Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Place Beyond the Pines by tincolor

Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper and Ray Liotta star in a film about how the choices of individuals can compound upon one another and reverberate into the future beyond the limits of our imagination. Divided in three chapters, this film starts off with the story of Ryan Gosling, a “Rebel Without A Cause” type bad-boy from out of town who rides his motorcycle in a traveling carnival. When he finds out that a tryst with Eva Mendes resulted in the birth of their son, he decides to stick around, never quite figuring out how to fit in.  As a kind of morality play, it makes sense that the story takes us forward in time so we can see the effect of the choices made in chapter one. But the truth is, the first chapter is way more interesting than the second and third, and I left the theatre wishing that chapter two had picked up during and earlier moment in time, perhaps showing how Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes first met. Either way, fantastic film with one of my favorite action sequences ever. Worth watching.


Only God Forgives by Thomas
July 25, 2013, 7:38 pm
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The setting is Bangkok, rendered as a kind of neon wasteland, a haven for criminals and psychopaths.  Ryan Gosling’s brother rapes and murders a young girl, subsequently the policeman who arrives at the scene allows the girl’s father to reap his revenge. (That’s how that works, right?) So begins an insane symphony of horrible violence that makes Nicholas Winding Refn’s previous film Drive look like Pippi Longstocking. Kristen Scott Thomas steals the show as Gosling’s deranged mother.  This movie is heartless and obscene.  But can it redeemed by martial arts spectacle, Blade Runner-ish design, and Cliff Martinez music? Well, maybe a little. Watchable.


Only God Forgives

Fracture by William
January 27, 2013, 5:24 am
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It looks like an easy case for D.A. Ryan Gosling after Anthony Hopkins shoots his wife in the head and is apprehended at the scene of the crime. However, Hopkins turns out to be an evil genius. The problem with this cat-and-mouse game is that Hopkins completely outmatches Gosling, who is always at least one or two steps behind. Also, a lot of the movie is devoted to an extensive story about Gosling’s being a young hot-shot attorney, and it’s just not that interesting. Finally, if you have difficulty suspending disbelief regarding legal procedure, then you are going to have some serious problems with his film. Watchable.

Blue Valentine by Thomas
January 22, 2013, 1:53 am
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In this melancholy romance, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play an unhappily married couple trying to raise a family.  We get the story of their youthful courtship cut together with scenes from their crushing current reality.  It’s eerie to see two sad stories unfolding at the same time, but the device works well. And the acting is tremendous. Worth watching.  


Blue Valentine

Murder by Numbers by tincolor

Sandra Bollock is a cop hot on the tail of Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt, friends who committed a murder just because they could. I have to say, this was better than I expected, and it was kind of neat seeing Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt together in the same movie, and I SWEAR that lodge at the end is the same lodge from the Goonies, but still, if you want to watch a movie about two kids that think they can commit the perfect crime and get away with it, just watch Hitchcocks’s Rope. Watchable (But only once).

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