Tag Archive: Adventure

Haiku Review: All Is Lost (2013)

all is lostStarring: Robert Redford
Written & directed by J.C. Chandor

After his boat’s hull is damaged by a stray shipping container, a sailor finds himself lost at sea and facing his own mortality.

It’s like Life of Pi
but without the tiger and
all that faith bullshit.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
All Is Lost is playing now in select cities.


rise of the guardiansStarring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher & Hugh Jackman
Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Peter Ramsey

The Guardians of Childhood – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy – recruit Jack Frost to help them battle the boogeyman.

I thought that Jack Frost
was a snowman that sounded
like Michael Keaton.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Rise of the Guardians is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/12/13.

Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost & Simon Pegg
Screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Investigative journalist and adventure-seeker Tintin teams up with a drunken sea captain to find mysterious scrolls that might lead to a lost treasure.

Finally we get
a fam film filled with guns, booze
and pirate-y death!

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Adventures of Tintin is playing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush & Ian McShane
Screenplay by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
Directed by Rob Marshall

In his quest to find the Fountain of Youth, Captain Jack Sparrow must deal with dangerous mermaids, the evil pirate Blackbeard, and Blackbeard’s fiesty daughter.

Sparrow’s enemies:
low stakes and stagey action.
Arrrrrrgh. Abandon ship!

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson & Simon Pegg.
Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and Michael Petroni
Directed by Michael Apted

In this third installment based on the novels by C.S. Lewis, Lucy & Edmund Pensive return to Narnia with their unpleasant cousin Eustace and join the adventures of King Caspian aboard the ship The Dawn Treader.

Like so many faiths,
all illusion, no magic.
Metaphor hammer!

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/8/11.