Pinhole Movie Reviews

Looper by Thomas
October 29, 2012, 11:12 pm
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a mob assassin (with distracting, Bruce Willis-y make up) who kills people from the future.  The plot may be goofy, but it’s a sci-fi crowd pleaser! I don’t know what else you would expect. In any case, the fundamentals are in place: tight dialogue, good pace, suspense.  The futuristic details, cyberpunk set design and fun action scenes are just icing for the cake.  I say it’s the most enjoyable time travel movie since Back to the Future II.  Worth checking out.


The Master by Thomas

Joaquin Phoenix is (perfectly cast as) a disturbed WWII vet who gets swept into a cult; Philip Seymour Hoffman is their charismatic leader.  This is an odd, unsettling movie that flows at an unpredictable pace, kind of Kubrik-esque in that way.  The two lead actors are captivating — but if it wasn’t for them, this would be fairly unpleasant to watch.  Worth checking out.

The Master

The Contract by tincolor
October 24, 2012, 4:29 am
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Morgan Freeman is some kind of contract killer that gets caught for a very stupid reason, then runs away, then runs into John Cusack, who is “patching things up” with his son on a camping trip. It’s weird to see Mr. Freeman in a semi-villainous role, he’s not blatantly miscast, but he also doesn’t quite fit. Overall an unbelievable and forgettable thriller with too many subplots. Watchable.


Taken 2 by Thomas
October 16, 2012, 7:26 pm
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Liam Neeson reprises his role as a bad ass who must save his family from malicious Eastern European people.  This one looks and feels as cool as the original, which I attribute to the involvement of Luc Besson.  The script is definitely dumb…but it proceeds at a decent pace and does a reasonable job building suspense, which must be challenging when everyone knows what’s gonna happen. (It’s in the title!) Anyway: Watchable.

Taken 2

Once Upon a Time in Mexico by Thomas
October 16, 2012, 7:04 pm
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Hitman Antonio Banderas gets hired by Johnny Depp to assassinate a rogue general, or something.  Robert Rodriguez uses deep focus and over-saturated colors to make the movie look like a garish comic book.  The dialogue is painful, yes, but even the action scenes fail because of bad editing.  It’s  a train wreck. (Rodriguez’ first flick El Mariachi is much more fun.) Barely watchable.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Babies by Thomas
October 16, 2012, 12:29 am
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Yup. Babies. They exist. This documentary follows four such: two first world babies (US, Japan) contrast with two developing world babies (Nigeria, and Mongolia). There’s no message or narrative, just some astoundingly cute babies.  I felt weird watching this while cleaning and folding laundry, because these activities are only slightly more demanding then a baby’s daily regimen of simply hanging around. Oh, also this movie is FULL of boobs. If your goal is to start thinking about mammary glands in a non-sexual way, this is the movie to watch I guess.  Worth checking out.


Whisper of the Heart by Thomas
October 13, 2012, 8:31 pm
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A middle school girl finds the courage to be a writer — plus some of that pure, chaste, Studio Ghibli romance.  (Nobody ever kisses in these movies!) There’s lots of giggling and awkwardness and predictable middle school drama, but ultimately this is a meditation on the creative process.  Instead of being “spirited away” like other protagonists, this girl is stuck in suburban Japan where she must work hard to cultivate her creativity.  I liked this one.  Worth checking out.

Whisper of the Heart

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