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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King of Devil’s Island

King of Devil’s Island

| November 18, 2011

Someone once told me, “If you’re only going to do 50% of the work, you should wear a sign saying so.” A film that lacks an apparent objective makes for a boring movie. I can think of no better example of this than King of Devil’s Island. King of Devil’s Island tells the story of […]

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Tabloid

Tabloid

| November 1, 2011

“Kinky sex, religion, Mormon missionary, beauty queen, kidnapping. There was something in that story for everyone.” I couldn’t help but be excited for Tabloid. As an avid Errol Morris fan, the trailer’s tagline and “whodunit?” true story were enough to get me out of my house and into the theater. Tabloid tells the story of […]

Dennis Farina and I talk about the role he was born to play in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’!

Dennis Farina and I talk about the role he was born to play in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’!

| October 28, 2011

I was quite excited to hear there was a chance to interview Dennis Farina. Remembering his memorable roles from Big Trouble and Snatch, I responded promptly to “snatch” the interview. Farina’s latest film, The Last Rites of Joe May, puts the actor in a role that he was born to play. Finding out that his […]

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Baaria

Baaria

| October 18, 2011

Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria is a masterpiece. Filled with notable Italian actors, Ennio Mrricone, and more than 35,000 extras, the film proves to be the director’s most grandiose to date. Saying that, looks can be deceiving. Baaria loosely follows the life of Giuseppe “Peppino” Torrenuova. Set in the small village of Bagheria (Baaria in Sicilian dialect), […]

Submarine

Submarine

| October 4, 2011

Playing with Fire I’ve only recently encountered Richard Ayoade. First with the brilliant, but short-lived Garth Marengi’s Dark Place and later spoof office comedy The IT Crowd. As witty as Ayoade is, I always felt his humor was always edging on “too cool for school.” But the trailer of Submarine made me question my opinion. […]

L’amour Fou

L’amour Fou

| September 27, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and watched a “serious” film. For the past few weeks I took a sabbatical to focus on Eddie Murphy’s less notable efforts (e.g. Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps). When the chance finally arose to watch L’amour Fou, a documentary on the life of fashion icon Yves Saint […]

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Wayne Newton and I talk about Hoodwinked Too, Vegas Vacation, and the Mob Bosses

Wayne Newton and I talk about Hoodwinked Too, Vegas Vacation, and the Mob Bosses

| August 23, 2011

A few weeks ago, as I was constantly refreshing my email, I came across a subject line that caught my eye: Hoodwinked Too: Hood versus Evil – Wayne Newton interview. While I quickly verified that it was “the” Wayne Newton, I sent off my address for the DVD of Hoodwinked Too. In the film, Wayne […]

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

| August 16, 2011

Weekend at Tierney’s For the past few months I’ve been upset with Otto Preminger. After falling in love with his classics like Man with a Golden Arm and Laura, I further pursued the director’s career only to find myself disappointed. The film that Truffaut raved about, Bonjour Tristesse, was nothing more than unenthusiastic melodrama, while […]

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How to Sell Your Own Damn Movie, Why Piracy is Good, and My New Best Friend. My Hour with Lloyd Kaufman

How to Sell Your Own Damn Movie, Why Piracy is Good, and My New Best Friend. My Hour with Lloyd Kaufman

| July 31, 2011

Discovering Troma Films during my adolescence, I can safely say the infamous and often bizarre works from the company still find a home on my Netflix queue. When I found out I had the opportunity to not only review the new book from Troma founder, Lloyd Kaufman, but interview him, I jumped for joy. Sell […]

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The Guard

The Guard

| July 29, 2011

When expectations are as expected. When I saw the trailer for John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, I was puzzled. On one hand, the film could be a reinvention of the buddy-cop film with two great actors, Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson. On the other hand, though, it could be utterly stereotypical and redundant… The Guard […]