Pinhole Movie Reviews

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.




Guardians of the Galaxy by Thomas
September 9, 2014, 5:16 pm
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Chris Pratt is a space scavenger with an attitude and a taste for R&B.  Like John Wayne in Stagecoach, he falls in with a band of misfits who form bonds of friendship through adversity.  What this fantasy spectacle lacks in plot it makes up for in gorgeous production design and digital effects, with the plenty of jokes to keep things light. Director James Gunn is best known for the horror/comedy Slither and actually began his career with the Troma team (purveyors of outrageous B-movie schlock) so he seems quite skilled at this goofball approach. It works! For my summer blockbuster money, I say: Worth checking out.


Guardians of the Galaxy

Fading Gigolo by tincolor

John Turturro and Woody Allen conspire to market Turturro as a gigolo to older women in New York City. This film wants to be an off-beat comedy with just enough raunchiness to make audiences feel like they saw a movie for adults, and just enough heart to make them feel OK about all the raunchy bits. It wants to be that kind of film, but it can’t, it’s just not possible, not when your lead is as creepy as Turturro manages to be. He plays it cool and calm, but instead of coming across as a quiet, kind-hearted soul, he’s got this very unappealing predatory vibe that totally made my stomach turn. The ending, too. It’s terrible, confusing and poorly executed. I also hated the soundtrack, which sounded like it came from a CD pulled of the the discount jazz rack. Watchable, but just barely, so I guess, barely watchable?


Snowpiercer by tincolor

One of the few perks of living in Japan when it comes to movies, we get the weird ones first. “Only Lovers Left Alive,” “This Must Be The Place,” and now “Snowpiercer.” Chris Evans, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris all live on a retro-futuristic train that speeds around a frozen, lifeless Earth. The poor people live at the back and the rich people live at the front and they’re about to do battle! There is so much I hated about this movie in general, but it was the poorly executed details that really got my blood boiling. There are scenes where the camera is just being shaken for no apparent reason, there are scenes were lines have been cut off mid sentence with no regard for English grammar, there are scenes that are so poorly acted it feels like maybe someone got the footage mixed up. You may have heard there was some controversy around the Weinstein brothers trying to re-edit the film. Trust me, if you manage to sit through this film, you’ll wish the Weinstein brothers had gotten their way. Barely, just barely watchable.


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