Dare Daniel

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Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 Vampire Academy (2014) Daniel Barnes The movie offers 104 minutes of breathless exposition, just one elephant-sized plot dump after another. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/5 The Last Face (2016) Daniel Barnes Theron and Penn are both deeply committed to these causes in real life. However, the film's bumbling mix of drippy romance, fetishized violence and self-serving sermonizing in a context-deficient void only makes a mockery of that commitment. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 And Then We Danced (2019) Daniel Barnes Equally sad and ecstatic, And Then We Danced fully commits to the concept of dance as expression. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 () Daniel Barnes Rewindis easily one of the most disturbing films of the year, but it's also a non-exploitative and rewarding story about confronting past horrors. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 Fourteen (2019) Daniel Barnes The elevator pitch for Fourteen is Broad City goes Mumblecore, although that diminishes the film's emotional intelligence and impact. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Daniel Barnes Ozon does the material justice, taking his time and staying true to the themes of faith and forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 Aurora (2019) Daniel Barnes Not many original parts here, but it's a charming vehicle nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 () Daniel Barnes Dangerously low on substance. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
1/5 Stepmom (1998) Daniel Barnes If you're going to make children say such terrible things, you should at least back it up with a movie about divorce and death that is sincere and penetrating. In other words, the type of film that Chris Columbus wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 Brainscan (1994) Daniel Barnes Brainscan offers a grab bag of intriguing ideas, but the pieces never fit together. Even without the clumsy execution, though, no film could surmount Furlong's complete lack of charisma, energy, talent and screen presence. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
3.5/5 Monos (2019) Daniel Barnes Monos is not a great film, but Landres shows signs of greatness. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980) Daniel Barnes Bad Timing gets assembled from the memories and assumptions of multiple unreliable sources. The flamboyantly cinematic camera moves and angles, shock-cut edits and Scorsese-style soundtrack all contribute to a sense of dislocation. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 Let the Fire Burn (2012) Daniel Barnes Powerful and disturbing. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 White Zombie (1932) Daniel Barnes Lugosi's legendarily mesmeric glare is used to stunning effect here, but every other actor is a total stiff, and the tone and pace feel incredibly uneven. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
4/5 Chulas Fronteras (1976) Daniel Barnes Rather than rely on false framing devices or obnoxious narration, Blanks lets his words and images explain everything. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) Daniel Barnes Carradine seems barely conscious most of the time, while everyone else onscreen overacts as though their lives depended on it. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
1.5/5 Official Secrets (2019) Daniel Barnes Official Secrets is a pretty sorry substitute for predecessors like Spotlight and Snowden, which were both pretty sorry in their own right. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
1/5 Inferno (2016) Daniel Barnes Hanks returns as Massive Headwound Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon, who this time around suffers from amnesia. After watching Inferno, we should all be so lucky. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 Angels & Demons (2009) Daniel Barnes The even-trashier sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons is another mirthless Catholic scavenger hunt from director Ron Howard and author Dan Brown. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
2/5 Race to World First (2013) Daniel Barnes A film that only serves to set up the many sequels that will never get made, Warcraft is all ambition and no execution. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 The Nightingale (2018) Daniel Barnes For all the violence, the film is more thoughtful than exploitative, with raw power and unfortunate relevancy. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 Through the Olive Trees (1994) Daniel Barnes Scouring the community for actors, they inadvertently cast starcrossed youths Hossein and Tahereh as the leads. Their relationship lends a new level of reality that only undermines the film-within-a-film's carefully contrived verisimilitude. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 Nema-Ye Nazdik (1990) Daniel Barnes The gauzy, overlapping layers of identity and performance that Kiarostami uncovered in Close-Up still tantalize. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
1/5 Cool as Ice (1991) Daniel Barnes The Artist Formerly Known as Rob Van Winkle plays John "Johnny" Van Owen, a charmless, disgusting misogynist and talentless performer. It's quite literally the part he was born to play. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5/5 I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014) Daniel Barnes An open and affecting look at the little white-haired man inside of the giant yellow suit. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/5 The Wrecking Crew (2008) Daniel Barnes Tedesco doesn't shy from the harsh realities of the session player's life. However, this isn't an angry or bitter film by any means. The goal, almost to a fault, is to celebrate these musicians and the songs they created. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
2.5/5 The Zero Theorem (2013) Daniel Barnes Amidst the jam-packed set design and nonstop blather about black holes and "the neural net" lies a lot of half-formed existential riddles. Unfortunately, it's all a sleight-of-hand prelude for Gilliam to devolve into incoherent chaos in the home stretch. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.5/5 Capricious Summer (1968) Daniel Barnes Menzel shows a knack for creating magical sequences and changing tones on a dime. Capricious Summer alternates from the lyrical to the ridiculous and back again. It's as moody and unpredictable as bad weather or the human heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 Sword of Trust (2019) Daniel Barnes Sword of Trust gets by on pure affability and ease-of-watch for a while, but the uneven pace and general lack of focus wear thin fast. One scene dawdles into the next, and the film finally dawdles off the rails in the second half. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 Cheatin' (2013) Daniel Barnes You certainly can't fault Plympton for ambition. If only the jokes were a little stronger! EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 () Daniel Barnes The Big Red One is Sam Fuller on a grand scale, and the nearly three-hour-long "Reconstructed" version gives him ample space to indulge in his penchant for savage poetry, bizarre contradictions and cruel coincidences. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
5/5 The Steel Helmet (1951) Daniel Barnes There's nothing explicitly political here except for the odd reference to "commie bastards," and the films are mostly concerned with the incredibly difficult, dangerous and thankless life of the soldier. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 Fixed Bayonets! (1951) Daniel Barnes It takes a while for Fixed Bayonets! to build steam, but the second half is a landmine field of devastating setpieces, punctuated with the threat of sudden, overwhelming and even self-inflicted violence. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
5/5 Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) Daniel Barnes Although Wilder was a brilliant portrayer of male sexual anxiety, the more that I watch his films, the more captivated I am by the complexity of his female characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Daniel Barnes The Fall of the American Empire sets up, however halfheartedly, a classic premise about sex, greed and crime. Unfortunately, the film never gets us to care about the characters, who seem to only talk in plot points and themes. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Paris Is Burning (1990) Daniel Barnes More than anything, Paris is Burning is a thoroughly entertaining performance film. Beneath the theatrical trappings, though, sits layer after layer of poverty and abuse. Livingston manages to navigate those dueling moods of celebration and depression. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
1.5/5 The Beautician and the Beast (1997) Daniel Barnes Drescher does her best, and she's very likable and charming, whatever her dramatic limitations. However, the script is complete garbage, the direction stinks, and Dalton is still a chin in search of a personality. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4.5/5 The Holy Mountain (1973) Daniel Barnes An acid trip through the poison-tipped nettles of Jodorowsky's subconscious. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 Funan (2019) Daniel Barnes At heart, Funan offers a familiar but still moving story of bravery and sacrifice in the face of unspeakable horrors. After a few harrowing early sequences, though, the film settles into a repetitively miserable rhythm. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4.5/5 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Daniel Barnes You can feel Scorsese try to assert himself on the material with ostentatious Steadicam shots and T. Rex music cues, but to his credit, his cinematic audacity never overshadows or overwhelms Burstyn's excellent performance. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
1.5/5 Mac and Me (1988) Daniel Barnes A film that warms your heart with rage, Mac and Me offers a constant stream of soulless corporate synergy. Like a 19th-century mountebank, the film peddles Coca-Cola as a life-saving elixir. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/5 How I Live Now (2013) Daniel Barnes An odd-duck hybrid of a teenage summer romance and an apocalyptic nightmare, How I Live Now has some impressive ambitions, but mostly it comes off like a Nicolas Sparks rewrite of Red Dawn. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4.5/5 The Duke of Burgundy (2014) Daniel Barnes Strickland penetrates much deeper into the psyches of his characters in The Duke of Burgundy, finding the erotic in the banal, the banal in the erotic, and infinity and insanity between a lover's knees. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4.5/5 Timbuktu (2014) Daniel Barnes Sissako cuts his searing social realism with significant doses of absurdist comedy and dreamlike beauty. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
1.5/5 All Is True (2018) Daniel Barnes Vintage shameless Branagh, borderline unwatchable, but also a weirdly perfect cap to a career built on flavorless yet vainglorious Shakespeare adaptations. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 Against All Odds (1984) Daniel Barnes Against All Odds has its moments, but too often the film plays less like an official remake of Out of the Past and more like an unofficial prequel to Tequila Sunrise. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/5 The Idol (2015) Daniel Barnes "Perfunctory visuals and sludgy storytelling." EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
1/5 Ultraviolet (2006) Daniel Barnes With a visual aesthetic that recalls a 1998 screensaver and a script penned by Google Translate, the film is either admirably unwatchable, contemptuously unwatchable or Vice-unwatchable. Whatever the case, it's unwatchable. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 Neon Bull (2015) Daniel Barnes In its nonjudgmental empathy for people living on the farthest fringes of society, its bleakly epic scope, and its sentimental nihilism, Neon Bull shares a fair amount of DNA with the films of New Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 Little Men (2016) Daniel Barnes Sachs thrives on capturing the moments when a public facade morphs into a private epiphany. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019