Pinhole Movie Reviews

The Boys From Brazil by tincolor

Laurence Olivier stars as an aging Nazi hunter who, after getting a tip from a young man, travels to Paraguay where he hopes to find the infamous Nazi war criminal Gregory Peck, only to discover a plot more sinister than he could have ever imagined! At many points during this movie, I really found myself wishing it was more exciting and atmospheric like The Odessa File. While this film does satisfyingly dangle the details of Peck’s evil plan just out of sight, giving you only glimpses and hints of its true nature for a good chunk of the film, it lacks a sense of adventure like The Odessa File. And like the ending of director Franklin J. Schaffner’s earlier film, Planet of the Apes, the payoff at then end is too silly to accept as anything other than fiction. Gregory Peck’s shadowy scheme is just so implausible that it feels like maybe monkeys from the future were a more realistic threat to world peace than Gregory Peck ever was. Watchable.

P.S. Laurence Olivier did manage to get nominated for an Academy Award for his role in this film.


The Odessa File by tincolor
July 29, 2014, 1:46 am
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John Voight is a reporter living in Hamburg who, when he comes across the diary of a recently deceased Jewish man, makes the decision to search for the man’s former torturer, a sadistic SS officer who escaped capture after the war. Despite its many faults, there is so much I really like about this movie. I like the moody European atmosphere, I like how the plot is kept tight and believable even though its about a secret international Nazi organization plotting to take over the world, and I like how John Voight’s adventure across Germany is laid out in painstaking detail. His every move, his every discovery is there on the screen presented in what sometimes feels like realtime. It all comes together to give an impression of realism that I often find lacking in spy/thriller movies. Worth watching! P.S. When John Voight gets old-man makeup in the second half of the movie, it’s amazing how much he looks like himself today; that’s good makeup!

P.P.S Directed by Ronald Neame, who also directed one of my other favorite spy movies, Hopscotch.


Mr and Mrs Smith (2005) by William
March 3, 2014, 12:47 am
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are stuck in a boring marriage rut. They are also both secretly professional hit-people. Until one day…

A couple of funny scenes in this action-comedy, but mostly boring and unengaging. The action scenes fail to inspire, and the central relationship fails to convince. There also remains a HUGE unresolved plot thread at the end of the film. Barely watchable. Watch the far-superior True Lies instead.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by William
December 14, 2012, 1:12 pm
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It’s the 70’s I guess, so we must be dealing with the Cold War, and a group of men are talking about finding a mole at the top of “the Circus.” They’ve got British accents, so “the Circus” must be MI6. Judging by the tone of the film and their shifty eyes, I suppose the mole could be any of these guys. Is it the most sinister-looking one? Or one of the famous ones? Who exactly Gary Oldman in this movie? Oh okay, now we’re jumping back and forth in time. Wait, are we jumping back and forth in time or is this happening now? WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS MOVIE?  I guess it’s alright if you like this kind of thing, but for me it’s Barely Watchable. At least this movie made me appreciate how much better the Soviet National Anthem was than our own national anthem.

Skyfall by tincolor
December 3, 2012, 3:21 am
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Apparently Thomas, Bill and I saw different movies, because the Skyfall I saw was exciting, mostly well acted and expertly filmed. That said, I had this nagging suspicion that as a one-off movie detached from all the Bond history and hype, there were major problems. The jokes, the antique gadgets, the Komodo dragons, they all rely on the larger 007 context. Still as a bond movie, I have to say this is way better than I could have ever hoped for. Worth watching.

Skyfall by Thomas
December 2, 2012, 11:54 pm
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In this two-and-a-half hour clunker, Bond appears wounded and weary, in a world that questions his relevance.  (I’m pretty sure every character questions his relevance in every single scene.  Subtle!)  Anyway, he travels to dazzling places and battles an effeminate super hacker who is gunning for MI6.  Most of the dialogue is awkward and many of the “Bond-escapes-from-gunpoint” bits and other fight scenes are poorly filmed.  That said, there are a few fun moments and satisfying explosions — plus Thomas Newman’s soundtrack is cool.  Watchable.



Argo by Thomas
November 28, 2012, 11:10 pm
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Several Americans, having managed to escape the US embassy in Tehran just before it was overrun by protesters, take shelter in the Canadian ambassador’s house during the famous Iranian hostage crisis.  Ben Affleck plays the obsessive CIA agent who comes up with a bizarre scheme to get them out of Iran.  It’s a fun caper with terrific casting — like if Ocean’s 11 were a 1970’s period piece.  Worth checking out.


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Thomas
November 16, 2012, 12:56 am
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Gary Oldman is a British spy tracking down a Soviet mole during the Cold War.  This cerebral thriller is slow and deliberate, with a cryptic plot, super cool sets and period costumes, and a wonderfully subtle performance from Oldman.  Like Le Carré’s spy novels, there’s hardly any action or violence — instead, it’s an elaborate mind game in which you can basically never trust anyone or figure out what the crap is going on.  But just because it’s difficult to digest doesn’t make it any less awesome! (It just calls for repeated viewings.) Worth watching.

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The Jackal by tincolor
September 16, 2012, 2:31 pm
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Richard Gere is an ex-IRA terrorist set free on a short leash by CIA agent Sidney Poitier in order to catch international assassin Bruce Willis. There are parts of this movie that are definitely entertaining. The first scene for example, and the scene where Bruce Willis blows off Jack Black’s arm. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is poorly plotted and just not exciting. Watchable.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol by tincolor
April 24, 2012, 6:16 am
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Tom Cruise gets together with a bunch of new cast members to bring down an insane former Soviet General bent on bringing nuclear war to the world! This was the first MI movie I’ve seen that I can genuinely say I liked. In a lot of ways, it almost feels like they redid the first movie, only much much better. The humor is good, the action is good, and the cool MI tech they use is actually pretty darn cool. Worth checking out.

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