Daniel Howat

Daniel Howat

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Staff writer for Next Best Picture // Co-host of The Screeners Podcast

Favorite films

  • That Thing You Do!
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • La La Land
  • Her

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  • Squid Game

    ★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★½

  • Freaky

    ★★★½

  • Edward Scissorhands

    ★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    Dune is unbelievably good. Epic filmmaking on a scale we haven’t seen since Lord of the Rings. Gorgeous and detailed, but it’s more than just stunning visuals.

    There’s plenty of exposition and world-building, but it’s woven into the story naturally. Without knowing the world, I never felt lost, and can’t wait to see it again and discover more of this universe.

    Insanely well-crafted in all respects. The cinematography, score, production design, costumes, and sound are next-level achievements. Some of the…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★

    The Last Duel builds a haunting story layer by layer, leading to a scorching third act that elevates the whole film. It’s a medieval epic told at an intimate scale, putting pride, rage, and power on trial. While mostly a drama, it’s not without brutal action full of character.

    The structure is initially frustrating, but it pays off in the end. The Rashomon-style of storytelling is a perfect fit for this tale. A solid, well-told story with needed perspective for the medieval age. 

    Damon is good, Driver is great, but Comer is flawless.

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    No Time To Die gives Bond something it’s never had before - a conclusion. Immensely satisfying, this feels both like a classic Bond movie and deeply personal. Globetrotting thrills, brilliant action, all gorgeously shot.

    It’s a very long movie, but No Time To Die flies by. Every character, new and old, gets time to shine, winning out over a plot that’s only decent.

    There are things to nitpick, but strong character work paired with stunning direction puts this up there with the best this series has to offer.

    Bond has never been this moving. A perfect end.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★★

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a truly satisfying end to the saga.‬

    ‪The film is full of pointless Macguffins and cheap fan service, but there’s no denying the powerful emotions here. While it’s a wild and messy ride, it’s so strong in bringing the story together.‬

    ‪It’s surprising, but still feels like comfort food. It’s lovely and charming and funny and weird. Everything we look for in the Star Wars universe.‬

    ‪There will be plenty of things to nitpick, but at bare minimum this film should give Star Wars fans what they want.‬

    ‪I loved it.‬