Pinhole Movie Reviews

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines by William
June 29, 2012, 4:53 pm
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He’s back! Arnold Schwarzenegger is a robot who’s got to go back in time again to save John Connor from being killed again. Also Claire Danes. This movie has so much stuff lifted from the other Terminator movies that it’s almost feels like a remake, right down to Arnold showing up naked and having to get some clothes from a motorcycle guy in a bar. It definitely leans more toward pure action than its predecessor, without even the attempt at a “Terminators can learn to love” moral that was in T2.  Not every action movie can be a masterpiece, but this one is Worth Checking Out.

Melinda and Melinda by William
June 29, 2012, 4:22 pm
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Is life a comedy with elements of tragedy, or a tragedy with elements of comedy? We’ll find out as we watch the same story told in two ways, once as tragedy and then again as comedy. No wait, I have a better idea: we’ll tell two completely different stories. One a tragedy, the other a comedy. Also, we’ll put Wallace Shawn in there. So in summary, Woody Allen had two decent, not-quite-half-feature-film length ideas, and decided to put them in one rather short feature film. As I said, the stories themselves are decent enough, but the “Melinda and Melinda” aspect of the movie is annoying if you stop to think about it. Oh, and the “comedy” portion isn’t funny. Watchable.

A Life Less Ordinary by tincolor
June 29, 2012, 2:21 am
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Danny Boyle directs Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz in a story about the most potent aphrodisiac: violence. There are so many potentially great elements in this movie, the police-force-like league of angels, McGregor’s dumb idea for a “trash novel,” Stanley Tucci’s sleazy, but strangely honest character, the insinuation that robots are replacing menial laborers. Still, all of these elements only get as far as being introduced and then, just when something interesting starts happening with them, the scene ends and we move on to the next plot point and the next gag. Watchable.

Cabin in the Woods by Thomas
June 28, 2012, 11:50 pm
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Creative horror movie satire from Joss Whedon. I can’t go into too much detail for fear of spoilage, but I will say that this movie is outlandish, gruesome, and amusingly nerdy.  It’s like a really enjoyable episode of Buffy, except with no censorship, far better actors, and an actual budget.  Worth watching.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. by William
June 27, 2012, 4:03 am
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Love Actually-style story where various people are in love with various other people, and they all have to deal with that fact in one way or another. Oh, and one of them is Steve Carell. Though more realistic and more thoughtful than Love Actually, I was hoping for something better than the standard romantic comedy ending. An enjoyable movie that does give you something to think aboutit’s Worth Checking Out.,_Stupid,_Love.

Big Night by tincolor
Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci are brothers running an unsuccessful and misunderstood Italian restaurant. So when rival restauranteur Ian Holm throws them a bone and invites Louis Prima to their restaurant, they pull out all the stops in a last ditch effort to save the restaurant. An enjoyable movie for sure, but I think I was expecting something zanier or maybe something that felt more episodic. In the end most of the movie is about Stanley Tucci’s private life, but that part of the movie just isn’t very interesting. Watchable.

Headhunters by Thomas
June 26, 2012, 8:27 pm
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A hot shot corporate recruiter/cat burglar gets caught — but not by the police.  This gritty Norwegian thriller is a refined take on an old formula.  The plot boasts a few original twists, but really it’s the timing that makes it great. Paranoia builds to panic at just the right pace.  Worth checking out.


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