Pinhole Movie Reviews


Poetry (시) by Thomas
April 18, 2015, 5:49 pm
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An alienated grandmother takes a poetry class, and learns a terrible secret.  Melancholy and bitterly funny, the movie moves slowly and gracefully from start to finish.  The emotional life of outcasts has always been a strong subject for a movie, and it works well here.  Worth watching. (and it’s on Netflix, so there’s no excuse)

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Poetry

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Two Brothers by tincolor
August 19, 2012, 10:32 am
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Two brother tigers in 1920s Thailand are separated when when famous hunter Guy Pearce kills one of their parents. The cubs then have various interactions with people before they are finally reunited and teach the audience that colonialism is bad. I usually hate any movie that treats animals as if they were humans. But this movie was surprisingly watchable. Guy Pearce’s story is actually pretty interesting. And the resolution isn’t nearly as preachy as I was dreading it would be. Very watchable.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) by tincolor
August 16, 2012, 2:21 am
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Johnny Depp invites five kids into his magical candy factory where he guides each of them to horrible sugary fates. I guess this is a fable about not being a brat and loving your family. It says so explicitly at the end, but nothing leading up to that convinced me that this is either a lesson anyone hasn’t already heard nor that this movie is effectively teaching that lesson. The only thing that kept me watching was Johnny Depp who is weird and creepy and doesn’t seem comfortable in his own skin. An averagely paced crowd-pleaser. Barely watchable.



Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) by tincolor
April 5, 2012, 2:56 am
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Brendan Fraiser is a deadbeat uncle who takes his bland nephew off to Iceland where they find a passage to… the center of the earth!!!! So much of this movie is exposition. The actors are constantly telling you exactly what is going to happen in the next scene. There’s no sense of wonder or excitement and by the end, it doesn’t feel like the character have really gone on a journey. Still, it’s not an awful movie, it’s just so boring. Barely watchable.



Jumanji by tincolor
April 5, 2012, 2:50 am
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Kirsten Dunst releases Robin Williams from the jungles of Jumanji after he was trapped there for 26 years. I remember loving this movie as a kid and thinking that the special effects were amazing. Which made me more than a little hesitant to revisit the film, but I have to say, that as far as kids movies go, this one perhaps the most imaginative and genuinely interesting one I’ve seen. Also, I was surprised just how much the first half of the movie plays out like a horror film, they keep talking about cutting little kids up and hiding the body parts in walls…. Worth checking out.



Disney’s The Kid by tincolor

Bruce Willis is a jerk who meets a younger version of himself and learns the valuable lesson that life sucks so you should just learn to deal; Oh yeah, and being rich helps too. If you’re watching this movie out of the corner of your eye, then it will probably be really entertaining, the “kid” is just fun to watch, which is pretty impressive for a 7 year old actor. If you’re watching this movie with a critical eye, you’ll probably be turned off by the shallowness of Bruce Willis’s transformation. Watchable.



The Family Man by William
February 9, 2012, 12:16 am
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The idea is good, even if the specific form in which it is expressed leaves something to be desired. Nicolas Cage plays a wealthy and successful executive who gets a version of the It’s a Wonderful Life treatment, experiencing how different choices would have made his life different. This ain’t modern art, the movie has a message. But I have no problem with that. Worth checking out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family_Man




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