Storytelling (2001)

TODD SOLONDZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2001.  New Line Cinema, Killer Films, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Todd Solondz.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Ted Hope, Christine Vachon.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by John A. Dunn.  Film Editing by Alan Oxman.   Todd Solondz follows two exceptionally good features with a rare misfire, a dull and…

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The Door In The Floor (2004)

TOD WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2004.  Focus Features, This Is That Productions, Revere Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Tod Williams, based on the novel A Widow For One Year by John Irving. Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Anne Carey, Michael Corrente, Ted Hope.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Eric Daman.  Film Editing by…

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A Dirty Shame (2004)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2004.  Fine Line Features, This Is That Productions, Killer Films, John Wells Productions, City Lights Pictures.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Steve Gainer.  Produced by Ted Hope, Christine Vachon.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Wolf.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004.   Tracey Ullman is a…

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Adventureland

GREG MOTTOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Miramax, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, This Is That Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Mottola.  Cinematography by Terry Stacey.  Produced by Anne Carey,Ted Hope, Sidney Kimmel.  Music by Yo La Tengo. Production Design by Stephen Beatrice.  Costume Design by Melissa Toth.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Gotham Awards 2009.  Independent Spirit Awards 2009.   After his parents reveal to him…

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The Savages

BBBB (out of 5) Two siblings, long estranged from their parents, are reunited when their aging father (Philip Bosco) is left to deal with his dementia alone after his girlfriend dies. It couldn’t come at a more inconvenient time as drama professor Philip Seymour Hoffman is working on his book on Bertold Brecht and office temp…

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Walking And Talking (1996)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/Germany, 1996.  Channel Four Films, Electric, Good Machine, Mikado Film, Pandora Filmproduktion, TEAM Communications Group, Zenith Entertainment.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Ted Hope, James Schamus.  Music by Billy Bragg.  Production Design by Anne Stuhler.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996. Nicole Holofcener…

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Lovely And Amazing (2001)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Blow Up Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by Harlan Bosmajian.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Eric d’Arbeloff, Ted Hope.  Music by Craig Richey.  Production Design by Devorah Herbert.  Costume Design by Vanessa Vogel.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Independent Spirit Awards 2002.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.   Nicole Holofcener has fashioned a film that lives…

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Amateur (1994)

HAL HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 1994.  American Playhouse, Channel Four Films, La Sept Cinema, True Fiction Pictures, Union Generale Cinematographique, Zenith Entertainment. Screenplay by Hal Hartley.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Hal Hartley, Ted Hope.  Music by Hal Hartley, Jeffrey Taylor.  Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Steve Hamilton….

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Flirt (1995)

HAL HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany/Japan, 1995.  Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft, Olive Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, True Fiction Pictures.  Screenplay by Hal Hartley.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Ted Hope.  Music by Hal Hartley, Jeffrey Taylor.  Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Steve Hamilton.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995. The same script is repeated three…

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The Wedding Banquet (1993)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Xi Yan Taiwan/USA, 1993.  Ang Lee Productions, Central Motion Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by Ang Lee, Neil Peng, James Schamus.  Cinematography by Lin Jong.  Produced by Ted Hope, Ang Lee, James Schamus.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.  Independent…

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Ride With The Devil (1999)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Good Machine.  Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the novel Woe To Live On by Daniel Woodrell.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Robert F. Colesberry, Ted Hope, James Schamus.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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The Ice Storm (1997)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1997.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Good Machine, Canal+ Droits Audiovisuels.  Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the novel by Rick Moody.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Ted Hope, Ang Lee, James Schamus.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Tim Squyres.  Cannes Film Festival 1997.  Golden Globe…

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