Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Muppet Christmas Carol by tincolor

Michael Caine joins the rest of the Muppets cast in this often silly and ultimately enjoyable version of A Christmas Carol. Re-watching this movie as an adult made me realize that Scrooge’s transformation is more than a little abrupt, but for kids, it’s probably just the right combination of simplicity and melodrama. Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat are hilarious as Charles Dickens and his sidekick and the songs by Paul Williams are pretty good on the whole, too. Worth watching.


Miss Congeniality by tincolor

Sandra Bullock is a soon-to-be-good-looking FBI agent with a gnarly personality, and now she’s going in deep as a contestant in the Miss America. Everything thing about this movie is competent. There’s nothing offensively bad and some parts are actually pretty funny and clever. If you haven’t seen it, check it out!

The Dark Knight Rises by tincolor

Christian Bale puts on his cape and mask one last time and teams up with cat burglar Anne Hathaway in a last ditch effort to stop madman Tom Hardy from destroying Gotham City. At this point in time it feels like no one needs or wants a recommendation for this film, so, I write to a younger generation, a generation that will grow up watching this long, generally boring and one-note action flick on DVD or whatever. Christopher Nolan seems incapable of creating any sense of suspense or expectation in his films. Watching DNR is like barreling down a steep mountain road in a Lamborghini that has had its breaks cut and its accelerator taped down to the floor.  You can’t really hear anything because the sound of the engine is deafening, and so much is zipping by you so quickly that can’t focus on anything that isn’t life or death important. Still at least you’re in a Lamborghini. Watchable.

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.

Deathtrap by tincolor
July 5, 2012, 12:00 am
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Christopher Reeve is a young playwright who is dying to meet the famed Michael Caine. This movie reminded me a lot of Sleuth. Both the endings of this movie and Sleuth were silly, but for some reason I could forgive Sleuth whereas Deathtrap felt like it just ended arbitrarily. This, also like Sleuth, was originally a play, and it definitely feels like one. The scope of the film is limited and dialogue is everything. Watchable.

Dressed To Kill by tincolor
April 30, 2012, 3:28 pm
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Michael Caine plays psychiatrist to a bunch of mostly naked women who are in the bad habit of getting murdered. This is like a slightly less worse version of Body Double but with a significantly less impressive story and an ending that you’ll see coming a mile away. Brian De Palma is a tough director to nail, his directing style is often quite creative and Dressed to Kill is no exception. Still, I can’t really recommend this film to anyone mainly because it’s just not good. Watchable.

Sleuth (2007) by tincolor
March 7, 2012, 2:20 am
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Michael Caine and Jude Law are sleeping with the same woman, but only one of them is married to her and he’s not even in love. I’m a fan of the original Sleuth, also starring Michael Caine, so I was a little weary to watch a remake, but I have to admit, as far as remakes go, they did a good job of making this version as original as possible. Still, I didn’t like the new final act as much as the original’s, it felt a little too forced. If you are going to watch either this movie or the original, I absolutely suggest going in knowing nothing about it. But that’s enough comparison, the best part of this movie is how great the dialogue is, it’s non-stop witticism after witticism. Watchable.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by jaemskeray
February 16, 2012, 10:00 pm
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In this comedy, Steve Martin and Michael Caine play con men with different approaches to the craft.  The two butt heads when trying to grift the same woman while in the French Riviera.  They resolve to get rid of each other, however, nothing but hilarity ensues!  Its got that old classic movie feel to it, I guess because it was a remake of an old classic movie.  I am glad that the director stuck to the feel, makes me nostalgic for something I never had.  Worth Watching

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