Category: Episodes

Dafriend or Dafoe – 044 – The Grand Budapest Hotel

This week on our show, we’re talking about Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel! This highly reviewed movie boasts an amazing and deep well of actors and actresses and manages to be both funny and dark at the same time. The art direction, cinematography, costumes, and score are all top-notch as well. If you could tell…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 043 – Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean is back and up to his usual antics in 2007’s “Mr. Bean Holiday”! Dafoe plays a self-obsessed film director playing foil to Atkinson’s Bean, but the whole 90-minute film is an excuse to get Mr. Bean into various silly situations for the amusement of the audience. The real gem of this flick…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 042 – Go Go Tales

Directed by Able Ferrara, the same man who brought us 4:44 Last Day On Earth and New Rose Hotel, this movie was supposed to be an “intentional comedy”. Alas, both Ann and Isaac could hardly find anything to denote that this movie should be funny. If anything it was very clear that this film had…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 041 – The Great Wall

This episode was inspired by Isaac’s recent trip to China! The trip itself was great- this movie, not so much. Controversial from the release of its first marketing materials for perceived white-washing, this Matt Damon lead picture has much less to do with the actual Great Wall and much more to do with monsters who wish…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 040 – The Hitchhiker “The Ghostwriter”

For the 40th episode of Dafriend or Dafoe, we’re doing something a little different: we’re reviewing our first TV show! Dafoe is featured on the HBO original series, “The Hitchhiker”, season 3 episode 6 to be exact. This episode can be hard to find, but you may be able to locate it on YouTube or directly…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 039 – Death Note

Based on the manga series which spawned several anime series, live-action Japanese films and other such spinoffs, Netflix’s American take on Death Note attempts to stuff tomes of material into a 101-minute movie. At its best, we get the uber-creepy Ryuk- a death god who bestows our protagonist with a magic notebook capable of killing its subject…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 038 – Inside Man

From acclaimed director Spike Lee, 2006’s Inside Man is stocked with incredible and highly talented stars and boasts some amazing on-location shooting and sharp cinematography. It’s also probably 40 minutes longer than it needs to be and can’t shake the paint-by-numbers pacing which is likely a hold-over from Ron Howard’s time with the project. Sadly, Dafoe is regulated…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 037 – Fantastic Mr. Fox

It’s our second review of a Wes Anderson picture, and while Fantastic Mr. Fox is to be commended for its technical achievements and original stylization, both Ann and Isaac agreed that something is just a tad off about this movie.  Is this a movie for children, or adults? It seems to want to be both…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 036 – Bullfighter

Bullfighter is a movie that sat on a shelf for nearly 5 years before its release on home video. There are many, many reasons for that. Though featured on the box art, Willem Dafoe is in this movie for maybe four minutes. And there’s barely any bullfighting. Or scenes that make any sense. This film…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 035 – Finding Nemo

Dafoe’s best-reviewed featured film, according to Rotten Tomatoes, 2002’s Finding Nemo was a box office powerhouse, earning over $900 million during its theatrical run. Visually stunning and with a story that is heartwarming and surprisingly relatable, it’s no wonder that this animated feature is considered by many to be a Pixar classic. But is it good enough…

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