Tag Archive: Cold War


Anyone who lived through the 1980s probably remembers Red Dawn, the World War III movie in which a bunch of Colorado high school students band together to fight against invading Russian and Cuban soldiers. It’s not exactly high-class cinema, but Dawn captured the Cold War paranoia of the Reagan years, when the world was just a button-push away from nuclear holocaust at the hands of our Soviet adversaries. Thanks to its distinct subject matter and its destined-for-fame cast of young Hollywood talent, the film has become something of an enduring time capsule – enough so that, a few years back, Hollywood thought it worthy of 21st century facelift. Enter the new Red Dawn, just out in theaters, with a new cast of fresh-faced somebodies. Continue reading

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(Blu) Haiku Review: The Hour (2011)

Starring: Romola Garai, Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Anna Chancellor & Oona Chaplin
Written and created by Abi Morgan
Directed by Coky Giedroyc, Harry Bradbeer & Jamie Payne

In this six-part British mini-series set during the Cold War of the 1950s, the producer of a newly-launched topical news program and her best friend, a passionate journalist, become embroiled in a controversial story that involves politics, murder, espionage, and dangerous international conspiracies.


If they thought the news
was biased then, they didn’t
live to see Fox News.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Hour is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1778108/

Starring: Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Toby Jones, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong & John Hurt
Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
Directed by Tomas Alfredson

In the midst of the Cold War, a retired British spy is recruited to uncover a mole at the very highest level of British intelligence.


Not all spies look like
Daniel Craig, but Oldman leaves
your martini stirred.

Grade: A-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340800/

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence & January Jones
Screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Directed by Matthew Vaughn

The X-Men get an origin story that details the relationship between the young Professor X and Magneto and their involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Mutant origins
Fassbender is magnetic
Nothing else X-cites

Grade: B-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
X-Men: First Class is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270798/