*Originally published on the ESFS blog on November 12, 2008. THE SAVAGES (2007; Dir.: Tamara Jenkins) GRADE: A- By Daniel Barnes I have long been a sucker for dysfunctional family dramedies, and this story of immature middle-aged siblings re-connecting over their abusive father’s dementia is no different. It […]
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L’Avventura (1960; Dir.: 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 […]
One of the driving forces behind ESFS has always been to search for the new, even in the things that we think we know. Therefore, I happily admit that going into this festival, Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni is almost a complete blind spot for me. I watched and […]
The Criterion trailer for the first film from our first festival, Antonioni’s “L’Avventura”. Read Daniel Barnes’ review of L’Avventura.
Daniel Barnes reviews in this week’s issue of the Sacramento News and Review: Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to A Separation doesn’t have that film’s immediate impact, but it could prove to have a longer emotional reach The Lego Movie – yes, The Lego Movie – is as wildly imaginative […]
*Originally published on The Barnesyard blog in September 2005. BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER (2002; Dir.: Wych Kaosayananda) GRADE: D By Daniel Barnes 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. […]