Tag Archive: Rich people


wolf of wall stStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau & Jean Dujardin
Written by Terence Winter
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Based on the true rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a corrupt, drug-fueled Wall Street executive who lived a life of extravagance by swindling his investors.


In the real world, Big
Bad Wolf eats Little Red and
gets away with it.

Grade: B+


c2014
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Wolf of Wall Street is playing now in theaters nationwide.
IMDb

Haiku Review: Blue Jasmine (2013)

Blue JasmineStarring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K. & Peter Sarsgaard
Written & directed by Woody Allen

A New York socialite suffers a nervous breakdown and moves in with her lower-class sister after her husband is imprisoned for financial fraud and their assets are seized by the government.


Blanchett is the queen,
but you’ll just be surprised that
Dice Clay doesn’t suck.

Grade: B+


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Blue Jasmine is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334873/?ref_=sr_1

gatsbyStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher & Jason Clarke
Written by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce
Directed by Baz Luhrmann

A mysterious millionaire seeks to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves, even though she is now married to another man.


Luhrmann wouldn’t know
subtlety if Daisy mowed
it down with his car.

Grade: C+


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Great Gatsby is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343092/?ref_=sr_1

(Blu) Haiku Review: Bernie (2012)

Starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine & Matthew McConaughey
Screenplay by Richard Linklater & Skip Hollandsworth
Directed by Richard Linklater

Based on the true story of Bernie Tiede, who was so beloved by the members of his small Texas town, that when he befriended a wealthy, mean-spirited woman, took over her finances, and then murdered her, the townsfolk largely took his side.


Nice guys don’t kill. So
says ignorant small-town folks
who vote, reproduce.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Bernie is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1704573/

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/

Featuring: Jackie & David Siegel
Directed by Lauren Greenfield

What starts as a documentary about a billionaire couple building the largest home in the United States becomes a riches-to-rags story when their finances begin to fall apart after the 2008 economic collapse.


Richer or poorer,
you don’t want to be the one
standing in dog shit.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Queen of Versailles is now playing in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125666/
TCFF 12-03

Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy & Audrey Fleurot
Written and directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano

A wealthy quadriplegic develops a strong friendship with the young man from the projects that he hires to be his caretaker.


A well-worn premise,
but constant laughs will have you
crippled with delight.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Intouchables is now playing in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/
TCFF 12-02

Haiku Review: Elena (2011)

Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Aleksey Rozin & Elena Lyadova
Screenplay by Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

An ailing older man tells his second wife that the bulk of his substantial estate will go to his estranged daughter – a decision that causes the wife to take extreme measures in order to protect herself and her impoverished son’s family.


Pathos like only
the Russians can muster up
Chekov would be proud

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Elena is now playing in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1925421/

Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña & Gabourey Sidibe
Screenplay by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson
Directed by Brett Ratner

When a malevolent billionaire swindles the staff of a luxury hotel out of their pensions, several of them band together to break into his penthouse to steal the $20 million dollars they believe is hidden there.


Murphy steals some laughs,
but the plot ain’t exactly
Ocean’s 11.

Grade: C+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Tower Heist is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/21/12.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471042/

Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzman, Nick Nolte & Jennifer Garner
Screenplay by Peter Baynham
Directed by Jason Winer

An alcoholic billionaire must choose between an arranged marriage that ensures his luxurious lifestyle and a relationship with the woman he loves, which will cause him to forfeit his fortune.


Mirren brings some class
Tolerance for Brand a must
Best enjoyed blotto

Grade: B-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Arthur is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1334512/