Pinhole Movie Reviews

The One I Love by jaemskeray
September 15, 2014, 1:54 am
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What the what?  The One I Love is a … I’m gonna go with Romantic Comedy about a young couple that has fallen out of love with each other trying to reinvigorate their relationship.  A therapist tells them to go to this house in the mountains for a retreat that he sends all his couple patients to, and then craziness ensues.  I really don’t want to give any of this away because I highly enjoyed it.  This movie twists and turns, and just when you think its one thing it then turns into something else.  Very well crafted.  The only problem with this movie is that once you start to analyze it afterwards, the whole thing falls apart like a house of cards.  But, that doesn’t take away from the joy of watching it.  Worth Checking Out

Elizabethtown by Thomas
September 14, 2014, 11:26 pm
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Cameron Crowe made a string of charming Hollywood romances that I enjoy: specifically, Say Anything, Jerry Maguire, and Almost Famous.  With these movies, Crowe displayed a classic storytelling sensibility, a real joy for pop music/pop culture, and an ear for memorably off-beat dialogue — a bit like a later day John Hughes.

But all of those elements failed in Elizabethtown, a kind of unintentional farce about a jaded city guy meeting a bubbly country gal whilst he plans his dad’s funeral.  The movie is not aided by its rambling plot, unfunny jokes, confused supporting actors, or the perpetually blank smiles of Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst as they pantomime liking each other.  I hate this movie.  Unwatchable.



Celeste and Jesse Forever by William
August 24, 2014, 2:22 am
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A lot of things happen to you in life. Some of them are the results of the choices you’ve made, and some of them are just things that happen. And maybe if you had made different choices, or if different things had happened to you, your life would be different. But you won’t really know, because you only get to live your life one time. That’s sort of what this movie is about. Worth Watching.

If you are interested to know what this movie is actually about, you can read Tom’s review.

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Return to Me by William
August 21, 2014, 1:35 pm
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One year after David Duchovny’s wife dies in a car accident, he meets and falls in love with Minnie Driver, who just happens to have received a heart transplant one year earlier, from David Duchovny’s dead wife! I say “just happens” because this movie is not Chances Are. Minnie Driver doesn’t become David Duchovny’s dead wife. In fact, the heart transplant has no apparent effect on Minnie Driver’s personality or behavior. She just, you know, has someone else’s heart. Honestly, I don’t really see the point of the heart transplant as a central plot point if there is going to be no magical/mystical element.

Worth noting are some comic relief scenes featuring a group of charming oldsters, including Robert Loggia and Carroll O’Connor. Jim Belushi also has a few scenes to fill up the comic relief portion of the movie. Those scenes are pretty good, but mostly they just end up highlighting the mistake that was choosing David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, neither of whom have any comedic ability, as the leads in a romantic comedy. Watchable.


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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You’ve Got Mail by William
March 8, 2014, 5:39 am
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Meg Ryan is the adorable owner of an independent children’s bookstore who also finds herself corresponding with an electronic penpal in an exciting new service called “America Online.” Tom Hanks is a business tycoon planning to open a new mega-bookstore just down the block, who also has an online penpal. What they don’t realize is that their business rival and anonymous online crush are actually the same person!

Less hilarity than you might expect, ensues. The writing is just not as sharp or funny as in other romantic comedies, and the quirky friends are just too deliberately quirky and not enough genuinely funny. There are more opportunities Ryan-Hanks banter than in Sleepless in Seattle, which is not bad, and seeing all that old technology is kinda fun, but overall it’s just Watchable.

Superior alternatives: While You Were Sleeping, Sleepless in Seattle, French Kiss.’ve_Got_Mail

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The Giant Mechanical Man by Thomas

Jenna Fischer is a disaffected 30-something trying to survive single life.  She becomes fascinated with “a giant mechanical man,” who turns out to be idealistic street mime Chris Messina.  This one follows the standard rom-com formula reasonably well: i.e. there are several obstacles to the pair finally getting together and they are spaced at intervals throughout the script to create suspense.  My favorite of said obstacles is a clingy self-help charlatan played by a very annoying Topher Grace. The costume designers show that his character is awful by making him favor turtle neck sweaters, which is funny. The story feels a bit cartoon-y over all, but at least it’s heartfelt. Worth checking out.


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