“This case stinks. I smelled it coming off the freeway.” Suburban commandoes Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell travel into the dark heart of 1950s homeowners’ associations to review George Clooney’s ambitious but tone-deaf 2017 black comedy Suburbicon. One of the 37 unsuccessful movies that Matt Damon made last year, Suburbia […]
Film critic for the Sacramento News and Review. Craft beer columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.
Thanks to the lingering horrors of Heartbeeps, Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell have robots on the brain this week. After briefly reliving their traumatic review of the 1981 Allen Arkush clunker starring Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters, the hosts try to upgrade their moods by picking their all-time favorite […]
“These friendly robots are obviously not mischievous trespassers.” Banana daiquiri expert Daniel Barnes and lumber (and its profitable by-products) specialist Corky McDonnell rip open a couple bags of beers to discuss Allan Arkush’s indelibly disturbing 1981 family comedy Heartbeeps, starring Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters as nightmarish robots who […]
Madeline’s Madeline (2018; Dir.: Josephine Decker) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, August 24, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Finally, something with some fucking guts! This is my first experience with the cinema of Josephine Decker (although I hear good things about Butter On the Latch and Thou […]
In this microscopic mini-episode of the Dare Daniel podcast, Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell prepare their pleasure centers for the horrifying hijinx of Allan Arkush’s 1981 misfire Heartbeeps, starring Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters as malfunctioning robots who fall in love. Great American patriot Daniel also revisits the review […]
Support the Girls (2018; Dir.: Andrew Bujalski) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, August 24, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Coyote Ugly meets Clerks by way of Linklater and Lizzie Borden, as the put-upon manager and waitresses at a second-rate Hooter’s […]