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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Dafriend or Dafoe – 034 – Antichrist

This episode of Dafriend or Dafoe is not for the timid! We’re talking about Lars von Trier‘s highly controversial 2009 film, Antichrist! Full frontal nudity, genital mutilation, gore, child death, this movie has it all! Should you watch it? Can you even get through it? This is going to be a movie that splits many audiences…

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Dafriend or Dafoe – 033 – The Last Temptation Of Christ

It’s the longest Dafoe movie we’ve watched to date- and it’s one of the longest episodes we’re ever recorded. This week we’re talking about The Last Temptation Of Christ, Martin Scorsese’s highly controversial 1988 film based on the novel of the same name. It’s been nearly 30 years since Isaac last watched this flick and Ann’s…

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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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