Dan Gertler Reviews: T2 Trainspotting

Reviving a classic is risky business but T2 Trainspotting passes the test with flying colors. The 2017 Danny Boyle film opens with Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), now 20 years older but none the wiser, once again running. Since he made off with the 16,000 pounds he bravely stole from his buddies after a heroin deal…

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast is back and this time it’s alive and kicking. For those of you who have been living in a cave for the past couple of decades, we’re talking about a Disney classic here and as such, I don’t take lightly any attempt at remaking it. But I have to say, the…

Dan Gertler Reviews: The Fits

The fits (2015) tells the story of Toni (Royalty Hightower), an 11-year-old girl who is only used to the company of boys at the gym in her local community center but becomes entranced by a girls’ dance troupe. The film narrates her struggle to be accepted by the group of girls, while these suffer from…

Cool Runnings

As a gesture for the Olympics in Rio that takes place these days I’ve decided to make an exception and give some attention to the otherwise-not-so-mesmerizing-Olympic-games-film-genre. I chose this 1993 Jon Turteltaub film because it attracts attention to the Winter Olympics, which, for some reason, hardly receives the same ratings as the Summer Olympics does….

Dan Gertler Reviews: Mad Max- Fury Road

It’s mad, it’s furious, it’s the best action film you’ll see this year. Set in a future desert wasteland, the little water and gasoline they have left are the people’s last hope for survival. Add to this a vicious dictator, a man with a talent for survival, and a women with a fierce talent to…

Dan Gertler Reviews: American Sniper

Although the kind of films that are overtly and overly patriotic, have a simple plot, and only one leading character are not usually my cup of tea, I still think American Sniper is worth watching. Let me tell you why. Let’s start with the great performance given by Bradley Cooper who plays the role of…

Dan Gertler reviews: The Last King of Scotland

Bored by the suburban life that awaits him upon graduating from medical school, Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) travels to Africa to seek adventure and joins a missionary clinic in Uganda. Unfamiliar with the nation’s politics and history, Garrigan falls into the welcoming hands of the new African president, Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker), who asks…

Dan Gertler reviews: Invictus

After being released from prison after having lost 27 years of his life, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) is elected the first black president of South Africa. After attending a rugby game in which the Springboks (South Africa’s team) lose, he invites François Pienaar (Matt Damon) to tea and inspires him to lead his team and…

Dan Gertler reviews: Seven

Seven, as in the Seven Deadly Sins that the perverted, tragically and incredibly intelligent murderer inflicts upon his victims in their dying moments. This film is not for those with weak stomachs. It is excessively graphic and emotionally disturbing. But if you manage to move beyond the immediate horror and reach the level of reflection…

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…