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Daniel Barnes

Film critic, podcast host and member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Speed Kills

“Speed Kills” Podcast Movie Review

Speed Kills – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 77 “Examine a man’s faults, you find his virtues.” Daniel and Corky close the book on Travolt-ember, their annual tribute to the always overacting John Travolta. However, the hosts encounter an unusually sedate Travolta in Speed Kills, an incomprehensibly incompetent pseudo-biopic […]

City Hall

“City Hall” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

City Hall (2020; Frederick Wiseman) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Now playing at the Roxie Virtual Cinema. Nonagenarian documentarian Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris and Monrovia, Indiana ) applies his usual measured and methodical approach to this look at Boston’s city government. No one chronicles American institutions with Wiseman’s fly-on-the-wall thoroughness, […]

lucky numbers

“Lucky Numbers” Movie Review

Lucky Numbers – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 76 “Ironic — just another word for saying you’re getting screwed.” Is it Travolt-ember already? Our annual tribute to Travolta kicks off with a review of Nora Ephron’s catastrophically unfunny Lucky Numbers. This shambling crime-comedy stars Travolta as Russ Richards, a […]

Elvira Mistress of the Dark

“Elvira Mistress of the Dark” Scare Daniel Review

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 75 “You get it, girlfriend!” Pulchritude purveyor Corky McDonnell and soup monster Daniel Barnes conclude Scare Daniel 2020 with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. This one-note vehicle sees the macabre sexpot travel to Small Town USA to collect an […]

Q The Winged Serpent

“Q The Winged Serpent” Scare Daniel Review

Q: The Winged Serpent – Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 74 “Bad dream go away.” Daniel and Corky kick off Scare Daniel 2020 with Larry Cohen’s Q, an old-fashioned monster movie with a New Hollywood twist. Q stands for Quetzalcoatl, the flying feathered serpent, an Aztec God who goes to Manhattan to […]

365 Days

“365 Days” Podcast Movie Review

365 Days – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 73 “Are you lost, baby girl?” This week, Daniel and Corky strap themselves in to endure the hardcore softcore hump-a-thon of Netflix’s viral hit, 365 Days. This repugnant Fifty Shades knockoff plays like an erotic rewrite of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Besides […]

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