Category: Episodes

Dafriend or Dafoe – 029 – Tomorrow You’re Gone

Last week we talked about Dafoe’s biggest box office success of all time. Today, we’re talking about what could arguably be his worst. Tomorrow You’re Gone is described as “Charlie Rankin, recently released from prison, seeks vengeance for his jail-house mentor William “The Buddha” Pettigrew. Along the way, he meets the ethereal, yet streetwise, Florence Jane….

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 028 – Spider-Man

The biggest box-office blockbuster of Willem Dafoe’s career, and the film that arguably rebooted the entire superhero genre, 2002’s “Spider-Man” was a huge success that thrust Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi into the mainstream spotlight. 16 years later (wow, times flies!) how does this flick hold up? Is Dafoe threatening behind a plastic mask? Does…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 027 – Odd Thomas

Based on a popular series of Dean Koontz novels, 2013’s Odd Thomas was a film that suffered from legal problems during and after its production. The movie actually sat on the shelf for nearly two years while the financiers took the producers to court.  Starring the late Anton Yelchin as the titular character, Odd Thomas…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 026 – New Rose Hotel

“In the not-too-distant future, two New York businessmen plot to play two multinational rival corporations against each other, with a little help from a shady Italian street woman, to obtain an important Japanese businessman for the company they work at, only things are not always as they appear.” Sounds like an interesting idea for a…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 025 – American Psycho

IMDB describes American Psycho as a film about a wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, who hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. That in itself may be a little too on the nose of a description but despite all prior…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 024 – Auto Focus

Based on the real-life story of Bob Crane and his fall from grace due to his illicit activities with video cameras and sexual deviance, Auto Focus is the third Paul Schrader film we’ve watched for this podcast, but the best by far. In fact, Isaac has a theory that Schrader had little to do with the actual…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 023 – Dog Eat Dog

What happens when Willem Dafoe and Nicholas Cage have 25 days to spare? They make a movie like Dog Eat Dog, unfortunately! While available right now on Netflix streaming, either Ann or Isaac can recommend you watch this picture. This is violence-porn at its worst, masked as a black-comedy which is light on the comedy and…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 022 – My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

A man descends into madness. A woman is killed in a violent incident. A police officer must defuse a tense hostage situation. Sounds like any other crime thriller, right? Well, forget everything you’ve come to expect from this genre as Werner Herzog  “Confounds all convention and denies all expected pleasures, providing instead the delight of watching (him)…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 021 – Streets of Fire

What happens when you mix 1950’s rocker style and 1980’s pop glam? You get 1984’s Streets of Fire, a box-office disaster which has found a new appreciation and legacy as the years go on.  Willem Dafoe’s second big-budget Hollywood film thanks to a referral by director Kathryn Bigelow, Streets of Fire deserves recognition for its boldness…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 020 – 4:44 Last Day On Earth

Not to be confused with the Jay-Z album with the same name, 4:44 Last Day On Earth takes place almost entirely in a single apartment on a very special day for humanity- its last! The third collaboration between Willem Dafoe and director Abel Ferrara, this hard to find movie is sure to polarize viewers.  In this, our 20th…

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