Dare Daniel

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The Class (2008) Daniel Barnes 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
4/5 Antoine and Colette (1962) Daniel Barnes 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 Pandora's Box (1929) Daniel Barnes 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Kapò (1959) Daniel Barnes At its best, the film offers the clear-eyed objectivity of a journalist, while still establishing a moral outrage. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
1/5 God's Not Dead 2 (2016) Daniel Barnes 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
2.5/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Daniel Barnes Cage goes for it, for better or worse, and so does Color Out of Space, for worse. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
1/5 Saving Christmas (2014) Daniel Barnes 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
1.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Daniel Barnes A film that misunderstands the appeal of The Beatles more thoroughly than the 1978 disaster Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 Aladdin (2019) Daniel Barnes You can never unsee dance sequences directed by Guy Ritchie. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 Glass (2019) Daniel Barnes Shyamalan reaches the rock bottom of hacky gimmicks and clueless storytelling. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Parasite (2019) Daniel Barnes It's the perfect mix of the director's penchants for tidy symbolism and unhinged tonal shifts, with a strong ensemble cast led by longtime Bong favorite Song Kang-ho. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Daniel Barnes Instead of the flash-bang Casino clone that many people expected, Scorsese gave us a bleak, somber story about the inexorable rot created by corruption and violence. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Daniel Barnes Come for the metacommentary, but stay for the face-melting concert footage. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Daniel Barnes Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are both marvelous in the lead roles, while Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda and Julie Hagerty contribute strong support. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4.5/5 In Fabric (2018) Daniel Barnes Strickland packs more wildly ravishing moments into the first 15 minutes of In Fabric than most filmmakers could muster in their entire careers. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Daniel Barnes Florence Pugh gives a gut-wrenching turn as a grieving student who follows her turd of a boyfriend to Sweden, only to find terrors beyond comprehension. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4.5/5 Peterloo (2018) Daniel Barnes Riveting from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Daniel Barnes Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt deliver the most emotionally vulnerable performances of their careers as soon-to-be has-beens in 1969 Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Daniel Barnes Directors Benny and Josh Safdie double down on the pure rush of their 2017 success Good Time with this adrenaline-soaked thriller. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
1.5/5 Love Actually (2003) Daniel Barnes The film exhibits a real soft spot for sexual predators, while also promoting the notion that Christmas is the perfect time to publicly dump your love on the near-stranger you're tenderly stalking. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
1.5/5 The Fanatic (2019) Daniel Barnes If you judged acting by volume alone, Travolta would win every Oscar for his performance. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Daniel Barnes Almodóvar never experienced a creative dry spell like the one depicted here, but after a couple of relatively ho-hum efforts in I'm So Excited! and Julieta, Pain and Glory feels like the work of a new man. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 Downtown 81 (2000) Daniel Barnes An intermittently electric movie that plays like a hybrid concert documentary, genre parody and art film fairy tale. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 Silent Night, Deadly Night Part II (1987) Daniel Barnes It plays like an extended Family Ties flashback episode, only with significantly more stabbings. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
1/5 An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) Daniel Barnes An exhausting and chaotic pseudo-sequel to John Landis' 1981 horror-comedy classic,An American Werewolf in Paris offers one affront to the senses after another. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
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 Warcraft (2016) 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