Pinhole Movie Reviews

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.

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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The Warriors by tincolor
September 7, 2014, 7:46 am
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Warriors! It’s famous, it’s iconic, it’s violent and it’s actually kind of boring. A small Coney Island gang is framed for the murder of the most powerful gang leader in New York and they’ve got to high-tail it back to their home turf on the other side of the city, ASAP! For people that love this film, I can totally sympathize with you. It’s a successful combination of gritty realism with the skewed movie logic that makes Escape from New York so entertaining. Maybe I just waited too long to watch it–I feel like high-school is probably the best age–but I found the over all experience just kind of dull. I wanted more action, more of the film’s crazy alternate reality version of New York, more suspense, characters that I care about, the list goes on. Anyway, kind of a cool movie, but I wouldn’t go into it with super high expectations. Watchable.


Haywire by tincolor

When a job goes bad for super secret agent Gina Carano, she suddenly finds herself on the wrong end of a chokehold with nowhere to run and no one left to trust! Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas are, for the most part, all intent on doing harm to Ms. Carano. There is a lot going against this movie, the premise is tired, the dialogue isn’t snappy and the performances are mostly bland. But there’s just something about a Steven Soderbergh film and a David Holmes soundtrack that wins me over every time. Not exactly the Borne Identity with a female lead, but close enough. Watchable.


Crimson Tide by Thomas
August 24, 2014, 1:24 am
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Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington are two naval officers who must vie for control of an American sub.  At stake: the fate of the world!  The film’s central conflict relies on a rather strange premise: Chechen rebels have seized control of Russian subs and threaten nuclear apocalypse. (Is this what the public really thought would happen?) With the strong ensemble, slick direction from Tony Scott, and the fact that Tarantino himself was hired to jazz up the script (hence the Silver Surfer references) this movie should have been better.  Watchable.

NB: I just find it really hard to avoid watching random 90’s Hollywood movies when they’re a click away. Some prove to be great (Jackie Brown, The Cable Guy) others are fun and nostalgic (Searching for Bobby Fischer, Can’t Hardly Wait) but almost all have surprises in the cast. Crimson Tide, for instance, has Vigo Mortensen, James Gandolfini, Steve Zahn, and Jason Robards!  Amazing.


Crimson Tide

Foxy Brown by Thomas
August 22, 2014, 11:14 pm
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This is another crazy “blaxploitation” film with Pam Grier. It’s pretty much the sequel to Coffy despite having none of the same characters; the plot is similar — though this time Grier keeps a gun in her afro, rather than mere razor blades. Despite a bigger budget (enough for a small plane crash) it’s just not as thrilling as the original.  Grier is still a bad ass, but this time she crosses into a kind of sadism or a dark parody of feminism.  If you make it to the end, you’ll know what I mean! Watchable. 

Foxy Brown

Coffy by Thomas
August 22, 2014, 9:52 pm
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Pam Grier is a nurse who, at nightfall, heads out into the street to gun down heroin dealers and confound their suppliers.  Jackie Brown was an homage to this slick “blaxploitation” film — with its funky soundtrack, street thug dialogue, and long, languid plot development — but that movie wasn’t nearly as wacky or raunchy as its source material. Coffy is enjoyable as a kind of “so bad it’s good” 70’s farce, with plenty of ridiculous nude scenes (preening upper class prostitutes, ladies who fight by tearing at each other’s clothes, etc.) but once you get through that stuff you also get some great action at the climax, with Grier as the quintessential black female action hero.  Worth checking out.



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