Taboo (1999)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Gohatto Japan/France/United Kingdom, 1999. Oshima Productions, Shochiku, Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Imagica Corp., BS Asahi, Eisei Gekijo, Bac Films, Le Studio Canal+, Recorded Picture Company.  Screenplay by Nagisa Oshima, based on the novel by Ryôtarô Shiba.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Shigehiro Nishimura, Eiko…

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Ivansxtc (2000)

BERNARD ROSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  Alternative Investments of Michigan, Enos/Rose Productions, Rhino Films.  Screenplay by Bernard Rose, Lisa Enos, based on the novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by Ron Forsythe, Bernard Rose.  Produced by Lisa Enos.  Music by Matt Schultz, Elmo Weber.  Film Editing by Bernard Rose.  Independent Spirit Awards…

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Faithless (2000)

LIV ULLMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Original title:  Trolösa Sweden/Italy/Germany/Finland/Norway, 2000.  Classic, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Norsk Rikskringkasting, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Rai Cinema, SVT Drama, Svensk Filmindustri, Svenska Filminstitutet, Yleisradio, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Jörgen Persson.  Produced by Kaj Larsen, Johan Mardell.  Production Design by Göran Wassberg.  Costume Design by Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Toronto…

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Bread And Roses (2000)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom/France/Germany/Spain/Italy/Switzerland, 2000.  Parallax Pictures, Alta Films, Alta Produccion, ARTE, BIM Distribuzione, Bac Films, British Screen Productions, British Sky Broadcasting, Cinart, Degeto Film, FilmFour, Filmcoopi Zürich, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, La Sept-Arte, , Road Movies Filmproduktion, Tornasol Films, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume…

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The Gleaners and I (2000)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Original title:  Les glaneurs et la glaneuse France, 2000.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnès Varda.  Cinematography by Didier Doussin, Stephane Krausz, Didier Rouget, Pascal Sautelet, Agnès Varda.  Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz, Isabelle Olivier.  Film Editing by Jean-Baptiste Morin, Laurent Pineau, Agnès Varda. New York Film Critics Awards 2001.   Boston Film Critics Awards 2001.   Toronto…

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Bamboozled (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 2000.  New Line Cinema, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.   National Board of Review Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  …

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Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (2000)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Oh! Soo-jung South Korea, 2000.  Mirashin Korea.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Cinematography by Yeong-taek Choi.  Produced by Byoung-ju Ahn, In-gi Choi.  Music by Kil-sung Ok.  Production Design by Seok-Jae Choi.  Costume Design by Ji-hyang Kang, Yoo-seon Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000. The delicate nature of erotic human contact is…

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Possible Worlds (2000)

ROBERT LEPAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Canada, 2000.  In Extremis Images, The East Side Film Company.  Screenplay by John Mighton, based on his play.  Cinematography by Jonathan Freeman.  Produced by Sandra Cunningham, Bruno Jobin.  Production Design by Francois Seguin.  Costume Design by Michele Hamel.  Film Editing by Susan Shipton.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   A surprising misfire from Robert Lepage, here adapting…

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Juliet In Love (2000)

WILSON YIP Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Jue Lai Yip Yue Leung Saan Ang Hong Kong, 2000.  Brilliant Idea Group, hongkongmovie.com.  Screenplay by Matt Chow, Wilson Yip.  Cinematography by Wah-Chuen Lam.  Produced by Kuo Hsing Li.  Music by Tommy Wai.  Production Design by Stanley Cheung.  Costume Design by Kit Ling Chan.  Film Editing by Ka-Fai Cheung.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Touching comedy-drama about a…

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Chasing Sleep (2000)

MICHAEL WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Canada/USA/France, 2000.  Canal+, Forensic Films, Glaski Productions, TVA International.  Screenplay by Michael Walker.  Cinematography by Jim Denault.  Produced by Thomas Bidegain, Olivier Glaas.  Production Design by Daniel Ouellette.  Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon.  Film Editing by David Leonard.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Jeff Daniels wakes up early in the morning to discover that his wife hasn’t come home…

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Maelstrom (2000)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Canada, 2000.  Max Films Productions, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Denis Villeneuve.  Cinematography by Andre Turpin.  Produced by Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal.  Music by Pierre Desrochers.  Production Design by Sylvain Gingras.  Costume Design by Denis Sperdouklis.  Film Editing by Richard Comeau.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000. There’s not much you can say about a movie…

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Calle 54 (2000)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/France/Italy/Mexico/Belgium, 2000.  Cinétévé, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, SGAE, Arte France Cinéma, Canal+, Televisión Española, Vía Digital, Fandango, Tequila Gang.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Lopez-Linares.  Produced by Cristina Huete, Fabienne Servan-Schreiber, Fernando Trueba.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Film Editing by Carmen Frias.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   The music in Fernando Trueba’s tribute to…

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