Pinhole Movie Reviews


While We’re Young (2015) by tincolor

40-somethings Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are thrust into an existential and marital crisis after meeting young hipsters Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Having such fully realized characters really helps this movie explore multiple themes and ideas simultaneously without ever feeling scatterbrained. There’s of course the theme that’s on the poster – the disconnect between physical age and how old you “feel” inside, but it’s also a movie about, among other things, creativity, procrastination, ambition, friendship, marriage, authenticity and loyalty. Absolutely worth watching and one of my favorite recent movies.

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BASEketball by jaemskeray
December 14, 2014, 4:56 am
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One question for you: why did I watch this whole thing?  I mean this movie is obviously unwatchable.  It was not funny, poorly acted, about sports (which I generally don’t like), slow, the sport they invented makes no sense, full of very attractive women falling for weird looking men, Reel Big Fish,  theres this whole thing called psychouts where a player on one team stands in front of a player on the other team shooting a BASEketball into a hoop and insults the shooter, and what normally ends up happening is that the protagonists give such a solid insult, that the shooter makes a funny face, looses his balance and then falls over…  I don’t know.  But I watched the whole thing, over two nights.   The only possible explanation I can come up with is I like bad movies.  Unwatchable



A Long Way Down by William
November 1, 2014, 3:50 am
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Based on a novel by Nick Hornby, four people independently decide to jump off of the same building at the same time, but don’t do it and instead spend the rest of the movie becoming unlikely friends. They also spend the rest of the movie acting like people extremely unlikely to commit suicide. The movie never really develops characters the viewer can believe in or identify with, nor much of a plot, for that matter. About A Boy it ain’t. Barely watchable.

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Fading Gigolo by tincolor

John Turturro and Woody Allen conspire to market Turturro as a gigolo to older women in New York City. This film wants to be an off-beat comedy with just enough raunchiness to make audiences feel like they saw a movie for adults, and just enough heart to make them feel OK about all the raunchy bits. It wants to be that kind of film, but it can’t, it’s just not possible, not when your lead is as creepy as Turturro manages to be. He plays it cool and calm, but instead of coming across as a quiet, kind-hearted soul, he’s got this very unappealing predatory vibe that totally made my stomach turn. The ending, too. It’s terrible, confusing and poorly executed. I also hated the soundtrack, which sounded like it came from a CD pulled of the the discount jazz rack. Watchable, but just barely, so I guess, barely watchable?

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Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? by tincolor
September 6, 2014, 7:37 am
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Robert Morley is a morbidly obese food critic who is also a total a-hole. Now all of his favorite cooks are getting bumped off one by one. This film is a classic case of, “great title, shitty film.” I got maybe 40 minutes into it before I turned it off, read the plot summary on Wikipedia to see who this killer is and promptly went to bed. There are so many sins that this movie commits, but I’ll just list the top three: 1) All the characters are unlikeable, 2) It takes too long to get to the first murder, and 3) It’s just not interesting or funny or anything that would make me want to keep watching it. Unwatchable.

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The Green Butchers / De grønne slagtere by tincolor

Butchers Mads Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas find unlikely success when they sell a batch of human meat labelled as chicken. The only problem is…let’s get real here for a second, there are a lot of problems with this situation, and don’t expect the film to address all of them or even the ones that you might think are most pressing, this just isn’t that kind of movie! Ultimately, it’s the story of how two deeply troubled men learn to deal with their problems, but its subject matter is so macabre that it’s impossible to think these characters have learned anything of true value during their rather twisted journey through the meat locker and back. An interesting setup but just not a very good movie. Barely watchable.

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Peter’s Friends by Thomas
September 1, 2014, 7:53 pm
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Stephen Fry is an amiable fop who invites his old university drama club friends for a little New Years Eve get together at the ole country estate.  Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the movie gathers a generation of stars — Branagh, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, etc. — for a kind of 90’s British Big Chill.  (Actually more than a generation, since the older lady who plays the maid is actually Emma Thompson’s mother! Fun fact.)

In The Big Chill, we get a somber tone at the start, followed by a gradual uptick of humor and period music and bittersweet sentimentality as you get to know the ensemble.  Peter’s Friends, on the other hand, tries to force the mirth with 80’s music, dudes in drag, a comically annoying American, and sex romp type scenarios — before you actually care about the characters.  When they finally reveal their devastating burdens in Act II or III, you hardly get time to process any of it.  Despite this and other screenwriting issues, the movie does have its highlights including several Hugh Laurie musical numbers. If you love ensemble comedies about the perils of adulthood, this is worth checking out.  Otherwise, just watchable.  

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