Mogul Mowgli (2021; Bassam Tariq) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opening today in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Rafael. “Where I’m going, don’t need love.” This Riz Ahmed vehicle contains enough echoes of Sound of Metal that you could make it into a drinking game. Take a shot every […]
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From Justin to Kelly – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 95 “Oh man, I rock!” Pennsylvania Posse alpha douches Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell follow up their review of Dancin’: It’s On! by reviewing Singin’: It’s On!. Also known as From Justin to Kelly, the film stars American Idol contestants Justin Guarini […]
The Night House (2021; David Bruckner) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes *Opening today in wide release. “Do you guys believe in ghosts?” I can’t stand what I call “noise horror” movies, so take the rest of this with as many grains of salt as you need. By noise […]
Dancin’: It’s On! – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 94 “This is basically Skim Milk: The Motion Picture.” Hit Parade Hotel bellboys Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell turn the dancin’ off long enough to review Dancin’: It’s On!. This hilariously inept Panama City Beach travelogue has good dancin’ but […]
Annette (2021; Leos Carax) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select theaters; premiering on Amazon Prime on Aug. 20. “So, may we start?” The best film of the year so far. Holy Motors director Carax takes the logical next step with his English-language debut Annette, an anti-ecstatic […]
Nine Days (2021; Edson Oda) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opening today at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. “This has nothing to do with being good or bad.” Accomplished short film and commercial director Oda makes his feature-length debut with this uneven existential fantasy. Winston Duke (Us) gives […]