Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Ice Storm by Thomas
September 21, 2014, 11:50 am
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A disturbing family drama about sex and the limits of the suburban idyll; the darker cousin to American Beauty.  And yet it has no use for the stylized design, “titillating” teen nudity, or pretentious lyricism of that movie.  Maybe that’s because middle class values and sexual mores were already being called into question in the 1970’s setting…but also Ang Lee creates a good rhythm here, moving naturally between each set of characters (miserable adults vs. horny teenagers) so that we get a large amount of detail in each scene and yet the plot moves along just so.  Who needs pretty framing devices in this case?

The actors seem amazingly candid — the married couples have such scorn for each other, the teens are so pained with their burden of adolescence — plus the cinematography is impressive.  (Neatly composed silences, almost Ozu-esque, contrast with some truly wacky visuals — such as an extreme close-up of the very slim patch of rear end peaking over a girl’s waistline, followed by a cut back to the face of the boy behind her, transfixed. Yikes!) This is worth watching — though if you object to obscenity I imagine you’ll find it unwatchable.

The Ice Storm

The Big Chill by tincolor

If you’re like me, you knew the soundtrack to this film long before you actually saw the film. It’s just so good! Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline and the oh-so attractive Meg Tilly star in this film about a group of friends who spend a weekend together after the funeral of their friend Kevin Costner (who doesn’t appear in the film). For someone like me who didn’t experience the 60s, it’s a little hard to really relate with the disconnect these characters feel between their free-loving selves of the past and their bourgeois selves of the present, but the solid Motown soundtrack and the more universal themes of finding purpose in life, growing older and maintaining your values, still ring true today. Worth watching.


French Kiss by William
March 8, 2014, 9:06 am
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Meg Ryan’s gotta go to France to win back her fiancé, and she’s gonna need help from the thieving Frenchman Kevin Kline. The movie succeeds based entirely on the charisma of its two stars, who are funny and playful and work well together. Thomas’s review of this movie is something of an enigma, first calling it a “gem” before declaring it merely “watchable.” So again with the caveat that you should be looking to watch a romantic comedy before diving in, I’ll say this one is definitely Worth Watching.

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French Kiss by Thomas
September 20, 2012, 4:31 pm
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A neurotic Meg Ryan travels to France to win back her fiancé.  She attracts the attention of French jewel thief Kevin Kline, who implicates her in his criminal endeavors — but also teaches her how to relax.  This is a gem of mid-90s romantic comedy; everyone appears to be having a good time, and the French riviera is beautifully photographed.  Doesn’t quite make up for its clumsy script, though. Watchable.

French Kiss

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