The Favourite (2018)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.   Produced by Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday.   Music by William Lyons, Johnnie Burn.  Production Design by Fiona Crombie.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 2017.  Element Pictures, A24, Film4.  Screenplay by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou.  Cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis.  Produced by Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe.  Music by Sarah Giles, Nick Payne.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   Colin Farrell plays a cardiac surgeon…

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The Lobster (2015)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Italy/United Kingdom/Greece/France/Netherlands/USA, 2015.  Film4, Irish Film Board, Eurimages, Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, Greek Film Center, British Film Institute, Canal+, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Cine+, Element Pictures, Faliro House Productions, Haut et Court, Institut Francais, L’Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Lemming Film, Limp Films, Ministere des Affaires…

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Chevalier

BB.5 (out of 5) Six men on a yachting trip are due to return to Athens in a couple of days but find that they have run out of ways to amuse themselves.  One of them suggests a formless game of dares and challenges that they each invent for the others, amassing points for feats of…

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God Loves Caviar

B (out of 5) A biopic about eighteenth century pirate-turned-business mogul Ioannis Varvakis sounds like a terrific idea, but this one falls flat almost from the very beginning. Director Yannis Smaragdis films the project in English, presumably because it got him a better budget for the plush trappings and also to increase its viability on…

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Love Me Not? (M’Agapas?)

BB (out of 5) Silly sex comedy that tries for a little poignancy with its vignette-style plot and postcard-pretty photography but is really just an excuse for lots of sex and nudity. An old man falls off a wall while watching a woman sunbathe topless, and en route to the hospital flashes back to the…

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Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2009)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Greece, 2009.  Boo Productions, Greek Film Center, Horsefly Productions.  Screenplay by Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos.  Cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis.  Produced by Yorgos Tsourgiannis.  Production Design by Elli Papageorgakopoulou.  Costume Design by Elli Papageorgakopoulou.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Academy Awards 2010.  Toronto International Film Festival 2009.   You think your parents are overprotective, and then you meet these people….

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Alps (Alpeis) (2011)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Greece, 2011.  Haos Film, Hellenic Radio & Television, Faliro House Productions, Feelgood Entertainment, Nova, Marni Films, Avion Films, Cactus Three, Maharaja Films, Greek Film Center, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Queen Street Partners.  Screenplay by Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos.  Cinematography by Christos Voudouris.  Produced by Yorgos Lanthimos, Athina Rachel Tsangari.  Production Design by…

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A Touch Of Spice (Politiki Kouzina)

BBB (out of 5) Charming Greek film about a multi-generational family as seen from the kitchen. A professor of astrology (Georges Corraface) recalls growing up in Constantinople with his epicerie-owning grandfather and his loving parents, all of whom encourage and discourage him to varying degrees regarding his passion for cuisine. A master cook from the…

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Loafing And Camouflage: I-4 (I-4: Loufa & Apallagi)

BB (out of 5) Just because you don’t belong in the army doesn’t mean you don’t have to serve. A group of guys show up for mandatory enlistment in Greece’s armed forces and prove themselves to be unfit for regular service. Instead of being left off the hook, they’re assigned to I4, the support division…

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