Totally F***ed Up (1993)

GREGG ARAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.    USA, 1993.  Blurco, Desperate Pictures, Muscle + Hate Studios.  Screenplay by Gregg Araki.  Cinematography by Gregg Araki.  Produced by Gregg Araki, Andrea Sperling.  Film Editing by Gregg Araki.  Toronto International Film Festival 1993.   Director Gregg Araki’s follow up to The Living End is a sexy, funny…

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The Joy Luck Club (1993)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Hollywood Pictures.  Screenplay by Amy Tan, Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Amy Tan.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Ronald Bass, Patrick Markey, Amy Tan, Wayne Wang.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Lydia Tanji.  Film Editing by Maysie Hoy.  National Board of Review Awards 1993.   Amy Tan’s…

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The Bride With White Hair (1993)

RONNY YU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Bai fa mo nu zhuan Hong Kong, 1993.  Mandarin Films Distribution.  Screenplay by David Wu, Ronny Yu, Kee-To Lam, based on the novel Bai Mao Nu by Yusheng Liang.  Cinematography by Peter Pau.  Produced by Bak-Ming Wong, Michael Wong, Ronny Yu.  Music by Richard Yuen.  Production Design by Eddie Ma.  Costume Design by Sun-Yiu Cheung, Emi…

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I Don’t Just Want You To Love Me (1993)

HANS GUNTHER PFLAUM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Ich Will Nur, Dass Ihr Mich Liebt – Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder Germany, 1993.  Pro-ject Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Hans Gunther Pflaum.  Cinematography by Manfred Burkle, Werner Kurz.Produced by Theo Hinz.  Film Editing by Ingrid Wolff.   Intelligent, thorough documentary that covers the career of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the…

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Dazed And Confused

BBBB (out of 5) Richard Linklater followed his breakout success Slacker with another look at a variety of characters, this time a group of teenagers on the last day of school in Austin, Texas in 1976.  There are initiation rituals to be survived by the freshmen, there are mean seniors running around looking for junior…

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The Scent Of Green Papaya

BBB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Mui du du xanh – L’Odeur de la Papaye Verte The first and so far only film from Vietnam to be nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign-Language film. A young girl grows up working in the kitchen of a famous composer, later adds becoming his lover to her…

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A Dangerous Woman

BB (out of 5) A great deal of publicity preceded this film, mainly pushing Debra Winger for awards consideration; ultimately the film made little impact and she got all her nominations for Shadowlands that year instead. She’s effective as a mentally challenged woman who lives with her patient aunt (Barbara Hershey) and is known for always being completely honest. Her…

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Romeo Is Bleeding

BB (out of 5) Unattractively violent film has a crooked cop (Gary Oldman) meet his match in a sexy hit woman (Lena Olin). It’s nonsense, and I can hardly remember it because it was too boring to pay attention to. Fans of the cast might want to take a look, but otherwise I don’t think…

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Zero Patience (1993)

JOHN GREYSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Canada, 1993.  Zero Patience Productions, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Channel 4 Television Corporation, Cineplex Odeon Films.  Screenplay by John Greyson.  Cinematography by Miroslaw Baszak.  Produced by Louise Garfield, Anna Stratton.  Music by Glenn Schellenberg.  Production Design by Sandra Kybartas.  Costume Design by Joyce Schure.  Film Editing by Miume Jan.   To hear someone say that they just…

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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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Wittgenstein (1993)

DEREK JARMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Japan/United Kingdom, 1993.  BFI Production, Bandung Productions, Channel Four Films, Uplink.  Screenplay by Derek Jarman, Terry Eagleton, Ken Butler.  Produced by Tariq Ali.  Production Design by Annie La Paz.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Budge Tremlett.   Derek Jarman’s second-to-last film is another film biography of a famous artist, this time focusing on…

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Cronos (1993)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Mexico, 1993.  CNCAIMC, Fondo de Fomento a la Calidad Cinematográfica, Grupo Del Toro, Guillermo Springall, Iguana Producciones, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Servicos Filmicos ANC, Universidad de Guadalajara, Ventana Films.  Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Arthur Gorson, Bertha Navarro.  Music by Javier Álvarez.  Production Design by Tolita Figuero.  Costume…

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