Haiku Review

Bus 174 — José Padilha — 2002
Brazil’s shunned breaks down,takes centre stage, broadcast live:shame in a fishbowl.

Bus 174 — José Padilha — 2002

Brazil’s shunned breaks down,
takes centre stage, broadcast live:
shame in a fishbowl.

On the Waterfront — Elia Kazan — 1954"I coulda had class!… I coulda been somebody.Instead of a bum.”

On the Waterfront — Elia Kazan — 1954

"I coulda had class!
… I coulda been somebody.
Instead of a bum.”

Brick — Rian Johnson — 2005Hardboiled high school: thisneo-noir never spoofs, butindulges genre.

Brick — Rian Johnson — 2005

Hardboiled high school: this
neo-noir never spoofs, but
indulges genre.

Brewster’s Millions — Walter Hill — 1985Be warned: it seems fun,but, like its millions, squandersall your precious time.

Brewster’s Millions — Walter Hill — 1985

Be warned: it seems fun,
but, like its millions, squanders
all your precious time.

Half Nelson — Ryan Fleck — 2006"Just for a minute?"Gosling’s Dan and student Dreycling to what they have.

Half Nelson — Ryan Fleck — 2006

"Just for a minute?"
Gosling’s Dan and student Drey
cling to what they have.

Iron Man 2 — Jon Favreau — 2010Favreau transforms suave,smart Stark into obnoxiousnoise and robot fights.

Iron Man 2 — Jon Favreau — 2010

Favreau transforms suave,
smart Stark into obnoxious
noise and robot fights.

The Queen of Versailles — Lauren Greenfield — 2012"Oh, look. She’s worn out,"the King says of his princess,laden on the help.

The Queen of Versailles — Lauren Greenfield — 2012

"Oh, look. She’s worn out,"
the King says of his princess,
laden on the help.

Killing Them Softly — Andrew Dominick — 2012Whether the canonlauds this brash allegory,time will only tell.

Killing Them Softly — Andrew Dominick — 2012

Whether the canon
lauds this brash allegory,
time will only tell.

In Bruges — Martin McDonagh — 2008Deftly explicit:a killer black comedywith a racist dwarf.

In Bruges — Martin McDonagh — 2008

Deftly explicit:
a killer black comedy
with a racist dwarf.

Annie Hall — Woody Allen — 1977Neurotic rom-comacknowledges a dead sharkand trumps the genre.

Annie Hall — Woody Allen — 1977

Neurotic rom-com
acknowledges a dead shark
and trumps the genre.