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Daniel Barnes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 52% Destination Wedding (2018) Reeves and Ryder get miscast as brittle, misanthropic loners connecting during a dreaded wedding weekend. The film demands congratulations for having a vocabulary, but the nonstop jabber is merely time-filling, sub-Kevin Smith prattle.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
1/5 0% Deadfall (1993) Most of the screentime goes to Michael Biehn, who brings all the gravitas of Mr. Bean to his hardboiled con man role. As far as Cage goes over the top, Biehn goes just as far under the bottom.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
2.5/5 0% Megaforce (1982) A 65-minute movie that is 99 minutes long, Megaforce feels like the unaired pilot for an unwatchable TV show. The opening credits tout the use of Introvision and Zoptic, both presumably street words for cocaine.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
3/5 90% Forbidden Zone (1980) It's frequently offensive and never clever, but it remains a unique and strangely magical movie.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 90% The Wolf Man (1941) Ironically, The Wolf Man is stronger and creepier in the scenes without the wolf man.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
1/5 21% Cats (2019) A money pit of terrible ideas executed terribly, Cats stands as a monument to ineptitude and unimaginativeness. Everything looks disturbingly wrong from the very first frame right through to the very last.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
1/5 6% Exit to Eden (1994) Every actor looks rightly embarrassed.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
1/5 0% Simon Sez (1999) A superspy action-comedy too brain-dead to even qualify as a James Bond knockoff.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3.5/5 100% Otac na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business) (1985) It's not a particularly dynamic film, but I liked Kusturica's compact camera moves and bleary sense of whimsy. ‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Suzanne's Career (1963) (1963) Rohmer's real fascination is with the line between inaction and moral decision. ‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
1/5 16% Krippendorf's Tribe (1998) A hateful, disgusting and amoral travesty.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
2.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) How to Train Your Dragon 2 groans with the strain of stretching a cute concept too far.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
4/5 76% Welcome To New York (2015) The contrast between Ferrara's seething hot rage and the cold, clean gloom of his images remains compelling throughout.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3.5/5 97% Mustang (2015) Ergüven imbues Mustang with the infectious spirit of youth and the casual assurance of a seasoned veteran.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3.5/5 73% Dodes'ka-den (Dodesukaden) (1970) It was his long-awaited return after a string of high-profile projects withered on the vine, and also his first film shot in color. A sense of release is evident from the opening shots, as Kurosawa splashes colors across the screen like an action painter.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/5 65% Equus (1977) Lumet was a director who rose or fell based on the quality of his source material and collaborators. He served the demands of the story, rather than demanding that the story serve his esoteric vision or personal style. ‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4.5/5 100% Kohayagawa-ke no aki (The End of Summer) (Early Autumn) (1961) There is a through-line about an old-school sake brewery barely holding on against a giant conglomerate, and we feel Ozu's fear that small-batch sake will expire along with his own eternally patient and culturally astute approach to cinema.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The First Legion (1951) An unexpectedly complex examination of faith and doubt.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
1/5 10% Freddy Got Fingered (2001) Freddy Got Fingered wants to shock you out of your middlebrow complacency, but it's never disturbing, only sad. That's not to say that Green didn't make exactly the film he wanted to make. It's just that Green is a pathetically one-note provocateur.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
1/5 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) It's a 9/11 version of Life is Beautiful, or a Forrest Gump on antidepressants if you prefer. I prefer to vomit.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 97% Paris, Texas (1984) Wenders articulates his slightly romanticized, "outsider's" idea of the lonely American west, a place of spiritual emptiness and surreal beauty.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
2.5/5 65% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) Gorgeous sequences of highly individualized, hand-drawn animation from some of the industry greats get swarmed by a trite, clumsy, atonal story.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 88% The Chase (1966) The "New Hollywood" of the 1960s and 70s produced a number of withering takes on American institutions, but no filmmaker was as consistently convinced of the venality at the heart of American society as Arthur Penn.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
5/5 61% Schizopolis (1996) Intensely aware of and yet utterly freed from cinematic conventions of storytelling and style, Schizopolis is like the product of Luis Bunuel and Richard Lester collaborating on a Tex Avery cartoon adapted from a Franz Kafka novel.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4.5/5 86% Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajû no seishun) (1963) A vision of crime and corruption as a grand and incurable sickness.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 100% The Most Dangerous Game (1932) Even if it takes far too long to get to the "twist" that we all see coming from the first five minutes, the pre-Code brutality of The Most Dangerous Game makes it a fascinating watch, right down to that sick and satisfying final shot.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
1.5/5 51% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) There isn't that one obvious thing that doesn't work about this particular reboot. It's a lot of tiny things that don't work feeding into a tributary system of things that don't work, which eventually dumps into an entire ocean of not working.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 94% Forty Guns (1957) A western of definite ferocity and madness.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Little Richard (2000) The Quasar's live shows were legendary, but Townsend shoots them with all the electric energy and excitement of a Madison, Wisconsin dinner theater production of Smokey Joe's Cafe.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4.5/5 82% Listen Up Philip (2014) With the neophyte novelist Philip Lewis Friedman, a self-loathing narcissist driven to new levels of boorish behavior by his extremely minor notability, writer-director Alex Ross Perry created a neurotic a-hole for the ages. ‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
1.5/5 9% Norbit (2007) A nonstop series of sloppily constructed comedy bits peopled with racist and misogynist caricatures.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
3.5/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Everywhere in Sorry We Missed You, we see extreme attachments to devices corrode people's connections to each other.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
2.5/5 48% Greed (2020) The Adam McKay-ification of the global cinema-scape continues apace with this toothless, pseudo-intellectual satire. ‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
1.5/5 54% The VelociPastor (2019) The VelociPastor certainly leans into its micro-budget ineptitude. However, that pervasively smug self-awareness only makes the labored comedy bits more aggravating.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/5 87% Francofonia (2016) Francofonia is less of a swooning and immersive cinematic experience than a free-range, multi-media essay about the survival of art and culture in an inherently destructive world.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Love On A Leash (2011) Tian makes some of the most confounding, insane and possibly brilliant (but definitely insane) directorial decisions you could imagine.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
4/5 95% The Class (2008) The film leaps through the school year in sudden blinks, with the opportunity for Beagaudeau to reach these kids becoming as ungraspable as melting snow.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Antoine and Colette (Antoine et Colette) (1962) The magic of Truffaut is that both here and in The 400 Blows, we recognize the often rotten and selfish impulses behind Antoine's actions, and yet our empathy for him is so profound that we feel his final rejection like a punch to the stomach.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 92% Pandora's Box (1929) The film is laid out in a strange, semi-successful eight-act structure (just like von Trier's Nymphomaniac), and right from the start, Pabst lets us know this will not be a strident tale of a good girl who falls from grace. ‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 60% Kapo (1959) At its best, the film offers the clear-eyed objectivity of a journalist, while still establishing a moral outrage.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
1/5 8% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) While the first God's Not Dead fed the persecution complex of evangelical Christians, God's Not Dead 2 takes that complex to Golden Corral.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2.5/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Cage goes for it, for better or worse, and so does Color Out of Space, for worse.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where'd You Go Bernadette is Linklater's 19th feature film, and it's also his worst.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
2/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Infinity War at least had the good taste to abstain from Jeremy Renner. No such luck in Endgame.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Nobody except the suits at Disney clamored for a fourth Toy Story movie, and yet Pixar somehow made an unnecessary sequel that feels indispensable.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Writer-director Greta Gerwig makes the material feel vital and modern, delivering an equally challenging and crowd-pleasing movie. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
1/5 0% Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) From the ska-punk version of "Silent Night" that plays over the opening credits to the 10-minute end credits sequence filled with bloopers and beatboxing, this is a 79-minute film that feels like it will never end. ‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
1.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) A film that misunderstands the appeal of The Beatles more thoroughly than the 1978 disaster Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 57% Aladdin (2019) You can never unsee dance sequences directed by Guy Ritchie.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan reaches the rock bottom of hacky gimmicks and clueless storytelling.‐ Dare Daniel
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019