Juha (1999)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Finland, 1999.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki, based on the novel by Juhani Aho.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Anssi Tikanmäki.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Marja-Leena Hukkanen.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.  Aki Kaurismaki films a Postman Always Rings Twice-type story in the vein of a…

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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Germany/USA/Japan, 1999.  Pandora Filmproduktion, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Degeto Film, Plywood Productions, Bac Films, Canal+, JVC Entertainment Networks.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Richard Guay, Jim Jarmusch.  Music by RZA.  Production Design by Ted Berner.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.  Cannes Film Festival…

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Show Me Love (1998)

LUKAS MOODYSSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Fucking Amal Sweden/Denmark, 1998.  Memfis Film, Det Danske Filminstitut, Film i Väst, SVT Drama, Göteborg, Svenska Filminstitutet, Sveriges Television, Trollywood AB, Zentropa Entertainments. Screenplay by Lukas Moodysson.  Cinematography by Ulf Brantas.  Produced by Lars Jonsson.  Production Design by Heidi Saikkonen, Lina Strand.  Costume Design by Maria Swenson.  Film Editing by Michal Leszczylowski, Bernhard…

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Shower (1999)

YANG ZHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Xi zao China, 1999.  Imar Film, Xi’an Film Studio.  Screenplay by Shangjun Cai, Yi’nan Diao, Xin Huo, Fendou Liu, Yang Zhang.  Cinematography by Jian Zhang.  Produced by Peter Loehr.  Music by Xiaogang Ye.  Production Design by Meng Tian.  Film Editing by Hongyu Yang.  National Board of Review Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Funny and touching…

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Simpatico (1999)

MATTHEW WARCHUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/France/USA, 1999.  Emotion Pictures, Canal+, Zeal Pictures, Kingsgate Films.  Screenplay by Matthew Warchus, David Nicholls, based on the play by Sam Shepard.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Jean-Francois Fonlupt, Dan Lupovitz, Timm Oberwelland.  Music by Stewart Copeland.  Production Design by Amy B. Ancona.  Costume Design by Karen Patch.  Film Editing by Pasquale Buba.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.  …

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Himalaya (1999)

ERIC VALLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Himalaya–L’Enfance D’Un Chef Alternate title:  Caravan France/United Kingdom/Switzerland/Nepal, 1999.  Galatée Films, France 2 Cinéma, Les Productions de la Guéville, Les Productions JMH, Antelope Films, National Studio Limited, Bac Films, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, British Screen Productions, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Télévision Suisse-Romande, La Fondation Gan…

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Crane World (1999)

PABLO TRAPERO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Mundo Grua Argentina, 1999.  Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, Lita Stantic Producciones, Matanza Cine.  Screenplay by Pablo Trapero.  Cinematography by Cobi Migliora.  Produced by Lita Stantic, Pablo Trapero.  Production Design by Andres Tambornino.  Film Editing by Nicolas Goldbart.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Grainy, black and white slice of social realism in which director Pablo…

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Black And White (1999)

JAMES TOBACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Bigel / Mailer Films, Palm Pictures.  Screenplay by James Toback.  Cinematography by David M. Ferrara.  Produced by Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer, Ron Rotholz.  Music by American Cream Team, Oliver ‘Power’ Grant.  Production Design by Anne Ross.  Costume Design by Jacki Roach.  Film Editing by Myron I. Kerstein.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Exploitative and depressingly awful film by…

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Guts

RON TERMAAT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Lef The Netherlands, 1999.  CV LEF.  Screenplay by Ron Termaat.  Cinematography by Maarten Kramer.  Produced by Marijke Kloosterman, Ron Termaat.  Music by Andre van der Hoff, Joep van Deudekom.  Production Design by Joaney Korevaar.  Costume Design by Arien de Vries, Marianne Noorlander.  Film Editing by Hans van Dongen, Annette Otto.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Tepid three-way romance…

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Anywhere But Here (1999)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1999.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the book by Mona Simpson.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Donald Graham Burt.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   The presence…

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Dogma (1999)

KEVIN SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1999.   View Askew Productions, STK.   Screenplay by Kevin Smith.   Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.   Produced by Scott Mosier.   Music by Howard Shore.   Production Design by Robert Holtzman.   Costume Design by Abigail Murray.  Film Editing by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith.  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Kevin…

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American Movie (1999)

CHRIS SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Bluemark Productions, C-Hundred Film Corporation, Civilian Pictures.  Cinematography by Chris Smith.  Produced by Sarah Price, Chris Smith.  Music by Mike Schank.  Film Editing by Jun Diaz, Barry Poltermann.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Give pretty much anyone a home movie camera and they’ll think themselves a filmmaker, but in the case of…

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