Tag Archive: High schools


Haiku Review: Carrie (2013)

carrieStarring: Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer & Portia Doubleday
Written by Lawrence D. Cohen & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Kimberly Peirce

After suffering abuse at the hands of her fanatically religious mother and cruel high school bullies, a teenage girl with telekinetic powers is pushed to the point of revenge.


One of her powers
is the ability to
make you roll your eyes.

Grade: C


c2014
By Daniel J. Hoag
Carrie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1939659/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

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here comes the boomStarring: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler & Greg Germann
Written by Allan Loeb & Kevin James
Directed by Frank Coraci

A high school teacher turns to mixed martial arts to help fund his school’s music program.


Boom lands with a thud,
much like the crap P.O.D.
song it’s named after.

Grade: C


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Here Comes the Boom is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1648179/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Mae Whitman, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh & Paul Rudd
Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky

A high school freshman with emotional problems develops deep friendships with a group of social outcasts.


You’re not a real teen
unless you dress in drag and
watch Rocky Horror.

Grade: A-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1659337/

Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle & Ice Cube
Screenplay by Michael Bacall
Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Two rookie cops are sent undercover to stop a drug ring at the high school where they were once adversaries.


The Street‘s been repaved
and despite a few bumps, it
makes for a good ride.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
21 Jump Street is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/26/12.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232829/

Starring: Dane Dehaan, Alex Russell & Michael B. Jordan
Screenplay by Max Landis
Directed by Josh Trank

The lives of three high school students spin out of control after they gain superpowers.


The only thing worse
than angsty teens? Angsty teens
with superpowers.

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Chronicle is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706593/

(Blu) Haiku Review: Terri (2011)

Starring: Jacob Wysocki, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Bridger Zadina & John C. Reilly
Screenplay by Patrick DeWitt
Directed by Azazel Jacobs

An overweight teen who lives with his elderly uncle struggles with high school life until an eccentric vice principal takes an interest in helping him.


Thanks, but Indie Film’s
already covered the whole
awkward outcast thing.

Grade: C+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Terri is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1687281/

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin & Jennifer Lawrence
Written by Kyle Killen
Directed by Jodie Foster

A severly depressed person begins using a beaver hand-puppet as his means of communicating with the world.


In this bleak Beaver,
Gibson plays a crazy man.
Not much of a stretch.

Grade: C


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Beaver is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1321860/

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer & Dianna Agron
Screenplay by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and Marti Noxon
Directed by D.J. Caruso

A teenager from another planet taking refuge on Earth must use his extraordinary powers to protect himself from the extraterrestrial enemies that are hunting him.


One Glee chick. Two types
of E.T. Three bland blondes. I
am Four-mulaic.
Grade: C


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
I Am Number Four is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/24/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1464540/