Tag Archive: Alcoholics

Haiku Review: Nebraska (2013)

nebraskaStarring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk & Stacy Keach
Written by Bob Nelson
Directed by Alexander Payne

A man reluctantly escorts his aging, alcoholic father to Nebraska when the old man becomes convinced that he’s won a million dollars in a sweepstakes.

(leave feeling like you) HAVE WON

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Nebraska is playing now in select cities.


world's endStarring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan & Rosamund Pike
Written by Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg
Directed by Edgar Wright

Five friends reunite to finish an epic pub crawl they attempted in their youth, but instead find themselves confronted by an otherworldly threat to humanity.

Out of all the year’s
end-of-the-world flicks, this is
the one to die for.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The World’s End is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Haiku Review: Flight (2012)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Bruce Greenwood, Don Cheadle, John Goodman & Nadine Velazquez
Written by John Gatins
Directed by Robert Zemeckis

An airline pilot manages to avoid a catastrophic crash when his plane malfunctions, but the investigation into the incident becomes complicated when it’s revealed that he struggles with alcohol and drugs.

Christ, Zemeckis, why
have you been f@#$ing ’round with
cartoons for twelve years?

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Flight is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Haiku Review: The Master (2012)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams & Laura Dern
Written & directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

A disturbed, alcoholic World War II veteran is taken under the wing of a charismatic cult leader.

Anderson’s the real
master, but Phoenix deserves
a cult of his own.

Grade: A

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Master is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby & Sarah Silverman
Written and directed by Sarah Polley

A married woman struggles to remain faithful after meeting her charming and handsome neighbor.

Life often has the
grace of one with two left feet
(and so does this Waltz).

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Take This Waltz is now playing in select cities.

Featuring: Peter Haskett, Raymond Huffman & Eddie Lee Sausage
Written and directed by Matthew Bate

Before the days of the Internet, two young friends recorded over 14 hours of their alcoholic neighbors’ high-volume arguments and screaming matches – recordings that would become one of the first “viral” pop-culture sensations.

Even pre-YouTube,
infamy was just a few
expletives away.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Shut Up, Little Man! An Audio Misadventure is available now on DVD.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins & Giovanni Ribisi
Screenplay by Bruce Robinson
Directed by Bruce Robinson

While on an alcohol-fueled stay in Puerto Rico, a journalist becomes infatuated with the fiancée of a shady real estate developer.

Boozy, but lacks the
cult decadence of Withnail
or Fear & Loathing.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Rum Diary is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/14/12.

(Blu) Haiku Review: Warrior (2011)

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison & Nick Nolte
Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman
Directed by Gavin O’Connor

Two estranged brothers must battle each other in a winner-take-all mixed martial arts competition.

Been-there, slugged-that. Still,
this MMA Rocky packs
a powerful punch.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Warrior is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/20/11.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Pena, Christopher C.J. Wallace & Laura Dern
Written & directed by Dan Rush

After losing his job and his wife, getting locked out of his house and having all his possessions thrown out on the lawn, an alcoholic salesman decides to have a yard sale to purge his belongings and move on with his life.

Ferrell hits high notes
hitting boozy rock bottom,
a welcome tone change.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Everything Must Go is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzman, Nick Nolte & Jennifer Garner
Screenplay by Peter Baynham
Directed by Jason Winer

An alcoholic billionaire must choose between an arranged marriage that ensures his luxurious lifestyle and a relationship with the woman he loves, which will cause him to forfeit his fortune.

Mirren brings some class
Tolerance for Brand a must
Best enjoyed blotto

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Arthur is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.