Pinhole Movie Reviews


Carnage by William
August 29, 2012, 3:57 am
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Two couples made up of famous actors get together for a chat after one couple’s son hits the other couple’s son with a stick. Basically a filmed play, the entire movie takes place in one apartment. If you’re into dialogue-heavy filmed plays, this one is probably up your alley. Not really any big surprises in this movie but it’s fun as the veneer of social convention is removed from these characters. One problem for me was that John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, and Jodie Foster are too famous for me to be fully absorbed in the movie. Worth Checking Out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnage_(2011_film)



To Live and Die in L.A. by tincolor

William Friedkin directs William Petersen and Willem Dafoe in a film about crime in the 80s. John Turturro and Dean Stockwell also show up along the way. The film is definitely engaging, but unfortunately, it’s hard to like any of the characters. The criminals are coldhearted killers and the cops aren’t much better. An averagely paced film with a lot of style and a lot of attitude, but not nearly as much substance as it presumes to have. A high Watchable.



Due Date by jaemskeray

Robert Downey Jr. is traveling home from a business trip to get to the birth of his child when he encounters Zach Galifianakis.  After Zach gets them both kicked off their plane, put on a no fly list, and looses all of Robert’s stuff, Rob is forced to trust in Zach to get himself home.  Hilarity ensues for the most part in this road-trip odd-couple comedy, but brace yourself; Galifianakis has some serious moments.  I am always a little disappointed and weirded out when I watch one of my favorite comedians cross over and do more serious roles for the first time.  Also, the friendship between Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx’s character is totally unbelievable.  This one is teetering on the edge for me between Watchable and Worth Checking Out.  Gonna give it the Galifianakis bump and say, Worth Checking Out.



Fantastic Mr. Fox by jaemskeray

This is Roald Dahl’s children’s book Fantastic Mr. Fox adapted to the silver screen by Wes Anderson as a full length stop motion animation.  Every night, Mr. Fox steals food from 3 farmers to feed his family.  Despite the farmer’s best attempts they can never seem to catch him, thus this fox is fantastic.  The animation in this film is cussin’ incredible.  Its the same level of detail that Wes Anderson brings to his other films, except this time he adds puppets and stop motion animation to the madness.  It must have taken forever to make.  Definitely Worth Watching



Clueless by William

It’s the 90’s and Alicia Silverstone plays a California “Valley Girl” who has to adapt Jane Austen’s Emma for a modern audience. Yowza. This movie did not age well. Or maybe it was never good. Perhaps a fine movie to put on when you are with a group of people, but nonetheless, Barely Watchable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clueless_(film)



Déjà Vu (2006) by tincolor

Denzel Washington is investigating a bombing that left over 500 people dead. Val Kilmer shows up and then the plot reveals its big secret. If you didn’t like 2011’s Source Code because it was just an awful wreck of a movie but thought the idea was cool then you might like Deja Vu. An action/police procedural with some sci-fi-y stuff to boot. Not-quite-edge-of-your-seat blockbuster. Watchable.



Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion by jaemskeray
August 21, 2012, 2:49 am
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If you like to laugh, you will like this movie. Most of the movie is Galifianakis at a night club doing standup, but there are some other scenes too.  Zach Galifianakis is hilarious, and there is not much to say besides that.  The first part is linked below.  You’ve all probably already seen it, but if you haven’t it’s definitely Worth Watching.



The Cercle Rouge by tincolor

Alain Delon and Yves Montand star in a film about three criminals who meet by chance and conspire to pull of a jewel heist. Another great film by Jean-Pierre Melville. These aren’t your average Hollywood criminals that get emotional at the worst possible moment, screwing up an otherwise flawless plan, these guys are cold, calculating and only fear getting caught. The heist at the end of the movie is definitely the highlight: 30 minutes of nearly silent jewel store robbery. A little slow, but satisfying overall. Worth checking out.



Hanna by jaemskeray

Hanna is a teenage girl who lives with her father Eric Bana in the woods.  Hanna is no ordinary girl; first her hair is rediculously blonde, almost white, and second she’s been trained by her dad to be a deadlly asassin!  Cate Blanchett puts on a terrible southern debutaunt accent and is a CIA agent looking for Bana and Hanna.  Lots of fairy tale undertones to little red ridding hood, sometimes they work sometimes they dont.  Very stylized.   Very European.  Chemical Brothers did the soundtrack.   Worth Checking Out



Devil in a Blue Dress by tincolor

Denzel Washington is out of work in 1940s LA until one day Tom Sizemore pays him to find a girl and then before you know it a mystery is afoot! This is a neo-noir film in every respect and there is no attempt to break the mold. Competent overall, but lacking that special something to set it apart. Averagely paced film that requires you to think just because there are so many characters to keep track of. Watchable.




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