Tag Archive: Journalists

Haiku Review: Philomena (2013)

PhilomenaStarring: Judi Dench & Steve Coogan
Written by Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope
Directed by Stephen Frears

Based on the true story of Philomena Lee, an older Irish woman who went in search of the son whom she was forced to give up for adoption nearly 50 years prior.

Judi Dench battles
evil nuns – what more could you
want from a movie?

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Philomena is playing now in theaters nationwide.

Haiku Review: The Paperboy (2012)

paperboyStarring: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo & Macy Gray
Screenplay by Lee Daniels and Peter Dexter
Directed by Lee Daniels

A reporter returns to his Southern hometown to solve a mystery involving a murdered sheriff and a death row inmate.

Nicole Kidman does
what most of us want to do:
piss on Zac Efron.

Grade: C-

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

Haiku Review: The Sessions (2012)

Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt & William H. Macy
Written and directed by Ben Lewin

The true story of journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, who spent most of his life in an iron lung after contracting polio at an early age, and who, at age 38, sought to lose his virginity with the help of a sex surrogate.

Hawkes earns Oscar nod
lying still while Helen Hunt
gets naked. Tough job.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Sessions is playing now in select cities.

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.