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…

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is one of those Hollywood actors that transformed his acting niche. In Cooper’s case, this means a change from a sloppy supporting actor in films like The Hangover to a serious leading star in films like American Sniper, Silver Lining Playbook, and more. Luckily for us, he is young enough to still live…

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…

Brad Pitt

If I had to make a list of the best actors of our time Brad Pitt would definitely be among the first. Born on December 18, 1963, Pitt’s acting career started in television but he very quickly moved to the big screen, where, luckily for us, he found his true calling. His first memorable performance…

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…

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…