Tag Archive: Organized crime


Haiku Review: American Hustle (2013)

American hustleStarring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. & Robert De Niro
Written by Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell
Directed by David O. Russell

Two swindlers are forced to help an overly ambitious FBI agent, and they soon find themselves neck-deep in political corruption and organized crime.


A comb-over and
bell bottoms would convince me
to do anything.

Grade: A-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
American Hustle is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800241/?ref_=hm_cht_t4

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killing them softlyStarring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins & Ray Liotta
Written & directed by Andrew Dominik

A mob enforcer is called in to track down three criminals who robbed an underground poker game, which disrupted the criminal economy.


Seems our corporate
mentality is hurting
Tony Soprano.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Killing Them Softly is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1764234/

(Blu) Haiku Review: Lawless (2012)

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke & Guy Pearce
Screenplay by Nick Cave
Directed by John Hillcoat

Based on the true story of the Bondurant brothers, who operated the most lucrative bootlegging business in Virginia at the height of Prohibition.


Shouldn’t LaBeouf be
ruining some big-budget
franchise about now?

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Lawless is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1212450/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Haiku Review: J. Edgar (2011)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench & Armie Hammer
Written by Dustin Lance Black
Directed by Clint Eastwood

The story of one of the most powerful and controversial figures of the 20th century, J. Edgar Hoover, a visionary in law enforcement and criminology, and a man who spent so much of his life compiling the secrets of others that his own secrets almost destroyed him.


Hoover would have dug
a helluva lot deeper
than these bullet points.

Grade: B-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
J. Edgar is now showing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1616195/

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken & Linda Cardellini
Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh and Jeremy Walters
Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh

Based on the true story of Irish mobster Danny Greene, who, in the 1970s, waged a turf war in Cleveland against the Cosa Nostra, and survived countless assassination attempts to become known as the one man the mafia couldn’t kill.


The fighting Irish:
better than a couple years
of The Sopranos.

Grade: B


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Kill the Irishman is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/14/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1416801/