Tag Archive: Repression

Haiku Review: Wadjda (2103)

WadjdaStarring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah & Ahd
Written & directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

A young Saudi girl wants to raise money for a bicycle but finds only discouragement in the religious and political culture around her.

You can’t keep a good
woman down – but whole cultures
sure keep on trying.

Grade: A-

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


Starring: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen & Michael Fassbender
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
Directed by David Cronenberg

The relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud becomes strained when Jung involves himself too deeply with one of his patients.

Keira Knightley gets
spanked, but not because of those
lame Pirates sequels.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
A Dangerous Method is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen
Screenplay by Laura Lau
Directed by Chris Kentis & Laura Lau

A young woman experiences horrific events while at her family’s lake house.

You’ve been to this House
before, but Olsen makes this
visit well worth while.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Silent House is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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-

By Daniel J. Hoag
J. Edgar is now showing in theaters nationwide.