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.
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’ 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 […]
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 […]
Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, The Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood
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. […]