Pinhole Movie Reviews

Mr and Mrs Smith (2005) by William
March 3, 2014, 12:47 am
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are stuck in a boring marriage rut. They are also both secretly professional hit-people. Until one day…

A couple of funny scenes in this action-comedy, but mostly boring and unengaging. The action scenes fail to inspire, and the central relationship fails to convince. There also remains a HUGE unresolved plot thread at the end of the film. Barely watchable. Watch the far-superior True Lies instead.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by William
January 14, 2013, 3:23 pm
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Plot Summary: See title. Brad Pitt plays Jesse James as quietly menacing and unhinged, think Tyler Durden as a mafia boss. Casey Affleck does a decent job of generating sympathy for his cowardly character. There are parts of this movie that are quite good, and the narrator attempts to bring it all together for the viewer, but overall the film is too long and too disorganized. As a microcosm of the problems with this movie, consider the epilogue. It is one of the more interesting segments, but runs for something like 15 minutes, distracting the viewer in the style of Return of the King by not clearly signalling that what you are seeing is important, and so the movie is going to continue for a while. Apparently the editing of this movie was a source of disagreement among the producers, and it shows in a lack of coherence and focus. I imagine the novel this movie is based on would have been better adapted as a miniseries or a shorter movie. Watchable.

Inglourious Basterds by William
September 22, 2012, 3:18 am
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In Nazi-occupied France, a special team of Jewish American soldiers is sent in to kill Germans indiscriminately. There are so many Quentin Tarantino movies I hate. But this was not one of them! Despite containing all the absurd characters and gratuitous violence that are the hallmarks of Tarantino movies I hate, somehow this time it didn’t bother me. Christoph Waltz and Brad Pitt are just so good in their roles, they take the ridiculous and make it believable. A lot of good cat-and-mouse type confrontations, like if they took that scene from True Romance between Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper and multiplied it to make a whole movie. A high Worth Checking Out.

The Tree of Life by tincolor
April 24, 2012, 2:51 pm
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This is one of the most beautiful and engrossing films I’ve ever seen. If you’ve ever seen a Terrence Malick film then you probably know what to expect. Non-traditional narrative, experimental elements, and lots of whispering. Worth watching, maybe even a required viewing.

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Thelma & Louise by tincolor

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon go on a vacation filled with murder, robbery, intimidation and hunky love. Without explaining myself whatsoever, I’m going to say that if you liked Something Wild and Earth Girls are Easy, they you’re probably going to like Thelma & Louise. The look of the film is great, and the side characters show a surprising amount of depth. Worth checking out.

Burn After Reading by jaemskeray

Ok, yeah, not a bad little film here.  Its definitely not the Coen brothers best film, but thats what everyone says about every film of theirs thats not the Big Lebowski or Fargo.   Yes, nothing was or will ever be as good as the Big Lebowski.  So, lets just drop it, ok?   With a few exceptions (Ladykillers, ugh…) the Coen brothers will never steer you wrong.  Dark comedy, not for the squemish.  Worth Watching

The Mexican by tincolor
January 27, 2012, 2:46 am
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Brad Pitt chases after a mythical gun while Julia Roberts gets cheeky with a gay hit man. There’s a lot that happens off screen in this movie. And it feels like that stuff probably would have made a better movie that what did make it on screen. Still, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from seeing this movie. Watchable.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by tincolor
January 17, 2012, 1:45 pm
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Brad Pitt is born old and dies young. This movie could be so much better if the director just knew what he wanted to say! There is so much potential here, but it all ends up feeling stale because no aspect of the movie is given enough time or attention to develop completely. Worth checking out.

Moneyball by tincolor
December 21, 2011, 12:09 pm
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Brad Pitt starts managing his baseball team according to statistics, and that works pretty well for him. I have pretty much zero interest in baseball, but that didn’t keep this from being an exciting movie. The dramatic tone of the movie does feel a little too heavy handed at points once you realize it’s only baseball we’re talking about. Worth checking out.

Spy Game by Thomas
November 20, 2011, 4:38 pm
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Robert Redford plays a dispirited Cold War relic who, on his last day at work, must fool his CIA superiors. I like the idea that a fast-paced thriller can take place in an office building, everyone maintaining a facade of civility as the tension boils underneath. The Brad Pitt training montage is great, as are Robert Redford’s vintage glasses. Worth checking out.

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