To the Ends of the Earth (2020; Kiyoshi Kurosawa) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select cinemas and opening tomorrow in virtual theaters. Atsuko Maeda plays a Japanese TV host struggling with her latest assignment in this lightly surrealist spin on Lost in Translation. But despite […]
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Christmas with the Kranks – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 78 “You’ve tried the rest, now try us.” Podcast cucks Daniel and Corky contemplate skipping Christmas for the rest of their lives after suffering through Joe Roth’s sad and depressing Christmas with the Kranks. Tim Allen and Jamie Lee […]
Sound of Metal (2020; Darius Marder) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select theaters and on Amazon Prime. Riz Ahmed delivers a solid performance as Ruben, a heavy metal drummer dealing with hearing loss in this otherwise pedestrian therapy drama. “Punk Rock Domesticity” As the film […]
Speed Kills – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 77 “Examine a man’s faults, you find his virtues.” Daniel and Corky close the book on Travolt-ember, their annual tribute to the always overacting John Travolta. However, the hosts encounter an unusually sedate Travolta in Speed Kills, an incomprehensibly incompetent pseudo-biopic […]
City Hall (2020; Frederick Wiseman) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Now playing at the Roxie Virtual Cinema. Nonagenarian documentarian Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris and Monrovia, Indiana ) applies his usual measured and methodical approach to this look at Boston’s city government. No one chronicles American institutions with Wiseman’s fly-on-the-wall thoroughness, […]
Lucky Numbers – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 76 “Ironic — just another word for saying you’re getting screwed.” Is it Travolt-ember already? Our annual tribute to Travolta kicks off with a review of Nora Ephron’s catastrophically unfunny Lucky Numbers. This shambling crime-comedy stars Travolta as Russ Richards, a […]