Ghost World (2001)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  United Artists, Granada Film Productions, Jersey Shore, Mr. Mudd, Advanced Medien, Capitol Films.  Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith.  Music by David Kitay.  Production Design by Edward T. McAvoy.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole (1998)

TOD WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Culpan Productions LLC.  Screenplay by Tod Williams.  Cinematography by John Foster.  Produced by Karen Barber, Jasmine Kosovic.  Music by Elizabeth Swados.  Costume Design by Eric Daman.  Film Editing by Affonso Goncalves.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  Independent Spirit Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Adrian Grenier is excellent as a wayward youth in the early eighties…

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Memento (2000)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2000.  Newmarket Capital Group, Team Todd, I Remember Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, based on the short story Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Patti Podesta.  Costume Design by Cindy Evans.  Film Editing by Dody Dorn.  Academy Awards…

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The Deep End (2001)

SCOTT McGEHEE, DAVID SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  i5 Films.  Screenplay by Scott McGehee, David Siegel, based on the novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by David Siegel.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Kelly McGehee, Christopher Tandon.  Costume Design by Sabrina Rosen.  Film Editing by Lauren Zuckerman.  Boston Film Critics Awards…

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Hedwig And The Angry Inch (2001)

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Killer Films, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by John Cameron Mitchell, based on the musical play John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask.  Cinematography by Frank G. DeMarco.  Produced by Pamela Koffler, Katie Roumel, Christine Vachon.  Music by Stephen Trask.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Andrew Marcus.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Donnie Darko (2001)

RICHARD KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Pandora Cinema, Flower Films, Adam Fields Productions, Gaylord Films.  Screenplay by Richard Kelly.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Adam Fields, Nancy Juvonen, Sean McKittrick.    Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.    Costume Design by April Ferry.   Film Editing by Sam Bauer, Eric Strand.    Donnie Darko (Jake…

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Amelie (2001)

JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain France/Germany, 2001.  Claudie Ossard Productions, Union Generale Cinematographique, Victoires Productions, Tapioca Films, France 3 Cinema, MMC Independent, Sofica Sofinergie 5, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Canal+.  Scenario by Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, dialogue by Guillame Laurant.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Claudie Ossard.   Music by Yann Tiersen.   Production Design…

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Just One Time (1999)

LANE JANGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1999.  Alliance Atlantis Communications, Danger Filmworks.  Story by Lane Janger, Screenplay by Lane Janger, Jennifer Vandever.  Cinematography by Timothy Naylor, Michael St. Hilaire.  Produced by Lane Janger, Jasmine Kosovic, Exile Ramirez.  Music by Edward Bilous.  Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Melissa Bruning.  Film Editing by Mitchel Stanley.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Based on a…

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Amores Perros (2000)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Mexico, 2000.  Altavista Films, Zeta Film.  Screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by Brigitte Broch.  Costume Design by Gabriela Diaque.  Film Editing by Luis Carballar, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Fernando Perez Unda.  Academy Awards 2000.  Boston Film Critics Awards 2001.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.  Independent Spirit…

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Sexy Beast

BBB (out of 5) In this colourful gangster film, a retired British safecracker (Ray Winstone) has moved to Spain with his girlfriend and is enjoying his life free from the pressures of organized crime. An old acquaintance (Ben Kingsley) shows up and convinces him (or forces him, depending on how you see it) into one…

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Monster’s Ball (2001)

MARC FORSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Lee Daniels Entertainment, Lions Gate Films.  Screenplay by Milo Addica, Will Rokos.  Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer.  Produced by Lee Daniels.  Music by Asche & Spencer.  Production Design by Monroe Kelly.  Costume Design by Frank L. Fleming.  Film Editing by Matt Chesse.  Academy Awards 2001.  American Film Institute Awards 2001.   Golden Globe Awards 2001.  Independent…

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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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