Blast From The Past (1999)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Forge, Midnight Sun Pictures, New Line Cinema.  Story by Bill Kelly, Screenplay by Bill Kelly, Hugh Wilson.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Renny Harlin, Hugh Wilson.  Music by Steve Dorff.  Production Design by Bob Ziembicki.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Don Brochu.   Brendan Fraser stars as a man raised for thirty-five years…

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The Help (2011)

TATE TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, 1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures.  Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing…

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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.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe Awards 1998.  Independent Spirit…

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Get Low (2009)

AARON SCHNEIDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Germany/Poland, 2009.  K5 International, Zanuck Independent. David Gundlach Productions, LARA Enterprises, TVN, Butcher’s Run Films.  Story by Chris Provenzano, Scott Seeke, Screenplay by Chris Provenzano, C. Gaby Mitchell.  Cinematography by David Boyd.  Produced by David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Aaron Schneider.  Independent…

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The River (1984)

MARK RYDELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Robert Dillon, Screenplay by Robert Dillon, Julian Barry.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Produced by Robert Cortes, Edward Lewis.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   The life of a rural family and their…

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A Home At The End Of The World (2004)

MICHAEL MAYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2004.  Hart-Sharp Entertainment, John Wells Productions, Killer Films, Plymouth Projects, True Film Fund, Window Pane Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Cunningham, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by John Hart, Tom Hulce, Pamela Koffler, Katie Roumel, Jeffrey Sharp, Christine Vachon, John Wells.  Music by Duncan Sheik.  Production Design by Michael Shaw.  Costume…

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The Grass Harp (1995)

CHARLES MATTHAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1995.  Charles Matthau-Jerry Tokofsky-John Davis Productions, Fine Line Features, Grass Harp, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, Kirk Ellis, based on the novella by Truman Capote.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by James T. Davis, John Davis, Charles Matthau, Jerry Tokofsky.  Music by Patrick Williams.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design…

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Badlands (1973)

TERRENCE MALICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1973.  Warner Bros., Pressman-Williams, Jill Jakes Production.  Screenplay by Terrence Malick.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto, Stevan Larner, Brian Probyn.  Produced by Terrence Malick.  Music by George Aliceson Tipton.  Production Design by Jack Fisk.  Costume Design by Rosanna Norton.  Film Editing by Robert Estrin.   Terrence Malick’s first classic is also the film that introduced Sissy Spacek and…

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Nine Lives (2005)

RODRIGO GARCIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Mockingbird Pictures, Z Films, Nine Lives.  Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia.  Cinematography by Xavier Grobet.  Produced by Julie Lynn.  Music by Ed Shearmur.  Production Design by Courtney Jackson.  Costume Design by Maria Tortu.  Film Editing by Andrea Folprecht.  Independent Spirit Awards 2006.  National Board of Review Awards 2005.   Rodrigo Garcia follows Things You Can Tell Just…

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JFK (1991)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/France, 1991.  Warner Bros., Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films, Ixtlan, Camelot.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar, based on the book On The Trail of The Assassins by Jim Garrison, and the book Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho,…

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In The Bedroom

BBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful and affecting drama about a grief-stricken couple (Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek) who are having trouble coping after a personal tragedy is suffered at the hands of William Mapother.  When justice is not not served by the law, Spacek and Wilkinson decide they cannot live in a world without the emotional relief…

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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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