Tag Archive: Politicians


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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pinesStarring: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Bruce Greenwood & Ray Liotta
Written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio & Darius Marder
Directed by Derek Cianfrance

When the lives of a motorcycle stunt rider and a rookie cop collide, their children suffer the devastating effects.


The film opens on
Gosling’s abs and then just goes
downhill from then on.

Grade: B-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Place Beyond the Pines is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1817273/?ref_=sr_1

Haiku Review: Broken City (2013)

broken cityStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez & Kyle Chandler
Written by Brian Tucker
Directed by Allen Hughes

An ex-cop is hired by a corrupt mayor to discover the identity of his wife’s lover.


It’s not great, but let’s
be grateful that Russell Crowe
doesn’t sing in this.

Grade: C+


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Broken City is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/30/13.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235522/

ZD30Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, Mark Strong, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton & Chris Pratt
Screenplay by Mark Boal
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

An account of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden.


Bigelow is the
Navy SEAL of directors:
bold, precise, fearless.

Grade: A


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Zero Dark Thirty is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790885/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Haiku Review: Argo (2012)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber & Tate Donovan
Screenplay by Chris Terrio
Directed by Ben Affleck

The true story of a CIA agent who set out to rescue six endangered American diplomats during the Iran Hostage Crisis by creating an elaborate cover that involved posing as the producer of a Hollywood science-fiction film.


On-screen roles aside,
Affleck can direct the f@#%
out of a movie.

Grade: A


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Argo is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/

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+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Campaign is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790886/

Haiku Review: The Ides of March (2011)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei & Jeffrey Wright
Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Directed by George Clooney

An ambitious campaign staffer for an idealistic presidential candidate gets a crash course in dirty politics.


The system is flawed,
and so is this thriller, but
it still gets my vote.

Grade: B+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Ides of March is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1124035/