Pinhole Movie Reviews

Gattaca by William
September 26, 2012, 6:08 am
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In a world where parents choose their babies and people are judged by their genes, Ethan Hawke plays a genetic inferior trying to pass himself of as a superior so that he can be an astronaut. The story is solid and interesting, Ethan Hawke is sympathetic and easy to identify with, and the visual style is also cool: sci-fi with a 50’s retro look. That said, I’m not sure this movie has any surprising new insights on its subject. But it’s good sci-fi, and certainly Worth Checking Out.


Sleepwalk with Me by Thomas
September 26, 2012, 12:13 am
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Comedian Mike Birbiglia narrates his anxiety-ridden life, using his bizarre sleeping disorder as a jumping off point.  The result is awkward, surreal and charming.  But fans of This American Life will recognize the story — and almost all of the jokes.  Also, making a monologue into a movie means that you have to establish a plot arc and secondary characters, which seemed like afterthoughts. Ah well, I still enjoyed it! Worth checking out.

Sleepwalk with Me

Drunken Master (醉拳) by Thomas
September 23, 2012, 9:25 pm
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Jackie Chan is a young roustabout who learns that alcohol is the key to kung fu glory.  The fight choreography is great, and some of the “drunken” styles are really hilarious — such as the one where he pretends to be a preening maiden, knocking down attackers with his hips.  This early kung fu comedy works well as a parody of itself.  Watchable plus!  Note: you could always just watch the 1994 sequel which is way better (though it lacks the low-budget charm of the original.)

Drunken Master (醉拳)

The Rocketeer by tincolor

Wannabe pilot Billy Campbell stumbles upon a rocket that gets him, Alan Arkin and Jennifer Connelly mixed up with the FBI, Nazis and the mob. The top-notch 1930s art deco style and the light-hearted script have a fairytale-like quality. That and the ‘aw-shucks’-ness of the characters is refreshing considering other comic book adaptations since the 2000s. Exciting and well made, what more could you ask for? Worth checking out.

Inglourious Basterds by William
September 22, 2012, 3:18 am
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In Nazi-occupied France, a special team of Jewish American soldiers is sent in to kill Germans indiscriminately. There are so many Quentin Tarantino movies I hate. But this was not one of them! Despite containing all the absurd characters and gratuitous violence that are the hallmarks of Tarantino movies I hate, somehow this time it didn’t bother me. Christoph Waltz and Brad Pitt are just so good in their roles, they take the ridiculous and make it believable. A lot of good cat-and-mouse type confrontations, like if they took that scene from True Romance between Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper and multiplied it to make a whole movie. A high Worth Checking Out.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Thomas
September 21, 2012, 2:34 pm
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Tim Burton reworks this bloodbath of a musical in his trademark grotesque style, casting his muse Johnny Depp as the infamous barber who murders his patrons.  As always, Burton’s nightmare world is vivid and beautiful — though it’s easy to get distracted by it…and the ridiculous amount of CG used to create it.  Also, while there’s nothing wrong with Sondheim’s abstract, operatic music, there’s no question of singing along either.  Following what seems to be the convention for musicals, the plot takes its sweet time setting up, then careens into a thrilling third act.  Worth checking out.

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

French Kiss by Thomas
September 20, 2012, 4:31 pm
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A neurotic Meg Ryan travels to France to win back her fiancé.  She attracts the attention of French jewel thief Kevin Kline, who implicates her in his criminal endeavors — but also teaches her how to relax.  This is a gem of mid-90s romantic comedy; everyone appears to be having a good time, and the French riviera is beautifully photographed.  Doesn’t quite make up for its clumsy script, though. Watchable.

French Kiss

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