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THE BEST OF DANIEL BARNES 2014

Between my regular reviews in the Sacramento News & Review, my work here on E Street Film Society, and my occasional contributions to other publications and websites, I penned roughly 300 film-related reviews and articles in the calendar year 2014.  It was a busy year, but also a […]

ESFS Festival 1, Film 3 – “L’Eclisse”

L’ECLISSE (1962; Dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes As much as Antonioni stripped the narratives of L’Avventura and La Notte down to their bare essentials, those films had natural forward momentum and classic narrative shapes.  L’Avventura takes on the basic structure of an unsolvable, Laura-like mystery, […]

ESFS FESTIVAL 1, FILM 2 – “LA NOTTE”

La Notte (1961; Dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni) Grade: B By Mike Dub The second leg of Michelangelo Antonioni’s so-called “Alienation Trilogy” picks up pretty much where L’Avventura left off with La Notte.  Though unrelated to its predecessor in plot, the themes and relationships circle the same areas: lovers don’t love […]

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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