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Daniel Barnes

Film critic, podcast host and member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Brainscan (1994)

“Brainscan” Podcast Movie Review

Brainscan (1994; John Flynn) – Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 48 “The interactive trip to hell is paved with good intentions.” Trickster gods Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell open Scare Daniel season by reviewing charisma black hole Edward Furlong in Brainscan. Furlong stars in Brainscan as Michael Brower, a disaffected, […]

Monos (2019)

“Monos” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

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 […]

Les Blank Chulas Fronteras

Les Blank Movie Reviews: “Chulas Fronteras” and “Del Mero Corazón”

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 […]

David Carradine in The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)

“The Warrior and the Sorceress” Podcast Movie Review

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 […]

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