Pinhole Movie Reviews

Lady Bird by William
March 3, 2018, 10:17 am
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In 2002-03, Lady Bird spends her senior year of high school fighting with her family and trying to figure out how to become an adult. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a movie this good. Worth watching (plus).

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Arrival by jaemskeray
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.


The Lego Batman Movie by William
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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Shin Godzilla (2016) by tincolor
September 5, 2016, 9:34 am
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A swath of popular TV actors join forces to fend off Godzilla with Japan’s greatest weapon of all: bureaucracy! What would happen if Godzilla really did attack Japan? How would the government react? How would Twitter react? The first 30 to 45 minutes kicks it off with a realism that you don’t often see in big-budget flicks starring giant monsters. I kept thinking, this is the polar opposite of that steaming pile of goo ID4: Resurgence. But by the half-way point it was painfully clear that the two are actually guilty of the same kind of pandering. “The only way we’re gonna defeat Godzilla/the aliens is if we do it the Japanese/American way – with heart!/heart!” The acting is abysmal all around and Godzilla himself is kind of a mixed bag. At times he’s quite terrifying, but the more I looked at him the goofier he seemed to me. There are some pretty cool scenes, but they don’t make up for how boring and hackneyed the rest of the movie is. Barely watchable.


Quick side note: I found it really obnoxious that the filmmakers seemingly went out of their way to avoid showing the faces of any foreign actors whenever possible. It’s distracting and possibly racist.

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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