Pinhole Movie Reviews

February 26, 2017, 5:14 am
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Lets see, how do I do this again?  … In Arrival, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are tasked with communicating with a visiting advanced race of extra terrestrial beings.  The movie stays simple and on point, not tasking itself with any more than exploring this idea.  Cuts of the main character’s daughter meeting animals and insects permeates the film, drawing to mind a reference I once heard made about how what we would call an alien abduction is similar to a fish getting caught and then thrown back, albeit from the fish’s perspective.  The special effects are artsy; its not a big explosiony, blockbustery, dumb down the script for mass appeal, sci-fi movie.  Theres a major M. Night Shamalamadingdong twist at the end thats pretty cool, and, not to brag or nothing but I figured it out way before the others I was watching with, ergo I smarter.  I’d say its worth checking out.



December 14, 2014, 4:56 am
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One question for you: why did I watch this whole thing?  I mean this movie is obviously unwatchable.  It was not funny, poorly acted, about sports (which I generally don’t like), slow, the sport they invented makes no sense, full of very attractive women falling for weird looking men, Reel Big Fish,  theres this whole thing called psychouts where a player on one team stands in front of a player on the other team shooting a BASEketball into a hoop and insults the shooter, and what normally ends up happening is that the protagonists give such a solid insult, that the shooter makes a funny face, looses his balance and then falls over…  I don’t know.  But I watched the whole thing, over two nights.   The only possible explanation I can come up with is I like bad movies.  Unwatchable

The One I Love
September 15, 2014, 1:54 am
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What the what?  The One I Love is a … I’m gonna go with Romantic Comedy about a young couple that has fallen out of love with each other trying to reinvigorate their relationship.  A therapist tells them to go to this house in the mountains for a retreat that he sends all his couple patients to, and then craziness ensues.  I really don’t want to give any of this away because I highly enjoyed it.  This movie twists and turns, and just when you think its one thing it then turns into something else.  Very well crafted.  The only problem with this movie is that once you start to analyze it afterwards, the whole thing falls apart like a house of cards.  But, that doesn’t take away from the joy of watching it.  Worth Checking Out

Under the Skin
August 6, 2014, 12:23 pm
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Jonathan Glazer’s triumphant return to directing is a heart pounding and staggeringly gorgeous film unlike any sci fi or horror film I have ever seen before.  The closest thing I can relate it too is the film 2001.  A woman scours the streets of Glasgow in her van preying on lone men, she seduces them only to – wait – I don’t want to give anything away.  Honestly, even if I told you, half of it would be my interpretation cause this film is aaaaaaartsy.  So its best to go into this movie with a clean slate.   I could interpret and digest this movie for hours, so watch it and let me know what you think!  Apparently, it was shot with hidden cameras, and ScarJo improving with real people half the time, which adds a whole other level to this which is just… crazy.  If this film isn’t Required Viewing, I don’t know what is.

How to Grow a Band
August 6, 2014, 11:47 am
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How to Grow a Band is a documentary about the formation of the Punch Brothers, a bluegrass band meets classical string quintet headed by Nickle Creek frontman Chris Thile.  I am not a big bluegrass fan, not for any particular reason, I just grew up on rock and pop instead.  So my only point of reference for music documentaries is rockumentaries, and this is like a flavorless version of a rockumentary.  No sex, no drugs, and very little inner band squabbling.  For these 5 nice guys who are just living their dreams and can’t believe it, its all about the music, which is again, not my thang.  But their musicianship is incredible and you can’t deny that this is a good and unique band.  Worth Checking Out

Take Shelter
July 29, 2014, 9:55 pm
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Take Shelter is a movie about a guy who starts to develop schizophrenia, believing that the end of days is coming.  He starts building an elaborate underground shelter for him and his family, and ends up loosing almost everything in the process.  Movie explores the themes of how mental disorders are dealt with in modern day society, end of day Christian biblical themes, and of course how to build a large scale shelter.    I really liked this movie, the acting was great, the story was beautifully told, and the visuals were pleasing.  I give it a high Worth checking out.

July 29, 2014, 3:24 am
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First Frozen and now Maleficent?  Feminists have taken over at Disney and I love it!  Angelina Jolie plays the fairy wizardess queen Maleficent who placed the original spell on Sleeping Beauty in Sleeping Beauty.  But now, Disney tells Maleficent’s side, answering the question, why are you hating on some little girl, Maleficent?  Misunderstood and multi-faceted, Mal is a character who you really feel for.  The original fairy tale is a horrific story of lust and rape, so Disney will never actually get around to telling the real thing, but this version is at least more true to the actual themes of the original.  Worth Checking Out

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