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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
MGM decided to unlock their Pandora’s box of ‘who knows what’ to the public in 2011. Over here at Film Monthly we were lucky enough to review some of these dusty gems, including the 1961 Western Gun Street. Gun Street tells the story of hard-line sheriff Chuck Morton. He and his deputy, Sam Freed, don’t […]