I Can’t Sleep (1994)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original title:  J’ai Pas Sommeil France/Germany/Switzerland, 1994.  Arena Films, Orsans, Les Films de Mindif, France 3 Cinema, M6 Films, Agora Film, Vega Film.  Screenplay by Jean-Pol Fargeau, Claire Denis.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard.  Produced by Bruno Pesery.  Music by Jean-Louis Murat, John Pattison.  Production Design by Arnaud de…

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Take Care Of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Pida Huivista Kiinni, Tatjana Finland/Germany, 1994.  Sputnik, Pandora Filmproduktion, Yleisradio.  Screenplay by Sakke Jarvenpaa, Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Veikko Tuomi.  Production Design by Kari Laine, Markku Pätilä, Jukka Salmi.  Costume Design by Tuula Hilkamo.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Toronto International Film Festival 1994. Miniature charmer by Aki Kaurismaki…

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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

WES CRAVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Wes Craven, based on his characters.  Cinematography by Mark Irwin.  Produced by Marianne Maddalena.  Music by J. Peter Robinson. Production Design by Cynthia Kay Charette.  Costume Design by Mary Jane Fort.  Film Editing by Patrick Lussier.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  Toronto International Film Festival 1994.   Ten years after Wes Craven’s original…

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Crumb (1994)

TERRY ZWIGOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Superior Pictures.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Lynn O’Donnell, Terry Zwigoff.  Music by David Boeddinghaus.  Film Editing by Victor Livingston.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1995.  National Board of Review Awards 1995.   New York Film Critics Awards 1995.   Unappealing, insightful, and powerful documentary by Terry Zwigoff about adult comic artist Robert Crumb….

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Chungking Express (1994)

WONG KAR WAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Chung Hing Sam Lam Hong Kong, 1994.  Jet Tone Production. Screenplay by Wong Kar Wai.  Cinematography by Christopher Doyle, Wai-keung Lau.  Produced by Yi-kan Chan, Jeffrey Lau.  Music by Frankie Chan, Michael Galasso, Roel A. Garcia.  Production Design by William Chang.  Costume Design by William Chang.  Film Editing by William Chang, Kit-Wai Kai, Chi-Leung Kwong.  Independent Spirit…

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Vive L’Amour (1994)

TSAI MING-LIANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Ai qing Wan sui Taiwan, 1994.  Central Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang, Pi-ying Yang, Yi-chun Tsai.  Cinematography by Pen-jung Liao, Ming-kuo Lin.  Produced by Hu-pin Chung, Li-Kong Hsu.  Production Design by Pao-Lin Lee.  Costume Design by Chung-hung Luo.  Film Editing by Shia-cheng Sung.   If the study of isolation is your bag, then dive right in…

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The New Age (1994)

MICHAEL TOLKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Alcor Films, Ixtlan, New Regency Pictures, Wechsler Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin.  Cinematography by John J. Campbell.  Produced by Keith Addis, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Richard Shissler.  Film Editing by Suzanne Fenn.   Disappointing comedy that reunites Peter Weller and Judy Davis, who previously performed…

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Once Were Warriors (1994)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  New Zealand, 1994.  Communicado Productions, New Zealand Film Commission, Avalon/NFU, New Zealand On Air. Screenplay by Riwia Brown, based on the novel by Alan Duff.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Robin Scholes.  Music by Murray Grindlay, Murray McNabb.  Production Design by Michael Kane.  Costume Design by Pauline Bowkett.  Film Editing by Michael Horton.   Fascinating, intense drama…

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Clerks (1994)

KEVIN SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  View Askew Productions, Miramax.  Screenplay by Kevin Smith.  Cinematography by David Klein. Produced by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith.  Film Editing by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith.  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  New York Film Critics 1994.   Hilarious independent film that ignited the career of filmmaker Kevin Smith. Told from the point of view…

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Double Happiness (1994)

MINA SHUM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada, 1994.  British Columbia Film Commission, Fine Line Features, National Film Board of Canada, New Views Films, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Mina Shum.  Cinematography by Peter Wunstorf.  Produced by Stephen Hegyes, Rose Lam.  Music by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.  Production Design by Michael Bjornson.  Costume Design by Cynthia Ann Summers.  Film Editing by Alison Grace.  …

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Blue Sky (1994)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1994.  Heathrow Productions, Orion Pictures.  Story by Rama Laurie Stagner, Screenplay by Rama Laurie Stagner, Arlene Sarner, Jerry Leichtling.  Cinematography by Steve Yaconelli.  Produced by Robert H. Solo.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Timian Alsaker.  Costume Design by Jane Robinson.  Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert.  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.   Jessica…

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The Postman (1994)

MICHAEL RADFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Il Postino Italy/France/Belgium, 1994.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Penta Film, Esterno Mediterraneo Film, Blue Dahlia Productions, K2 Two, Canal+.  Story by Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Screenplay by Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Massimo Troisi, based on the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta.  Cinematography by Franco…

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