The Edge (1997)

LEE TAMAHORI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Art Linson Productions. Screenplay by David Mamet.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Wolf Kroeger.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Neil Travis.  Anthony Hopkins plays a shy billionaire who accompanies his hot young…

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The Life Of Jesus (1997)

BRUNO DUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  La Vie de Jesus France, 1997.  3B Productions, Norfilm, C.R.R.A.V, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ministère de la Culture de la Republique Française, Canal+, Procirep, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pictanovo Nord-Pas-de-Calais.  Screenplay by Bruno Dumont.  Cinematography by Philippe Van Leeuw.  Produced by Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Brehat.  Music by…

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The Town (1997)

NURI BILGE CEYLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Turkey, 1997.  Original title:  Kasaba Alternate title:  The Small Town NBC Ajans.  Story by Emin Ceylan, Screenplay by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.  Cinematography by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.  Music by Ali Kayaci.  Production Design by Ebru Ceylan.  Film Editing by Ayhan Ergürsel.   Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s first feature as director is a taste of things to…

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The House Of Yes (1997)

MARK WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  Bandeira Entertainment, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Mark Waters, based on the play by Wendy MacLeod.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Beau Flynn,Stefan Simchowitz.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Patrick Sherman.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.   Strange black comedy that can never decide if it wants to be a…

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Chinese Box (1997)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France/Japan/USA, 1997.  Canal+, NDF International, Pony Canyon, WW Productions Inc..  Story by Jean-Claude Carriere, Paul Theroux, Wayne Wang, Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Larry Gross.  Cinematography by Vilko Filac.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Jean-Louis Piel, Wayne Wang.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Chris Wong.  Costume Design by Shirley Chan.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.   Touching romantic triangle…

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Character (1997)

MIKE VAN DIEM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Karakter The Netherlands/Belgium, 1997.  First Floor Features, Almerica Film.  Screenplay by Mike Van Diem, Laurens Geels, Ruud van Megen, based on the short story Dreverhaven en Katadreuffe and the novel Karakter by Ferdinand Bordewijk.  Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers.  Produced by Laurens Geels.  Music by Paleis van Boem.  Production Design by Rikke Jelier, Alfred Schaaf.  Costume…

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Clockwatchers (1997)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  Goldcrest Films International, John Flock Productions.  Screenplay by Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Gina Resnick.  Music by Mader.  Production Design by Pamela Marcotte.  Costume Design by Edi Giguere.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrone.   Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach and Toni Collette all give strong performances as four temps working mundane…

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Insomnia (1997)

ERIK SKJOLDBJAERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Norway, 1997.  Norsk Film, Nordic Screen Production AS, Norsk Filminstitutt.  Screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjaerg.  Cinematography by Erling Thurmann-Andersen.  Produced by Tomas Backstrom, Petter J. Borgli, Tom Remlov.  Music by Geir Jenssen.  Production Design by Eli Bo.  Costume Design by Runa Fonne.  Film Editing by Hakon Overas.  Stellan Skarsgård plays a Swedish detective visiting Norway to…

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Afterglow (1997)

ALAN RUDOLPH Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Elysian Dreams, Moonstone Entertainment, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Francois Barbeau.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.   Julie Christie  is luminous in this enjoyable character study as a lonely wife to a philandering…

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Orgazmo (1997)

TREY PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 1997.  Kuzui Enterprises, MDP Worldwide, Avenging Conscience, Orgazmo Inc..  Screenplay by Trey Parker.  Cinematography by Kenny Gioseffi.  Produced by Fran Rubel Kuzui, Jason McHugh, John Frank Rosenblum, Matt Stone.  Music by Paul Robb.  Production Design by Tristan Paris Bourne.  Costume Design by Kristen Anacker.  Film Editing by Michael R. Miller, Trey Parker.  Worthless comedy tries…

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In & Out (1997)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Paramount Pictures, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick.  Cinematography by Rob Hahn.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, John Jympson.   Pointedly funny comedy by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, Addams Family Values) about a shy, mild-mannered high school teacher…

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Artemisia (1997)

AGNES MERLET Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5.  France/Germany/Italy, 1997.  3 Emme Cinematografica, Première Heure, France 3 Cinéma, Schlemmer Film, Dania Film, Mediaset, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Presidenzia del Consiglio del Ministri-Dipartimento dello Spettacolo, Black Forest Films. Story by Agnes Merlet, Christine Miller, Screenplay by Agnes Merlet, Christine Miller, Patrick Amos.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by…

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