Month: June 2014

IN THEATERS (SF) – “CITIZEN KOCH”

Citizen Koch (2013; Dir.: Carl Deal and Tia Lessin) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes Despite its title, Citizen Koch is not a Citizen Kane-like attempt to unearth the buried souls of brothers Charles and David Koch, the conservative political donors who funded the Tea Party. It’s also not […]

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R – 6/26/2014 issue

#barnesyardbumps: *The highlight of the opening weekend of the Sacramento French Film Festival was Alain Gauraudie’s quietly spellbinding Stranger by the Lake, which is like Hitchcock distilled down to his purest form. #barnesyardharrumphs: *In the lovely but empty The Immigrant, director James Gray carves away genre trappings to […]

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R – 6/19 issue

#barnesyardbumps: *The superior sequel 22 Jump Street burrows even further into the rabbit hole of self-reflexivity than its predecessor, and emerges as the best pure comedy of the year so far.   #barnesyardharrumphs: The slickly made documentary Finding Vivian Maier offers little more than you would get from […]