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.

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Crocodile Dundee II

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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.

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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.

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Memento



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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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Major League II




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