Jungle Cruise (2021; Jaume Collet-Serra) GRADE: D By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in wide release and streaming on Disney+ with Premier Access. Knockoffs Upon Knockoffs Based on an opening day Disneyland ride heavily inspired by John Huston’s The African Queen, the long-delayed Jungle Cruise is unnecessary, unoriginal and practically […]
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The Last Man – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 93 “Much like Harvey Keitel, I’ll be slumming and disinterested this whole way through.” Doomsday prepper Daniel Barnes and apocalyptic lifestyle manual procurer Corky McDonnell prepare for the final storm by watching Hayden Christensen sleepwalk through The Last Man. A dreary, […]
Black Widow (2021; Cate Shortland) GRADE: C- By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in wide release and streaming on Disney+ Premier Access. MCU Filler Material In a tightly structured movie, the characters and the story become inseparable, with one element informing and supporting the other. Think of story and […]
Speed 2: Cruise Control – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 92 “Zero knots.” In this week’s episode, Seabourn Legend mainstage mainstays Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell excoriate Speed 2: Cruise Control “with an almost sensual pleasure.” Sandra Bullock and not-Keanu star in this lazy and pointless rehash/desecration of Speed that makes the […]
Zola (2021; Janicza Bravo) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Now playing. “It’s kind of long, but it’s full of suspense.” So begins #thestory, A’Ziah Zola King’s 2015 Twitter thread recounting a Florida “ho trip” gone wrong. However, while a 148-tweet thread epic for Twitter, the film version of […]
Crimson Gold (2003; Jafar Panahi) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opening Friday, June 25, in virtual cinemas nationwide. Incisive Naturalism Crimson Gold opens with a single-shot jewel heist gone wrong, then circles back to the origin story of the misguided thieves. It may bear the trappings of a […]