Month: February 2013

Zero Dark Thirty – Haiku Review

9/11 calls Followed by scenes of torture Off to a great start   Inverse of Argo Americans take hostages No one escapes though   Torture makes me cringe Partly since the torturer Calls his victim “Bro”   Unusual to see An actress in a lead role With blazing red hair   Thrilled that Coach Taylor Has roles in two nominees…

Argo – Haiku Review

Comic book montage! Perfect way to set the scene For hostage crisis   Bad day to travel For those in the embassy Waiting for visas   Students with passion! Must have great schools in Iran Schools of terrorism 🙁   American wit! CIA quip factory Hostages less funny   Hostages would fit in Drinking Pabst, wearing jean shorts In modern…

Life of Pi – Haiku Review

With unknown actors A big budget film feels strange. Over-spent on effects?   Slumless India Too pleasant, upscale, jarring Needs more cholera   Refuse to believe The tiger is CGI Just not possible   Magical realism Boundaries of reality Should always be blurred   A lit sinking ship Brightening the murky depths Gorgeous and eerie   Life of Pi, perhaps…

Les Miserables – Haiku Review

My God, Hugh Jackman Did not realize you could look So incredibly gross   Only budding teens Were attractive during the French Revolution   Wish the camera Didn’t focus so closely On singing actors   Of course, half the time The camera zooms around Like a drunken bat   Songs are at their best When everyone is singing Truly powerful…

Non-Haiku Review – Amour

I considered writing a haiku review for Amour, the French-language Best Picture nominee about how an elderly couple deal with the wife’s multiple strokes and ensuing decrepitude, but, as that explanation of the plot might have revealed, it wasn’t the kind of movie you write frothy haiku about. It also wasn’t the kind of movie you watch on a bright,…