Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Thin Blue Line by William
January 15, 2015, 8:48 pm
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Before there was Serial, there was… The Thin Blue Line. This work of cinematic non-fiction, which we are not supposed to call a “documentary” for some reason, investigates the murder of a Dallas police officer and subsequent conviction of Randall Adams. The movie manages to stay interesting and maintain a high level of intrigue throughout, and the technical aspects are extremely well done; you will in particular note the great musical score, something I almost never notice or care about in movies. Worth Watching, and available on Netflix streaming!

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The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology by Thomas
September 21, 2014, 10:41 am
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Celebrity philosopher Slavoj Žižek is your host (and sole guest) in this talking-head type documentary.  Žižek gets inserted into scenes from his favorite movies, whence he explains how each movie carries out various ideological projects related to the sub-conscious currents of cultural life.  If you like cultural studies and can tolerate thickly-accented, barely intelligible jargon, then you might enjoy his critical ramblings — I certainly did.  But I also think this is just a fun use of the medium to tell a story about itself.  Worth checking out.


The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology



Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters by William
July 26, 2014, 6:54 pm
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Tetris is a crazily addictive game, and the people who are really good at it are pretty weird. An interesting documentary that falls somewhat short in that it lacks the excitement and drive of the documentary you will want to compare it to, King of Kong. Even so, Worth Checking Out.

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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.


Jodorowsky’s Dune by Thomas
June 6, 2014, 6:23 pm
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Psychadelic avant-garde film maker Alejandro Jodorowsky stars in this documentary about his now legendary 1970’s adaptation of Dune, which never got off the ground.  With Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, and other eccentric actors hired, storyboards by Moebius and designs by H.R. Giger, music by Pink Floyd, and special effects from Dan O’Bannon, (who went on to create Ridley Scott’s Alien) the movie promised to be a stunning, if disturbing, sci-fi experience.  This documentary talks about the production but also attempts to bring these elements to life, to cajole us into imagining what Jodorowsky had in mind.  Worth checking out.


Jodorowsky’s Dune

Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse by Thomas
June 6, 2014, 5:04 pm
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Compiled from recordings that Eleanor Coppola (Francis Ford’s wife) made during the making of Apocalypse Now!, this is a chaotic and heart wrenching documentary about the perfect storm of crap that plagued that production.  From the nefarious involvement of the Filipino military to Martin Sheen’s self-inflicted injuries to Marlon Brando’s untenable demands,  it’s hard to believe that Coppola didn’t go insane, let alone that he finished the movie! Worth checking out.


Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

Vegucated by jaemskeray
April 12, 2014, 4:35 am
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Vegucated is a documentary about a vegan lady who asks 3 strangers to become vegan for 6 weeks.  She then proceeds to tell / show them all the shitty things about the food industry in the US (see my post of Food Inc.).  And that is really hard to watch.  I had to stop the movie a couple of times.  So, the 3 people all loose a bunch of weight and drop their blood sugar levels.  Lets all become vegans, I’m serious, at least try a bit?  Worth Watching.

Food, Inc. by jaemskeray
April 12, 2014, 4:21 am
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Food, Inc. is a documentary from Robert Kenner about how we get our food in the US.  The film shows that the corporate industrialization of our food manufacturing is a) bad for the environment, b) unhealthy for and exploiting the consumers, c) dangerous, unhealthy and abusive to the employees, and d) torturous to the animals we kill and eat.  But now that we have this information, 5 years after the movie came out, whats the fucking point?  The movie says we can vote with our grocery list and choose organic!   But, even the organic companies are having to adopt big industrial farms practices just to keep up with the industrial farms (Vegucated).  We could all become vegans, but thats literally not going to happen, not that I am not going to become vegan, maybe I will, but everyone isn’t going to become vegan.  Then, there’s the close relation between the corporate food companies and our politicians, the lack of education on proper nutrition, the economy making it hard for poor people to make healthy choices, and technology drawing the more fortunate away from a public discourse and into the comfort of our homes in front of our devices to write blog posts about the world’s injustices that do little but make ourselves feel better: shit.  So, what do you think? Worth Watching

Pandora’s Promise by jaemskeray
April 7, 2014, 4:49 am
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The documentary about nuclear power says that back in the 70s and 80s the oil and coal companies saw nuclear as a threat.  So, they said it as unsafe (which it is if it is not handled properly); and promoted wind and solar as safe and clean alternatives.  The way they did this was through posing as environmentalists or clean energy companies.  They did this was because they knew a fact that many people still don’t know, that solar and wind power, although clean, cannot give us enough energy because they are fickle energy sources dependent on the weather.   They knew that every time you set up a solar or wind power plant to run a city, something has to power that city when there is no sunlight or wind.  And if its not nuclear, then its oil and coal.  So, just think about that: the expansion or solar and wind plants actually means the expansion of oil and coal.   Screw the oil and coal companies for playing the American citizens and screw them for causing the global warming that will inevitably kill us all for their petty greed.  Not only do I think its a required viewing but I feel that we should research this further, and possibly invest in and support nuclear power.  Required Viewing.

Patriocracy by jaemskeray
April 3, 2014, 2:21 am
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If you’re looking for an informative and infuriating documentary about why our government has become so shitty, Patriocracy should be high on your list!  This documentary takes an unbiased approach, uncovering the roots of the dichotomy and division plaguing our current political landscape.  For me, it was putting together a lot of facts that I already knew, as well as some new ones, and then revealing a bigger picture of how they all fit together.  I am always so off-put by declaring any sort of political allegiance no matter how centrist or logical because of the crazy shit storm that comes with modern day politics in general: this documentary reinforces as well as puts into perspective why I feel that way.  It answered a lot of the why and how questions that I sometimes have about politics.  Worth Checking Out or above based on how into politics you are at any given moment.


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