Pinhole Movie Reviews

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous by tincolor

Sandra Bullock is back at it again, only this time she’s already beautiful, so I guess that means she’s going to get ugly? Hmmm… looks like the writers had some trouble figuring out what to do with Sandra Bullock’s character so they just gave her a total personality change. Not nearly as worth checking out as the first Miss Congeniality, and really, very little here worth mentioning, just mediocre through and through. Watchable.

Miss Congeniality by tincolor

Sandra Bullock is a soon-to-be-good-looking FBI agent with a gnarly personality, and now she’s going in deep as a contestant in the Miss America. Everything thing about this movie is competent. There’s nothing offensively bad and some parts are actually pretty funny and clever. If you haven’t seen it, check it out!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Thomas
December 16, 2012, 9:03 am
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In the Lord of the Rings movies, Peter Jackson had to cut material from the books so as to condense each installment down to a (remotely) palatable movie length.  In this absurd Hobbit adaptation, he faced the opposite problem: how do I beef up a fairly slim fantasy book into an epic film trilogy? (Yes, this is the first installment of a Hobbit trilogy…)  The solution was to linger way too long on trivial moments and invent ridiculous sub-plots nowhere to be found in the book.  There are some fun bits, such as Bilbo’s riddle game with Gollum, but over all the movie is tedious and hopelessly silly. Of course, it’s not the worst movie I’ve ever seen — but, if you consider the $270 million budget, this may be the all time worst performer as far as “quality to budget ratio.”  (It easily beats Titanic.)  Finally, filming stuff at 48 frames per second makes everything look flat and hyper-detailed, as if you are standing on a film set rather than watching a movie. So stupid! Barely watchable.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Winnebago Man by Thomas
December 16, 2012, 8:09 am
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In 1989 a man named Jack Rebney starred in an industrial sales video advertising a new line of Winnebagos.   By now most people have probably seen the notorious outtakes from this video, in which Rebney curses uncontrollably.  One filmmaker became obsessed with this and decided to track down the guy and make a documentary about him. He turns out to be quite an oddball, as you can imagine.  The movie is quite well put together, proceeding at a good pace and everything, but ultimately I didn’t really see the point.  Watchable.


Winnebago Man

All About Eve by Thomas
December 16, 2012, 7:47 am
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Bette Davis plays an aging diva who takes a protege under her wing — then worries that her young charge is scheming to replace her.  It’s a tragic, slow burning, King Lear kind of situation. But instead of marching dolefully on to an inevitable conclusion, the script stays sharp all the way through.  Like Sweet Smell of Success, it features surprising twists and a near constant stream of biting, darkly funny dialogue. This is classic stuff.  Worth watching.


All About Eve

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by William
December 14, 2012, 1:12 pm
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It’s the 70’s I guess, so we must be dealing with the Cold War, and a group of men are talking about finding a mole at the top of “the Circus.” They’ve got British accents, so “the Circus” must be MI6. Judging by the tone of the film and their shifty eyes, I suppose the mole could be any of these guys. Is it the most sinister-looking one? Or one of the famous ones? Who exactly Gary Oldman in this movie? Oh okay, now we’re jumping back and forth in time. Wait, are we jumping back and forth in time or is this happening now? WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS MOVIE?  I guess it’s alright if you like this kind of thing, but for me it’s Barely Watchable. At least this movie made me appreciate how much better the Soviet National Anthem was than our own national anthem.

Wordplay by Thomas
December 13, 2012, 5:56 am
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An enjoyable documentary about crossword puzzle fanatics, interspersed with various celebrities talking about how much they like the New York Times crossword.  Breezy and fast-paced, it  captures some very dramatic moments at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the big annual gathering hosted by NYT puzzle editor Will Shortz. Watchable plus!



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