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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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 […]

Neurotypical

Neurotypical

| July 25, 2011

It seemed like the world was against me seeing Neurotypical. It had been a blistering hot day only to be followed by an equally heated evening. As I was walking to the outdoor screening, rain started to come down in torrents. I headed to the high school where the film was showing in case of […]

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World on a Wire

World on a Wire

| July 24, 2011

Drawn to the cinema of Rainer Werner Fassbinder only a few months ago, I’m unsure if I’ve ever been so taken by a director. Full of contradiction, drug-abuse, and a unique conception of melodrama, Fassbinder’s controversial life is immensely intriguing. While I try to watch a wide variety of cinema, it’s been difficult keeping the […]

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Bulworth

Bulworth

| July 22, 2011

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 […]

Talking with Julian Schnabel about Miral

Talking with Julian Schnabel about Miral

| July 13, 2011

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 […]

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