Month: March 2014

Tyler Perry Presents Dare Daniel

Alex Cross (2012; Dir.: Rob Cohen; dared by Jeff B.) GRADE: D By Daniel Barnes An admission straight away: Rob Cohen’s would-be franchise igniter Alex Cross is literally the first Tyler Perry film that I have ever seen. A second, probably redundant admission: I am a white male. […]

Netflix Instant Movie of the Week – “Somm”

Somm (2012; Dir.: Jason Wise) GRADE: B By Mike Dub Of the many different subgenres of documentary that have surged over the last few years, one of the most popular has been the “subculture travelogue.”  These films tend to study quirky people in small groups that are somewhat marginalized, even […]

March Up All Night Movies – ESFS Classic

The Exterminating Angel (1962; Dir.: Luis Bunuel) GRADE: A By Daniel Barnes NOTE: On the original 2008-10 blog incarnation of ESFS, one of my favorite programs was the Bunuel festival, in which we watched L’Age d’Or, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and my personal favorite, The Exterminating Angel.  […]

ESFS Festival #3 – Silent Sirens

Curated by Daniel Barnes For my next ESFS Festival, I wanted to explore some of the silent film actresses who are unfamiliar to me, especially those who embodied their era’s ideal of cinematic sexuality.  Since titans such as Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson seemed like potential subjects of […]

Criterion/Hulu Plus Movie of the Week

The Most Dangerous Game (1932; Dir.: Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes Based on a widely adapted 1924 short story by Richard Connell, the 1932 chiller The Most Dangerous Game is the film that producers Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper made […]


Burn!  (1969; Dir.: Gillo Pontecorvo) Grade: B+ by Mike Dub Throughout the 1960s, Marlon Brando became increasingly active in social issues.  Though his popularity was plummeting, he sought to make art that was relevant to the changing cultural landscape.  The Ugly American (1963) is a well-intentioned (though drab) warning […]