Speed Racer (2008)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Australia/Germany, 2008.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, Anarchos Productions, Velocity Productions, Studio Babelsberg.  Screenplay by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, based on the animated series by Tatsuo Yoshida.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Grant Hill, Joel Silver, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Owen…

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Police Academy (1984)

HUGH WILSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1984.  The Ladd Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Screenplay by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Hugh Wilson.  Cinematography by Michael D. Margulies.  Produced by Paul Maslansky.  Music by Robert Folk.  Production Design by Trevor Williams.  Costume Design by Christopher Ryan.  Film Editing by Robert Brown, Zach Staenberg.   The milestone series in cinematic idiocy got…

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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Australia/USA, 2003.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Silver Pictures.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, based on their characters.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.  While machine-controlled sentinels storm their way towards the…

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The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Australia, 2003.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Heineken Branded Entertainment.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, based on their characters.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.   At long last, the inevitable sequel…

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The Matrix (1999)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1999.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho Film Partnership, Silver Pictures.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.   Nothing is what it seems in this cyberkinetic action thriller that…

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Bound (1996)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Stuart Boros, Andrew Lazar.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Eve Cauley.  Costume Design by Lizzy Gardiner.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.  Stylishly filmed sexpot thriller about an ex-con (Gina Gershon) who falls in love…

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Phoenix (1998)

DANNY CANNON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Trimark Pictures, Lakeshore Entertainment, Graham / Nevinny Productions.  Screenplay by Eddie Richey.  Cinematography by James L. Carter.  Produced by Tracie Graham-Rice, Victoria Nevinny.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Charles William Breen.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.   Thoroughly satisfying entry in the film noir genre stars Ray Liotta as…

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Mongol (2007)

SERGEY BODROV Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Kazakhstan/Russia/Mongolia/Germany, 2007.  CTB Film Company, Andreevsky Flag Film Company, X-Filme Creative Pool, Eurasia Film Production, Kinofabrika.  Screenplay by Arif Aliev, Sergey Bodrov.  Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers, Sergey Trofimov.  Produced by Sergey Bodrov, Anton Melnik, Sergey Selyanov.  Music by Tuomas Kantelinen.  Production Design by Dashi Namdakov.  Costume Design by Karin Lohr.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg,…

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Lord Of War (2005)

ANDREW NICCOL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France/USA, 2005.  Entertainment Manufacturing Company, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Ascendant Pictures, Saturn Films, Rising Star, Copag V, Endgame Entertainment, Majority Entertainment.  Screenplay by Andrew Niccol.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Nicolas Cage, Norman Golightly, Andreas Grosch, Andrew Niccol, Chris Roberts, Teri-Lin Robertson, Philippe Rousselot.  Music by Antonio Pinto.  Production Design by Jean-Vincent Puzos.  Costume Design…

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