Tag Archive: Girls


Haiku Review: Wadjda (2103)

WadjdaStarring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah & Ahd
Written & directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

A young Saudi girl wants to raise money for a bicycle but finds only discouragement in the religious and political culture around her.


You can’t keep a good
woman down – but whole cultures
sure keep on trying.

Grade: A-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Wadjda is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2258858/?ref_=nv_sr_1

possessionStarring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport, Jay Brazeau & Matisyahu
Written by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White
Directed by Ole Bornedal

A young girl becomes possessed by a malevolent spirit – known in Judaism as a dybbuk – after purchasing a mysterious box that imprisoned it.


Oy vey! This dybbuk
should skip meshuga clichés,
find a nice doctor.

Grade: C


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Possession is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/15/13.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431021/

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch & Alan Tudyk
Screenplay by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee
Directed by Rich Moore

A video game villian grows tired of being the “bad guy,” but his quest to become a hero ends up wreaking havoc on the world of his arcade.


Please take a moment
to explain to the young ones
what an arcade is.

Grade: A-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Wreck-It Ralph is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772341/

Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis & Dwight Henry
Written by Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Directed by Benh Zeitlin

In her Louisiana Delta community known as The Bathtub, six-year-old Hushpuppy faces her father’s ailing health, devastating environmental conditions, and the threatening approach of an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs.


A stark, stunning realm
This is where the Wild things are
A young star is born

Grade: A


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Beasts of the Southern Wild is now playing in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125435/

Starring: Lauren Bittner & Chris Smith
Written by Christopher B. Landon
Directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman

In 1988, a man attempts to videotape the ghostly entity that’s haunting his family.


The night cams still spook,
but this schtick and its story
are stretched pretty thin.

Grade: B-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Paranormal Activity 3 is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1778304/