Dare Daniel Classics

*Originally published on the Movie City USA blog on June 5, 2008. STEPMOM (1998; Dir.: Chris Columbus) GRADE: D- By Daniel Barnes At the end of Chris Columbus’ mummified would-be tearjerker Stepmom, there is a credit that reads, “In Loving Memory of Irene Columbus”.  It’s a reference to […]

Bump It or Dump It – Ron Howard

*Originally published on the Movie City  USA blog on August 21, 2007 [w/updated comments at the end] “He makes Hollywood feel better about itself.” – David Thomson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film I think that Thomson means this not just in the sense that Howard makes life-affirming […]

Daniel Barnes @ the SNR

*The pulse-deadening thriller Non-Stop would like to be an airborne thrill ride, but it only captures the claustrophobic tedium of a transoceanic flight. *Hayao Miyazaki’s latest and last directorial effort The Wind Rises (pictured above) has his usual gorgeous imagery, but it gets bogged down in a love […]

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