Tag Archive: Journalism

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin & Mary Lynn Rajskub
Written by Derek Connolly
Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Three journalists investigate a classified ad in which a man seeks a companion for time travel.

A likeable cast
pads the warranty on your
enjoyment factor.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Safety Not Guaranteed is now playing in select cities.


(Blu) Haiku Review: The Hour (2011)

Starring: Romola Garai, Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Anna Chancellor & Oona Chaplin
Written and created by Abi Morgan
Directed by Coky Giedroyc, Harry Bradbeer & Jamie Payne

In this six-part British mini-series set during the Cold War of the 1950s, the producer of a newly-launched topical news program and her best friend, a passionate journalist, become embroiled in a controversial story that involves politics, murder, espionage, and dangerous international conspiracies.

If they thought the news
was biased then, they didn’t
live to see Fox News.

Grade: B+

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

Starring: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins & Giovanni Ribisi
Screenplay by Bruce Robinson
Directed by Bruce Robinson

While on an alcohol-fueled stay in Puerto Rico, a journalist becomes infatuated with the fiancée of a shady real estate developer.

Boozy, but lacks the
cult decadence of Withnail
or Fear & Loathing.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Rum Diary is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/14/12.

Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost & Simon Pegg
Screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Investigative journalist and adventure-seeker Tintin teams up with a drunken sea captain to find mysterious scrolls that might lead to a lost treasure.

Finally we get
a fam film filled with guns, booze
and pirate-y death!

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Adventures of Tintin is playing in theaters nationwide.

Based on the best-selling book by Stieg Larsson, David Fincher’s highly-anticipated adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has just opened in theaters. But before Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara inhabited the beloved characters of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, there was a 2009 adaptation of the novel in the author’s native Sweden starring rising star Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). So which movie is better? Is the latest film worth the price of admission, or will fans of the the Swedish original want to stay away? The Haiku Review presents its latest Remake Spotlight to help viewers determine which Tattoo is worth the money. Continue reading

Directed by Errol Morris

Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris recounts the stranger-than-fiction story of Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen whose obsession with a Mormon missionary landed her on the front pages of the tabloids with tales of abduction, rape, bondage, prostitution, cult brainwashing, magic underwear and animal cloning.

Errol Morris knows
eccentrics make great subjects.
Your jaw might just drop.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Tabloid is available on DVD on 11/1/11.