Ava (2020) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 88 “This is business.” Derek and the Dominos cover band frontman Corky McDonnell and comedy understander Daniel Barnes confront Management with their review of the dreadful Ava. Jessica Chastain stars as the titular palindrome, a sensitive hitwoman confronting her tortured past. […]
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About Endlessness (2021; Roy Andersson) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opening Friday, April 30, at the Roxie Virtual Cinema and Rafael@Home. “What should I do know that I have lost my faith?” I named Roy Andersson’s “righteous and unsettling” A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence my […]
The New Mutants – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 87 “Within all of us, there are at least two bores. One of those bores is this movie.” Daniel and Corky put away their old mutants in anticipation of reviewing Josh Boone’s franchise non-starter, The New Mutants. A movie that […]
A Tale of Springtime (1990; Eric Rohmer) GRADE: B+ A Summer’s Tale (1996; Eric Rohmer) GRADE: A- By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in the Roxie Virtual Cinema and BAMPFA. A Tale of Springtime is the first film in French auteur Eric Rohmer‘s Tales of the Four Seasons series, currently […]
Better Days (2019; Derek Tsang) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select theaters and virtual cinemas and on Hulu and VOD services. This Academy Award nominee received Hong Kong’s first Best International Feature Film nod in nearly three decades, which is insane. Unfortunately and all too […]
Hercules in New York – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 86 “Hercules schmercules!” Daniel and Corky descend from Olympus to review the fish-out-of-water monkeyshines of Arthur Allan Seidelman’s Hercules in New York. A movie seemingly devoid of second takes, this debut film for 22-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger (née Strong) is a […]