Sunset (2019; László Nemes) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, April 26, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. Or: The Grand Budapest Hell. Nemes follows up his much-lauded debut film Son of Saul with this disturbing mystery set in pre-World War I Budapest. Of course, instead of the melancholy comedy […]
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Assassins (1995; Richard Donner) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 37 “We got nada, zilch, zip, zero, dry hump.” On this jasmine perfume-obsessed episode of the Dare Daniel podcast, quirky-ass hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell review the quirky-ass hitmen of Richard Donner’s 1995 snoozer Assassins. A hilariously pretentious attempt […]
Bio-Dome (1996; Jason Bloom) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 36 “If you had feral children, put them in bowling shirts, injected them with methamphetamines, this is what you would get. Only less restrained than that.” In this Earth Day-themed episode of the Dare Daniel podcast, Gen-X roadkill on […]
3 Faces (2019; Jafar Panahi) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, March 29, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. 3 Faces is the fourth feature film from Iranian writer-director Jafar Panahi since 2010, the year that the Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced him to house arrest and imposed […]
Screwball (2019; Billy Corben) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, March 29, at the 4 Star Theater in San Francisco. Less a documentary than a feature-length piece of click-bait, the true-crime sports movie Screwball offers the most superficial look imaginable at the steroids scandal surrounding Alex Rodriguez […]
Fever Pitch (2005; Bobby and Peter Farrelly) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 35 “IMDB was as uninterested in this movie as I was.” Boston sports antagonists Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell compile their laziest, most mismatched baseball metaphors to review Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s Fever Pitch, a romantic comedy […]