Pinhole Movie Reviews

Pet Semetary (1989) by Thomas
November 12, 2018, 11:10 pm
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In this classic schlock fest, a doctor (who looks and acts like he’s from a soap opera) must decide whether to use an ancient Indian burial ground to resurrect his pet/family/family pet. I watched this during the tail end of scary movie season and despite the terrible acting, it’s firmly lodged in my head now. Possibly because of the catchy end credits theme tune by The Ramones? Look out for a cameo by King himself, who also adapted the screenplay from his own novel. (That’s commitment.)  Oh yeah and the amazing campy performance of the great Fred Gwynne. Watchable Plus!

Repo Man (1984) by William
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.

Update: Tom and Thomas strongly disagree.

The Thin Blue Line by William
January 15, 2015, 8:48 pm
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Before there was Serial, there was… The Thin Blue Line. This work of cinematic non-fiction, which we are not supposed to call a “documentary” for some reason, investigates the murder of a Dallas police officer and subsequent conviction of Randall Adams. The movie manages to stay interesting and maintain a high level of intrigue throughout, and the technical aspects are extremely well done; you will in particular note the great musical score, something I almost never notice or care about in movies. Worth Watching, and available on Netflix streaming!

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St. Elmo’s Fire by Thomas
September 6, 2014, 4:49 pm
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This movie gives me a headache.  It looks like a multi-camera sitcom, the dialogue is dumb and humorless, it’s filled with offensive content (Alcohol is OK but other drugs make you crazy? Women kind of like it when you stalk them? The gay stereotypes?) and the plot just revolves around all of these flat characters being in horrible, destructive relationships with each other.  (Mare Winningham pines for Rob Lowe whilst he womanizes, Judd Nelson pressures Ally Sheedy to get married, then rapes her in a scene that’s supposed to be comical…WTF?)  See, The Cable Guy is a satire that *tries* to be dark and disturbing; this is a wholesome coming of age movie that hits the mark unawares.  Barely watchable.


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Diner by tincolor

Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, and Paul Reiser are the guys that frequent the titular diner in a film about a group of friends coming to terms with what it means to grow up, settle down and get married.  Set in 1959, this is a film as much about the era as it is about its characters. I imagine part of this film’s appeal is its excellent art direction, but no matter how pretty and nostalgic everything looks on screen, when most of your characters are jerks, it’s hard to get too into the film. In many ways, the East Cost version of American Graffiti. Watchable, maybe worth checking out.


Jagged Edge by tincolor

Glenn Close is a lawyer who has agreed to defend Jeff Bridges, a young man who may or may not have killed his rich wife. This is classic, by the numbers film noir in every sense. Even switching the genders of the femme fatal and the hard-as-nails protagonist barely feels like a spin on the genre. Is that a bad thing? If you like film noir, definitely not. Is Jeff Bridges guilty? Well you’ll have to watch to the end to find out, but here’s a hint: like just about every other film noir plot, there are going to be a lot of twists along the way and pretty much no one is going to end up happy in the end. I didn’t watch this very long ago, and at the time I enjoyed it, but honestly I cannot remember most of the details at this point. Watchable, but probably pretty forgettable.

P.S. Robert Loggia was nominated for an Academy Award for his role.


Good Morning, Vietnam by William
August 19, 2014, 4:03 am
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In the mid-60s, Robin Williams gets sent to Vietnam to serve as a radio DJ for the US troops. Naturally, his Robin Williamsian antics make him instantly beloved by the troops, but the humorless higher-ups make his job as difficult as they can. Also, it’s Vietnam in the 1960s, so the military situation isn’t exactly getting better all the time.

The style of comedy in this movie is now somewhat dated, characteristic of the 80’s (i.e. lots of voices and such), perhaps because Robin Williams himself was such a huge comedic force in that decade. The movie isn’t unfunny, but you will find it “fun to watch” more than you will actually fall out of your chair laughing. The story is fine, typical fight-the-powers-that-be fare, but I do award this movie extra points for including at least one foreign character (the woman in whom Williams is interested) who does not speak unreasonably good English. Worth Checking Out.

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Nostalghia by tincolor



Oleg Yankovsky is a Russian poet working in Italy, and he really, really misses home.  Masterpiece, noble failure, portentous drivel; I bet I could make a pretty good case that all of these are accurate assessments of Andrei Tarkovsky’s penultimate film. But regardless of how I’d rate the movie on the whole, I still have to complain about Tarkovsky’s excessive use of cryptic imagery and dialogue. It gets to a point where everything on screen feels like an inexperienced director’s unwieldy use of metaphor and symbolism. I can’t complain too much though, because I really did enjoy this film. Incredible use of lighting in the bedroom scene and the final image is so beautiful that it makes the whole two hours worth it. Barely watchable unless you’re in the mood for a super artsy film in which case I would give it a worth watching.


The Big Chill by tincolor

If you’re like me, you knew the soundtrack to this film long before you actually saw the film. It’s just so good! Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline and the oh-so attractive Meg Tilly star in this film about a group of friends who spend a weekend together after the funeral of their friend Kevin Costner (who doesn’t appear in the film). For someone like me who didn’t experience the 60s, it’s a little hard to really relate with the disconnect these characters feel between their free-loving selves of the past and their bourgeois selves of the present, but the solid Motown soundtrack and the more universal themes of finding purpose in life, growing older and maintaining your values, still ring true today. Worth watching.


Bird by Thomas
July 9, 2014, 4:01 pm
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Forest Whitaker is incredible as saxophonist and bebop pioneer Charlie Parker.  Clint Eastwood directed the movie in a broad, impressionist way, weaving the story together through dream sequences, drunk blackouts, and, you know, music.  The New York scenes in particular seem to capture the frantic energy of jazz from this period.  The last half of the movie, which runs for almost three hours, revolves around Parker’s drug addiction.  I guess much of his life revolved around that too…but it does get a bit boring.  Still, it’s Worth checking out.



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