The Unbelievable Truth (1989)

HAL HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1989.  Action Features.  Screenplay by Hal Hartley.  Cinematography by Michael Alan Spiller.  Music by Jim Coleman.  Production Design by Carla Gerona.  Costume Design by Kelly Reichardt.  Film Editing by Hal Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.   Robert John Burke gets out of prison and returns to his hometown, getting a job at a repair shop…

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Nocturne Indien (1989)

ALAIN CORNEAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France, 1989.  AFC, Sara Films, Ciné Cinq, Christian Bourgois Productions, Sofinergie 1, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Adaptation and dialogue by Alain Corneau, Louis Gardel, based on the novel by Antonio Tabucchi.  Cinematography by Yves Angelo.  Produced by Maurice Bernart.  Production Design by Partho Sen-Gupta.  Costume Design by Chandrakant Waradkar.  Film Editing by Thierry Derocles.  Toronto International Film…

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The Killer (1989)

JOHN WOO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Dip huet seung hung Hong Kong, 1989.  Film Workshop, Golden Princess Film Production Limited, Long Shong Pictures, Magnum Films, Media Asia Group.  Screenplay by John Woo.  Cinematography by Peter Pau, Wing-hang Wong.  Produced by Hark Tsui.  Music by Lowell Lo.  Production Design by Man-Wah Luk.  Costume Design by Shirley Chan.  Film Editing by Kung-Wing Fan.  Podcast:  My…

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/France, 1988.  Cristaldifilm, Les Films Ariane, Rai 3, TF1 Films Production, Forum Picture.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Giuseppe Tornatore, Collaboration with Vanna Paoli.  Cinematography by Blasco Giurato.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Andrea Crisanti.  Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.  Academy Awards 1989.  Cannes…

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The Tall Guy (1989)

MEL SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1989.  London Weekend Television, Virgin Vision, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Richard Curtis.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Paul Webster.  Music by Peter Brewis.  Production Design by Grant Hicks.  Costume Design by Denise Simmons.  Film Editing by Dan Rae.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.  Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with…

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My Left Foot (1989)

JIM SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Ireland/United Kingdom, 1989.  Ferndale Films, Granada Television, Raidió Teilifís Éireann.  Screenplay by Shane Connaughton, Jim Sheridan, based on the book by Christy Brown.  Cinematography by Jack Conroy.  Produced by Noel Pearson.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Austen Spriggs.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by J. Patrick Duffner.  Academy Awards 1989.  Boston Film Critics…

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Roger And Me (1989)

MICHAEL MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1989.  Dog Eat Dog Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Michael Moore.  Cinematography by Chris Beaver, John Prusak, Kevin Rafferty, Bruce Schermer.  Produced by Michael Moore.  Film Editing by Jennifer Beman White, Wendey Stanzler.  National Board Of Review Awards 1989.  New York Film Critics Awards 1989.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.   Back before he was famous…

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A City Of Sadness (1989)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Beiqing Chengshi Hong Kong/Taiwan, 1989.  3-H Films, ERA International.  Screenplay by T’ien-wen Chu, Nien-Jen Wu.  Cinematography by Huai-en Chen.  Produced by Fu-Sheng Chiu.  Independent Spirit Awards 1990.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.   Overly convoluted plot is so confusing that even those with an extensive knowledge of Taiwan’s political history will have…

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A Dry White Season

EUZHAN PALCY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Donald Sutherland plays a schoolteacher in South Africa who is completely oblivious to the turbulence in his own country until it is pushed into his face: his gardener’s son gets viciously attacked by police during a demonstration by a group of black schoolchildren. Sutherland soon grows to realize the…

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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (1989)

PETER GREENAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France/United Kingdom, 1989.  Allarts, Elsevier-Vendex Film Beheer, Allarts Cook, Erato Films, Erato Inc., Films Inc..  Screenplay by Peter Greenaway.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Kees Kasander.  Music by Michael Nyman.  Production Design by Ben Van Os, Jan Roelfs.  Costume Design by Jean-Paul Gaultier.  Film Editing by John Wilson.  Independent Spirit Awards 1990.  Toronto International Film…

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Staying Together

BBB (out of 5) Enjoyable family drama directed by Oscar-winner Lee Grant has strong characters and an unsentimental but emotional story that overcomes its deja vu qualities. Three brothers experience instant coming-of-age when their restaurant-owning father announces that he has sold his establishment as he is sick and tired of it. The news comes as…

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War Requiem (1989)

DEREK JARMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1989.  Anglo International Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Liberty Film Sales.  Screenplay by Derek Jarman, based on poems by Wilfred Owen.  Cinematography by Richard Greatrex.  Produced by Don Boyd.  Production Design by Lucy Morahan.  Costume Design by Linda Alderson.  Film Editing by Rick Elgood.  Toronto International Film Festival 1989.   Those familiar with and fond of Derek Jarman’s…

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