By Daniel Barnes By its very nature, film is a reactive medium. There is an incorrect impression that the cinema creates trends, but instead large budgets inspire little courage, and the inherent slowness of the production process means that the movies are always a step behind the zeitgeist. […]
There is a no trailer for this hour-long 1915 film, but here is a clip where Theda Bara’s vamp uses her infamous line of seduction, “Kiss me, my fool!” Read Daniel Barnes’ review of A Fool There Was.
Breathe In (2014; Dir.: Drake Doremus) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes *Opening today in theaters throughout the Bay Area, including the Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco. Writer-director Drake Doremus didn’t break any new stylistic ground with his 2011 debut Like Crazy – it employed the same handheld and […]
The Lunchbox is writer-director Ritesh Batra’s feature debut, and while it is a minor effort, he displays an economical style and emotional generosity that demand further exploration. Diego Luna’s formulaic Cesar Chavez biopic never allows star Michael Peña to step out from under his halo.
Bad Timing (1980; Dir.: Nicolas Roeg) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes There is nothing easily definable about Nicolas Roeg’s perverse romance Bad Timing, right down to that inscrutable title. This is a film about lies, distortions, and manipulation, not anything as fickle and uncalculated as bad timing. The […]
Marlon Brando was a victim of his own talent and success. If he had started slowly, giving a great performance in every three movies instead of exploding onto the scene with such a fiery series of performances, his public image may have survived the box office drought of […]