Zola (2021; Janicza Bravo) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Now playing. “It’s kind of long, but it’s full of suspense.” So begins #thestory, A’Ziah Zola King’s 2015 Twitter thread recounting a Florida “ho trip” gone wrong. However, while a 148-tweet thread epic for Twitter, the film version of […]
Co-host of the Dare Daniel podcast and member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle.
Crimson Gold (2003; Jafar Panahi) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opening Friday, June 25, in virtual cinemas nationwide. Incisive Naturalism Crimson Gold opens with a single-shot jewel heist gone wrong, then circles back to the origin story of the misguided thieves. It may bear the trappings of a […]
Spookies – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 91 “Look at me! I’m Duke the horny ghost.” Beloved cock-caster Daniel Barnes and accomplished John Jay impersonator Corky McDonnell devour the 1980s horror smorgasbord of Spookies. It’s overstuffed and pointlessly convoluted in a good way, a go-for-broke horror buffet that offers […]
Deadly Attraction – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 90 “I can’t believe this is happening!” Recorded live from a Red Lobster parking lot, Daniel and Corky review the immoral moralizing of Menetie T. Ejeye’s Deadly Attraction. A deranged take on the Oedipal myth, Deadly Attraction stars Matt O’Neil as Mark, the world’s worst […]
Undine (2021; Christian Petzold) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select cinemas and on VOD services. “If you leave me, I’ll have to kill you.” The mildly inscrutable Undine is my third Petzold experience, following the similarly admirable yet underwhelming Phoenix and Transit. However, it’s the first time I […]
Big Money Hustlas – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 89 “Now there’s an Oscar waiting to happen.” Daniel “Lemon Meringue Pie-Ass” Barnes and Harry Cox fanboy Corky McDonnell go horrorcore with their review of Big Money Hustlas. Insane Clown Posse members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope star as Black […]