Pinhole Movie Reviews

Biutiful by William
September 26, 2013, 2:39 pm
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Javier Bardem lives in the slums of Barcelona, where everything is bleak and depressing. Lots of emotion and Javier bardem is quite good, but I don’t know what the point of this movie is. Barely watchable.




Crimen Ferpecto by William
February 8, 2013, 10:47 pm
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When department store salesman Guillermo Toledo accidentally kills his arch rival, his life starts to get complicated. This is a black comedy that relies for its success on a protagonist who is slick, charming, and selfish, but not so much so that you hate him. They pull it off and deliver an entertaining, fun romp. And really, that’s the most ferpect crime of all. Worth checking out.


Tesis (Thesis) by William
February 8, 2013, 4:13 am
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A film student in Madrid stumbles upon what appears to be a snuff film, and it becomes her obsession. If you were unfortunate enough to see 8mm, I will let you know that this movie is better. Also, here’s a fun fact the director clearly wants you to consider: the conditions amenable for a potential murder as the same as those for a potential amorous encounter. The level of depravity in this movie annoyed me at first, but as a thriller it works pretty well, even if a lot of the tension could be avoided if the protagonist were not a complete moron. Worth checking out.


Extraterrestre (Extraterrestrial) [2011] by William
November 19, 2012, 4:59 am
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A man wakes up one morning to find himself in the apartment of the ridiculously gorgeous Michelle Jenner. It seems his night of drinking paid off. There’s some awkward talk, and then, what the…?, a spaceship seems to be hovering over the city. But there are no aliens or action sequences in this movie, just rising tensions between Michelle Jenner and the various guys who are in love with her. A tale of human drama told with originality and whimsy. Well, Spanish cinema, you’ve finally made a movie that is Worth Watching.

Eva by William
June 8, 2012, 3:04 am
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Goodbye Lenin’s Daniel Brühl becomes a Spanish-speaking robot programmer who returns to his home town to work on an important project. After a promising beginning, this movie is just disappointing. There are some nice performances and the little girl is rather charming, but I come away with the impression that they just didn’t know what to do with the world they had created and didn’t have much to say about either that world or this one. Watchable.

Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) by William
February 19, 2012, 7:49 pm
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From the director and star, respectively, of El Aura comes this story of two con men trying to make the biggest score of their lives. Yep, it sounds like other movies you’ve seen, and it is, but as with those movies, it succeeds or fails on the strength of its protagonists. As I noted in his other films, Ricardo Darin is a master, in this instance demonstrating the ability to play a character with no scruples at all and force you to like him anyway. I’ll go with Worth checking out.

El Aura by William
February 15, 2012, 4:42 am
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Another excellent Argentine movie, starring the same protagonist from El secreto de sus ojos. In this one, he plays an epileptic taxidermist who uses his photographic memory to assist in his hobby of plotting the perfect heist. Whether by acting skill or just the nature of this actor, the main character is portrayed with a seeming depth which makes it easy to watch him walk around for two hours in a film noir-ish way. Definitely Worth Watching.

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