Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

MEL GIBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia/USA, 2016.  Cross Creek Pictures, Demarest Films, Pandemonium, Permut Presentations, Vendian Entertainment.  Screenplay by Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight.  Cinematography by Simon Duggan.  Produced by Terry Benedict, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver, David Permut.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Barry Robison. Costume Design by Lizzy Gardiner.  Film…

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Smash His Camera (2010)

LEON GAST Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Got The Shot Productions.  Cinematography by Don Lenzer.  Produced by Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger.  Music by Craig Hazen, David Wolfert.  Film Editing by Doug Abel. The current era of tabloid photography owes a lot to the career of Ron Galella, a photog for whom no potted plant was too…

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The Cell (2000)

TARSEM SINGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Germany, 2000.  New Line Cinema, Caro-McLeod, RadicalMedia, Katira Productions GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Mark Protosevich.  Cinematography by Paul Laufer.  Produced by Julio Caro, Eric McLeod.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Tom Foden.  Costume Design by Eiko Ishioka, April Napier.  Film Editing by Robert Duffy, Paul Rubell.    What promised to be a fiercely imaginative…

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Return To Paradise (1998)

JOSEPH RUBEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1998.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Tetragram.  Screenplay by Wesley Strick, Bruce Robinson, based on the motion picture Force Majeure by Pierre Jolivet, Olivier Schatzky.  Cinematography by Reynaldo Villalobos.  Produced by Alain Bernheim, Steve Golin.  Music by Mark Mancina. Production Design by Bill Groom.  Costume Design by Juliet Polcsa.  Film Editing by Craig McKay, Andrew Mondshein.  …

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The Break-Up (2006)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Mosaic Media Group, Wild West Picture Show Productions.  Story by Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender, Screenplay by Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender.  Cinematography by Eric Alan Edwards. Produced by Scott Stuber, Vince Vaughn.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Andrew Laws.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Dan…

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Old School (2003)

TODD PHILLIPS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2003.  DreamWorks, The Montecito Picture Company. Story by Court Crandall, Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong, Screenplay by Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong.  Cinematography by Mark Irwin.  Produced by Daniel Goldberg, Joe Medjuck, Todd Phillips.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Nancy Fisher.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow.   Luke Wilson stars as a bored…

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Starsky & Hutch (2004)

TODD PHILLIPS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2004.  Dimension Films, Warner Bros., AR-TL, Weed Road Pictures, Red Hour Films.  Story by Stevie Long, John O’Brien, Screenplay by John O’Brien, Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong, based on characters created by William Blinn. Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by William Blinn, Stuart Cornfeld, Akiva Goldsman, Tony Ludwig, Alan Riche.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production…

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Into The Wild (2007)

SEAN PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Paramount Vantage, Art Linson Productions, Into the Wild, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Sean Penn, based on the book by Jon Krakauer.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Art Linson, Sean Penn, Bill Pohlad.  Music by Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder.  Production Design by Derek R. Hill.  Costume Design by Mary Claire…

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Thumbsucker (2005)

MIKE MILLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2005.  Bob Yari Productions, This Is That Productions, Cinema-Go-Go, Bull’s Eye Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mike Mills, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.  Cinematography by Joaquin Baca-Asay.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Bob Stephenson.  Music by Tim DeLaughter.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Haines Hall,…

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Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005)

DOUG LIMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2005.  Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Summit Entertainment, Weed Road Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Simon Kinberg.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.   Produced by Lucas Foster, Akiva Goldsman, Eric McLeod, Arnon Milchan, Patrick Wachsberger.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Michael Tronick. Ah, if…

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Swingers (1996)

DOUG LIMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Doug Liman Productions, Independent Pictures, The Alfred Shay Company Inc..  Screenplay by Jon Favreau.  Cinematography by Doug Liman.  Produced by Victor Simpkins.  Music by Justin Reinhardt.  Production Design by Brad Halvorson.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  European Film Awards 1997.   Doug Liman broke through the independent scene and made his…

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1997.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Gerald R. Molen, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.   Inferior sequel to 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic Park…

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