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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Dafriend or Dafoe – 019 – The Clearing

Nominated for an AARP “Movies for Grownups Award” for “Best Grownup Love Story”, Robert Redford and “Ellen” Mirren, 2004’s The Clearing is based on a true story, even though it never bothers to bring that up. Things happen for reasons and people react. Seriously. We try to find the silver lining in every Dafoe flick but…

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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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