L’ECLISSE (1962; Michelangelo Antonioni) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes As much as Antonioni stripped the narratives of L’Avventura and La Notte down to their bare essentials, those films had natural forward momentum and classic narrative shapes. L’Avventura takes on the basic structure of an unsolvable, Laura-like mystery, while […]
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Antoine and Colette (1962; Francois Truffaut) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes Every month in our Time of the Season feature, we will be offering seasonal movie suggestions based on a common theme. In honor of Valentine’s Day, our February Time of the Season theme is “First Love.” It’s […]
Exit to Eden (1994; Garry Marshall) GRADE: D- By Daniel Barnes *Originally published on The Barnesyard blog on October 20, 2005. If nothing else, Exit to Eden is an example of how attempting to play to every demographic will only wind up making everyone unhappy. The film is […]
Schizopolis (1996; Steven Soderbergh) Grade: A By Daniel Barnes Although nearly forgotten in the Soderbergh oeuvre, the playfully piercing absurdist comedy Schizopolis is his most personal and original work. Intensely aware of and yet utterly freed from cinematic conventions of storytelling and style, Schizopolis is like the product […]
L’Avventura (1960; Michelangelo Antonioni) Grade: B+ By Daniel Barnes You don’t need any cheeky and reductive “trilogy” categorizations to understand that L’Avventura is a film about the many forms of “modern” alienation. Every frame and narrative fragment reeks with moral disintegration and self-denial, and there many striking shots […]
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002; Wych Kaosayananda) GRADE: D By Daniel Barnes *Originally published on The Barnesyard blog in September 2005. The first Dare Daniel challenge was no easy feat. Just saying the title out loud is believed to cause a new form of brain cancer. Ballistic: Ecks […]