“Let’s get into this fucking travesty.” In this Family-friendly episode of the Dare Daniel Podcast, Mafia history buff Corky McDonnell and legitimate businessman Daniel Barnes take their whacks at Kevin Connolly’s 2018 critical punching bag biopic Gotti, starring John Travolta as the legendary New York mob boss. A love letter […]
Blaze (2018: Dir.: Ethan Hawke) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, September 21, at the. Landmark Embarcadero and Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Ethan Hawke gives the best performance of the year so far in my favorite film of 2018 so […]
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2017; Dir.: Juho Kuosmanen) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opening Friday, May 5, at the Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Shot in a hazy and washed-out black-and-white, and so slight 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.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; Dir.: Martin Scorsese) Grade: B- By Mike Dub The Wolf of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese’s newest profile of the rich and sleazy. The hero in his latest film, financial hustler Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his friends have so much money […]