David Merkle

David Merkle


Co-founder of The Besties Review

Favorites are the Oct 2021 selections for Best of the Bunch

Favorite films

  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Donnie Darko
  • What We Do in the Shadows

Recent activity

  • Cure


  • 10 Cloverfield Lane


  • An American Werewolf in London


  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets


Pinned reviews

  • Skinny and Fatty

    Skinny and Fatty

    My middle school Latin teacher was named Mr. Kelly (first name, Christopher).

    He was a slightly portly, bald man with a gray-ish beard.

    He drove two hours from his home in Scranton, PA to our dumbass New Jersey middle school five days a week to teach us the bare bones basic bullshit of the Latin language.

    He let us read the Percy Jackson books in class so we could “learn” about Greek Mythology.

    At the same time, he would make…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood


    This is my favorite movie!

Recent reviews


Popular reviews

  • Hatching Pete

    Hatching Pete


    Ok I know Jason Dolley is incredible and Mitchel Musso is incredibly bad, but how is NOBODY talking about the powerhouse performance from Brian Stepanek (aka Arwin from Suite Life). He’s only 38 in this movie, but his performance as a depressed, balding basketball coach left me speechless. Ben Affleck who? True fucking range.

    EDIT: I just noticed that four of the top six reviews for Hatching Pete were logged on July 9th, 2020, which was also Mitchel Musso's 28th birthday. I find this hilarious for some reason and I also think this phenomenon should have a name. I like The Hatchening.

  • 1917


    I signed a confidentiality agreement, so all I can really say is