Pinhole Movie Reviews

Heaven Knows What (2014) by tincolor
August 31, 2016, 4:19 am
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Arielle Holmes is addicted. If the heroin doesn’t kill her then her frighteningly unstable boyfriend Caleb Landry Jones definitely will. This movie is INTENSE! Holmes brings both the realism and dramatic skill necessary to sell a performance like this on screen. The cinematography alternates between tightly framed closeups and deceptively restrictive long shots, visually alluding to the constricted world these characters live in. Despite impressive performances, interesting visuals and a hard-hitting soundtrack, the lead characters just aren’t that interesting. Their relationship feels like a Shakespearian tragedy sabotaged by the tediousness of addiction, both chemical and emotional. Watchable.



While We’re Young (2015) by tincolor

40-somethings Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are thrust into an existential and marital crisis after meeting young hipsters Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Having such fully realized characters really helps this movie explore multiple themes and ideas simultaneously without ever feeling scatterbrained. There’s of course the theme that’s on the poster – the disconnect between physical age and how old you “feel” inside, but it’s also a movie about, among other things, creativity, procrastination, ambition, friendship, marriage, authenticity and loyalty. Absolutely worth watching and one of my favorite recent movies.


Seeking a Friend for the End of the World by William
August 27, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Steve Carell is in quiet sad everyman mode as an impending asteroid strike gives everyone on Earth three weeks to live. The end of the world makes some people go nuts, while others start to think about what gives their lives meaning and whether they can accomplish some final goal to make up for the opportunities they have squandered. Steve Carell falls into that “accomplish some goal” group.

When you were a young person, you had all these amazing experiences, simply because you were experiencing things for the first time, and it all felt unique and special. Then you get older and these things start to seem more mundane. But the great thing about the end of the world is that everything becomes unique and special again! I’d say the movie is “worth watching” for the opportunity to see a serious adult person like Steve Carell start looking at his days with a sense of wonder, without feeling obligated yourself to feel cynical or roll your eyes at such cheesy displays of sentiment. So, Worth Watching and currently available to stream on Netflix.

Bonus features: Keira Knightly, and a song that is extremely similar to Radiohead’s “Creep.”

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