Pinhole Movie Reviews

Laurence Anyways by tincolor

Melvil Poupaud is a 35 year old literature teacher who one day decides to make public his belief that he is actually a woman born in the body of a man. This of course causes distress to his girlfriend, Suzanne Clément, who must choose whether or not to stick around. Another stylized and generally well directed film from Xavier Dolan that is over inflated with pretty, but ultimately meaningless cinematic flourishes and a script that fails to make its viewer believe in its characters. This is the second Xavier Dolan film I’ve seen and I’m convinced that while he may have a lot of talent behind the camera, his script writing needs significant work. The final scene sums up what doesn’t work about this movie for me. It shows the circumstances in which the two leads first met. After nearly three hours of seeing these two bicker and fight and try to work things out, this flashback should play as a melancholy scene that reminds the viewer why these two characters fell in love in the first place, but instead it’s just flat, we don’t care, and frankly, we’re already pretty sick of the whole situation. Barely watchable.



Heartbeats / Les Amours Imaginaires by tincolor
August 16, 2014, 7:04 am
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If you consider that director Xavier Dolan made this film at age 21, you’ll probably be pretty impressed. But if you don’t consider that, then there’s not a lot left to like about this Canadian film that tells the story of two friends, one woman who is obsessed with vintage clothing and Audrey Hepburn in the worst possible way, and one man whose only defining characteristic is that he’s gay, and their mutual object of affection, an androgynous young man who’s just moved into town. This could have been a movie about love, it could have been about what it means to be gay and in love, it could have been about what it means to be straight and in love, it could have been about what it means to be friends and in love, but instead it’s just boring, contrived and pretentious. But remember! Xavier Dolan was only 21 when he made this, so while the film might not have been a success in its own right, it does have me excited to see where his career takes him. Barely watchable.


Nostalghia by tincolor



Oleg Yankovsky is a Russian poet working in Italy, and he really, really misses home.  Masterpiece, noble failure, portentous drivel; I bet I could make a pretty good case that all of these are accurate assessments of Andrei Tarkovsky’s penultimate film. But regardless of how I’d rate the movie on the whole, I still have to complain about Tarkovsky’s excessive use of cryptic imagery and dialogue. It gets to a point where everything on screen feels like an inexperienced director’s unwieldy use of metaphor and symbolism. I can’t complain too much though, because I really did enjoy this film. Incredible use of lighting in the bedroom scene and the final image is so beautiful that it makes the whole two hours worth it. Barely watchable unless you’re in the mood for a super artsy film in which case I would give it a worth watching.


Lucy by jaemskeray
July 29, 2014, 2:22 am
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The average person uses 10% of their brain, imagine what she could do with 100%.  Ok, let me try… hmm…  wait… waaaaait… I… I… can’t.  Since I can only use 10% of my brain, it is impossible for me to imagine what it would be like to use it all.  But, it would probably be spectacular.  What it wouldn’t be is anything like this movie though.  Lucy is a film that is not that good.  The writing and directing are, in fact, bad, which in turn, led to bad acting (well, given the circumstances, I think they did the best they could).  The only thing that was good was the special effects, but now-a-days, thats not really all that special.   This movie tries to be epic and unique but fails miserably, and if your in a silly mood, hilariously!  For example, at the end, ScarJo turns into a super computer and gives MorFree a sparkly USB stick with all the knowledge of the universe on it.  But, why didn’t she just put it in the cloud?  You gotta back that shit up, ScarJo!  Also the 10% thing is a myth.  Barely watchable!

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976 version) by tincolor

Ben Gazzara is a nightclub owner who can’t stop losing huge amounts of cash to shady gangsters. The gangsters he owns money to now are willing to forgive the debt, but only if he kills a Chinese bookie. There are apparently two very different cuts of this film and it looks like the only one that is available here in Japan is the terrible one, and man was it terrible! But before I completely condemn it, apparently the “good” cut removes at least some of what I disliked. But no amount of editing could change my major gripe with this film: the main character just isn’t compelling and neither is his predicament. I guess cutting out 27 minutes from the mess I saw might add a little energy to the pacing, but I can’t see myself going any higher than a watchable with this one. Gangsters, nightclub owners, Chinese triads, white people mafia, they’re all there, but presented in the most boring fashion possible. For the 135 minute edit: barely watchable.



WR: The Mysteries of the Organism / W.R. – Мистерије организма by tincolor




I’m really not sure how to even describe this movie. It’s half documentary, half narrative and all crazy. Wikipedia says that in this film, director Dušan Makavejev “…explores the relationship between communist politics and sexuality, as well as exploring the life and work of Wilhelm Reich.” So there’s THAT! I’m not sure if this movie was actually enjoyable, but it did remind on some vague way of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera, if you’re into that. If you’re currently enrolled in film school, this movie is worth checking out, but otherwise, I’d say it’s barely watchable.


Brave by William
June 8, 2014, 3:35 pm
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An animated Scottish princess has to… um… well, actually I’m not sure what she has to do. But she’s definitely brave! This movie does a really terrible job of telling us what it’s about or why we should care. It’s not funny, it doesn’t have good songs, and the plot, as I mentioned, is just one thing happening after another, without any real coherence or logic. If you want to watch an animated movie, pretty much all of them are better than this one. Barely watchable.

A girl with long, curly red hair stares at the viewer holding a bow and an arrow. Behind her is the film's title while at the left shows a bear staring at her.

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