Category: Episodes

Dafriend or Dafoe – 032 – Basquiat

This week we’re checking out a film where Dafoe has only one single scene – 1996’s Basquiat! The story behind the film, its director, and the artist himself are all fascinating and a story onto itself, but Isaac was just enamored with the nostalgia surrounding 1980’s New York City. Though short on Dafoe, this is…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 031 – Daybreakers

In the not too distant future, 95% of the world’s population has been infected with a disease which transforms them into vampires. The human blood supply, which the new vampire population needs to thrive, is about to run out unless Ethan Hawke can come up with a substitute. Everything changes when Hawke meets up with…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 030 – Tom & Viv

Nominated for two Academy Awards, 1994’s Tom & Viv tells the story of the relationship between T. S. Eliot and his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot. It’s based off a play that debuted 10 years prior and is a very hard to find movie. Should you watch it? Ehhhhhhhhhh, yes? No? Dafoe’s not over-the-top but he does come off…

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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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