Earth (1998)

DEEPA MEHTA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  India/Canada, 1998.  Cracking the Earth Films Inc., Jhamu Sughand Productions.  Screenplay by Deepa Mehta, based on the novel Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by Anne Masson, Deepa Mehta.  Music by A.R. Rahman.  Production Design by Aradhana Seth.  Costume Design by Dolly Ahluwalia.  Film Editing by Barry Farrell.   Beautifully shot romance set…

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Flowers Of Shanghai (1998)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Hai shang Hua Taiwan/Japan, 1998.  3H Productions, Shochiku Company.  Screenplay by Eileen Chang, T’ien-wen Chu, Bangqing Han.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama, Teng-Kuei Yang.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno, Duu-Chih Tu.  Production Design by Wen-Ying Huang.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.   Four brothels in late nineteenth-century Shanghai are the settings for Hou…

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The Dreamlife Of Angels (1998)

ERICK ZONCA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Vie Revee Des Anges France, 1998.  Diaphana Films, Les Productions Bagheera, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Procirep.  Screenplay by Pierre Chosson, Erick Zonca, Roger Bohbot, Artistic Collaboration by Virginie Wagon.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard, Dominique Le Rigoleur.  Produced by Francois Marquis.  Music by Yann Tiersen….

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Pecker (1998)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Polar Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Vincent Perani.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Janice Hampton.   Funny little film from John Waters is one of his most modest films, about a meek amateur photographer (Edward…

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Permanent Midnight (1998)

DAVID VELOZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  JD Productions.  Screenplay by David Veloz, based on the book by Jerry Stahl.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jane Hamsher, Don Murphy.  Music by Daniel Licht.  Production Design by Jerry Fleming.  Costume Design by Lori Eskowitz-Carter, Louise Mingenbach.  Film Editing by Cara Silverman, Steven Weisberg.   Forgettable recount of the turbulent battle with heroin addiction…

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The Dinner Game (1998)

FRANCIS VEBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Le Diners De Con France, 1998.  Gaumont, EFVE, TF1 Films Production, TPS Cinéma.  Written by Francis Veber.  Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.  Produced by Alain Poire.  Music by Vladimir Cosma.  Production Design by Hugues Tissandier.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Bouchard.  Film Editing by Georges Klotz.   Excellent comedy that provides plenty of laughs, skillfully adapted by Francis Veber from…

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Run Lola Run (1998)

TOM TYKWER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Lola Rennt Germany, 1998.  X-Filme Creative Pool, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE.  Screenplay by Tom Tykwer.  Cinematography by Frank Griebe.  Produced by Stefan Arndt, Gebhard Henke, Andreas Schreitmuller.  Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer.  Production Design by Alexander Manasse.  Costume Design by Monika Jacobs.  Film Editing by Mathilde Bonnefoy.  Franka Potente is excellent as a flaming-red-haired moppet who…

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Illuminata (1998)

JOHN TURTURRO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Spain/USA/Japan, 1998.  CDI, GreeneStreet Films, JVC Entertainment Networks, Overseas FilmGroup, Sogepaq.  Screenplay by Brandon Cole, John Turturro, based on the play by Brandon Cole.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by John Penotti, John Turturro.  Music by Arnold Black, William Bolcom.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Roman Paska, Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum.   Too…

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The Impostors (1998)

STANLEY TUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  First Cold Piece, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Tucci.  Cinematography by Ken Kelsch.  Produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander, Stanley Tucci.  Music by Gary DeMichele.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger.   Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance…

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The Hole (1998)

TSAI MING-LIANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Dong Taiwan/France, 1998.  Arc Light Films, Central Motion Pictures, China Television, Haut et Court, La Sept-Arte.  Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang, Pi-ying Yang.  Cinematography by Pen-jung Liao.  Produced by Peggy Chiao.  Music by Grace Chang.  Production Design by Pao-Lin Lee.  Costume Design by Vivian Ming Chou.  Film Editing by Ju-kuan Hsiao.   Tsai Ming-liang’s theme of alienation in…

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Bishonen (1998)

YONFAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Mei Shao Nian Zhi Lian Alternate title:  Beauty Hong Kong, 1998.  Far Sun Film Company Ltd..  Screenplay by Yonfan.  Cinematography by Henry Chung.  Produced by Chia Ai, Sylvia Chang.  Music by Chris Babida.  Film Editing by Ma Kam.   Empty-headed drama about a pretty-boy hustler suffering through a relationship with an uncommitted celebrity. He preens, he mopes,…

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Bedrooms And Hallways (1998)

ROSE TROCHE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Berwin and Dempsey, British Broadcasting Corporation, Pandora Cinema.  Screenplay by Robert Farrar.  Cinematography by Ashley Rowe.  Produced by Dorothy Berwin, Liz Bunton, Ceci Dempsey.  Music by Ian MacPherson, Alfredo D. Troche.  Production Design by Richard Bridgland.  Costume Design by Annie Symons.  Film Editing by Chris Blunden.   Often amusing examination of the nature of…

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