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.
Articles written for the California Literary Review:
- Halloween Home Video #4: Alexandre Courtès’ Asylum Blackout
Posted on 15 Oct 2012 in France, Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Psychology, Satire, Thrillers
Welcome to Halloween Home Video (2012 edition), a special series of home video reviews for this year’s scary season. Week 2 begins with the simple, hard-hitting thriller Asylum Blackout by Alex Courtès.
- Halloween Home Video #3: V/H/S
Posted on 12 Oct 2012 in Death, Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Sex, Thrillers
Check out the best in horror on video of 2012. This weekend, press play on the gruesome and chaotic horror anthology V/H/S.
- Halloween Home Video #2: Pascal Laugier’s The Tall Man
Posted on 10 Oct 2012 in Canada, Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Mystery, Thrillers
Halloween Home Video 2012, for your spooky holiday enjoyment! Today’s pick: Pascal Laugier’s moody thriller The Tall Man
- Halloween Home Video #1: Joe Dante’s The Hole
Posted on 08 Oct 2012 in Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Phobias, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Thrillers
Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) is your guide to the unsung scare flicks, thrill pics, and various fright nasties of this year. Joe Dante’s The Hole is a simple, palatable option for families looking for spooky but safe Halloween fun.
- Movie Review: End of Watch
Posted on 22 Sep 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV
End Of Watch is a perfectly serviceable drama. It is also a bait and switch job. Writer/director David Ayer, whose chief preoccupations are Los Angeles street life and the pitfalls of police work, set out to create a different kind of cop movie and succeeded. This mean that the ads linking this film to Ayer’s breakout script Training Day are inappropriate.
- Blu-Ray Review: The Cabin In The Woods
Posted on 19 Sep 2012 in Death, Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Mystery, Mythology, Phobias, Satire, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Thrillers
© 2012 Lionsgate This super-secret brainchild of screenwriters Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon came shrouded as carefully as Super 8, surrounded by many a dark rumor but giving maddeningly little away. Goddard and Whedon began laying it out during their time working on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Then, in a blaze of energy, […]
- True Blood Recap: Season 5 Raises The Stakes
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 in Horror, Movies & TV, Mystery, Mythology, Phobias, Religion, Satire, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Thrillers
True Blood has tightened up considerably since the meandering adventures of Season 4, despite the fact that its protagonist is now a background character. Remember how the show used to be about vampires? That is happily the case once more.
- Movie Review: The Expendables 2
Posted on 18 Aug 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV
The Expendables 2 operates as a parody of a sequel to an already outrageous film, but it would be nice if it it stood more solidly on its own merits.
- Trailer Watch: Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral
Posted on 09 Aug 2012 in Death, Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Phobias, Satire, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sociology, Thrillers
Cronenberg’s target is the cult of celebrity. As ravenously as we seek to expose and share the intimate lives of the world’s luminaries, is it so far-fetched that we might want to contract their diseases?
- Trailer Watch: Paranormal Activity 4
Posted on 01 Aug 2012 in Death, Horror, Movies, Movies & TV, Mystery, Phobias, Thrillers
Paranormal Activity, now the reigning monarch of name-brand Halloween flicks (after the merciful retirement of Saw and in Rob Zombie’s ominous absence) is gearing us up for more.
- Singin’ In The Rain: A 60th Anniversary Celebration
Posted on 13 Jul 2012 in Best Movies, Dance, Historical Fiction, Humor, Movies, Movies & TV, Music, Satire
It is more than just one of the all-time greats, grouped with the likes of Casablanca and The Wizard Of Oz. Singin’ In The Rain is also an off-the-wall lesson in Hollywood history.
- Movie Review: Brave
Posted on 23 Jun 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV
This is not your typical Disney princess rendition of romance. In fact, it has no essential connection to losing one’s heart to a prince. Adventure is Merida’s first love, and above all she longs for the freedom to determine her own fate. Her high spirits make her the apple of her father’s eye, but also bring her into constant clashes with her mother, whose sole aim is to cultivate some courtly bearing in the fiery young lass.
- Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV
Safety Not Guaranteed is a movie that creeps up on you, in a very friendly and appropriate way. In places, especially at the beginning, it seems a little too perfectly quirky to survive ninety minutes of running time. However, as the oddball plot draws to inevitable crisis, the characters open their minds and hearts to the impossible, and the movie transforms into something more profound.
- Trailer Watch: Wreck-It Ralph
Posted on 11 Jun 2012 in Humor, Movies, Movies & TV, Satire, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Video Games
What sounds funnier: a genre-hopping quest across the video game spectrum by a generic galoot drawn in marshmallowy 3-D, or the same undertaken by an two-dimensional Nintendo relic who looks ludicrously out of place in any world but his own?
- Trailer Watch: Django Unchained
Posted on 07 Jun 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV, Westerns
After countless musical and stylistic hints in films like Kill Bill and em>Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino has finally helmed a full-blown Western, bearing the provocative title Django Unchained.
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