Pinhole Movie Reviews

Fracture by William
January 27, 2013, 5:24 am
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It looks like an easy case for D.A. Ryan Gosling after Anthony Hopkins shoots his wife in the head and is apprehended at the scene of the crime. However, Hopkins turns out to be an evil genius. The problem with this cat-and-mouse game is that Hopkins completely outmatches Gosling, who is always at least one or two steps behind. Also, a lot of the movie is devoted to an extensive story about Gosling’s being a young hot-shot attorney, and it’s just not that interesting. Finally, if you have difficulty suspending disbelief regarding legal procedure, then you are going to have some serious problems with his film. Watchable.

Lawrence of Arabia by tincolor

Peter O’Toole is T.E Lawrence, the Englishman who sparked fire in the Arab Revolt during World War I. If you’re in the mood for a epic movie, epic like Ben Hur or Spartacus, or The Good, the Bad and The Ugly, then this is your movie. Peter O’Toole is great as the egotistical Lawrence, and the costume design and location shooting is amazing. The battle for Aqaba is also one of the most exciting war scenes I’ve ever seen. Still, there are a few scenes where O’Toole supposedly goes through some kind of massive, life changing event, but it all happens in the course of a conversation. How much can a person change in 5 minutes anyway?! Overall, the realism and ambiguity with which the director treats his characters is a rare feat that most historical dramas fail to meet. It doesn’t feel like the movie is telling you how to feel. Worth Watching.

Zero Dark Thirty by tincolor

Jessica Chastain hunts down Osama Bin Laden. I hate hate hate hate hated Hurt Locker, the OTHER Kathryn Bigelow movie. So I was kind of surprised by how much Zero Dark Thirty didn’t leave me in a rage. I guess she learned to tone down the obnoxious patriotic/nihilistic tone she got so perfect before. There are some laughably bad scenes though, like when the CIA agent in charge of the Osama Bin Laden task force yells at/gives a pep talk to his subordinates, saying, “Were all that there is!” As far as movies go, I kinda liked it. Worth checking out,

We Need to Talk About Kevin by tincolor

Tilda Swinton is Mom to Ezra Miller who did something bad, which may have been because of the way Tilda brought him up, but it might also just be because he’s messed up independently. If you go into this movie not knowing anything about it, like what Ezra did that has his mom so upset, then you’ll probably get a lot out of the “mystery/thriller” style in which the plot is slowly revealed. If you already know, then I imagine you’ll spend a lot of time thinking just how culpable Tilda is in his son’s crime. Either way, it will probably appeal to a viewer that is in the mood to think. Worth checking out.

Garage Days by tincolor

Kick Gurry is in a band that has dreams of making it big. But in order to make it big, they are first going to need to get a gig. While the over all quality of this movie is only a rank above made-for-TV, there isn’t anything offensively bad about it, and the script is actually pretty decent. I wouldn’t go out of the way to recommend it to anyone, but you’ll get a few laughs along the way, and the overall direction of the film is surprisingly un-cliched. A whole hearted watchable for this crowd-pleaser of a comedy.

Les Misérables (2012) by William
January 23, 2013, 1:33 pm
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An ex-convict tries to turn his life around and do various good deeds but can’t seem to escape the tireless, pitiless Inspector Javert. In the background, the fires of revolution are smoldering in France among both the marginalized poor and the country’s idealistic youth. And of course, everybody is singing. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, the two leads, are both surprisingly weak singers, which is a big problem because the music is the raison d’etre of this movie. On the other hand, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried are surprisingly good.

As someone who has the Les Miserables CDs (London Cast) memorized, it’s hard to know what to say about this film. I enjoyed the songs, as I always do, but connected less with the movie emotionally than I expected to. In part, I was distracted by all these famous movie stars singing songs. Maybe this is how it feels to be someone who doesn’t like musicals. Even so, I’ll likely give this one another shot when it comes out on DVD. Worth checking out.

Les Misérables

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Paris, Texas by tincolor

One day Dean Stockwell gets a phone call from a doctor down near the Mexican boarder in Texas; He found Stockwell’s brother, Harry Dean Stanton, wandering out in the desert. What follows is a slow reveal of what happened to Stanton that drove him into the desert and where he’s going next. Besides being just a beautiful film, the screenplay is also excellent. Given enough time, I might even be tempted to bump this up to a Required Viewing. A high worth watching plus.


Bronson by Thomas
January 22, 2013, 3:54 am
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Tom Hardy plays psychopath Charles Bronson, the most famous criminal in Britain.  This biopic is whimsical yet brutal and sadistic — much like Bronson himself.  Tom Hardy is frighteningly good, but ultimately there was so much menace and cringe-inducing violence that I had to struggle a bit to finish it.  Worth checking out.



Take This Waltz by Thomas
January 22, 2013, 2:33 am
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Double feature of “Michelle-Williams-in-a-stale-marriage” movies! Thanks, Netflix. This time she’s a hipster getting bored with hubby Seth Rogen, who really doesn’t get enough screen time.  Then she meets an alluring and mysterious stranger who turns out to be her next door neighbor. It’s all very silly and contrived, and yet somehow there are no jokes! (despite the involvement of Sarah Silverman.) Watchable.


Take This Waltz

Blue Valentine by Thomas
January 22, 2013, 1:53 am
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In this melancholy romance, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play an unhappily married couple trying to raise a family.  We get the story of their youthful courtship cut together with scenes from their crushing current reality.  It’s eerie to see two sad stories unfolding at the same time, but the device works well. And the acting is tremendous. Worth watching.  


Blue Valentine

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