Ultraviolet (2006; Kurt Wimmer) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 40 “It’s an assault on your eyes, on your intelligence, on your ears.” Sarcastic hæmophage Daniel Barnes and Vice-podcaster Corky McDonnell use their unique blend of gun-kata criticism to review Kurt Wimmer’s Ultraviolet. The film stars Milla Jovovich as a […]
Co-host of the Dare Daniel podcast and member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle.
Non-Fiction (2019; Olivier Assayas) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 31, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. Now playing in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Rafael. “A Cloud of Mid-Life Crises” Ever the lagger, Non-Fiction puts me seven films deep into the oeuvre of French filmmaker Olivier Assayas. In […]
The summer movie season is traditionally a time for blockbuster fluff. However, with a bevy of superhero movies (Shazam!; Avengers: Endgame), sequels (John Wick: Chapter 3) and feature-length brand marketing campaigns (Aladdin; Pokemon Detective Pikachu) hitting theaters in the last couple months, you have to wonder whether there […]
Walking on Water (2019; Andrey Paounov) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 24, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. “Industrial-Scale Whimsy” I started this blog over five years ago, and in that time, I penned and published over […]
God’s Not Dead (2014; Harold Cronk) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 39 “You’re the pied piper of duck genocide, sir!” Hadleigh University alum Daniel Barnes and Kenny Dingler superfan Corky McDonnell get good and blasphemous on this week’s episode. Much like Job, Daniel and Corky suffer for your amusement, […]
Trial by Fire (2019; Edward Zwick) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 17, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. “Bold But Mercurial” Chunks of a pretty good prison movie occasionally bob to the surface of this bleeding-heart biopic about Cameron Todd Willingham. Unfortunately, they eventually drown […]