Holiday Engagement – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 79 “Everyone’s losing their shit about Gav.” The Park Post Herald star reporters Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell get the scoop on Hallmark Channel Christmas with help from Gav of Films on Trial. Holiday Engagement pairs witless “journalist” Hillary with unemployed sign-spinner David in […]
Co-host of the Dare Daniel podcast and member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle.
By Daniel Barnes DANIEL’S TOP TEN FILMS OF 2020 1. Wolfwalkers For over a decade, Kilkenny, Ireland-based Cartoon Saloon has produced under-the-radar animated features for adults and smart kids. With the astonishing Wolfwalkers, Cartoon Saloon gives us a profound and humane movie that should shame Pixar. Set in […]
Another Round (2020; Thomas Vinterberg) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select theaters and on VOD services. Dogme 95 refugee Thomas Vinterberg (The Commune and Far from the Madding Crowd) reunites with The Hunt star Mads Mikkelsen for this alcohol-soaked, coming-of-middle-age drama. Mikkelsen excels as Martin, a depressed high […]
To the Ends of the Earth (2020; Kiyoshi Kurosawa) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select cinemas and opening tomorrow in virtual theaters. Atsuko Maeda plays a Japanese TV host struggling with her latest assignment in this lightly surrealist spin on Lost in Translation. But despite […]
Christmas with the Kranks – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 78 “You’ve tried the rest, now try us.” Podcast cucks Daniel and Corky contemplate skipping Christmas for the rest of their lives after suffering through Joe Roth’s sad and depressing Christmas with the Kranks. Tim Allen and Jamie Lee […]
Sound of Metal (2020; Darius Marder) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select theaters and on Amazon Prime. Riz Ahmed delivers a solid performance as Ruben, a heavy metal drummer dealing with hearing loss in this otherwise pedestrian therapy drama. “Punk Rock Domesticity” As the film […]