Pinhole Movie Reviews


Only God Forgives by Thomas
July 25, 2013, 7:38 pm
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The setting is Bangkok, rendered as a kind of neon wasteland, a haven for criminals and psychopaths.  Ryan Gosling’s brother rapes and murders a young girl, subsequently the policeman who arrives at the scene allows the girl’s father to reap his revenge. (That’s how that works, right?) So begins an insane symphony of horrible violence that makes Nicholas Winding Refn’s previous film Drive look like Pippi Longstocking. Kristen Scott Thomas steals the show as Gosling’s deranged mother.  This movie is heartless and obscene.  But can it redeemed by martial arts spectacle, Blade Runner-ish design, and Cliff Martinez music? Well, maybe a little. Watchable.

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Only God Forgives



Ran (乱) by Thomas
July 25, 2013, 5:49 pm
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A shogun decides to give up his throne to his three sons. As in King Lear, this leads to a series of unintended and disastrous consequences.  The result is raw and disturbing, as well as visually stunning.  The glorious color makes you wonder why you even liked Kurosawa’s black and white movies. (Oh right, you liked them because they are awesome.) The battle scenes are crazy,  especially when you consider that they only had twelve million dollars! Even twelve million 1985 dollars is a paltry sum for an epic like this.  I’m gonna go for Required Viewing on this one.
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Ran (乱)

 



Identity Thief by William
July 23, 2013, 12:02 pm
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Jason Bateman’s identity gets stolen by Melissa McCarthy, and he has to track her down in order to save his job. This movie isn’t really funny at all. Watchable.

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Pitch Perfect by William
July 20, 2013, 12:48 pm
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College a capella groups compete to win a national singing competition. As one might expect, the movie is basically a series of musical numbers with a by-the-numbers romantic comedy/competition plot tying things together. The difficulty is that, being so formulaic, it is easy to think of things that surpass this movie in various aspects. NBC’s program The Sing-Off has better a capella singing. Sister Act 2 also uses a young cast, but comes up with a more interesting story. Overall, the singing scenes in Pitch Perfect is good enough, but the rest is pretty mediocre. Watchable.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_Perfect



Adventureland by William
July 19, 2013, 8:07 pm
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Instead of backpacking across Europe the summer after he graduates from college, Jesse Eisenberg takes a job at an amusement park over the summer to finance his further education at Columbia. Oh no! Fortunately, the amusement park is staffed by a gang of lovable misfits, including Bill from Freaks & Geeks. This movie was not quite what I expected, I was imagining something more wacky, with a plot consisting of mainly hijinks and shenanigans. The movie is more contemplative than that, something along the lines of The Graduate in its attempt to depict a young man just out of college who is trying to figure out his life. The movie wasn’t overly insightful, but not completely vapid either. On the negative side, the pacing is not well done and the movie feels long; just one thing happens after another. Also, crucial to the plot is causing the viewer to believe that Kristen Stewart is fantastic, and that’s hard to do. Worth Checking Out.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventureland_(film)



Robot & Frank by Thomas
July 19, 2013, 6:44 pm
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Frank Langella is a grizzled ex-con whose robotic companion is cramping his style. Luckily  he finds out that he can train the robot to help him pull off a heist, for old times sake. Langella carries the movie with his gruff and curmudgeonly humor. The screenplay has a few surprises, too. Worth checking out.

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Robot & Frank



Trouble with the Curve by William
July 17, 2013, 10:58 am
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Aging actor Clint Eastwood plays yet another aging character, this time an aging baseball talent scout who has to struggle to keep his job and repair his relationship with daughter Amy Adams. This movie is more or less what you expect from late-career Clint Eastwood nowadays. He wanders around being old and ornery, and every once in a while betrays some deep emotions or regrets from within. Watchable.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trouble_with_the_Curve




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