Pinhole Movie Reviews

Marwencol by Thomas
November 29, 2012, 5:47 am
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This beautiful documentary follows a New York man who was savagely beaten, then went on to create a vivid fantasy world (populated by dolls) as part of his recovery.  By turns inspiring and amusingly odd, the movie guides us through this man’s life as we also learn about the goings on in the fictional town of Marwencol. What a great film! Worth Watching.


Argo by Thomas
November 28, 2012, 11:10 pm
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Several Americans, having managed to escape the US embassy in Tehran just before it was overrun by protesters, take shelter in the Canadian ambassador’s house during the famous Iranian hostage crisis.  Ben Affleck plays the obsessive CIA agent who comes up with a bizarre scheme to get them out of Iran.  It’s a fun caper with terrific casting — like if Ocean’s 11 were a 1970’s period piece.  Worth checking out.


The Expendables by Thomas
November 27, 2012, 5:32 pm
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Given the genre of mindless, shoot-em-up action, it doesn’t make sense to criticize this movie for having silly dialogue, a kindergarten plot line, and poor acting.  But the directing was just reprehensible. One awkward close-up of Mickey Rourke lasted a solid 5 minutes!  Even the violence was boring and fake; the pixel-y digital blood reminded me of Mortal Kombat II. Any praise is reserved for the grizzled Dolph Lundgren, who, as the corrupt member of the team, delivers the only fun dialogue. Barely watchable.

The Expendables



Cashback by Thomas
November 21, 2012, 8:03 pm
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A British supermarket cashier discovers the ability to freeze time. As the poster suggests, he uses this talent the way any young man might: to undress beautiful women. This was originally produced as a short film, but subsequently padded out to feature length with some half-baked plot twists and a flat love story. They really could have developed something cool with this concept, but ultimately it’s just soft-core porn. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…Watchable.


Police Academy by tincolor
November 20, 2012, 10:46 am
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Misfits from the Big Apple join the police academy and become policemen. From the poster you might expect an Animal House type flick, but be warned, Police Academy is far from zany. It’s just not funny. The lack of a real villain is kind of a nice twist for the genre though. There’s not really a character who is a total asshole for no reason. Barely watchable


Extraterrestre (Extraterrestrial) [2011] by William
November 19, 2012, 4:59 am
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A man wakes up one morning to find himself in the apartment of the ridiculously gorgeous Michelle Jenner. It seems his night of drinking paid off. There’s some awkward talk, and then, what the…?, a spaceship seems to be hovering over the city. But there are no aliens or action sequences in this movie, just rising tensions between Michelle Jenner and the various guys who are in love with her. A tale of human drama told with originality and whimsy. Well, Spanish cinema, you’ve finally made a movie that is Worth Watching.

Under Suspicion (2000) by tincolor

Gene Hackman is a pillar of the Puerto Rican community, which makes this nasty business of dead middle-school girls all the more awkward for police chief Morgan Freeman and his hot headed right-hand-goon Tom Jane. This is the kind of movie where the ending is everything, so if you don’t buy the ending, or in this case, understand what happened and have to google: “Under Suspicion ending WTF”, your movie is in trouble. The idea is interesting, but they just really didn’t pull it off. I blame the performances which are bland and uninspired.  A low watchable.

Total Recall (2012) by tincolor

Colin Farrell is a factory worker in a futuristic world where only England and Australia exist. For the rest of the plot, RE: Total Recall (1990) sans Mars. The futuristic world the director has created is pretty impressive, the CG is all pretty good and the action sequences are exciting enough. But basically, that’s all there is, there’s no sense that this world is anything other than a giant, shiny movie set for Colin Farrell to gaze at his reflection in. The definition of watchable.

Also, I just noticed how similar Total Recall and Looper’s posters are.

The Money Pit by Thomas
November 18, 2012, 9:12 pm
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Tom Hanks and his girlfriend Shelly Long are New Yorkers with no place to live, who end up buying a decaying mansion on Long Island.  There are various subplots but the main message is this:  Beware shady real estate deals, for they lead to home improvement-themed physical comedy!  Hanks puts on a comically exasperated attitude that is funny enough to earn a Watchable Plus.

The Money Pit

Looper by tincolor
November 18, 2012, 9:04 am
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Young Bruce Willis is Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is an assassin who only kills people from the future, like old Bruce Willis, also, some people are telepathic. I’m perhaps a little to harsh with my description of the plot, because actually this is a very thoughtful and generally enjoyable film. It’s just that the conceit of the film, that BOTH time travel AND telepathy are real things, is a little hard to swallow. It all feels a little too convenient of a plot device. Enjoyable blockbuster that relies more on character development than special effects. Definitely worth checking out.


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