Tag Archive: Television

(Blu) Haiku Review: The Hour (2011)

Starring: Romola Garai, Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Anna Chancellor & Oona Chaplin
Written and created by Abi Morgan
Directed by Coky Giedroyc, Harry Bradbeer & Jamie Payne

In this six-part British mini-series set during the Cold War of the 1950s, the producer of a newly-launched topical news program and her best friend, a passionate journalist, become embroiled in a controversial story that involves politics, murder, espionage, and dangerous international conspiracies.

If they thought the news
was biased then, they didn’t
live to see Fox News.

Grade: B+

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


Featuring: Phil Rosenthal
Written and directed by Phil Rosenthal

When Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal travels to Russia to help adapt his show for Russian audiences, he encounters a great number of setbacks involving unique characters and unbelievable situations.

Phil, if their paying,
who cares if Russkies crap all
over your baby?

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Exporting Raymond is available now on DVD.

Haiku Review: The Muppets (2011)

Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper & the Muppets
Written by Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
Directed by James Bobin

The Muppets reunite to save their old theater from an oil tycoon who wants to tear it down.

The very best thing
to feature the Muppet gang
since Jim Henson died.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Muppets is now showing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Conan O’Brien & Andy Richter
Directed by Rodman Flender

This documentary follows Conan O’Brien, recently ousted from The Tonight Show, as he hits the road for a 32-city music-and-comedy show, entitled “The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.”

Coco entertains,
but I wish we’d seen deeper
into that red head.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/13/11.

By Daniel J. Hoag

Broadcast News would weep.
Keaton’s wasted. Someone should
check Han Solo’s pulse.

Grade: C

Morning Glory is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/8/11.