Butterfly Kiss (1995)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1995.  British Screen Productions, Dan Films, Merseyside Film Production Fund.  Screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, from an idea by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Michael Winterbottom.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Julie Baines, Sarah Daniel.  Music by John Harle.  Production Design by Rupert Miles.  Costume Design by Rachael Fleming.  Film Editing by Trevor Waite.   … More Butterfly Kiss (1995)

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Beyond The Clouds (Al Di La Delle Nuvole)

BB.5 (out of 5) Michelangelo Antonioni’s first completed feature after suffering a stroke in 1985 ended up being his last, with only the short in the Eros omnibus completed after this one. It tells four stories of romance, all of them curated by John Malkovich as a filmmaker who explores the possibilities of love in cinema … More Beyond The Clouds (Al Di La Delle Nuvole)

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The War Between Us

BBBB (out of 5) Touching film that examines the effect that the internment camps, instituted by the Canadian government during World War II for Japanese-Canadians, have on a group of citizens. One particular family is the focus of the action as they enter a town where a white family has to decide how it feels … More The War Between Us

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Mute Witness

BBBB (out of 5) Terrifying!  Marina Zudina plays a mute woman working as a makeup artist on a European horror film, who late one night accidentally stumbles upon a group of people making a snuff film on the set of her latest project. Realizing that they’ve been seen, the perpetrators of this awful crime do their … More Mute Witness

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Frisk

B.5 (out of 5) Disgusting and pointless examination of the relationship between violence and pornography is only noteworthy for a small cameo by Parker Posey, and even that is pushing its value. The various relationships of a group of gay men (including Raoul O’Connell) intersect with some very bad behaviour in this offputting and boring … More Frisk

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Celestial Clockwork (Mecaniques Celestes)

BB.5 (out of 5) Fina Torres’ colourful film starts out charming and musical and ends up wispy and simpleminded. A beautiful Venezuelan opera singer (Ariadna Gil) escapes her impending marriage in Caracas and flies far away to Paris to live with some fellow ex-patriates. There she meets many colourful characters, including a jealous modern performance … More Celestial Clockwork (Mecaniques Celestes)

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The Last Supper

BB (out of 5) A group of liberal singletons accidentally do away with their dinner guest (Bill Paxton), a gentleman who has spent the evening blubbering endless racist and sexist remarks. Deciding that the world is better without him, the group buries him in their backyard and proceeds to invite more members of the human … More The Last Supper

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