Tag Archive: Mentally ill

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: 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

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Beaver is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.