Al Pacino

Before I embark on this ambitious journey to relate to you Al Pacino’s greatness in just a few words, I’d like to point out that he is perhaps the most honored, if not loved, actor ever to perform on stage and screen. At 75 years old, the man is a living legend. Through his acting…

Uma Thurman

It’s true that I have a special place in my heart reserved for actors known for their roles in Tarantino’s films, but Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction are far from being the only reasons I find Uma Thurman to be a unique and talented actress. A model and an actress, Thurman’s acting skills as well…

Johnny Depp

Most people probably know him as Captain Jack Sparrow, the quirky yet enchantingly charismatic pirate and captain of the legendary ship, the Black Pearl. But Pirates of the Caribbean (2003, 06, 07, 11), though one of his greatest achievements, is far from being Johnny Depp’s best film. For having both the courage to act insane…

Dan Gertler reviews: The Oscars

Gather round all you film lovers for the greatest event of the year: the Oscars. This year’s 88th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 28 in Hollywood and will be hosted by Chris Rock. If you are a movie enthusiast like me you might feel ambivalent about the whole idea of choosing one…

Dan Gertler reviews: Spy

If you’re looking for an action movie that is both hard core and hilarious look no further. Spy is not only one of the funniest movies made in the last couple of years, it also manages to turn the classic James Bond style into a sophisticated modern film with women as the leading characters.  The…

Dan Gertler Reviews: Fight Club

Two of the greatest actors of our time come together in a celebration of violence and cynicism under which lies a profound social criticism? I wouldn’t miss it for the world. True, some may say this 1999 David Fincher film is for boys-only, but it need not be. There is more to the film than…

Dan Gertler Reviews: Django Unchained

You may be thinking – just another movie about slavery. Here’s why you are wrong. First of all, this is a Tarantino film, which means it has high expectations to live up to (and it does). Second, this is not the usual victim-assailant film. Just as Kill Bill and Inglorious Bastards, this is a proper…

Dan Gertler Reviews: Kill Bill: Vol. 1

By now my followers know that I am a Tarantino fan. For those who don’t I dedicate this review on one of Tarantino’s greatest works of art: Kill Bill: Vol. 1. The movie is first of all a tribute to the long standing tradition of martial arts, with its fatal elegancy and hint of lost…

Dan Gertler reviews: Fargo

They’ve done it again. The Coen brothers’ brilliant and subtle film Fargo (1996) is one of the best I’ve ever seen, hands down. It is difficult to pin down the one feature that stands out in the film. There is a strong sense of familiarity about the life of a small-town community in Minnesota, with…

Dan Gertler reviews: Traffic

Traffic is the perfect example of a film that is so artfully telling and insightful that it has the potential to stir a debate that would actually have long-lasting consequences on our society. Through the intricacies of several parallel stories, the viewers come to a broad understanding of the inner workings of the drug industry….

Dan Gertler reviews: Old School

When Mitch (Luke Wilson), a 34 year old lawyer, left a boring meeting early and came home to surprise his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis), he did not expect to find her watching porn in the bedroom, nor the other two people who were with her. Mitch takes the news as any normal guy would: he gets…

Dan Gertler reviews: Scarface

“Say hello to my little friend!” says Tony Montana before he blasts the screen with a massive gunshot in one of the best action-gangster movies ever made. This Brian De Palma film was released in 1983 and for what it lacks in special effects it makes up in unforgettable visual scenes and a gangster that…