Dan Movie Reviews

Milk is the Gus Van Sant directed biopic about the rise and ultimate death of openly gay politician Harvey Milk, in 1970s San Francisco.  Facing discrimination as a gay business owner, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) seeks to change things by running for San Francisco city supervisor. With his partner and campaign manager Scott Smith (James Franco), Milk manages to lose a few elections over the next few years, but he grows his influence and is seen as a political figurehead …

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Dan Movie Reviews

When Hellboy came out a few years ago, I was an immediate fan of it.  Sure it wasn’t a perfect film, and the second half slogged down a bit, but I found the snarky “Oh crap” mentality of Hellboy and his fellow BPRD (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) team members to be refreshing, since it never seemed to take itself too seriously.  Now, of course, director Guillermo Del Toro is a highly acclaimed director, even having the coveted “visionary” …


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Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (the guy who brought us the visually slick and stylish Russian Vampire films Nightwatch and Daywatch), Wanted is an adult action movie loosely based on the comic book miniseries by Mark Millar. Wesley (James McAvoy) is bored with his life; he works a mindless job in a Chicago office building, his boss annoys him, his best friend is schtupping his girlfriend, and he just doesn’t care about any of it. So when the sensuous and sultry …

Another success!

Dan Cooking

I brought the double-batch of Raspberry Rugelach to the scoring session for The Kingdom today. Indeed, it was another success, as composer, crew and some orchestra members were satiated with the yummy goodness. I should really start taking pictures of people eating the food, instead of just showing the food itself! (“Here’s a picture of James Horner eating my Pumpkin Cake.” Heh!)