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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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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