Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Libertine / La Matriarca by tincolor

Catherine Spaak is a recently widowed young woman who is surprised to discover that her husband secretly owned a second apartment he used for acting out his wildest sexual fantasies. There’s definitely nothing wholesome about this movie, but it’s also not particularly in-your-face about its more sordid details. Perhaps the creators of this film wanted to incite social change by creating a character that flew in the face of gender norms, or perhaps they just wanted to make a titilating film, I don’t really know, but I wouldn’t say they succeeded in either regard. Not a whole lot of reason to watch this film unless you are really into Italian 60s cinema. Watchable.


Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow / Ieri, Oggi, Domani by tincolor

Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren play three different couples in this film about love in Modern Italy. Apparently director Vittorio De Sica felt he still had unfinished business after completing the similarly themed Boccaccio ’70 the year before. This is the kind of movie that embraces both the joys and the hardships of life. It’s the kind of movie that takes a step back from the imminent details of the present and celebrates the entirety of the human experience all at once. It’s the kind of film where a couple keeps having kids for nearly a decade in order to avoid a jail sentence. Worth checking out!


Nostalghia by tincolor



Oleg Yankovsky is a Russian poet working in Italy, and he really, really misses home.  Masterpiece, noble failure, portentous drivel; I bet I could make a pretty good case that all of these are accurate assessments of Andrei Tarkovsky’s penultimate film. But regardless of how I’d rate the movie on the whole, I still have to complain about Tarkovsky’s excessive use of cryptic imagery and dialogue. It gets to a point where everything on screen feels like an inexperienced director’s unwieldy use of metaphor and symbolism. I can’t complain too much though, because I really did enjoy this film. Incredible use of lighting in the bedroom scene and the final image is so beautiful that it makes the whole two hours worth it. Barely watchable unless you’re in the mood for a super artsy film in which case I would give it a worth watching.


Boccaccio ’70 by tincolor

Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren! It’s just about every Italian star and director from the 60s all come together for one fantastical film about modern love and lust. Split into four shorter segments, this three-and-a-half hour epic is probably more Italiano than the average viewer is able to mango in una sitting. For me, the first segment is by far the best. It’s pure Italian neorealism and it’s perfect. The other segments are each entertaining in their own way, but they feel more like vignettes than fully fleshed out stories. The first segment is absolutely worth watching and if you’re going to start, you might as well watch all the way through the end.


The American by Thomas
July 28, 2014, 6:35 am
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George Clooney plays a lonely assassin who must hide out in the Italian countryside and prepare for one last job.  An homage to Sergio Leone — without the grit or intensity of Leone’s films — the movie feels stylish but hollow. The plot is predictable and the gunfighter character (he even falls for a prostitute with a heart of gold!) is borrowed from better Westerns.  Still, Clooney does a reasonable job of being grim and tortured, and there’s a bumptious old priest who provides much needed comic relief.  Watchable.


The American

Tenebrae by tincolor
November 18, 2012, 5:57 am
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An American novelist travels to Rome to promote his newest book and do some writing, but no such luck for this yank, the Roman police now need his help to solve a string of murders that bear a striking resemblance to his novels. Argento’s typical style over substance approach. A weak story that really doesn’t make much sense. Tons of blood in the final act and some really great visuals all throughout. De Palma fans will probably dig this slow moving art film/shameless slasher. Watchable.


I girasoli / Sunflower by tincolor
May 4, 2012, 3:14 am
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Sofia Loren marries Marcello Mastroianni just so he can avoid going to fight in Africa durring World War II, but they end up falling in love anyway and Mastroianni ends up going to the Russian front. This isn’t a terribly exciting film and it feels a little too long considering how relatively little plot there is. Still, the second half picks up and Sofia Loren’s performance is surprisingly very very good. Watchable.

Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) by Thomas
April 18, 2012, 12:44 am
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A destitute man and his son search for the man’s stolen bicycle. No need to insert a complicated plot because the petty drama of everyday life (read: poverty) is heartbreaking enough.  The editing and cinematography provide a seamless day-in-the-life quality, while the actors (none of whom were professionals) give disarmingly sincere performances.  Italian neo-realism at its finest. Worth watching.

Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves)

I am Love / Io sono l’amore by tincolor
January 9, 2012, 2:54 pm
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Tilda Swinton learns to love, Italian style!  Do you think that characters who value love over duty are interesting? Do you like non-traditional narratives? If you answered yes to both of these questions, this movie is worth watching. If you answered no, this movie is barely watchable.

8 1/2 by tincolor
8 1/2. I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times if not more. Watching it is such a source of inspiration and joy for me. Truly a perfect movie. It’s also the first film on my list to receive a rating of Mandatory Viewing.½


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