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.
Bulworth is a very peculiar film. Being the most remembered movie poster of my childhood, I’ve always had a soft spot for the film. Revisiting the movie twelve years after its initial release in 1998, there are moments in the film where I question the boldness of the racial and political satire. Bulworth tells the […]
A few days ago I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite contemporary directors, Julian Schnabel, about his latest film, Miral. The visionary director’s new film tells the story of a young Palestinian girl growing up during the Arab-Isreali conflict. Lead by Frieda Pinto, the film’s Arab narrative is another great chapter in […]
“You just go on believing one thing and I will go on believing the opposite. That way we’ll both be satisfied. OK?” You don’t find too many people who aren’t enchanted by France’s Nouvelle Vague. With Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Godard’s Breathless, the world of cinema was forever changed. What’s even more appealing is […]
“Can’t we all just like, get along?” Hempsters is a commendably well-assembled documentary. In what would appear as simply another pro-marijuana film, it actually proves the benefits and uses of industrial hemp without the typical aspects associated with such efforts. The 86-minute documentary presents its well-constructed argument through titled sections. From traditional hemp growers and […]
“So certainly if we tell evil stories to make people feel sick, we can tell good myths to make them feel better.” In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s thirteenth film, Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven, the young German director pleads for self ratification while also exploiting consumerism. Known for his controversial themes, the banned film certainly pulls […]