Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Docks of New York by Thomas
September 26, 2013, 8:52 pm
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On a brief respite from his grim job shoveling coal into a ship’s furnace, a burly sailor gets married on a lark; what results is a bleak story about love in a cynical world.  Josef von Sternberg directed this in 1928, just at the end of the silent era.  The movie is visually stunning and much more poignant than you’d think a silent movie from the 20’s could possibly be for us sophisticated 21st century viewers.  Worth checking out.


The Docks of New York

Biutiful by William
September 26, 2013, 2:39 pm
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Javier Bardem lives in the slums of Barcelona, where everything is bleak and depressing. Lots of emotion and Javier bardem is quite good, but I don’t know what the point of this movie is. Barely watchable.




Source Code by William
September 22, 2013, 1:01 pm
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The plot of this movie is kind of a secret. Basically it’s got Jake Gyllenhaal, he’s a soldier on some kind of a secret hi-tech mission. What you need to know is that it’s a short, enjoyable action-thriller, and it’s Worth checking out if that’s what you’re looking for.

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Beginners by William
September 17, 2013, 1:41 am
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Christopher Plummer announces he is gay after his wife dies. His son, Ewan MacGregor, speaks quietly in an American accent and ponders his parents’ relationships. A contemplative, subdued, and heartfelt movie. Far from edge-of-your-seat riveting, but Worth Watching.

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Elysium by jaemskeray
September 16, 2013, 3:05 am
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Thinly veiled commentary on immigration and class, but not as good as District 9.  The character development is lack luster, the plot is predictable, and the action sequences are too blurry to know whats going on.  I feel like this is a thing now in action movies, they make the action too blurry to hide the special effects.  whatever…  Where was I?  oh yeah, stupid.  This movie is kinda stupid.   Not terribly stupid, just kinda stupid.  So, Watchable.


Primer by William
September 8, 2013, 10:43 pm
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Okay, cool, this isn’t too complicated, you just sort of ignore the explanation for how it is happening and the mechanics of it all, and it’s fine. I wonder what they are going to do nex— wait, what the hell? What is going on? Following the plot of this movie is impossible. Worth checking out.


Cloud Atlas by William
September 1, 2013, 3:37 pm
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Six stories dispersed in time and space intercut with each other. Do they have some connection? Probably, but it’s not obvious. Perhaps there’s a serious and profound idea contained herein, but I decided not to hurt my head too much over that possibility. It was a good decision, and overall I enjoyed the experience of watching the movie, in contrast to some of my fellow critics. I can see how many people would hate this movie. The writers imply a kind of coherence that isn’t really there, giving the whole thing an air of annoying self-importance. And yes, constantly seeing the same famous actors in weird make-up is distracting. Even so, I enjoyed the experience enough to call it Worth Checking Out.

Incidentally, I had read the book some time ago and found it only okay.

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