Pinhole Movie Reviews

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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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.


Whisper of the Heart by Thomas
October 13, 2012, 8:31 pm
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A middle school girl finds the courage to be a writer — plus some of that pure, chaste, Studio Ghibli romance.  (Nobody ever kisses in these movies!) There’s lots of giggling and awkwardness and predictable middle school drama, but ultimately this is a meditation on the creative process.  Instead of being “spirited away” like other protagonists, this girl is stuck in suburban Japan where she must work hard to cultivate her creativity.  I liked this one.  Worth checking out.

Whisper of the Heart

Fantastic Mr. Fox by jaemskeray

This is Roald Dahl’s children’s book Fantastic Mr. Fox adapted to the silver screen by Wes Anderson as a full length stop motion animation.  Every night, Mr. Fox steals food from 3 farmers to feed his family.  Despite the farmer’s best attempts they can never seem to catch him, thus this fox is fantastic.  The animation in this film is cussin’ incredible.  Its the same level of detail that Wes Anderson brings to his other films, except this time he adds puppets and stop motion animation to the madness.  It must have taken forever to make.  Definitely Worth Watching

Howl’s Moving Castle by Thomas
June 5, 2012, 5:38 pm
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A powerful wizard makes a blood pact with a fire demon, voiced by Billy Crystal (of course).  This movie is spellbinding even if the plot seems bizarre.  The animation is glorious, with lusciously detailed artwork  in every frame.  I was lucky enough to see this in the cinema during the Northwest Film Center’s Studio Ghibli festival — a nerdy film-goer’s dream. Worth watching.

Howl’s Moving Castle

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.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky by tincolor
December 13, 2011, 2:09 pm
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A young boy goes on an airborne adventure with a mysterious girl who is being chased by pirates and seedy government suits. I have to admit, when I first saw this movie, I wasn’t particularly impressed. So perhaps my taste in movies has changed significantly, because I absolutely loved this movie when I saw it the other day. Very worth watching.

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