Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

WES CRAVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Wes Craven, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Mark Irwin.  Produced by Marianne Maddalena.  Music by J. Peter Robinson. Production Design by Cynthia Kay Charette.  Costume Design by Mary Jane Fort.  Film Editing by Patrick Lussier.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  Toronto International Film Festival 1994. Ten years after Wes Craven’s original…

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Barcelona (1994)

WHIT STILLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Barcelona Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, Fine Line Features, Westerly Film, Westerly Films.  Screenplay by Whit Stillman.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Whit Stillman.  Music by Mark Suozzo.  Production Design by Jose Maria Botines.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994. Whit Stillman’s endless array of convoluted conversations make…

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Clerks (1994)

KEVIN SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  View Askew Productions, Miramax.  Screenplay by Kevin Smith.  Cinematography by David Klein. Produced by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith.  Film Editing by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  New York Film Critics 1994.   Hilarious independent film that ignited the career of filmmaker Kevin Smith. Told from the point of view…

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1994)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Fine Line Features, Mayfair Entertainment, Miramax, Odyssey Entertainment, Park Bench Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn.  Cinematography by Jan Kiesser.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Renee April, John Hay.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.  Academy Awards 1994.  Cannes Film Festival 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Independent…

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What Happened Was (1994)

TOM NOONAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Genre Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Tom Noonan, based on his play.  Cinematography by Joe DeSalvo.  Produced by Scott Macaulay, Robin O’Hara.  Music by Tom Noonan.  Production Design by Daniel Ouellette. Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon.  Film Editing by Tom Noonan.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.   A legal secretary (a fantastic Karen Sillas) invites a…

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Oleanna (1994)

DAVID MAMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1994.  Bay Kinescope, Channel Four Films, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, The School Company.  Screenplay by David Mamet, based on his play.  Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.  Produced by Sarah Green, Patricia Wolff.  Music by Rebecca Pidgeon.  Production Design by Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco.  Costume Design by Jane Greenwood.  Film Editing by Barbara Tulliver.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.   Fascinating…

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Clean, Shaven (1993)

LODGE KERRIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  DSM III, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lodge Kerrigan.  Cinematography by Teodoro Maniaci.  Produced by Lodge Kerrigan.  Music by Hahn Rowe.  Production Design by Tania Ferrier.  Costume Design by Traci Digesu.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.   Terrific study in mental illness and isolation by Lodge Kerrigan, who makes so much of so very little. Peter Greene…

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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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Vanya On 42nd Street (1994)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Channel Four Films, Mayfair Entertainment, The Vanya Company.  Screenplay by Andre Gregory, based on the play by Anton Chekhov, adapted by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Fred Berner.  Music by Joshua Redman.  Production Design by Eugene Lee.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Nancy Baker.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1994.  Independent Spirit…

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The Last Seduction

BBBB (out of 5) Linda Fiorentino is sensational in this lurid film noir, a role that would have earned her an Oscar nomination if the Academy hadn’t declared the film ineligible for consideration (it debuted on cable television before hitting theatres). She and Bill Pullman play a happily married couple who pull a scam job for a…

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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Yin Shi Nan Nu Taiwan/USA, 1994.  Ang Lee Productions, Central Motion Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Ang Lee, James Schamus, Hui-ling Wang.  Cinematography by Lin Jong.  Produced by Kong Hsu, Li-Kong Hsu.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Fu-Hsiung Lee.  Costume Design by Wen-Chi Chen.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.  Independent Spirit…

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Death And The Maiden (1994)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/France, 1994.  Fine Line Features, Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Flach Film, Canal+, Les Films de l’Astre, TF1 Films Production.  Screenplay by Rafael Yglesias, Roman Polanski, based on the play by Ariel Dorfman.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Josh Kramer, Thom Mount.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume…

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