Tag Archive: Racism

Haiku Review: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 YearsStarring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt & Paul Giamatti
Written by John Ridley
Directed by Steve McQueen

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York in pre-Civil War America, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, which led to twelve long years of brutality and hardship.

Germany is not
the only country with a
shameful history.

Grade: A

By Daniel J. Hoag
12 Years a Slave is playing now in theaters nationwide.

house i live inFeaturing: David Simon
Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki

A documentary about the War on Drugs, and the dramatic toll it has taken on the United States, its criminal justice system, and its economy.

The War on Drugs failed
long before you got your weed
card for swimmer’s ear.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The House I Live In is now playing in select cities and on VOD.

Haiku Review: The Paperboy (2012)

paperboyStarring: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo & Macy Gray
Screenplay by Lee Daniels and Peter Dexter
Directed by Lee Daniels

A reporter returns to his Southern hometown to solve a mystery involving a murdered sheriff and a death row inmate.

Nicole Kidman does
what most of us want to do:
piss on Zac Efron.

Grade: C-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Paperboy is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Written by Nancy Buirski & Susie Ruth Powell
Directed by Nancy Buirski

Set during the tumultuous Civil Rights movement, this documentary tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were repeatedly arrested and forced to leave the state of Virginia for being married at a time when it was forbidden for whites and blacks to marry.

Forbid certain folks
from marrying? Good thing that
doesn’t happen now!

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Loving Story is now playing on HBO.

(Blu) Haiku Review: The Help (2011)

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson & Sissy Spacek
Written for the screen and directed by Tate Taylor

In 1960s Mississippi, a young woman begins a secret writing project that tells about life from the point of view of several African American housekeepers.

A by-the-numbers
crowd-pleaser that was likely
made to ease white guilt.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Help is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/6/11.

Featuring: Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, Scott Turow & Oprah Winfrey
Written and directed by Mary McDonagh Murphy

A documentary that explores the life of Harper Lee and the cultural impact of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

No revelations,
but I do feel like dusting
off that old copy.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird is now available on DVD.