Tag Archive: Poverty

Inside LDStarring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver & John Goodman
Written and directed by Joel & Ethan Coen

A struggling musician tries to make end meet in the dwindling folk scene of 1961 Greenwich Village.

Hang in there, Llewyn:
folk will be cool again in
just 50 short years.

Grade: A

By Daniel J. Hoag
Inside Llewyn Davis is playing now in theaters nationwide.


Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis & Dwight Henry
Written by Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Directed by Benh Zeitlin

In her Louisiana Delta community known as The Bathtub, six-year-old Hushpuppy faces her father’s ailing health, devastating environmental conditions, and the threatening approach of an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs.

A stark, stunning realm
This is where the Wild things are
A young star is born

Grade: A

By Daniel J. Hoag
Beasts of the Southern Wild is now playing in select cities.

Directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

A documentary about Detroit, the fastest shrinking city in America, and its economic and social challenges.

Thousands of stories,
and this doc fails to find a
strong one for anchor.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Detropia has not yet been released.
TCFF 12-17

Directed by Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez

This documentary follows a year in the life of several Detroit firefighters, who risk their lives daily in city with more fires than any other city in the United States, despite working for a department that is desperately underfunded and understaffed.

A real-life burning
dystopia – can’t we get
these guys some money?

Grade: A

By Daniel J. Hoag
Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit has not yet been released. To learn more about the film or to provide a charitable donation in support of its release, please visit the offical homepage: http://detroitfirefilm.org/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1781784/
TCFF 12-01

Haiku Review: Albert Nobbs (2011)

Starring: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Janet McTeer & Brendan Gleeson
Screenplay by Glenn Close & John Banville
Directed by Rodrigo García

A woman passes herself off as a man in order to survive and make a living in 19th century Ireland.

Cross dressing’s gotten
far more interesting in
the last hundred years.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Albert Nobbs in now playing in select cities.

Starring: Vik Muniz
Directed by Lucy Walker, Karen Harley & João Jardim

This documentary follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he builds a large-scale modern art project that involves several of the catadores who make a living scavenging for recyclable materials at Jardim Gramacho, one of the world’s largest landfills, located near Rio de Janeiro.

Pick through trash pickers
Wade through the refuse and filth
Find value, find art

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Waste Land is now playing in select cities.
It is a 2011 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary.