Pinhole Movie Reviews

Crocodile Dundee II by Thomas
February 27, 2013, 9:11 pm
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Mick “Crocodile” Dundee, transplanted from the Australian Outback to the wilds of NYC in the first installment, must return to do battle with Colombian drug lords.  This movie hails from the heyday of 80s action comedy, and it’s a fairly good one. Plus, there are a few really great character actors in the background: Steven Root is a random DEA agent, Luis Guzman is a henchman, Charles S. Dutton portrays a street hustler who wants to preserve his reputation as a bad ass, despite the fact that he has switched to selling stationery.  I continue to like this movie. Watchable.


Crocodile Dundee II

What Women Want by Thomas
February 27, 2013, 8:56 pm
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Insipid romantic “comedy” in which Mel Gibson plays a scoundrel who can hear women’s thoughts.  It’s a reasonably funny premise…I could have enjoyed it, if Gibson had any personality.  Think Steve Martin in Roxanne or All of Me, or Jim Carey in Liar Liar — that kind of thing.  The later seems to be what they were going for. Anyway, Helen Hunt is much, much too good for him.  Barely watchable.


What Women Want

Memento by Thomas
February 27, 2013, 8:40 pm
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The “psychology” of crime thrillers is usually pretty simple: jealousy, fear, greed… predictable motivators. Seldom do you have a protagonist so unpredictable. Plus, you hardly ever get to know who the killer is from the very beginning!  This movie is innovative, well crafted, enthralling…just great.  I’m gonna go for Required Viewing on this one.



Reservoir Dogs by Thomas

A group of thieves get paranoid as they re-group after a botched robbery. Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, and Steve Buscemi are all perfectly cast.  The noted brutality and grittiness seem a little tame today, but there’s no question that QT pushed the boundaries of violence on film. It seems like the goal was to perform a mega-cool mafia movie in LA — which turned out to be a dress rehearsal for his best work: Pulp Fiction.  Worth checking out.


Reservoir Dogs

How to Survive a Plague by Thomas
February 27, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Hard hitting, Oscar nominated documentary about gay activism in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I expected a straightforward History Channel set up (“the virtuous few against the evil majority” kind of thing) but actually the story is quite nuanced.  What’s interesting is that many of the key players were HIV positive and, since no effective treatment was available at the time, assumed that they had received a death sentence.   Worth checking out. (You can even do so on Netflix!)


How to Survive a Plague

Silver Linings Playbook by Thomas
February 27, 2013, 1:24 am
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Bradley Cooper is a bi-polar man from a family of sports nuts who, upon release from mental hospital, schemes to get his wife/life back.  The first half of this movie is bleak and serious, but the second half builds into a goofy comedic romp — not unlike the narrative structure of Little Miss Sunshine.  The heavy use of close-ups and other cinematographic quirks can be distracting, but the characters shine.  Cooper and Jennifer “Best Actress” Lawrence do a great job, with help from a wonderful supporting cast. Worth watching.


Silver Linings Playbook 

Major League II by Thomas
February 27, 2013, 1:10 am
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Rag tag baseball team triumphs over adversity in zany sports comedy! So it’s been done a million times — its mediocre, but still kinda fun. There are a few good jokes, but mostly the story is just a collection of mildly amusing situations, proceeding at a good pace.  Also, it has the distinction of being one of the only sequels that’s better than the original, I think! Watchable.


Major League II

Argo by William
February 25, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Ben Affleck has to get some Americans out of Iran. Great heist-type thriller, except with the good guys doing the heisting. A clever and clearly-explained plot keeps you engaged and in total suspense throughout. As you are probably aware, everything works out for this crew in the end. See if that makes you feel any less tense while you are watching this movie. Worth Watching.

Thomas saw it, too.

U Turn by tincolor

Sean Penn is on his way to California to deliver a belated loan payment. But on the way his car breaks down in a small town in Arizona, inhabited by famous actors, each in various degrees of trouble, each preventing Sean Penn’s from getting on his way. Even though some of the characters are incredibly annoying, and the unjustness of Sean Penn’s situation drove me crazy, I didn’t hate the film for some reason, I guess I kinda liked it, actually.Watchable.

Mindhunters by tincolor

A group of prospective FBI agents travel to an isolated island for a final test, only to discover that the fake murder they’re trying to solve is actually a real murder, and they’re the next victims! Fat Val Kilmer is in this movie for whole 10 minutes, which I guess is about how long it took him to figure out if this movie is total crap. This movie did however give me an idea for a new rule of thumb: every movie with Christian Slater is total crap. Unwatchable.

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