Pinhole Movie Reviews

Bird by Thomas
July 9, 2014, 4:01 pm
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Forest Whitaker is incredible as saxophonist and bebop pioneer Charlie Parker.  Clint Eastwood directed the movie in a broad, impressionist way, weaving the story together through dream sequences, drunk blackouts, and, you know, music.  The New York scenes in particular seem to capture the frantic energy of jazz from this period.  The last half of the movie, which runs for almost three hours, revolves around Parker’s drug addiction.  I guess much of his life revolved around that too…but it does get a bit boring.  Still, it’s Worth checking out.



Trouble with the Curve by William
July 17, 2013, 10:58 am
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Aging actor Clint Eastwood plays yet another aging character, this time an aging baseball talent scout who has to struggle to keep his job and repair his relationship with daughter Amy Adams. This movie is more or less what you expect from late-career Clint Eastwood nowadays. He wanders around being old and ornery, and every once in a while betrays some deep emotions or regrets from within. Watchable.
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Invictus by Thomas
October 9, 2012, 6:12 am
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This movie tries to argue that South Africa’s victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped bring the nation together after apartheid.  That’s an interesting thought…but along the way it also seems to equate Nelson Mandela’s struggles in prison with the athleticism of a group of white rugby players?  It’s a hard pill to swallow. Also, how come every sports movie is so serious these days?  Clint Eastwood directed this lofty Oscar contender with lots of grandeur and not much subtlety.  Not un-fun to watch, particularly the Morgan Freeman parts. Watchable.




The Good the Bad and the Ugly by tincolor
The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly. Now here’s a movie! Its story and characters are so epic that by the time the movie is over you are almost sad it has all come to an end. Kind of the way I felt reading Anna Karenina. Required viewing. 

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A Few Dollars More by tincolor
A Few Dollars More. There’s a prominent psychological element to Sergio Leone’s films that you don’t often get in action movies. With every shot fired and every cowboy slain, if feels like you get a back story to justify the action. Worth Watching.

A Fistful of Dollars by tincolor
November 21, 2011, 12:07 pm
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A Fistful of Dollars. There’s no doubting that The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is the best of the dollars trilogy, but A Fistful of Dollars is also quite good. There just isn’t quite enough character development to make it great. For that, watch Yojimbo, which this is a remake of. Kill! is also a much better movie that shares many similarities. Worth checking out.

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