Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Apartment by William
March 24, 2014, 12:00 am
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Hapless corporate drone Jack Lemmon tries to make his own luck by offering his apartment to various higher-ups for their amorous encounters. Laughing already?

It’s not a comedy.

This Best Picture-winning film mostly struck me as dated. I say that because it is sort of billed as a comedy, but I found basically nothing comedic about it at all, save for some mild slapstick. Jack Lemmon does a fine job, as one might expect, but I didn’t really connect with any of the characters emotionally or find them particularly likable. So, Watchable.

Street Fighter by Thomas
March 15, 2014, 4:15 pm
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With a script by the writer of Die Hard — plus considerable star power, including the legendary Raul Julia — this movie had promise.  Which is why Street Fighter: The Movie – What Went Wrong” is such a fascinating piece; it details the disastrous production process that gave us this train wreck of a movie. (Does anyone remember the movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat? It is Criterion compared to this.)  I loved reading the article and watching this horrible film — it’s a lot like listening to Jack Hitt’s opening story from the “Fiasco!” episode of This American Life. Unwatchable.


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French Kiss by William
March 8, 2014, 9:06 am
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Meg Ryan’s gotta go to France to win back her fiancé, and she’s gonna need help from the thieving Frenchman Kevin Kline. The movie succeeds based entirely on the charisma of its two stars, who are funny and playful and work well together. Thomas’s review of this movie is something of an enigma, first calling it a “gem” before declaring it merely “watchable.” So again with the caveat that you should be looking to watch a romantic comedy before diving in, I’ll say this one is definitely Worth Watching.

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You’ve Got Mail by William
March 8, 2014, 5:39 am
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Meg Ryan is the adorable owner of an independent children’s bookstore who also finds herself corresponding with an electronic penpal in an exciting new service called “America Online.” Tom Hanks is a business tycoon planning to open a new mega-bookstore just down the block, who also has an online penpal. What they don’t realize is that their business rival and anonymous online crush are actually the same person!

Less hilarity than you might expect, ensues. The writing is just not as sharp or funny as in other romantic comedies, and the quirky friends are just too deliberately quirky and not enough genuinely funny. There are more opportunities Ryan-Hanks banter than in Sleepless in Seattle, which is not bad, and seeing all that old technology is kinda fun, but overall it’s just Watchable.

Superior alternatives: While You Were Sleeping, Sleepless in Seattle, French Kiss.’ve_Got_Mail

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Enough Said by William
March 7, 2014, 1:09 pm
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a masseuse who starts dating James Gandolfini, only to discover that her newest massage client is James Gandofini’s ex-wife. Like Eternal Sunshine without the science fiction, it depicts what happens as a new relationship goes from exciting to mundane. Heartfelt and realistic, I’ve gotta say Worth Watching.

Also, if you’re wondering how I personally feel about it, I will tell you that it is easier for me to see James Gandolfini as not Tony Soprano than Julia Louis-Dreyfus as not Elaine.

The film poster features a photo of Galdofini and Louis-Dreyfus sitting on a stoop and smiling, surrounded by copy about the film

Enough Said by jaemskeray
March 7, 2014, 7:38 am
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James Gandolfini and Julia Louis Dryfus star in this quaint film about 2 middle aged divorced people who fall in love.  The twist to this movie is that Julia starts up a friendship with James’s ex wife at the same time as dating the aforementioned James without knowing that this is indeed the case.  She eventually finds out but decides to keep up the ruse only to have it inevitably blow up in her face.  But, come on, how could you stay mad at her?  Sadly, this was James Gandolfini’s last film, and it was a good one.    Worth Checking Out


Mr and Mrs Smith (2005) by William
March 3, 2014, 12:47 am
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are stuck in a boring marriage rut. They are also both secretly professional hit-people. Until one day…

A couple of funny scenes in this action-comedy, but mostly boring and unengaging. The action scenes fail to inspire, and the central relationship fails to convince. There also remains a HUGE unresolved plot thread at the end of the film. Barely watchable. Watch the far-superior True Lies instead.

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