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.   Relentlessly depressing drama based on the novel…

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The Opposite Of Sex (1998)

DON ROOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Rysher Entertainment.  Screenplay by Don Roos.  Cinematography by Hubert Taczanowski.  Produced by Michael Besman, David Paul Kirkpatrick.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Michael Paul Clausen. Costume Design by Peter Mitchell.  Film Editing by David Codron.   Don Roos’ excellent directorial debut, a healthy mix of searing comedy, strong drama and even some…

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Conceiving Ada (1997)

LYNN HERSMAN-LEESON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/Germany, 1997.  Hotwire Productions, Outpost Studios.  Screenplay by Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Eileen Jones, based on the biography Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers, A Selection of Lord Byron’s Daughter and Her Description of the First Computer by Betty A. Toole.  Cinematography by Hiro Narita, Bill Zarchy.  Produced by Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Henry S. Rosenthal.  Music…

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Velvet Goldmine (1998)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Channel Four Films, Goldwyn Films, Killer Films, Miramax, Newmarket Capital Group, Single Cell Pictures, Zenith Entertainment.  Story by James Lyons, Todd Haynes, Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Christine Vachon.  Music by Carter Burwell, Craig Wedren.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by…

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Buffalo ’66 (1998)

VINCENT GALLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  Cinépix Film Properties, Lions Gate Films, Muse Productions.  Story by Vincent Gallo, Screenplay by Vincent Gallo, Alison Bagnall.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by Chris Hanley.  Music by Vincent Gallo.  Production Design by Gideon Ponte.  Costume Design by Alexis Scott.  Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton.   Vincent Gallo is released from prison and decides to…

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Hurlyburly (1998)

ANTHONY DRAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1998.  FilmColony, Storm Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Rabe, based on his play.  Cinematography by Changwei Gu.  Produced by Anthony Drazan, Richard N. Gladstein, David Hamburger.  Music by David Baerwald, Steve Lindsey.  Production Design by Michael D. Haller.  Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.   Flat, overly talky film version of…

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A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (1998)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/USA, 1998.   Capitol Films, Merchant Ivory Productions, British Screen Productions.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory, based on the novel by Kaylie Jones.   Cinematography by Jean-Marc Fabre.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Pat Garner, Jacques Bufnoir.   Costume Design by Carol…

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High Art (1998)

LISA CHOLODENKO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Canada/USA, 1998.  391 Productions, Antidote Films, October Films.  Screenplay by Lisa Cholodenko.  Cinematography by Tami Reiker.  Produced by Dolly Hall, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Susan A. Stover.  Music by Stuart Hill, Nathan Larson, Craig Wedren.  Production Design by Bernhard Blythe.  Costume Design by Victoria Farrell.  Film Editing by Amy E. Duddleston.   An intoxicating performance by Ally Sheedy…

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Rushmore (1998)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1998.  American Empirical Pictures, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Barry Mendel, Paul Schiff.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Karen Patch.  Film Editing by David Moritz.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.   Jason Schwartzman is hilarious as a lovesick student at the…

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Pi (1998)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1998.  Harvest Filmworks, Truth and Soul Pictures, Plantain Films.  Story by Darren Aronofsky, Sean Gullette, Eric Watson, Screenplay by Darren Aronofksy.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Eric Watson.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Matthew Maraffi.  Costume Design by Eric ‘Shorty’ Meyerson.  Film Editing by Oren Sarch.   Clever but eventually numbing exercise in film…

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Nowhere (1997)

GREGG ARAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/France, 1997.  Blurco, Desperate Pictures, Union Générale Cinématographique, Why Not Productions.  Screenplay by Gregg Araki.  Cinematography by Arturo Smith.  Produced by Gregg Araki, Andrea Sperling.  Production Design by Patti Podesta.  Costume Design by Sara Jane Slotnick.  Film Editing by Gregg Araki.   Gregg Araki’s tribute to the soulless residents of California’s teen set is an…

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The Doom Generation (1995)

GREGG ARAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/France, 1995.  Union Générale Cinématographique, The Teen Angst Movie Company, Desperate Pictures, Blurco, Why Not Productions.  Screenplay by Gregg Araki. Cinematography by Jim Fealy.  Produced by Gregg Araki, Yves Marmion, Andrea Sperling.  Music by Dan Gatto.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Catherine Cooper-Thoman.  Film Editing by Gregg Araki, Kate McGowan.  Ridiculous film…

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