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Film critic Daniel Barnes and comedian Corky McDonnell do your dirty work by reviewing the worst movies you can imagine. Send Daniel and Corky your most sadistic movie dares at daredaniel.com, and look for a new episode every other Tuesday.

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    • 5.0, 49 Ratings

Film critic Daniel Barnes and comedian Corky McDonnell do your dirty work by reviewing the worst movies you can imagine. Send Daniel and Corky your most sadistic movie dares at daredaniel.com, and look for a new episode every other Tuesday.

    “Fathers’ Day” Podcast Movie Review

    “Fathers’ Day” Podcast Movie Review

    Fathers’ Day – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 69

    “You mirth machine, you.”

    This week, Daniel and Corky revive their long-running Lowell Ganz vs. Babaloo Mandel feud by reviewing the wretched Fathers’ Day. A film so sloppy that it was released on Mother’s Day weekend, Fathers’ Day bottoms even the most basement-level expectations.  This thoroughly sad and lazy comedy pairs Robin Williams and Billy Crystal as would-be fathers searching for a Sugar Ray-obsessed teenage wastoid. Unfunny non-hijinx ensue.

    Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss superfluous wallet chains, diegetic 1990s ska-punk, and pointless softball games.

    NEW DARES

    Surf II (Andrew Reyes)

    Dangerous Men (Jaina Sinclair)

    FATHERS’ DAY FACTS AND FIGURES

    Theatrical release date: May 9, 1997

    Domestic box office gross: $28.6 million (production budget: $85 million)

    Critic scores: 25 on Rotten Tomatoes; 43 on Metacritic

    Daniel’s craft beer: Alvarado Street and Moonraker’s Spaced Out DIPA (8.5% ABV)

    Corky’s craft beer: Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse’s No One Taught That To Me Yet spelt saison (8.5% ABV)

    This week’s darer: Leo Logan

    Why did Leo dare Daniel and Corky to watch Fathers’ Day? “Because it’s a case of bankable leads and a top director at the time that resulted in an unfunny mess. Good luck!”

    IMDB synopsis: “A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy’s father.”

    This week’s referenced movies: Les Comperes; The Man With One Red Shoe; The Toy; Pure Luck; Three Fugitives; Dinner for Schmucks; The Birdcage; Street Fighter; Back to the Future; Good Will Hunting; The Fifth Element; 2016: Obama’s America; A Nightmare on Elm Street; Deliverance; Home Alone; Saw; The Stepfather; Private Parts

    Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Double Dare

    RELATED CLIPS

    Theatrical trailer for Fathers’ Day

    Robin and Billy Meet Sugar Ray

    Hot coffee hilarity

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    “Dolittle” Podcast Movie Review

    “Dolittle” Podcast Movie Review

    Dolittle (2020) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 68

    “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

    In this week’s episode, Daniel and Corky get their Barry-berries caught in the gears of the robotic Dolittle. This 2020 box office bomb stars dozens of insufferable CGI creatures and an even more insufferable Robert Downey, Jr. It’s a spectacularly ugly exercise in focus-groupthink that tries to please everyone, and thus inevitably pleases no one.

    Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss squirrel surgery, Styx lyrics, and Chekhov’s dragon.

    NEW DARES

    Blast from the Past (Darcey Self)

    Xanadu (Andrew Reyes)

    DOLITTLE FACTS AND FIGURES

    Theatrical release date: Jan. 17, 2020

    Domestic box office gross: $77 million (production budget: $175 million)

    Critic scores: 14 on Rotten Tomatoes; 26 on Metacritic

    Daniel’s craft beer: Moksa Brewing’s River Kolsch (5.6% ABV)

    Corky’s craft beer: Berryessa Brewing’s Free Kittens Rice Lager (5.0% ABV)

    This week’s darer: David Paul

    Why did David Paul dare Daniel and Corky to watch Dolittle? “I know a lot of people still think of Robert Downey Jr. as nothing more than the son of Morton Downey Jr. But I’m here to tell you he’s breaking out of his father’s substantial shadow in Dolittle. Yours Respectfully, Jan Michael Vincent.”

    IMDB synopsis: “A physician who can talk to animals embarks on an adventure to find a legendary island with a young apprentice and a crew of strange pets.”

    This week’s referenced movies: Assassins; Forbidden Zone; Doctor Dolittle (1967); Dr. Dolittle (1998); Scarface (1983); Serendipity; Gigli; Outfoxed; Uncovered: The War on Iraq; Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price; Down to Earth (1947); Can’t Stop the Music; Megaforce; Bounce; Jurassic Park; The Call of the Wild (2020); Cats; Joker; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Powder; The Big Lebowski; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012); Norbit; Mary Poppins (1964); Aquaman; Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; Donnie Darko; Kramer vs. Kramer; Blockers; The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; Ultraviolet

    Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Double Dare

    RELATED CLIPS

    Theatrical trailer for Dolittle (2020)

    Gorilla chess

    Dragon farts

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    “Backdraft 2” Podcast Movie Review

    “Backdraft 2” Podcast Movie Review

    Backdraft 2 – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 67

    “McCaffrey’s not here to make friends, make family, or make the country any better.”

    Personality void Joe Anderson heads this unnecessary and empty straight-to-streaming sequel. He plays scion Sean McCaffrey, a fire-splaining arson investigator with visible stink lines and a war chest of personality cliches.  Billy Baldwin returns as Uncle Billy Baldwin McCaffrey, while Donald Sutherland redoes his Hannibal Lecter-as-arsonist bit. Unfortunately, there is no reason to care about anyone onscreen other than nostalgia for a 30-year-old movie that no one likes or remembers.

    Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss Naugahyde jockeys, fire labs, and arson duels.

    NEW DARES

    Pink Flamingos (Jason)

    Death of a Nation (Tim Crump)

    BACKDRAFT 2 FACTS AND FIGURES

    Streaming release date: May 14, 2019

    Critic scores: 40 on Rotten Tomatoes

    Daniel’s craft beer: Urban Roots Brewing‘s Comfort Hamster Unfiltered Rustic Pilsner (5.0% ABV)

    Corky’s craft beer: Revision Brewing‘s Planetary Fog Hazy IPA (7.5% IPA)

    This week’s darer: The Ghost of Bull McCaffrey

    Why did The Ghost of Bull McCaffrey dare Daniel and Corky to watch Backdraft 2? “Guys, they made a sequel to a terrible Ron Howard movie. As soon as I wrote that, I realized that’s too broad of a category. The movie in question is Backdraft 2: Backdraftier. In this sequel, my adult son is now an arson investigator with the Chicago Fire Department. Much like his old man, he’s a lone wolf with fire running in his veins. Billy Baldwin reprises his role as my brother again, only this time he’s Uncle Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Brian McCaffrey. The plot concerns some kids that die in a fire on Halloween. It turns out this fire may have been set by some terrorists as a diversion to steal missiles. Good luck with that.”

    IMDB synopsis: “The sequel to the 1991 hit, follows an investigator with the Chicago F.D., who has to track down an arms dealer who use deadly fires as a distraction.”

    This week’s referenced movies: Backdraft; Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome; The Tin Drum; Deadfall; Final Destination; Lone Wolf McQuade; The Silence of the Lambs; Manhunter (1986); Assassins (1995); Top Gun; Gotti; Dolittle; Lethal Weapon 2; Bio-Dome

    Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Dare

    RELATED CLIPS

    Trailer for Backdraft 2

    Theatrical trailer for Backdraft (1991)

    Lethal Weapon 2 toilet bomb

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    • 49 min
    “Krull” Podcast Movie Review

    “Krull” Podcast Movie Review

    Krull – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 66

    “It’s not the Glaive, it’s you.”

    Is it a heroic fantasy or a science-fiction swashbuckler? Or is it just a bald-faced Star Wars knockoff with touches of Lord of the RIngs and Excalibur? In this coffee-addled podcast episode, Daniel and Corky confront the confusing world of Krull.

    Krull is a two-hour movie written like a 22-minute TV episode and filled with the pointless, dead-end quests of a video game. Genre-hopping director Peter Yates was never going to make a cookie-cutter Star Wars clone, and the soundstage stuff feels incredibly clunky. It doesn’t help that he got saddled with lead actors devoid of charisma and chemistry. However, the film comes to life whenever it travels outside of the studio, and generally exudes old-fashioned charm.

    Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss emo cyclops, fire mares, archetype gangs, and Krull 2 Kickstarter campaigns.

    NEW DARE

    Johnny Mnemonic (Brad from The Cinema Guys)

    KRULL FACTS AND FIGURES

    Theatrical release date: July 29, 1983

    Domestic box office: $16.5 million (production budget: $30 million)

    Critic scores: 32 on Rotten Tomatoes; 45 on Metacritic

    This week’s craft coffee: Tree House Coffee Company’s Peru Estrella Divina

    This week’s darer: Heather Smith

    Why did Heather dare Daniel and Corky to watch Krull? “This is a story about a prince, who is going to marry a princess, and a large Cthulhu creature captures her, for some reason, it’s not important. The special effects are awful. You might catch explosive diarrhea from all the constant, jarring cut scenes. It feels like it was made by someone who was on a lot of acid. Or, a six-year-old telling a nonsense story that goes on and on and makes no sense, and you wish the kid would just get to the ending already. This movie is confusing and awful, so of course, I love it. I hope you fellas will enjoy it too.”

    IMDB synopsis: “A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.”

    This week’s referenced movies: The Jerky Boys Movie; Forbidden Zone; Bullitt; John and Mary; The Friends of Eddie Coyle; Breaking Away; The Dresser; Star Wars movies; Excalibur; Lord of the Rings movies; Ice Pirates; Any Which Way You Can; Warcraft; Rawhead Rex; National Lampoon’s Animal House; The Warrior and the Sorceress; West Side Story; Battlefield: Earth; Free Solo; Osmosis Jones; Erik the Viking; Love on a Leash; The Man Who Killed Don Quixote; The Neverending Story; Blazing Saddles; Beauty and the Beast; Clash of the Titans; Harry Potter movies; Braveheart; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Ratings: Daniel – Reverse Dare; Corky – Dare

    RELATED CLIPS

    Trailer for Krull

    Battle in the swamps

    All the Cyclops scenes

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    • 59 min
    “Street Fighter” (1994) Podcast Movie Review

    “Street Fighter” (1994) Podcast Movie Review

    Street Fighter (1994) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 65

    “Good morning, Shadaloo!”

    Daniel and Corky travel to Shadaloo for this week’s episode, as they review Jean-Claude Van Damme in Street Fighter. Adapted from the CapCom video game, Street Fighter offers all the visual and narrative coherence you would expect from a movie directed by a quipster.

    The hosts offer their worst impressions of Van Damme, who snorted a quarter of the film’s production budget and gave zero f***s. JCVD stars as Guile, the all-American adversary to the dictatorial Col. Bison, played by a near-death Raul Julia. Although they agree the film is pure schlock, Daniel found it offensive and annoying, while Corky had fun with it. Whatever your take, the film is undeniably ugly, chaotic and stupid.

    Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss DNA mutagens, hover shoes, gasoline-powered televisions and undercover circus gymnasts.

    NEW DARES

    Jack Frost (1997) (Kelli Johnson)

    Dolittle (2020) (David Paul)

    STREET FIGHTER (1994) FACTS AND FIGURES

    Theatrical release date: Dec. 24, 1994

    Domestic box office: $33.4 million (production budget: $35 million)

    Critic scores: 11 on Rotten Tomatoes

    Daniel’s craft beer: Alvarado Street’s Cool Runoffs Hazy DIPA (8.1% ABV)

    Corky’s craft beer: King Cong’s El Campeon Lager (4.4% ABV)

    This week’s dare: Jaina Sinclair

    Why did Jaina dare Daniel and Corky to watch Street Fighter (1994)? “What I thought was a great movie as a kid somehow became an even better movie as an adult. It’s a truly schlocky action movie that bears little resemblance to the game it’s inspired from, but still manages to have genuinely good bits. After all the turds I and so many others have sent your way, I hope this one will bring a little joy in your lives.”

    IMDB synopsis: “Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.”

    This week’s referenced movies: The Distinguished Gentleman; Jack Frost (1998); Star Trek movies; 48 Hours; Commando; The Running Man; Hudson Hawk; Ricochet; Die Hard; Die Hard 2; The Flintstones (1994); Beverly Hills Cop III; Jumpin’ Jack Flash; Destination Wedding; Bio-Dome; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; Norbit; Austin Powers movies; Old Yeller; Godzilla movies; Desperado; The Addams Family movies; Megaforce

    Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Reverse Dare

    RELATED CLIPS

    Original theatrical trailer for Street Fighter (1994)

    “Straight to My Feet” by Hammer feat. Deion Sanders

    Guile vs. Bison

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    • 1 hr
    “Destination Wedding” Podcast Movie Review

    “Destination Wedding” Podcast Movie Review

    Destination Wedding – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 64

    This week, Daniel and Corky remember the days when you could still travel to destinations by reviewing Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in Destination Wedding. After remaining cooped up for months, the Dare Daniel hosts are ready for a fight. However, this limp rom-com two-hander puts up no fight whatsoever.

    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.

    Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss mountain lion attacks, Calvinball matches and whine-and-cheese pairings.

    NEW DARES

    Street Fighter (1994) (Jaina Sinclair)

    Miss March (Mr. Positivity Wolfie T)

    DESTINATION WEDDING FACTS AND FIGURES

    Theatrical release date: Aug. 30, 2018 (in Ukraine and the Czech Republic)

    International box office: $2.1 million (production budget: $5 million)

    Critic scores: 53 on Rotten Tomatoes; 46 on Metacritic

    This week’s craft beers: Moksa/Claimstake’s All the Rage collaboration DIPL (Daniel); Urban Roots Brewing’s Pebbles and Marbles grisette (Corky)

    This week’s dare: Keanu Reeves

    Why did John Wick dare Daniel and Corky to watch Destination Wedding? “Longtime listener, first-time submitter. I know how you love romantic comedies, so I submit to you the anti-romantic comedy. I love it, and it seems that the reactions are binary: love it or hate it. ‘Too much talking.’ Wah.”

    IMDB synopsis: “The story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay and Frank, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.”

    This week’s referenced movies: Cutthroat Island; Johnny Mnemonic; Norbit; Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Backdraft; Black Mama, White Mama; A Scanner Darkly; Cats

    Ratings: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Dare

    RELATED CLIPS

    Theatrical trailer for Destination Wedding

    Wildcat “attack” scene

    Keanu carries Winona

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