Pinhole Movie Reviews

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.


Let the Fire Burn by jaemskeray
January 6, 2014, 5:08 pm
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Let the Fire Burn is a documentary film about the events that led up to the horrific stand off between the black liberation organization MOVE and the Philadelphia Police and Fire departments in 1985.  The stand off led to the police department burning down several city blocks, killing many.  No one was held accountable for these actions and the black liberation group either all died or went to jail.  It is incredibly difficult to watch and incredibly difficult to write a review so short.  There is no simple message here to leave the post with, it was a complicated story.  But it is the kind of story the reminds us why documentaries are made and so I think this one is Required Viewing.


The Story of Film: An Odyssey by Thomas
December 11, 2013, 2:13 am
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Film critic Mark Cousins narrates this educational series on the history of cinema. Cousins takes a free flowing, abstract approach to the subject; his narration emphasizes formal and aesthetic innovation through the years.  That means he’s mostly focusing on independent or international movies, rather than classical Hollywood style.  Occasionally he’ll use the camera to demonstrate something about lenses or camera positioning, like a crash course in cinematography — a clever use of the medium to instruct us about itself.  Worth watching.

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey

The House I Live In by Thomas
August 2, 2013, 8:02 pm
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This documentary displays the sad reality of America’s ongoing “War on Drugs.”  What began as a political maneuver in the Nixon era escalated into a brutal, heavily racial-ized progrom. This movie documents the institutional inertia that keeps this set of policies running (as in: the continued political expediency, the demonization of poor black people, the billions being made by the private prison industry, etc.) None of this is surprising if you’ve watched The Wire and/or read The New Jim Crow, but that doesn’t make it less legitimate. Worth watching.


The House I LIve In

Standing in the Shadows of Motown by Thomas
July 13, 2013, 4:23 pm
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The phenomenal success of Motown Records, Detroit’s so-called “hit factory” from the 1960s, was based on the idea that soul music could be marketed to white people.  This documentary follows the Funk Brothers, an amorphous  group of studio musicians who performed on the label’s mega hits from “My Girl” to “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” They never received much recognition (or payment) for their efforts, despite helping to sell millions of records.  It’s fascinating to watch these anonymous dudes who made history; you even get to see several full songs performed by a Funk Brothers reunion band.  Worth checking out.


Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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