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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The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Unknown Known is a ‘Rumsfeld Rule’, meaning “there are things we think we know, but turns out we do not.” The flip side of the  phrase reads “the absence of evidence does not mean the evidence of absence.” That was the maxim used to indicate “overwhelming evidence” of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. […]

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Bastards

Bastards

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Claire Denis’ follow up to 2009′s White Material is a gritty film-noir about a Parisian sex ring entitled Bastards. The French title Les Saluds is certainly more poetic, but the film is anything but. As in her previous productions, Denis remains an unsympathetic provocateur. Bastards opens with Navy officer Metro leaving his ship to fix a family problem in Paris. Though […]

I’m in Love with a Church Girl

I’m in Love with a Church Girl

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘I’m in Love with a Church Girl’ or Ja Rule, the Politics of Image Makeover, and Christian film.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock or care little for the fate of popular mainstream rappers from the early 2000′s, the release of Jeffrey ‘Ja Rule’ Atkins after a two year prison sentence for illegal gun […]

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘Don’t mature, Ron Burgundy’ Could there be a more fearful venture for Anchorman devotees than believing lightning could strike twice? Before enduring the 119 minute sequel, I remembered to check the releases for the 2004 original. Bill Maher’s pithy review of 2012′s The Three Stooges presents the fear most Anchorman fans should consider: “The movie was funny, but why […]

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The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘Wolf in Wolves’ Clothing’ The Wolf of Wall Street is being marketed as a black comedy. Fine, but this label (usually) denigrates any serious implications of important matters discussed. Watching the 179 minutes of Martin Scorsese’s new entertainment (a short three hours) finds audience members, regretfully, guffawing so loud they miss the purpose of the […]

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Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

“‘One Man’s Courage’” It’s exciting to see an actor physically adapt for a role. Contemporary examples point to Christian Bale in Hunger and Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables. In Dallas Buyers Club, smooth tongued Matthew McConaughey slims (way) down to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. Watching the skin-and-bones performance, one begins to question the sincerity of the portrayal; is […]

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Interview with Mark Ehrenkranz, Director of New York Film Critics Series

Interview with Mark Ehrenkranz, Director of New York Film Critics Series

| November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

A few weeks back,  I was lucky enough to have a chit-chat with Mark Ehrenkranz, Director of the New York Film Critic Series. The Film Critic Series seeks to “provide the finest films and state-of-the-art experiences to patrons who don’t live in big cities. In addition to Critics series, Mark is also working on Turbulent […]

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Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, The Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood

Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, The Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

I was in third grade when Chris Farley died. It was a rainy Monday morning, the kind that brings only solemn thoughts to the mind. My friend walked over to me, a depressed look on his face no less, and explained to me that the funniest guy we knew died – from a drug overdose. […]

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The World’s End

The World’s End

| August 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Much has changed since the 2004 release of Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have garnished enough international fame to rub elbows with Hollywood productions, including Speilberg’s The Adventures of Tin-Tin. The duo also once again collaborated with director Edgar Wright for the laugh-riot Hot-Fuzz in 2007; they also worked with Superbad director […]

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Museum Hours

Museum Hours

| June 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s rather obvious to cinephiles, and even more-so to average movie goers  when a director who is not solely a filmmaker tries their hand to the trade. Under appreciated actors,  an array of ambient and/or obscure artists filling the soundtrack, and a story that seeks to defy everything one knows of convential film – all seem requisite for the work of […]

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