story of A Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism by Robert Baer.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Jennifer Fox, Georgia Kacandes, Michael Nozik.  Music by Alexandre…

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Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

GEORGE CLOONEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom/France/Japan, 2005.  Warner Independent Pictures, 2929 Productions, Participant Media, Davis Films, Redbus Pictures, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Section Eight.  Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Grant Heslov.  Music by Jim Papoulis.  Production Design by James D. Bissell.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   The now-forgotten, televised showdown…

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Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 2004.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films III.  Screenplay by George Nolfi, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione….

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