By Daniel Barnes The 41st annual Mill Valley Film Festival kicked off last night with the California debuts of two awards-groveling biopics: Peter Farrelly’s TIFF Audience Award winner Green Book and Matthew Heineman’s A Private War. Over the next week-and-a-half, celebrities such as Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Maggie Gyllenhaal will breeze […]
Film critic for the Sacramento News and Review. Craft beer columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.
In this week’s bone-chilling episode, the confluence of horror movie season and football season inspires hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell to hold a horror movie murderer fantasy draft, with both hosts going the conventional route and selecting stabbers in the first round. After braving the schlock-value scares […]
“Your mother’s a vicious rumor!” Throughout the entire month of Cork-tober, the Dare Daniel podcast becomes Scare Daniel, with hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell reviewing five much-maligned horror movies. First on the chopping block: George Pavlou’s low-budget monster movie Rawhead Rex, about an incredibly fake-looking demon who terrorizes […]
Welcome to Scare Daniel, a Halloween-themed overlay of the podcast featuring reviews of five maligned horror movies during the entire month of Cork-tober. First on the chopping block: George Pavlou’s 1986 film Rawhead Rex, a hilariously bad adaptation of a Clive Barker short story that stars David Dukes, Kelly […]
“Nobody likes you!” After unsuccessfully suing to have their names removed from the episode, Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell enter a fugue state to review the utterly indecipherable Keanu Reeves thriller Exposed. A catastrophe on every imaginable level, Exposed was originally titled Daughter of God, before getting hacked to pieces by […]
The Song of Sway Lake (2018; Dir.: Ari Gold) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, September 21, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Rory Culkin stars in this impressionistic but inconsistent drama as Ollie Sway, a disaffected disc jockey who returns to his family home on Sway […]