Pinhole Movie Reviews

Jerry Maguire by Thomas
September 13, 2014, 7:52 pm
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Cruise is the ultimate late capitalist, a smooth operator trading entirely on image. He should be on top of the world, yet somehow he’s unhappy. It turns out he’s engaged to a mechanical career woman, he lacks wholesome male bonding, and worst of all his beloved realm of sports has become hollow and corporate. Our hero must find a meaningful relationship while re-committing himself to the lost chivalry of sports marketing! Come on, how strange is that premise?

Cameron Crowe wrote and directed this specimen: a sports movie whose focus is not on on bonding-through-athleticism but on masculinity, virtue in a “cynical world” and family-life-in-the-90’s type stuff.  I like it because it’s stylish and self-conscious and aimed at adults. I admit it’s dated (the fax machine), perilously cute-and-sweet (the toddler, the swells of music), fraught with stereotypes (the emasculated jazz loser, the women’s group, the Tidwell family)…but the acting is charming and you gotta love the snappy dialogue. It’s like old school Hollywood returns; an update on the old tear-jerker romance. I say, worth checking out


Jerry Maguire

Draft Day by William
August 15, 2014, 12:56 pm
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Kevin Costner is general manager of the Cleveland Browns, and he’s got one day to get his team the players they need to win a championship, all while dealing with personal problems and personnel problems that don’t make his job any easier. It’s a simple and fun movie, “formulaic” in that it adheres to a proven, time-tested formula for making movies. A perfect movie for watching on an airplane, which, not coincidentally, is where I watched it. Watchable.

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Million Dollar Arm by William
August 9, 2014, 11:45 am
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Jon Hamm, an independent talent agent, loses all his clients to the bigger agencies and thus sets off for India in search of talented baseball players. It’s your standard sports movie, in which the little guy gets a chance to realize his dreams and everybody learns something along the way. None of the elements of this movie are too memorable or amazing, but the basic formula works, and the film is competently executed.

A little tough to rate this one. It’s not gonna knock your socks off, but it’s the movie to watch if you are on an airplane and just want to relax and watch something simple. So, just as peanut butter and jelly make a fine sandwich, I’m going to call this movie Watchable Plus!

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Major League II by Thomas
February 27, 2013, 1:10 am
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Rag tag baseball team triumphs over adversity in zany sports comedy! So it’s been done a million times — its mediocre, but still kinda fun. There are a few good jokes, but mostly the story is just a collection of mildly amusing situations, proceeding at a good pace.  Also, it has the distinction of being one of the only sequels that’s better than the original, I think! Watchable.


Major League II

Invictus by Thomas
October 9, 2012, 6:12 am
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This movie tries to argue that South Africa’s victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped bring the nation together after apartheid.  That’s an interesting thought…but along the way it also seems to equate Nelson Mandela’s struggles in prison with the athleticism of a group of white rugby players?  It’s a hard pill to swallow. Also, how come every sports movie is so serious these days?  Clint Eastwood directed this lofty Oscar contender with lots of grandeur and not much subtlety.  Not un-fun to watch, particularly the Morgan Freeman parts. Watchable.




Moneyball by tincolor
December 21, 2011, 12:09 pm
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Brad Pitt starts managing his baseball team according to statistics, and that works pretty well for him. I have pretty much zero interest in baseball, but that didn’t keep this from being an exciting movie. The dramatic tone of the movie does feel a little too heavy handed at points once you realize it’s only baseball we’re talking about. Worth checking out.

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