Pinhole Movie Reviews

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by tincolor
December 20, 2019, 5:20 pm
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Derivative. Pandering. Drivel. Unwatchable.

Rififi (1955) by tincolor
December 17, 2019, 10:59 pm
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Have you seen a heist movie? Have you seen several heist movies? Would you go so far as to say you like heist movies. Maybe even like like them? Well all your heist movies have seen this one and they all agree this one’s still great. Of the many things this movie does right is establish its characters. You know who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are before the plot takes over completely, so your watching them react to the things that happen to them rather than just having the plot dictate their actions because it’s convenient. And that’s suspenseful! The actual heist proves that it’s sometimes fun to just watch a plan play even if we know what’s going to happen. Required viewing.

In Fabric (2019) by tincolor
December 17, 2019, 4:19 am
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This thriller/horror/avant-garde phantasmagoria follows Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Leo Bill as they are unwittingly ensnared in the satanic fabric of a cursed dress. A cadre (cackle?) of witches run a London boutique that sells presumably normal women’s ware except for one dress that leaves mysterious rashes on its wearer. There are many things I love about this movie, not the least of which is the witches’s dialogue, “did the transaction validate your paradigm of consumerism?” which is suitably off kilter for the bizarro delivery of Fatma Mohamed who was also in director Peter Strickland’s excellent Berberian Sound Studio. There is the supporting cast of mostly memorable characters, the bank branch heads, the music by Stereolab alumnus Cavern of Anti-Matter, and the giallo-esque plot, which is both confounding in its opaqueness and engrossing in its complete originality. If you’ve read this far and are still intrigued I’d say worth watching.

Strangers By The Lake (2013) by tincolor
December 16, 2019, 8:37 am
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After no posts for several years, I’m back… and THIS is the film I return with?!?! That’s right. This is the one. This film stars an idyllic lake with many friends who visit it everyday during summer in France. Mostly these friends just sunbathe on the lake’s shores, but sometimes these friends go swimming in the lake, sometimes these friends have sex with each other near the lake, sometimes these friends fall in love near the lake, and sometimes these friends even murder each other near the lake. Part AIDS allegory, part examination of the nature of attraction, part thriller, all French. Oh, yeah, and there’s a lot of unstimulated and very graphic gay sex. Watchable.


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