Tag Archive: Money

(Blu) Haiku Review: Bernie (2012)

Starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine & Matthew McConaughey
Screenplay by Richard Linklater & Skip Hollandsworth
Directed by Richard Linklater

Based on the true story of Bernie Tiede, who was so beloved by the members of his small Texas town, that when he befriended a wealthy, mean-spirited woman, took over her finances, and then murdered her, the townsfolk largely took his side.

Nice guys don’t kill. So
says ignorant small-town folks
who vote, reproduce.

Grade: B+

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


Haiku Review: The Campaign (2012)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd & Brian Cox
Screenplay by Shawn Harwell & Chris Henchy
Directed by Jay Roach

Two corrupt corporate bigwigs attempt to oust a long-term congressman by backing a naive family man to run against him.

Have a good laugh at
these politiclowns; the real
ones will make you weep.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Campaign is playing now in theaters nationwide.

Haiku Review: Jackpot (2011)

Starring: Kyrre Hellum, Henrik Mestad & Mads Ousdal
Written and directed by Magnus Martens

When four co-workers win a large sum of money, they turn on each other in order to claim a greater share of the cash.

Despite its title,
this Guy Ritchie knock-off is
not quite a windfall.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Jackpot has not yet been released in the United States.
TCFF 12-09

Haiku Review: Moneyball (2011)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright & Chris Pratt
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Bennett Miller

The true story of how the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane built a winning team for the financially-strapped baseball club by using a revolutionary method of statistical analysis to place value on players.

Here’s some simple math:
(Pitt + Hoffman) x Sorkin
= a home run.

Grade: A-

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

Starring: Morgan Spurlock
Written by Jeremy Chilnick & Morgan Spurlock
Directed by Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock examines product placement and advertising in the movie industry, while at the same time funding his movie exclusively through corporate sponsorship.

No revelations
Duh! adverts are everywhere
Right, HP laptop?

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
POM Wonderful presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt & Craig T. Nelson
Written and directed by John Wells

Three men struggle with the emotional and financial effects of being casualties of corporate downsizing.

These Men do great work,
but sometimes good jobs can get
familiar and dull.

Grade: B

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

By Daniel J. Hoag

A time capsule for
future generations to
see how we got f—ed.

Grade: A

Inside Job is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/8/11.
It is the winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, 2010.