Author Archive: Daniel Engelke

Daniel currently resides in New York City working as a freelance writer and director. He is a graduate of the Film and Video department of Columbia College, specializing in Italian Neo-realism and French & British New Wave cinema.

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Map to the Stars

Map to the Stars

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

‘Shock-jock’: someone who expresses opinions in a deliberately offensive or provocative way. These are my thoughts toward David Cronenberg. Love or hate him, the films of the veteran director are always swathed in controversy. A quick Wikipedia search labels this vehicle as ‘body horror’. As some sort of mutilation or gross-out sequence is featured in nearly all of Cronenberg’s […]

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Laggies

Laggies

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

How many times have we watched the ‘life journey’ relationship between the adolescent adult-male and mature boy-child play out on screen? Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin in Disney’s The Kid comes to mind…for some reason. Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, seeks to execute this relationship in the female form. Or is that […]

Incomplete Control

Incomplete Control

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Maya Deren is one of those unavoidable names in American experimental cinema. Her works At Land and Meshes of the Afternoon are displayed in film classrooms across the nation and even individuals peripherally associated with independent film know her name. However, Deren was an artist plagued by lofty ideas that, for one reason or another, failed to come into […]

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Rosewater

Rosewater

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 2013, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a three month hiatus to direct his first film. The resulting product is titled ‘Rosewater’ and is based on journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir ‘Then They Came for Me’. The book chronicles Bahari’s internationally contentious 118-day imprisonment in Iran while covering the 2009 presidential elections. With the author’s […]

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the surface, Foxcatcher has the synopsis of a Wes Anderson movie: a socially awkward gazillionaire played by Steve Carrell employs Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo to wear vintage pastel unitards and wrestle. This eccentric narrative is coupled with one-liners and a large, glaring prosthetic nose on Carrel. Except Bennett Miller’s epic is a strict […]

Viva la libertà

Viva la libertà

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Toni Servillo seemingly has the reputation of Italian cinema weighing on his shoulders. Most films coming out of the Peninsula and making it to international shores star, well, him. In fact, amongst American audiences, the 55-year old Servillo is the most known Italian chameleon since Marcello Mastroianni. In Viva la libertà, which in the provided […]

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Amor Cronico

Amor Cronico

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Who is CuCu Diamantes? This is the question you’ll be asking during her film Amor Cronico. The film follows Cuban-American singer CuCu Diamantes who returns to her home country of Cuba for an island-wide tour. Accompanied by a pint-sized doting manager Guarapo, a sprawling cocktail lounge band, and a giant heel (literally), she tours the […]

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Citizenfour

Citizenfour

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Citizenfour is the last and latest piece in filmmaker’s Laura Poitras ‘New American Century’ trilogy. The preceding films, My Country, My Country and The Oath, examined U.S. life and policy in the post-9/11 world. Citizenfour is no different. Like her focus on the Iraqi occupation and Guantanamo Bay, Poitras now takes aim at government surveillance […]

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Dream Deceivers

Dream Deceivers

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The raving and remonstrating over subliminal messages in popular music is over. Sure, zealous listeners claim to hear voices of the Illuminati in contemporary hip-hop, but the hoopla is mostly a thing of yesteryear. In David Van Taylor’s 1991 documentary Dream Deceivers, the story of two teenagers who attempted suicide due to the urging of […]

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A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day’s Night

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

London, 1964. Our feet tap and fingers snap to Eight Days a Week. We know all their hits on the radio and have seen them on the telly, but never like this: John, Paul, George, and Ringo – The Beatles – in person. OK, it’s not 1964 and unfortunately only half of the World’s Favorite […]

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