California Literary Review

Profile of Dan Fields


Dan Fields is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Film. He has written for the California Literary Review since 2010.

He is also co-founder and animator for Fields Point Pictures, and the frontman of Houston-based folk band Polecat Rodeo.

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Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • Movie Review: Mud
    Posted on 25 Apr 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    With just three feature films to his name, writer and director Jeff Nichols has already set himself a high standard. Both of his previous works, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, are strong dramas with compelling characters, dark intrigue and impressive economy of style. With Mud, Nichols has progressed from making a good film to making a great film.

  • Movie Review: Spring Breakers
    Posted on 23 Mar 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    It is a painful stretch to suggest that most of the movie is each girl’s troubling fantasy of how spring break will be, dreamed up while sitting in their dorm with no money. However, the fact that Korine’s tale allows for such questions is one of the most fascinating things about it. The movie’s ambiguity, with each interpretation bearing its own horrifying implications, lends unexpected dramatic weight to the exploitative revelry that makes up most of it.

  • Much Ado About Joss Whedon
    Posted on 08 Mar 2013 in Humor, Linguistics, Movies, Movies & TV, Poetry, Theatre Subcategory, Writers

    Is Joss Whedon’s biggest year ever taking a second lap?

  • Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures
    Posted on 15 Feb 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Scripted and paced with impressive skill and thoughtfulness, this movie manages to be witty, racy, and thoroughly weird without getting crass.

  • Movie Review: Mama
    Posted on 16 Jan 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Mama is a movie of weight and a certain dark beauty. It is unlikely to change history, and has a handful of minor problems, but it deserves more than a January release, the exile by which many unwatchable horror movies go to die quietly. Mama is not only watchable, but engaging and at times even powerful.

  • Blu-Ray Review: The Dark Knight Rises
    Posted on 10 Dec 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Whereas the Joker (Heath Ledger) simply sought to destroy the world in random outbursts, Bane represents a calculated assault on institutionalized, civilized, precariously organized Western society with the help of an army of the disenfranchised.

  • Movie Review: Killing Them Softly
    Posted on 01 Dec 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Killing Them Softly has all the right elements for a blistering satire, or merely a solid, offbeat action drama, but despite the best efforts of the cast, cavalier execution and a surprisingly poor script have made it a big unsightly mess. Even when exposing sores on society’s underbelly, it pays to write characters with some measure of appeal.

  • Movie Review: Anna Karenina
    Posted on 23 Nov 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV, Russia

    The hard truth, impossible to dodge, is that this is not Tolstoy’s world. It is more like Hugo Cabret’s world, and from time to time it even flirts perilously with becoming Baz Luhrmann’s world. Tom Stoppard’s script, though consistently bright and entertaining, abridges the story painfully to fit the stylish construct.

  • Halloween Home Video #10: Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact
    Posted on 31 Oct 2012 in Death, Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Thrillers

    For the grand finale of Halloween Home Video 2012, have a look at Nicholas McCarthy’s dread-heavy ghost thriller The Pact, starring Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien.

  • Halloween Home Video #9: Howie Askins’ Evidence
    Posted on 26 Oct 2012 in Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Mystery, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Thrillers

    The most glib and reductive way to describe Evidence is as a hybrid of Chronicle, em>Chernobyl Diaries and The Cabin In The Woods. However, an eager minority are bound to consider that a stellar pedigree.

  • Halloween Home Video #8: Kimble Rendall’s Bait
    Posted on 24 Oct 2012 in Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Nature, Thrillers

    Welcome back to Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) your October arsenal for all things entertaining and scary. Sink your teeth into the latest horror and thriller pics make the small screen circuit. © 2012 Screen Australia/Anchor Bay For The Pool Party It is high time for a creature feature on this list, and Australia was […]

  • Halloween Home Video #7: Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens
    Posted on 22 Oct 2012 in Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Mystery, Mythology, Thrillers

    Today’s Halloween Home Video – Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens – a contemporary fable casting the ideal family getaway into hell.

  • Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 4
    Posted on 19 Oct 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    For those who came in late: Paranormal Activity is the continuing saga of a family whose long history with the occult has led to a spate of possessions, polter-violence, and vigilant home surveillance. Series creator and producer Oren Peli constructed the concept around handily placed cameras capturing “true life” hauntings with a seemingly bottomless barrel of visual tricks. Now, however, one can hear distinct scraping sounds as the bottom comes into view.

  • Halloween Home Video #6: Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones
    Posted on 19 Oct 2012 in Australia, Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Thrillers

    Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) is your one-stop shop for Halloween rental recommendations. Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones comes closer to the spirit of the original 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre than any movie in the last thirty-five years.

  • Halloween Home Video #5: John Poliqiun’s Grave Encounters 2
    Posted on 17 Oct 2012 in Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Satire, Thrillers

    Read on as Halloween Home Video brings you the horror highlights of 2012. Revisit a haunted asylum with the satirical meta-madness of Grave Encounters 2.

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