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 Sitter

The Sitter

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

What can we say about The Sitter that hasn’t been thought in the first 30 seconds of the trailer? Really? As he touted to himself during his appearance on Saturday Night Live, it’s been a big year for Jonah Hill. Getting a nod from the Academy for his performance in Moneyball, it’s hard to believe […]

Lola

Lola

| March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s moving epic, Lola, is the perfect introduction to the infamous director as well as the perfect treat for long time fans. The themes of the enfant terrible of New German Cinema were never more unified than in the two hour film Shuckert, the free-enterprising pimp, Von Brohm, the incorruptible and newly appointed […]

Bellisima

Bellisima

| March 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

I have a troubled relationship with Luchino Visconti. Considered one of the giants of Italian cinema, the director has either to tendency to complete stun me or leave me with dull melodrama. Belissima, the third feature from Visconti, is quite a change in direction from his previous two films-Ossesione and La Terra Trema-but is it […]

The Salt of LIfe

The Salt of LIfe

| March 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Salt of Life, or Gianni and the Women as the Italian title suggest, is another view into Italian comedy from Gianni di Gregorio. The actor/writer/director made waves with his screenplay for the international acclaimed Gomorroa and directoral debut Mid-August Lunch in 2008. Unlike the harsh critique of the Naples mafia in Gomorra, Gianni’s comedies […]

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All Things Fall Apart

All Things Fall Apart

| February 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

All Things Fall Apart had such a surge of anticipation behind it’s release. The photos of a extremely thin 50 Cent hit the internet and caused an uproar. Is 50 Cent dying? A new persona for the rapper/actor? The rumors circulated. Finally the truth came out: 50 Cent lost the weight for an upcoming movie-one […]

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The Myth of the American Sleepover

The Myth of the American Sleepover

| February 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about The Myth of the American Sleepover through the internet grapevine. A high school coming-of-age film much in the style of Dazed and Confused… a style that has been time and time again. Needless to say, I was a bit apprehensive after reading the synopsis, but thought I’d […]

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Kiss Me, Stupid

Kiss Me, Stupid

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

After his success with Irma La Douce, Billy Wilder decided to move from the steamy streets of Paris to the outskirts of Las Vegas with Kiss Me, Stupid. Loosely adapted from the play The Dazzling Hour by Anna Bonacci, Wilder and writing partner I.A.L Diamond would serve up a romantic comedy filled with their favorite […]

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Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano

| January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Over the holiday season I had a chance to sit down and read Malcolm Lowry’s acclaimed novel Under the Volcano. Full of modernist literary verse and allusion, the book is by far the most difficult I’ve ever read. After finishing the novel, I came across a trailer for John Huston’s 1984 adaption. Revisiting his film […]

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Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

| January 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

It’s been a decade or so since I’ve seen Eyes Wide Shut. Initially Kubrick’s final film about infidelity and the institution of marriage went way over my head. Returning to the film over 10 years later, I’m happy to say my opinion has changed. Eyes Wide Shut is set in New York City a few […]

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Carnage

Carnage

| December 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’ is a difficult film to digest. From what I can tell of the director’s films is a focus on the ‘unwanted guest’. In ‘Carnage’ the invited (but very unwanted) guests are Nancy and Alan Covan. The Covan’s arrive at the house of Penelope and Michael Longstreet, after their children have had an […]