Tag Archive: Older people

Haiku Review: RED 2 (2013)

red2Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins & Catherine Zeta-Jones
Written by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber
Directed by Dean Parisot

A team of retired CIA operatives must track down a weapon of mass destruction that’s been hidden for decades.

Keep giving Helen
Mirren guns and camouflage,
I’ll keep paying you.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
RED 2 is playing now in theaters nationwide.


Haiku Review: Amour (2012)

amourStarring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva & Isabelle Huppert
Written and directed by Michael Haneke

An elderly man struggles to care for his wife after her health begins to deteriorate.

It’s like Up, but the
first scene lasts two hours and
there are no balloons.

Grade: A

By Daniel J. Hoag
Amour is playing now in select cities.

trouble with the curveStarring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake & John Goodman
Written by Randy Brown
Directed by Robert Lorenz

An elderly baseball scout finds his career in jeopardy when his eyesight begins to falter.

This grumpy old man
really hates Moneyball, but
loves movie clich├ęs.

Grade: D

By Daniel J. Hoag
Trouble with the Curve is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

(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: Elena (2011)

Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Aleksey Rozin & Elena Lyadova
Screenplay by Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

An ailing older man tells his second wife that the bulk of his substantial estate will go to his estranged daughter – a decision that causes the wife to take extreme measures in order to protect herself and her impoverished son’s family.

Pathos like only
the Russians can muster up
Chekov would be proud

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Elena is now playing in select cities.

Haiku Review: The Iron Lady (2011)

Starring: Meryl Streep & Jim Broadbent
Screenplay by Abi Morgan
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

The story of the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister.

Lesson: change the world,
trailblaze, but you’ll still end up
lonely and senile.

Grade: C+

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

Haiku Review: Another Year (2010)

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville & Ruth Sheen
Written and directed by Mike Leigh

Four seasons pass in the life of a happily-married older couple as they navigate through the relationships they have with their less fortunate family and friends.

Mature film about
maturing folks, some of whom
lack maturity.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Another Year is now playing in select cities.
It is a 2011 Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay.