Month: October 2014

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Listen Up Philip”

Listen Up Philip (2014; Dir.: Alex Ross Perry) GRADE: A- By Daniel Barnes *Opening today at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley. With the neophyte novelist Philip Lewis Friedman, a self-loathing narcissist driven to new heights of anhedonia and boarish behavior […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Diplomacy”

Diplomacy (2014; Dir.: Volker Schlondorff) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes *Opening today at Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Set in Nazi-occupied Paris as the Allied forces advance, Diplomacy is a one-set, two-character chamber drama (screenwriter Cyril Gely adapted his own play) about […]

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R – 10/16 issue

#barnesyardharrumphs: *David Ayer’s hyper-violent WWII film Fury recycles war-is-hell cliches from the silent era to The Simpsons. *As the curmudgeon with a heart of fool’s gold at the center of St. Vincent, Bill Murray brings a soulfulness that the film can’t match. *There is a stony ambivalence to […]