Daniel Barnes @ the SNR

In Need for Speed, a street racer is blamed for the death of his friend in a street race, leaving him only one way to clear his name…a street race! Only French actress Eva Green transcends the cartoonish mayhem of 300: Rise of an Empire.


How I Live Now (2013; Dir.: Kevin MacDonald) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes This barely released drama from The Last King of Scotland director Kevin MacDonald is an odd-duck hybrid of a teenage summer romance and an apocalyptic nightmare.  How I Live Now has some interesting ambitions, but […]

The Abridged Barnesyard – Bonus Brando

Here are a couple of old capsule reviews of Marlon Brando movies, originally published on the ESFS blog back in 2008.  The first film is one that I’m very relieved Mike Dub did not suggest for this festival, although it’s interesting that I specifically mentioned Brando’s “pre-Godfather down […]

Criterion Collection Movie of the Week

The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988; Dir.: George Sluizer) GRADE: B+ By Mike Dub There are a lot of reasons to be worried heading into The Vanishing, Dutchman George Sluizer’s 1988 thriller about the disappearance of a young woman and her boyfriend’s search to find her.  It would be remarkably easy […]

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