Category: Episodes

Dafriend or Dafoe – 018 – Animal Factory

A movie written by a real-life felon, directed by Steve Buscemi, and co-starring the one and only Danny Trejo, 1999’s Animal Factory does a lot with very little. Willem Dafoe sports a shaved head, Edward Furlong is in his finest form as a fresh fish, and Mickey Rourke is incredible as a transexual inmate. Oh,…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 017 – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The first of three collaborations between Willem Dafoe and Wes Anderson, 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a colorful and heavily-casted film with interesting characters and scenes starring the amazing Bill Murray. Definitely worth a view if you’ve never seen it before but probably not Anderson’s best work.  See what Ann and Isaac had…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 016 – The Hunter

A mercenary is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness. His mission- find the last Tasmanian tiger and collect samples of its DNA. Willem Dafoe is “The Hunter” in this 2011 Australian film, shot on location in Tasmania with long stretches of dialogue-free scenery shots. Going from just one minute of Dafoe…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 015 – Cry-Baby

John Waters earned himself a big-budget studio-backed film after his independent cult classics became more and more popular. The result was 1990’s Cry-Baby, starring Johnny Depp and featuring a very brief cameo appearance by our main man, Willem Dafoe. This was the first Waters film Isaac had ever seen, and it boasts a look that Ann…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 014 – Body of Evidence

It’s 1993. You’re Madonna. You’re crazy famous. You want to make a movie. What do you do? You star in Body of Evidence with Willem Dafoe! There’s no easy way to say this- This is just NOT a good movie! But it is “so bad it’s good” so there’s that. Our boy, Dafoe, gets a…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 013 – What Happened To Monday?

In the near future, humanity deals with a food production crisis by using genetically modified foods to the point where multi-infant births are the norm, causing a population explosion! To deal with this, the government imposes a one-child policy, causing a dilemma for Willem Dafoe as he becomes the guardian to a set of sextuplets. They…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 012 – The Boondock Saints

A movie made by a bartender with zero experience in the film industry, 1999’s The Boondock Saints is a cult classic with an amazing background story. The subject of an intense bidding war and released only weeks after the Columbine High School massacre, this movie found a second life thanks to Blockbuster Video and rabid…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 011 – eXistenZ

Recommended by our listener, Wayne, 1999’s eXistenZ by David Cronenberg is a multi-layered sci-fi thriller based in a world where virtual reality is more attractive than the real world to most, and where Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh must play an elaborate game to evade capture from assassins. We definitely think you should watch this movie before…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 010 – Light Sleeper

From the writer of the classic “Taxi Driver”, Light Sleeper never figures out what kind of film it wants to be – a crime thriller, a romantic piece, film noir, etc, etc. On this episode, Ann and Isaac mull through the 1992 movie with the consensus that you shouldn’t unless you have Amazon Prime. The picture…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 009 – American Dreamz

A film with A-list talent and a successful director… that you’ve probably never heard of. On this episode, Ann and Isaac get into the 2006 film, American Dreamz! This attempt at dark satire falls way short of funny or dark, lingers way past its welcome and can’t decide what audience it wants to attract- light-hearted comedy…

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