Pinhole Movie Reviews


Edge of Tomorrow by William
November 17, 2019, 6:55 pm
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Tom Cruise is a soldier who keeps on getting killed in the same battle, over and over, in a futuristic sci-fi version of Groundhog Day. I do remember when this movie was released, although weirdly the marketing plan involved keeping people totally in the dark as to the basic premise of the film. It is, in fact, not nearly as bland as the title suggests, and Tom Cruise and Emily Blount are very enjoyable actors to spend a couple of hours with.  Surprisingly Worth Watching.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/live_die_repeat_edge_of_tomorrow

The male and female leads, wearing battle armor, holding large guns, and looking battle-worn, stand against an urban background devastated by war. The sky is golden, meteors are falling, and Nelson's Column can be seen in the background.



The Lego Batman Movie by William
February 11, 2017, 4:26 pm
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Batman is a Lego figure who has to confront his arch-enemy, the Joker, whose mains goals are 1.) Taking over Gotham City and 2.) Forcing Batman to accept that they are arch-enemies. As one might expect from the previous Lego movie, the tone of this movie is similar to that of the Batman TV series. It is indeed quite funny and silly, but not too silly and the plot is reasonably well-developed. Worth Watching.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lego_Batman_Movie



While We’re Young (2015) by tincolor

40-somethings Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are thrust into an existential and marital crisis after meeting young hipsters Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Having such fully realized characters really helps this movie explore multiple themes and ideas simultaneously without ever feeling scatterbrained. There’s of course the theme that’s on the poster – the disconnect between physical age and how old you “feel” inside, but it’s also a movie about, among other things, creativity, procrastination, ambition, friendship, marriage, authenticity and loyalty. Absolutely worth watching and one of my favorite recent movies.

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All is Lost by William
February 20, 2016, 5:08 am
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Robert Redford is out on the ocean alone when his boat gets hit by a wayward shipping container. The rest of the movie he spends quietly trying not to die. Perhaps because of the almost complete lack of dialogue, the movie feels unique and compelling. Worth watching.

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Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる Soshite Chichi ni Naru) (2013) by William
October 11, 2015, 11:17 pm
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Two sets of parents discover that their six-year-old children were switched at birth, and don’t quite know what to do about it. Could be the setup for a hilarious comedy, instead it’s the setup for a contemplative and deeply moving film about parental love and what parents ought to expect of their children and of themselves.

Well, this movie is really, really good. On some days I might call this “required viewing,” but today I am going to say Worth Watching Plus, where the plus basically means that the next movie you watch should probably be this movie.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_Father,_Like_Son_(2013_film)



Poetry (시) by Thomas
April 18, 2015, 5:49 pm
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An alienated grandmother takes a poetry class, and learns a terrible secret.  Melancholy and bitterly funny, the movie moves slowly and gracefully from start to finish.  The emotional life of outcasts has always been a strong subject for a movie, and it works well here.  Worth watching. (and it’s on Netflix, so there’s no excuse)

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Poetry



Nebraska by William
February 20, 2015, 11:13 pm
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Will Forte agrees to drive his aging father from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska after the older man is informed that he May Have Won $1,000,000! by a catalog sweepstakes company. It’s a pretty bleak movie about looking for meaning in a rather banal life, and trying to understand and connect with people who, were they not your family, you would have no reason to want to understand or connect with. Three well-done and interesting performances by Will Forte and his parents make this movie Worth Watching, but prospective viewers should be aware that it is also rather depressing and slow-paced.

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Saving Private Ryan by William
February 19, 2015, 9:18 pm
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After Matt Damon’s three brothers die in combat, Tom Hanks and his men go find him in order to spare his mother the pain of losing all her sons to the Second World War. I guess pretty much every war movie is an anti-war movie, and this one is, too. War is terrible; people kill people and then get killed themselves. People who don’t deserve to die, die anyway. Spielberg’s movie brings the tragedy of World War II to life by first humanizing the soldiers, and then going ahead and killing them. Worth Watching.

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The Ice Storm by Thomas
September 21, 2014, 11:50 am
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A disturbing family drama about sex and the limits of the suburban idyll; the darker cousin to American Beauty.  And yet it has no use for the stylized design, “titillating” teen nudity, or pretentious lyricism of that movie.  Maybe that’s because middle class values and sexual mores were already being called into question in the 1970’s setting…but also Ang Lee creates a good rhythm here, moving naturally between each set of characters (miserable adults vs. horny teenagers) so that we get a large amount of detail in each scene and yet the plot moves along just so.  Who needs pretty framing devices in this case?

The actors seem amazingly candid — the married couples have such scorn for each other, the teens are so pained with their burden of adolescence — plus the cinematography is impressive.  (Neatly composed silences, almost Ozu-esque, contrast with some truly wacky visuals — such as an extreme close-up of the very slim patch of rear end peaking over a girl’s waistline, followed by a cut back to the face of the boy behind her, transfixed. Yikes!) This is worth watching — though if you object to obscenity I imagine you’ll find it unwatchable.

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Dead Man by Thomas
September 21, 2014, 10:14 am
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Jim Jarmusch filmed this rambling, upside-down Western.  Johnny Depp plays a fancily dressed dude from back East, civilized if a bit dim, who goes on an ill-fated journey West. He’s a character type from the classic Western, a person whose manners prove useless on the wild frontier.  Except this time we follow his strange, almost psychedelic transformation into a gun-toting outlaw. I like the black & white photography, random twangy tones of music by Neil Young — and really it wouldn’t have worked without many amazing performances.  Look for Crispin Glover who is especially scary! Worth watching.

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Dead Man




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