Haiku Tunnel

"OK"

Haiku Tunnel Review


The nightmare of being employed as an office temp is given whimsical homage by San Francisco stand-up comic Josh Kornbluth in his semi-autobiographical first person comedy "Haiku Tunnel."

Proudly wearing its shoestring budget on its sleeve, the picture is introduced and frequently interrupted by Kornbluth -- a sweetly roly-poly, balding but wild-haired nebbish who stands in front of a chalkboard to illustrate crazy points from the ensuing story. The narrative proper follows Kornbluth, playing himself, through the oddball events of a temp job he once held at a SF law firm -- a job he screwed up pretty badly.

Adapted from his recent one-man show of the same name, "Haiku Tunnel" has the ring of humorous authenticity as our hero nervously plods his way through a sleep-inducing employee orientation, endures computer meltdowns and the scorn of the secretary pool, puts up with a patronizing boss and -- of course -- boosts office supplies, pausing to note for the viewer that Uniball Micropens are his favorite.

Written and directed with his brother Jacob, Kornbluth's pet project of a motion picture effectively invites you inside his convoluted and bemused mind where there's a steady supply of offbeat observations. The film is quite creative at times (as various types of people pass on the street in once scene, you hear what's playing on their Walkmans) and veers into obvious fantasy territory other times (Kornbluth bags a sexy paralegal).

But "Tunnel" eventually becomes less like a comedy and more like a guy working out his neuroses in front of a camera while we pay $8 to watch. For low-budget office drone laughs, I'll still take 1999's acutely caustic "Office Space" over "Haiku Tunnel." But taken as monologue-spawn stream-of-conscious nuttiness, this movie is amusing enough to earn the affections of anyone who might identify with the circumstances.



Haiku Tunnel

Facts and Figures

Run time: 88 mins

In Theaters: Monday 22nd January 2001

Box Office Worldwide: $251.1 thousand

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Fresh: 28 Rotten: 19

IMDB: 6.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Josh Kornbluth, Keith Warren as Bob 'Bob' Shelby, as Julie Faustino, as Marlina D'Amore, as Mindy, as Clifford, Joanne Evangelista as Caryl, as Jimmy the Mail Clerk, Michael X. Sommers as Crack Attorney, Jodean Lawrence as Denise the Receptionist

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Advertisement
Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.