Pinhole Movie Reviews

Un Cuento Chino (Chinese Take-Out) by William
August 15, 2013, 2:25 pm
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Grumpy and misanthropic hardware store owner Ricardo Darín (El Secreto de sus ojos) finds himself living with a Chinese immigrant while said immigrant attempts to find his family in Argentina, neither one speaking a word of the other’s language. As with Nueve Reinas and El Aura, this movie derives much of its strength from its lead actor, Ricardo Darín, who is particularly skilled at playing flawed and unlikable protagonists in a compelling and likable way. Some funny parts, but not much of a payoff in the end. See Darín’s other movies first. Watchable.

Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) by William
February 19, 2012, 7:49 pm
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From the director and star, respectively, of El Aura comes this story of two con men trying to make the biggest score of their lives. Yep, it sounds like other movies you’ve seen, and it is, but as with those movies, it succeeds or fails on the strength of its protagonists. As I noted in his other films, Ricardo Darin is a master, in this instance demonstrating the ability to play a character with no scruples at all and force you to like him anyway. I’ll go with Worth checking out.

El Aura by William
February 15, 2012, 4:42 am
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Another excellent Argentine movie, starring the same protagonist from El secreto de sus ojos. In this one, he plays an epileptic taxidermist who uses his photographic memory to assist in his hobby of plotting the perfect heist. Whether by acting skill or just the nature of this actor, the main character is portrayed with a seeming depth which makes it easy to watch him walk around for two hours in a film noir-ish way. Definitely Worth Watching.

La Mujer Sin Cabeza / The Headless Woman by tincolor
January 13, 2012, 2:57 am
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A headed woman goes crazy with guilt over something she may or may not have done. What did the woman hit with her car? What’s up with the turtles? Where is this movie going? Probably more enjoyable for people who have a more detailed understanding of contemporary Argentine society. Watchable.

Tan de Repente / Suddenly by tincolor
January 13, 2012, 2:44 am
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A fat girl meets a skinny girl and they go on a road trip. This isn’t a bad movie by any means, it’s mostly just a slow reveal of the characters’ secrets through a series of conversations. But it’s also not very engaging. There’s just no major hook to draw you in. Watchable.

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