Pinhole Movie Reviews

Boys Don’t Cry by tincolor

Hilary Swank is a girl that wants to be a dude and Chole Sevigny is the chick that falls for her. I was relieved that, for the most part, this movie doesn’t really shove down the viewer’s throat trendy genderpolitics from the 90s. The pacing is also very solid, keeping your interest perked all the way to the end. Worth checking out.

Belle de Jour by tincolor

Catherine Deneuve is a newlywed who is so plagued by the anxiety of sleeping with her husband that she decides to give prostitution a go. Luis Bunuel is one of my favorite directors, and Bell de Jour is certainly one of his best films. There isn’t really any point in the movie that attempts to explain why Deneuve does what she does, instead, you’re just kind of watching her go through with it. Worth checking out if you like “difficult” French movies from the 60s, if not, maybe a watchable at most.

Dressed To Kill by tincolor
April 30, 2012, 3:28 pm
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Michael Caine plays psychiatrist to a bunch of mostly naked women who are in the bad habit of getting murdered. This is like a slightly less worse version of Body Double but with a significantly less impressive story and an ending that you’ll see coming a mile away. Brian De Palma is a tough director to nail, his directing style is often quite creative and Dressed to Kill is no exception. Still, I can’t really recommend this film to anyone mainly because it’s just not good. Watchable.

Arsenic and Old Lace by Thomas
April 29, 2012, 3:51 pm
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Cary Grant finds out that his sweet old aunties have acquired the habit of poisoning old men and burying their corpses in the cellar.  (It’s a comedy!) Grant solves the problem by running around frantically, making funny faces, and yelling into the telephone.  I have some reservations about using the word “madcap” because it sounds like a cliché — but if you can’t use it to describe zany 1940’s comedy, then when can you use it? At any rate, this one’s madcap. Watchable.

Arsenic and Old Lace

Supergirl by Thomas
April 26, 2012, 6:25 pm
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In this childish, dull, utterly lifeless Superman spinoff, Superman’s blonde cousin does battle with the evil Faye Dunaway.  If you want to learn what the expression “bored to tears” refers to, then by all means watch Supergirl.  In fact, I’m glad I did! Because now that I’ve experienced the special torture of 80’s drivel sputtering on forever, its own kind of Hell on Earth, I will live a life of virtue for the rest of my days.  Unwatchable.


Zuo You (In Love we Trust) by Thomas
April 26, 2012, 2:50 pm
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In this bleak family drama, a married woman must sleep with her ex-husband — who is also re-married! It’s all part of her scheme to get pregnant so that the stem cell laden blood from the newborn’s umbilical chord can save her current child from terminal leukemia.  The movie is a headache of awkwardness, spousal conflict, deep feelings, and barely concealed horror.  And it’s so contrived! At least I got to learn some uncommon words in Chinese. Watchable.

Zuo You (In Love we Trust)

Ocean’s Thirteen by Thomas
April 25, 2012, 6:31 pm
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Elliott Gould gets swindled by Al Pacino, so George Clooney and co. return to Vegas to embark on a final caper, this one even more absurd and overproduced than the previous two. (Yes, I basically watched all three in one sitting.)  There is some awkward dialogue, and the Rat Pack masculinity bit gets a little tiresome. But there’s still quite a bit of charm. Plus, Casey Afleck organizing a strike at a Mexican factory is very funny stuff. Watchable.

Ocean’s Thirteen

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