Cool as Ice (1991; David Kellogg) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 43 “He is devoid of personality, and he’s supposed to be the lead of a movie that people are drawn to. Why does anybody not find this man repellant?” Put on your Gaultier sunglasses and graffiti-tagged parachute […]
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Sword of Trust (2019; Lynn Shelton) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes Opens on Friday, July 19, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Sword of Trust is the ninth feature from Ohio-born, Seattle-raised filmmaker Lynn Shelton. However, it’s only my second experience […]
Dare Daniel Podcast – The All Dares Episode “I need to share this pain with someone.” On this very special episode, heathen Daniel Barnes and Corky “Spoonman” McDonnell celebrate the loyal listeners of the Dare Daniel podcast. First, Daniel and Corky work through a bumper crop of bad […]
The Fall of the American Empire (2019; Denys Arcand) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes The film opens on Friday, July 12, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. “Static, Shapeless and Flat” While the films of Atom Egoyan chart a pronounced rise and fall, fellow Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand […]
Paris is Burning (1990; Jennie Livingston) Grade: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, July 5, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Released in 1990 but immersed in the ethos of 1980s New York, Paris is Burning still feels like one of the […]
The Beautician and the Beast (1997; Ken Kwapis) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 42 “Talk to the hand!” Long-suffering Slovitzian factory worker Daniel Barnes and “classy European” Corky McDonnell return to Sac City Brews to record their review of Ken Kwapis’ maliciously PG rom-com The Beautician and the Beast. […]