Funan (2019; Denis Do) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, June 21, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. French artist and first-time feature filmmaker Do based this “digitally hand-drawn” GKIDS release on stories told by his Cambodian mother. Earnest and filled with grace, Funan follows a Phnom […]
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Mac and Me (1988; Stewart Raffill) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 41 “Hundreds dead and a city on fire as a dance party at McDonald’s spirals out of control.” On this product placement-heavy episode, hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell review the horrifying family film Mac and Me. […]
All is True (2019; Kenneth Branagh) GRADE: C- By Daniel Barnes *Opens on Friday, June 14, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. “Flavorless Yet Vainglorious” Vintage shameless Branagh, borderline unwatchable, but also a weirdly perfect cap to a career built on flavorless yet vainglorious Shakespeare adaptations. It makes perfect […]
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 […]
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 […]