Pinhole Movie Reviews


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.

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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.

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All is Lost by William
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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Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる Soshite Chichi ni Naru) (2013) by William
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 by William
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)



Poetry (시) by Thomas
April 18, 2015, 5:49 pm
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An alienated grandmother takes a poetry class, and learns a terrible secret.  Melancholy and bitterly funny, the movie moves slowly and gracefully from start to finish.  The emotional life of outcasts has always been a strong subject for a movie, and it works well here.  Worth watching. (and it’s on Netflix, so there’s no excuse)

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Nebraska by William
February 20, 2015, 11:13 pm
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Will Forte agrees to drive his aging father from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska after the older man is informed that he May Have Won $1,000,000! by a catalog sweepstakes company. It’s a pretty bleak movie about looking for meaning in a rather banal life, and trying to understand and connect with people who, were they not your family, you would have no reason to want to understand or connect with. Three well-done and interesting performances by Will Forte and his parents make this movie Worth Watching, but prospective viewers should be aware that it is also rather depressing and slow-paced.

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