Shoplifters (2018; Dir.: Hirokazu Koreeda) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, November 23, at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco. 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-y domestic dramas from Japanese filmmaker Koreeda (including Like Father, […]
Film critic for the Sacramento News and Review. Craft beer columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.
“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 ahead […]
“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, pretentious and vapid WWII art history lecture The Monuments Men. Once again […]
Monrovia, Indiana (2018; Dir.: 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 […]
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. […]
“It was horrible…utterly horrible…and fascinating.” For the final episode in their Scare Daniel series, podcast hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell synchronize their tones to review John Boorman’s laughably unscary 1977 horror sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic, starring Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher and Richard Burton’s whiskey sweats. A film […]