Monos (2019; Alejandro Landres) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, October 4, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. Brazilian director Landres delivers a powerful experience with this story of child soldiers losing their minds and souls. Monos is equally raw and phantasmagoric, beautiful and ugly. Landres uses every […]
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Chulas Fronteras (1976; Les Blank) GRADE: B+ Del Mero Corazón (1979; Maureen Gosling) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes Les Blank made a lot of music documentaries, but he was also one of the cinema’s great ethnographers. His delightful 1976 film Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders) ostensibly covers culture-blending Tejano musicians along the […]
The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984; John Broderick) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 47 “They’ve got a real “I used to fuck guys like you in prison” vibe.” On this week’s episode, Sword of Uhrah possessor Corky McDonnell and Daniel Barnes the Tyrant review David Carradine in the […]
Official Secrets (2019; Gavin Hood) GRADE: C- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, September 13, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and the Varsity Theater in Davis. Keira Knightley stars as British whistleblower Katharine Gun in this shallow and painfully derivative biopic. The real Gun is a blonde, but those […]
Inferno (2016; Ron Howard) — Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 46 “You have three explainers in one room together. Who’s the alpha explainer?” Farraday pointer superfans Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell don their Dante deathmasks to review Ron Howard’s pointless puzzle movie Inferno. This 2016 sequel finds Howard the […]
Angels & Demons (2009; Ron Howard) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 45 “This movie makes no sense, the logistics make no sense, and when you find out the reveal, it makes less sense.” Synchronize your ticking clocks for this shifty-eyed episode of the Dare Daniel podcast. Suspiciously good […]