Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Grand Budapest Hotel by jaemskeray

Set in a fantastical and dark pre WW2 Europe, this farcical murder mystery is about a hotel concierge, played by Ralph Fiennes, who is accused of murdering his anciently old lover.  The story is told from the perspective of the hotel’s lobby boy, whom Ralph takes a shinning to, and who is along for the whole crazy ride.  It was a bit of a slow burn at the beginning setting everything up, but once it got going, oh man was it amazing.  Visually, its the most beautiful movie I have ever seen, watch the video below to see how they made some of the shots.  Anderson’s best movie so far.  Required Viewing.

Frozen by jaemskeray
January 6, 2014, 7:16 am
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Based on the old Hans Christian Anderson story, The Snow Queen, this kids movie is about 2 sisters accepting themselves and each other for who they really are.  Disney turns their whole true love’s kiss prince charming thing on its head, you know, the thing they invented?  The songs were done by Robert and Kristen Anderson Lopez, and they were pretty great.  I think they will stand the test of time and will become the nostalgic classics for a new generation.  Of course, they aren’t NEARLY as good as the songs in Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King, why that’s heresy!  But, they are definitely really great.  Worth Watching.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by jaemskeray
January 6, 2014, 5:27 am
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-IIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGG.  Barely watchable.  For a movie called the Hobbit, Martin Freeman has like 2 lines, which he delivers so very well, but they were also in the trailer, so, spoiled!  The main character in the movies is the dwarf king, and he has the smoothest nose I have ever seen on camera.  I’m talking super smooth, boogers must just zip right outta there.  They all fight the dragon for like an hour.  The whole thing is 3 hours long.  Why?

Life of Pi by William
December 3, 2012, 12:47 am
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An Indian man living in Canada tells the story of how he got there, viz. by surviving for months on a lifeboat with an adult Bengal tiger. In this mostly faithful adaptation of a very good novel, the movie adds lots of impressive cinematography and nice performances by all the relevant actors. I can easily recommend both the book and the movie. Worth watching.

The Adventures of Tintin by tincolor
April 21, 2012, 10:39 am
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Tintin is a young reporter who can’t help but get himself into trouble and adventure! This is an action movie at heart, and luckily, the action scenes here are all incredibly well choreographed and give you a clear and satisfying view of what is going on. On the other hand, the story is, well, not so great, and the characters are all pretty flat. But Tintin was always like that, adventure and atmosphere over everything else. Worth checking out.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) by tincolor
April 5, 2012, 2:56 am
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Brendan Fraiser is a deadbeat uncle who takes his bland nephew off to Iceland where they find a passage to… the center of the earth!!!! So much of this movie is exposition. The actors are constantly telling you exactly what is going to happen in the next scene. There’s no sense of wonder or excitement and by the end, it doesn’t feel like the character have really gone on a journey. Still, it’s not an awful movie, it’s just so boring. Barely watchable.

Jumanji by tincolor
April 5, 2012, 2:50 am
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Kirsten Dunst releases Robin Williams from the jungles of Jumanji after he was trapped there for 26 years. I remember loving this movie as a kid and thinking that the special effects were amazing. Which made me more than a little hesitant to revisit the film, but I have to say, that as far as kids movies go, this one perhaps the most imaginative and genuinely interesting one I’ve seen. Also, I was surprised just how much the first half of the movie plays out like a horror film, they keep talking about cutting little kids up and hiding the body parts in walls…. Worth checking out.

Into the Wild by jaemskeray
February 14, 2012, 6:04 am
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Some stupid rich kid rejects his cushy upper class ways and tries roughing it in the wild for a while until he dies.  Sorry I gave away the ending, but it was based on a true story, so its not my fault in some way.  The film was great, director Sean Penn did a great job at creating a movie that made you care for a main character that was unlikeable.  Worth Checking Out

Back to the Future by jaemskeray
February 13, 2012, 2:58 pm
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A haiku about Back to the Future 1:

Required Viewing,

Time McFlys by, leaves flame tracks,

Flux Capacitor

Raiders of the Lost Ark by tincolor
January 31, 2012, 1:44 am
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Harrison Ford journeys to the middle east to stop the Nazis from getting the Ark of the Covenant. This is one bloody and death filled movie. But its also beautifully filmed and full of great action scenes and dialogue that are sure to stick in your memory. Worth Watching.

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