By Daniel Barnes I’m dedicating the month leading up to the SF Film Critics Circle awards on 12/13 to my End-of-Year Cramfest. It’s my own personal War on Xmas – I’ll be screening the awards contenders, catching up on overlooked movies, and rewatching some of my favorites from […]
*After a shockingly good first half that bursts with energy and invention, Ryan Coogler’s Rocky rehash Creed proves just good enough to be disappointing. *An alternately grim and goo goo-eyed wrap-up to the Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay—Part 2 reaps the mistakes sown by the previous entries. *Long-winded, dreadfully noble […]
I appeared on Capital Public Radio’s Insight program this morning to talk holiday movies with host Beth Ruyak and Davis Enterprise film critic Derrick Bang. You can listen to the entire segment HERE.
By Daniel Barnes It’s that time of year again…awards season, baby! Let those silly naysayers focus on the dark side of the process: the wastefulness of awards campaigns, the annual sanctification of the middlebrow and the bland, the shameless celebrity gladhanding, the bloated self-importance of mediocre critics, the […]
* = SF Bay Area only OFFICIALLY BUMPED *1) Jafar Panahi’s Taxi 2) Inside Out 3) Sicario 4) Room 5) Labyrinth of Lies 6) Jurassic World 7) Brooklyn MIXED-POSITIVE *8) Tab Hunter Confidential 9) Steve Jobs *10) 99 Homes *11) Heart of a Dog MIXED-NEGATIVE *12) He Named […]
*I interviewed Sacramento-born actress Brie Larson about her new film Room, her approach to playing troubled characters, and her Criterion Collection cinephilia. *Director Lenny Abrahamson brought a hazy commingling of whimsy and psychosis to last year’s Frank that never worked for me, yet that same approach proves essential […]