Tag Archive: Mental illness

Haiku Review: Blue Jasmine (2013)

Blue JasmineStarring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K. & Peter Sarsgaard
Written & directed by Woody Allen

A New York socialite suffers a nervous breakdown and moves in with her lower-class sister after her husband is imprisoned for financial fraud and their assets are seized by the government.

Blanchett is the queen,
but you’ll just be surprised that
Dice Clay doesn’t suck.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Blue Jasmine is playing now in select cities.

silver linings playbookStarring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver & Chris Tucker
Written & directed by David O. Russell

After an eight-month stay at a psychiatric hospital, a man recently-diagnosed with bipolar disorder struggles to maintain relationships with his parents and estranged wife while befriending a young widow with emotional issues of her own.

Hollywood solves our
nation’s mental health issues
with dancing, jazz hands.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Silver Linings Playbook is playing now in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts & Rachel Weisz
Written by David Loucka
Directed by Jim Sheridan

When a man relocates with his family to a new house, he discovers that it was the scene of a brutal crime – one to which he may have a disturbing connection.

The plot twists are so
obvious, you’ll think M. Night
Shyamalan wrote it.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Dream House is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.

Haiku Review: Take Shelter (2011)

Starring: Michael Shannon & Jessica Chastain
Written and directed by Jeff Nichols

When a man starts having disturbing visions, he begins to worry whether he is showing signs of mental illness or if some apocalyptic storm is brewing.

Michael Shannon gives
a maelstrom performance that
will blow your house down.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Take Shelter is now playing in select cities.