Pinhole Movie Reviews

Brief Encounter by Thomas
August 3, 2014, 11:04 am
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A housewife falls for an obsequious stranger. Noël Coward’s screenplay must have been interesting to read: it’s a classic love story, but the lovers mostly just exchange glances and pleasantries with each other in a dingy train station cafe.  David Lean filmed it with a precise, restrained style and decided to play Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto over top, so that each gesture takes on huge emotional significance. Worth watching.

Brief Encounter

Lawrence of Arabia by tincolor

Peter O’Toole is T.E Lawrence, the Englishman who sparked fire in the Arab Revolt during World War I. If you’re in the mood for a epic movie, epic like Ben Hur or Spartacus, or The Good, the Bad and The Ugly, then this is your movie. Peter O’Toole is great as the egotistical Lawrence, and the costume design and location shooting is amazing. The battle for Aqaba is also one of the most exciting war scenes I’ve ever seen. Still, there are a few scenes where O’Toole supposedly goes through some kind of massive, life changing event, but it all happens in the course of a conversation. How much can a person change in 5 minutes anyway?! Overall, the realism and ambiguity with which the director treats his characters is a rare feat that most historical dramas fail to meet. It doesn’t feel like the movie is telling you how to feel. Worth Watching.

Weekend by tincolor
September 17, 2012, 2:28 am
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Tom Cullen and Chris New are 20 something guys that meet one night at a gay club and end up spending most of the following weekend together. Similar to Before Sunrise, this movie is mostly just two people talking about relationships. But in Weekend, it’s two guys talking about gay relationships. Even though the film is explicitly about gay relationships, it never feels like it’s exclusively about gay relationships. At it’s heart, it’s about people. Worth watching.

Dog Soldiers by tincolor
July 11, 2012, 12:45 am
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A slew of second-rate actors hang out in the woods while fending off dog soldiers!. Great practical effects, cool homages to Night of the Living Dead and Aliens, and a plot that is just thin enough that you don’t really have to worry about it. A great B-movie for any horror fan. Worth checking out.

Get Carter by tincolor
July 10, 2012, 6:50 am
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Michael Caine is a no-nonsense gangster on a mission to avenge his murdered brother. This is one dark, bummer of a movie. The opening theme song is a super cool and super smooth track that might have more modern viewers expecting a Guy Richie-type film with as much humor as gritty violence. But instead all you’re going to get is drab industrial scenery inhabited by nihilistic, unlikable characters performing a pitch black script. Watchable.

Transporter 3 by tincolor
March 6, 2012, 1:46 am
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Jason Statham is the Transporter, the no-nonsense, no-questions-asked, high-octane delivery boy. These movies are silly, everyone knows they are silly, but that’s part of the fun. They remind me a lot of the French Taxi series, a guy in a car doing a lot of silly things. There isn’t really anything worth criticizing this movie for, it is exactly what it promises to be. Watchable.

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