Tag Archive: Documentary

MetallicaStarring: Metallica, Dane DeHaan
Written by Nimród Antal & Metallica
Directed by Nimród Antal

3D IMAX concert footage of Metallica is interspersed with a dark fantasy narrative about a roadie sent on an urgent mission for the band.

Somewhere Dave Mustaine
shakes his fist over a failed
Vic Rattlehead flick.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Metallica: Through the Never is playing now in select cities.

Room 237Directed by Rodney Ascher

This documentary explores numerous conspiracy theories about the hidden meanings that Stanley Kubrick supposedly buried in his 1980 film The Shining.

All work and no play
makes Jack dream up some crazy,
whacked-out ideas.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Room 237 is playing now in select cities.

central park 5Written and directed by Sarah Burns & David McMahon & Ken Burns

This documentary tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who, in 1989, were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park.

West Memphis Three got
four films. Did these guys get just
one ’cause they’re not white?

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Central Park Five is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/23/13.

house i live inFeaturing: David Simon
Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki

A documentary about the War on Drugs, and the dramatic toll it has taken on the United States, its criminal justice system, and its economy.

The War on Drugs failed
long before you got your weed
card for swimmer’s ear.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The House I Live In is now playing in select cities and on VOD.

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

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

Haiku Review: Pina (2011)

pinaFeaturing: Pina Bausch
Written and directed by Wim Wenders

Director Wim Wenders pays tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch with the help of dancers from her company.

So this is what was
missing from all the modern
dance I’ve ever seen…

Grade: A-

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

5 Broken CamerasFeaturing: Emad Burnat
Written by Guy Davidi
Directed by Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi

A Palestinian farmer documents the nonviolent protests that take place in his West Bank village against the encroachment of the Israeli army.

If a camera
stops a bullet to my head,
I’ll take up painting.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
5 Broken Cameras is now available on DVD.

how to surviveFeaturing: Mark Harrington, Larry Kramer, Bob Rafsky & Peter Staley
Written by David France, Todd Woody Richman & Tyler H. Walk
Directed by David France

A chronicle of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s and 90s and the activists who fought relentlessly for government action.

When the world wants to
ignore you, stand up, fight back,
make those assholes care.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
How to Survive a Plague is playing now in select cities.

invisible warWritten and directed by Kirby Dick

A harrowing look at the disturbing epidemic of rape within the U.S. military and the shocking repercussions that soldiers face when they courageously speak out.

Uncle Sam wants you
to keep silent when Uncle
Sam really wants you.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Invisible War is available now on DVD.