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Film critic for the Sacramento News and Review. Craft beer columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

*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 […]

ESFS Festival 1, Film 1 – “L’Avventura”

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 […]

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