Shoplifters (2018; Hirokazu Koreeda) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes When the domestic drama Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or last Summer at Cannes, right on the heels of a string of solid but same-ish domestic dramas from Japanese filmmaker Koreeda (including Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister and After the Storm), it seemed possible […]
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w “The orchestra didn’t have a string section, it had a heartstring section.” Buddy cops Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell play by their own rules in this super-sized mini-episode, avenging each other’s deaths even after the angry Sargeant orders them off the cases. The mismatched podcast hosts first look […]
The Monuments Men (2014; George Clooney) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 26 “This movie is proselytizing in the most shallow and empty way–it’s a movie of other movies.” Hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell wade into the moral cesspool known as Hollywood for their review of George Clooney’s pious, […]
Monrovia, Indiana (2018; Frederick Wiseman) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, November 9, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Rialto Elmwood in Berkeley. Living legend Frederick Wiseman (In Jackson Heights; Ex Libris) brings his democratic approach to documentaries to the heart of Trump America in Monrovia, […]
On this beefy mini-episode, comedy legend Corky McDonnell and comedy myth Daniel Barnes take a long nap to prepare for their review of George Clooney’s sleepy art history lecture The Monuments Men. After predictably rehashing their Suburbicon disagreement, Daniel and Corky revisit the stank number two known as Exorcist II: The Heretic. […]
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977; John Boorman) – Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 25 “It was horrible…utterly horrible…and fascinating.” For the final episode in their Scare Daniel series, hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell synchronize their tones to review John Boorman’s laughably unscary 1977 horror sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic. […]