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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Full Moon in Paris

Full Moon in Paris

| November 10, 2015

The defining auteur ability of Eric Rohmer is filling a simple tale with a semester’s worth of philosophy. Debates, pensive train rides, obsessions over Blaise Pascal. The director went so far as to conceive a series of ‘Comedies et Proverbs’ which, true to the title, formulated a narrative around philosophical maxims. The line in Full […]

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In the Company of Legends

In the Company of Legends

| May 14, 2015

It’s not every day that the people behind-the-camera get to share their stories. Usually fans interested in ‘the way things were’ during the glory days of Hollywood have to consult memoirs and ‘authorized’ biographies filled with too much nostalgia of remembrance and not enough memory of reality. While In the Company of Legends is full of fond […]

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Map to the Stars

Map to the Stars

| February 27, 2015

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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