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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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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Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Combining two pieces from celebrated French playwright Jean Anouilh (Becket, 1964), Resnais gathers the most noteworthy of French to lead You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet. While this may be a welcome treat to European moviegoers and American fans of Michel Piccoli, it certainly marginalizes start power to the continent; (something tells me Mr. Resnais could care […]

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Frances Ha

Frances Ha

| May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Frances Ha is the new film from director Noah Baumbach. The indie auteur once again casts his favorite Greta Gerwig as the frankly uncouth Frances. A subtle comedy, the plot centers around a directionless young woman and the intense admiration for her best friend and roommate Sophie. Broke, unemployed, and awkward, the main character searches for terra […]

Reality

Reality

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Matteo Garrone’s Gamorra was an international success – despite the Oscar snub. The dense, stoically paced Italian crime drama was attractively elusive, giving viewers something to mull over on their way out of the theater. Reality, the director’s new film, explores a much different world than Italian mafioso, while keeping his phantom touch. Reality follows Luciano, a fishmonger running a pescetaria in the […]

The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

In 2010, I recall standing outside in the bitter cold of Park City, Utah, hoping to  catch of glimpse of a Sundance highlight, Blue Valentine. Star-studded with two pop icons – Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – the line was understandably lengthy, making the chance of getting rush tickets near impossible. We failed to be part of the lucky […]

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Lay the Favorite

Lay the Favorite

| March 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Life is always better when you’re winning. Less than a month ago I found myself watching Showgirls, Paul Verhoevan’s effusively sexual story about a young girl learning the ins & outs of pole dancing in Las Vegas. What was so troubling about the production of the film, released in 1995, was not so much the big budget irresponsibility […]

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La Rafle

La Rafle

| October 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

There is always a story to tell from the Holocaust. Whether it be survival or sacrifice, viewers are always thankful such horrific times are over.  Always a fan of French cinema, I was eager to review La Rafle or The Round Up.   And with French greats Melanie Laurent and Jean Reno in lead roles, how could I […]