Pinhole Movie Reviews


The Lego Batman Movie
February 11, 2017, 4:26 pm
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Batman is a Lego figure who has to confront his arch-enemy, the Joker, whose mains goals are 1.) Taking over Gotham City and 2.) Forcing Batman to accept that they are arch-enemies. As one might expect from the previous Lego movie, the tone of this movie is similar to that of the Batman TV series. It is indeed quite funny and silly, but not too silly and the plot is reasonably well-developed. Worth Watching.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lego_Batman_Movie



Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seeking_a_Friend_for_the_End_of_the_World



All is Lost
February 20, 2016, 5:08 am
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Robert Redford is out on the ocean alone when his boat gets hit by a wayward shipping container. The rest of the movie he spends quietly trying not to die. Perhaps because of the almost complete lack of dialogue, the movie feels unique and compelling. Worth watching.

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The Revenant
January 24, 2016, 3:49 am
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This movie is a lot like the new Mad Max, in that it’s mostly just one damn thing after another, and also that it features Tom Hardy. There are some exciting scenes and cool visuals, but ultimately it’s really long for a movie that doesn’t have much depth to it. Watchable, especially if you are a person who pays attention to and enjoys the technical aspects of movies.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Revenant_(2015_film)



Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる Soshite Chichi ni Naru) (2013)
October 11, 2015, 11:17 pm
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Two sets of parents discover that their six-year-old children were switched at birth, and don’t quite know what to do about it. Could be the setup for a hilarious comedy, instead it’s the setup for a contemplative and deeply moving film about parental love and what parents ought to expect of their children and of themselves.

Well, this movie is really, really good. On some days I might call this “required viewing,” but today I am going to say Worth Watching Plus, where the plus basically means that the next movie you watch should probably be this movie.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_Father,_Like_Son_(2013_film)



Unbroken
September 14, 2015, 8:50 pm
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Dude gets captured by the Japanese in WWII. Conditions in Japanese POW camps during WWII are not very good. At 140 minutes, this movie is rather long, and a lot of stuff happens. Some of the stuff is even interesting! But it’s not really tied together in any significant way, and nobody makes much of an effort to analyze what is going on. I mean, in a way that’s just life in a prisoner of war camp. You’re not there because of any crime you need to reflect on and learn from, you’re not going to be able to escape or do much of anything heroic, so mostly you just sit around unhappily waiting for the war to end. Watchable.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbroken_(film)



Repo Man (1984)
September 12, 2015, 11:19 pm
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Emilio Estevez is a repo man living in 80’s punk dystopia. So, I watched 15 minutes of this movie, then turned it off and read the summary on Wikipedia. You know that feeling that is the diametric opposite of regret? That’s how I felt about turning off this movie after 15 minutes. I guess if you are specifically looking for a cult classic, and by that I mean a movie that isn’t good but is really weird and for some reason appeals to people who enjoy dystopian punk sci-fi movies, you can watch this movie. But for regular people, this movie is Unwatchable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repo_Man_(film)

Update: Tom and Thomas strongly disagree.




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