Pain and Glory (2019; Pedro Almodóvar) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes Opens on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. For his 21st feature film, the great Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar once again reaches into the inkwell of semi-autobiography. In the quietly enchanting Pain and Glory, […]
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Downtown ’81 (2000; Edo Bertoglio) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes Opens on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. You can’t slice this thing open without rattling off the rich backstory, so here we go. Swiss director Edo Bertoglio shot Downtown ’81 in the early […]
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987; Lee Harry) – Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 51 “Garbage day!” We’re breaking out the Christmas decorations early this year on the Dare Daniel podcast. For the fourth and final film of Scare Daniel 2019, eyebrow contortionist Corky McDonnell and pencil neck […]
Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 50 An American Werewolf in Paris (1997; Anthony Waller) “It would have been so simple to make this watchable.” We see a bad movie rising this week on the Dare Daniel podcast. Hosts Daniel and Corky score serious daredevil points by reviewing Anthony Waller’s […]
Vampire Academy (2014; Mark Waters) – Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 49 “Bon appetit.” We’re throwing a princess party in the royal rec room this week on the Scare Daniel podcast. Shopping expedition expert Daniel Barnes and Joely Richardson fanboy Corky McDonnell get ready for the big Equinox Dance […]
By Daniel Barnes MVFF42 is in the books. The 42nd annual Mill Valley Film Festival featured the usual mix of awards contenders, pseudo-indies and super-indies. New films from Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar and Noah Baumbach made their Northern California debuts. Meanwhile, stars like Kristen Stewart and Olivia Wilde […]