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…

Dan Gertler reviews: City of God

Fernando Meirelles erupts on the big screen with this shocking and breathtaking 2003 film. The new, talented director presents the incomprehensible complexity of poverty-stricken Rio, while directly referring to the growing drug problem that dominates the streets, and to the corrupted authorities that benefit from it. This is not another movie about drugs in the…

Dan Gertler Reviews: Snatch

Snatch is one of the more unique crime comedy films there are, featuring an ensemble cast, a quintessential British humor, and a rhythm that utilizes cinematography in a fun, Tarantino-style way. It’s not the kind of comedy that will make you laugh, necessarily, but it is highly amusing in an intelligent, English kind of way…

Dan Gertler Reviews: 21 Jump Street

Good comedies are hard to find but the first film in the Jump Street series is also extremely hard to beat, even by its sequels, 22 and (the yet to come) 23 Jump Street. This co-directed (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller) 2012 action comedy seems to be a rare breakthrough in the comedy genre. From…

Dan Gertler Reviews: Man on Fire

I wouldn’t call this film the best action movie I’ve ever seen, because categorizing it simply as an ‘action movie’ is really not doing it any justice. This complex, captivating, thought-provoking film deserves so much more appreciation than what was given to it by the critics, proving once again that relying on the public’s (alleged)…

Dan Gertler Reviews: Pulp Fiction

21 years after its release, a worn out soundtrack of 16 unforgettable dialogues and tunes later, and after watching it for the I-don’t-know-which time, Pulp Fiction still intrigues, mesmerizes, and excites me. It’s not just that Tarantino cleverly establishes himself as more than a name by actually playing in his own films, it’s that he…