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.


Edge of Tomorrow by William
November 17, 2019, 6:55 pm
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Tom Cruise is a soldier who keeps on getting killed in the same battle, over and over, in a futuristic sci-fi version of Groundhog Day. I do remember when this movie was released, although weirdly the marketing plan involved keeping people totally in the dark as to the basic premise of the film. It is, in fact, not nearly as bland as the title suggests, and Tom Cruise and Emily Blount are very enjoyable actors to spend a couple of hours with.  Surprisingly Worth Watching.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

The male and female leads, wearing battle armor, holding large guns, and looking battle-worn, stand against an urban background devastated by war. The sky is golden, meteors are falling, and Nelson's Column can be seen in the background.

Shazam! by William
April 21, 2019, 11:10 am
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Big meets Superman! A kid gets superpowers that transform him into the adult superhero Shazam, resulting in some hilarious kid-style hi-jinks to go along with the standard “fight the bad guy” story. With just one hero and one villain, this movie provides a much-needed break from the complicated forty-superhero extravaganzas that Marvel is making nowadays. Worth watching.

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The Lobster by William
January 29, 2019, 1:51 pm
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Colin Farrell is overweight and living in an absurdist dystopia. Maybe this movie is good if you like people being weird and saying absurd things, but for me it was Unwatchable.

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