Tag Archive: Homosexuality

blue is the warmest colorStarring: Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos
Written by Abdellatif Kechiche & Ghalia Lacroix
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

Adèle is a young woman whose life is transformed when she begins an intense romance with Emma, an attractive artist with blue hair.

So explicit it
brings new meaning to the term
“three-hanky movie.”

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Blue Is the Warmest Color is playing now in select cities.


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.

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-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is playing now in theaters nationwide.

(Blu) Haiku Review: Pariah (2011)

Starring: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell & Kim Wayans
Written and directed by Dee Rees

A teenage girl in Brooklyn gradually embraces her identity as a lesbian, which begins to put added strain on her parents already-fragile marriage.

A must-see for both
the persecuted and their
ignorant haters.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Pariah is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Featuring: Peter Haskett, Raymond Huffman & Eddie Lee Sausage
Written and directed by Matthew Bate

Before the days of the Internet, two young friends recorded over 14 hours of their alcoholic neighbors’ high-volume arguments and screaming matches – recordings that would become one of the first “viral” pop-culture sensations.

Even pre-YouTube,
infamy was just a few
expletives away.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Shut Up, Little Man! An Audio Misadventure is available now on DVD.

(Blu) Haiku Review: Beginners (2011)

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent & Goran Visnjic
Written and directed by Mike Mills

A man grieving from the death of his father–who had recently come out of the closet at age 75–finds solace with a beautiful woman.

Simply beautiful
Joy, sorrow and love abound
Grab a Kleenex box

Grade: A

By Daniel J. Hoag
Beginners is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/15/11.

Haiku Review: J. Edgar (2011)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench & Armie Hammer
Written by Dustin Lance Black
Directed by Clint Eastwood

The story of one of the most powerful and controversial figures of the 20th century, J. Edgar Hoover, a visionary in law enforcement and criminology, and a man who spent so much of his life compiling the secrets of others that his own secrets almost destroyed him.

Hoover would have dug
a helluva lot deeper
than these bullet points.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
J. Edgar is now showing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor & Leslie Mann
Written and directed by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra

The true story of a con man who braved repeated prison escapes and plotted increasingly elaborate scams–all for the love of a man he met behind bars.

This crazy true tale
was played a bit too broadly
[cough] Jim Carrey [cough]

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
I Love You Phillip Morris is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.