Tag Archive: Gangsters


Haiku Review: American Hustle (2013)

American hustleStarring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. & Robert De Niro
Written by Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell
Directed by David O. Russell

Two swindlers are forced to help an overly ambitious FBI agent, and they soon find themselves neck-deep in political corruption and organized crime.


A comb-over and
bell bottoms would convince me
to do anything.

Grade: A-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
American Hustle is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800241/?ref_=hm_cht_t4

Haiku Review: Seven Psychopaths (2012)

seven psychosStarring: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish, Harry Dean Stanton & Olga Kurylenko
Written and directed by Martin McDonagh

A struggling screenwriter finds himself in danger when his unstable best friend kidnaps the dog of a vicious gangster.


If Adaptation
were written by the coked-out
hitman from In Bruges

Grade: B-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Seven Psychopaths is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1931533/?ref_=sr_1

premium rushStarring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon & Dania Ramirez
Written by David Koepp & John Kamps
Directed by David Koepp

A bike messenger finds himself chased across Manhattan by a crooked cop who’s looking to steal his valuable delivery.


You’ll have to settle
for a perfectly above
average rush, thanks.

Grade: B-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Premium Rush is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1547234/

killing them softlyStarring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins & Ray Liotta
Written & directed by Andrew Dominik

A mob enforcer is called in to track down three criminals who robbed an underground poker game, which disrupted the criminal economy.


Seems our corporate
mentality is hurting
Tony Soprano.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Killing Them Softly is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1764234/

(Blu) Haiku Review: Lawless (2012)

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke & Guy Pearce
Screenplay by Nick Cave
Directed by John Hillcoat

Based on the true story of the Bondurant brothers, who operated the most lucrative bootlegging business in Virginia at the height of Prohibition.


Shouldn’t LaBeouf be
ruining some big-budget
franchise about now?

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Lawless is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1212450/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Starring: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian & Pierre Gruno
Written and directed by Gareth Evans

When an elite SWAT team raids an apartment building run by a vicious drug lord, they find themselves trapped and under siege by the gangster’s well armed bodyguards and tenants.


Plot dies a gory
death – but at least it’s a cool,
martial art-y death.

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Raid: Redemption is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1899353/

Starring: Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta & Demián Bichir
Screenplay by Shane Salerno & Don Winslow & Oliver Stone
Directed by Oliver Stone

Three young Californians with a successful marijuana business find themselves in danger from a Mexican cartel.


Taylor Kitsch decides
to make a film that doesn’t
suck balls for a change.

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Savages is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1615065/

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Lennie James, Michael Vartan & Cliff Curtis
Written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen
Directed by Olivier Megaton

After witnessing her parents death at the hands of a brutal gangster, a young woman grows up to become an assassin in order to get violent revenge.


A catsuit does not
a convincing assassin
make, Ms. Saldana.

Grade: C


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Colombiana is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/20/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1657507/

Haiku Review: Drive (2011)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks & Ron Perlman
Screenplay by Hossein Amini
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

A Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a criminal wheelman takes on a dangerous job to protect his neighbor and her son.


This ride suffers from
a laborious pace and
a cheeseball soundtrack.

Grade: B-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Drive is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780504/