Pinhole Movie Reviews

Fading Gigolo by tincolor

John Turturro and Woody Allen conspire to market Turturro as a gigolo to older women in New York City. This film wants to be an off-beat comedy with just enough raunchiness to make audiences feel like they saw a movie for adults, and just enough heart to make them feel OK about all the raunchy bits. It wants to be that kind of film, but it can’t, it’s just not possible, not when your lead is as creepy as Turturro manages to be. He plays it cool and calm, but instead of coming across as a quiet, kind-hearted soul, he’s got this very unappealing predatory vibe that totally made my stomach turn. The ending, too. It’s terrible, confusing and poorly executed. I also hated the soundtrack, which sounded like it came from a CD pulled of the the discount jazz rack. Watchable, but just barely, so I guess, barely watchable?


Annie Hall by tincolor

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton (AKA Annie Hall) have broken up, but just went wrong? That’s the basic plot of Woody Allen’s first “serious” film. If you’ve never seen this movie, watch it before you do anything else. It’s not only one of the best Woody Allen films, it’s also just an amazing film. It’s a blend of comedy, romance and drama that still feels unique today. It’s been a while since I last saw this film, and I completely forgot about how wacky some of it gets. There’s the animated sequence in the middle, and then all of these times that Woody Allen pleads with the camera for sympathy and a totally zany cameo by Christopher Walken that I had completely forgotten about. Anyway, great film. Required Viewing.


Woody Allen: A Documentary by tincolor
April 11, 2013, 1:55 pm
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Woody Allen is a filmmaker who has made roughly one movie a year for the past 40 years. I guess, the main problem with this documentary is that it’s just kind of a description of all the movies Woody Allen made without any real insight into his creative process or even into who Woody Allen is. There is of course a little of both, but no really satisfying info, mostly just people talking about how much they love Woody Allen’s movies, which is more boring than anything else. Watchable.


Melinda and Melinda by William
June 29, 2012, 4:22 pm
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Is life a comedy with elements of tragedy, or a tragedy with elements of comedy? We’ll find out as we watch the same story told in two ways, once as tragedy and then again as comedy. No wait, I have a better idea: we’ll tell two completely different stories. One a tragedy, the other a comedy. Also, we’ll put Wallace Shawn in there. So in summary, Woody Allen had two decent, not-quite-half-feature-film length ideas, and decided to put them in one rather short feature film. As I said, the stories themselves are decent enough, but the “Melinda and Melinda” aspect of the movie is annoying if you stop to think about it. Oh, and the “comedy” portion isn’t funny. Watchable.

Radio Days by tincolor
April 9, 2012, 3:13 am
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Woody Allen narrates his childhood, linking together a series of mostly unrelated stories with the theme of radio. This screenplay for this film is amazing! It’s truly incredible how Woody Allen was able to make a so many episodes feel like one cohesive story. It’s funny, poignant and oozing with nostalgia. If you are a Woody Allen fan this is absolutely required viewing. For all you normal people out there, I’d say this is a very high worth checking out.

Midnight in Paris by Thomas
December 31, 2011, 11:07 pm
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A writer is mysteriously transported back to his favorite literary scene, 1920’s Paris.  Some people like the zaniness of Woody Allen’s early stuff (Bananas) while others prefer his more melancholy maturity (Manhattan), but his best work mixes equal parts depression and goofiness (Annie Hall). This film belongs in that last category, with Owen Wilson doing a surprisingly apt Woody impression throughout. Worth watching.

Midnight in Paris

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