Walking on Water (2019; Andrey Paounov) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 24, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. “Industrial-Scale Whimsy” I started this blog over five years ago, and in that time, I penned and published over […]
Film critic, podcast host and member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.
God’s Not Dead (2014; Harold Cronk) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 39 “You’re the pied piper of duck genocide, sir!” Hadleigh University alum Daniel Barnes and Kenny Dingler superfan Corky McDonnell get good and blasphemous on this week’s episode. Much like Job, Daniel and Corky suffer for your amusement, […]
Trial by Fire (2019; Edward Zwick) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 17, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. “Bold But Mercurial” Chunks of a pretty good prison movie occasionally bob to the surface of this bleeding-heart biopic about Cameron Todd Willingham. Unfortunately, they eventually drown […]
Pasolini (2019; Abel Ferrara) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 10, in New York City, and expands to other select theaters in the following weeks. “Obsessed with Banality” After playing Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, Willem Dafoe continues his biopic tour of tragic artists with […]
The Box (2009; Richard Kelly) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 38 “Great suspense there, asshole.” On this week’s show, podcast hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell crawl up the wormhole of Richard Kelly’s 2009 mind-scrambler The Box. Based on a Richard Matheson story previously adapted into an episode […]
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2019; Bi Gan) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 3, at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco and the Landmark California in Berkeley. “Tedious Wonderland” “A watch is a symbol of eternity. And it’s broken.” Dreams, memories and hallucinations get stacked […]