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It’s Oscar weekend, which means it’s once again time for The Haiku Review to reveal its best films of last year. And thanks to Ben Affleck, waterboarding, vengeful slaves, a French pillow, and one exceedingly incompetent fast-food restaurant staff, 2012 turned out to be a fantastic time at the cinema. So without further ado, here are the ten best movies of the year. Continue reading

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apparitionIt’s Oscar weekend, which means it’s once again time for The Haiku Review to reveal its best and worst films of last year. This time around, the barrel’s bottom was scraped by scarily bad horror films, shriveled old action stars, and a fairly tale adaptation that won’t leave you living happily ever after. So without further ado, here are the five worst films of 2012. Continue reading

OBAmericaIt’s Oscar weekend, which means it’s once again time for The Haiku Review to reveal its best and worst films of last year. But sometimes filling out a worst list can be difficult, since there are always a handful of terrible-looking films that THR deems unworthy of slogging through just to get down a few measly (and presumably vitriolic) syllables. Therefore, please enjoy the second annual “blacklist”- the top (or rather bottom) five films whose concepts, trailers, contributors and/or very existence caused this haikuist to shield his eyeballs and forever banish them to the “unwatched” pile. Continue reading

Marvel’s superhero epic The Avengers hits theaters this Friday, kicking off four months full of Hollywood’s hottest commodities. Complete with aliens and spies, explosions and car chases, violence and PG-13-style romance, this time of year always offers something for everyone. Thus, without further ado, the Haiku Review announces its most anticipated movies of the 2012 summer movie season. Continue reading

The Haiku Review’s 2011 Blacklist

Oscar weekend is upon us, which – let’s face it – is the true end of the previous year’s movie season. And while the Haiku Review has given you its best and worst films of 2011 already, this haikuist would like to introduce a new year-end feature: the Blacklist.

The Blacklist is, essentially, the top five films of the year that the Haiku Review just wouldn’t watch. A lot of terrible films have been waded through to bring you the syllables you have come to know and love (or be relatively indifferent about and yet feel strangely compelled to return to). But there are some things – some terrible, awful things – the mere thought of which makes this haikuist run for the hills. Continue reading

The Haiku Review’s Best Movies of 2011

By Daniel J. Hoag

With Oscar nominations set to be announced, it’s time for the Haiku Review to weigh in on the best movies of the year. From a pair of films honoring the early days of filmmaking itself to a handful of big budget sequels, from baseball to The Boy Who Lived, from hackers to hillbillies, 2011 provided us with some top-notch entertainment. Rush to the multiplex or ready your Netflix queue: these are the ten films that get the Haiku Review’s 17-syllable stamp of approval. Continue reading

The Haiku Review’s Worst Movies of 2011

By Daniel J. Hoag

As the holidays are drawing to a close and 2012 is upon us (the year, not that awful John Cusack movie), it’s time for the Haiku Review to start naming the best and worst movies of 2011. Let’s start with those films that deserve to be thrown out with all the torn-up wrapping paper and unappetizing fruitcakes. Continue reading

By Daniel J. Hoag

Another year has drawn to a close, and it’s time to look back and recognize 2010 for what it was:  the year that Avatar’s long, luxurious run at the box office (that began in 2009) altered the face of theater-going by ensuring that every week or two some new film will hit screens with an often-annoying extra dimension and a definitely-annoying added surcharge.  Now I’m not saying that all 3D films are bad; the gimmick was certainly the best part of James Cameron’s otherwise formulaic sci-fi epic.  But, at this point, the majority of these releases are hasty conversions of films not originally intended to be in 3D.  The result?  Crappy films like The Last Airbender and Clash of the Titans look even crappier, AND you just paid three or four more dollars for it.  I believe the epithet “sucker” is in order. Continue reading