Tag Archive: Campaigns

Haiku Review: Broken City (2013)

broken cityStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez & Kyle Chandler
Written by Brian Tucker
Directed by Allen Hughes

An ex-cop is hired by a corrupt mayor to discover the identity of his wife’s lover.

It’s not great, but let’s
be grateful that Russell Crowe
doesn’t sing in this.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Broken City is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/30/13.

Haiku Review: The Campaign (2012)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd & Brian Cox
Screenplay by Shawn Harwell & Chris Henchy
Directed by Jay Roach

Two corrupt corporate bigwigs attempt to oust a long-term congressman by backing a naive family man to run against him.

Have a good laugh at
these politiclowns; the real
ones will make you weep.

Grade: B+

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

Haiku Review: Game Change (2012)

Starring: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris & Sarah Paulson
Written by Danny Strong
Directed by Jay Roach

John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign is both invigorated and challenged when Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is chosen to be the vice presidential candidate.

Moore’s great, you betcha!
Do you think Palin can see
regret from her house?

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Game Change is now playing on HBO.

Haiku Review: The Ides of March (2011)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei & Jeffrey Wright
Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Directed by George Clooney

An ambitious campaign staffer for an idealistic presidential candidate gets a crash course in dirty politics.

The system is flawed,
and so is this thriller, but
it still gets my vote.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Ides of March is now playing in theaters nationwide.