Oliver has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2018.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★½

    With a heavy dose of Lynchian surrealism and Hitchcockian suspense, Under the Silver Lake eventually makes itself to be less interesting than when it started. It’s a stylish but pretentious and vapid neo-noir that neither pays homage to early Hollywood films of its genre nor did it leave an impact on me. It contains an uninspired narrative that is unfocused in its meaning, an unlikable protagonist, an inappropriate use of over-the-top noir music, and a needless use of surrealism and objectification of…

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★½

    A highly regarded but controversial Cold War satire from Kubrick that, more often than not, falls short of being funny when its humor is rather dull and repetitive, and so the straightforward plot flew right over my head. Still, while the film itself is unremarkable and the comedy dry, it can at least be appreciated for Peter Sellers’ stage presence, for he always steals the show.

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    ★★½

    Mission: Impossible 2 has everything a mediocre action movie should: an overuse of slow motion, an inept soundtrack, an overlong and contrived storyline, an easily exploited female character, a tone too serious for its own good, lots of explosions and boring action, and ridiculous fight choreography. Though, it has its moments and is still a passable film in its respective franchise.

  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★★½

    Despite an excellent lead performance by Emile Hirsch and a realistic portrayal of the true story, Into the Wild often comes across as pretentious, the protagonist’s motivations don’t always make sense despite his reasonable circumstances, and the messy storyline can make for some tedious viewing.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★½

    The MCU tries to redeem itself with a fun, lighter flick that ends up being just another lackadaisical Marvel film that relies on a sense of humor that doesn’t always work and some engaging performances that can’t save the movie from annoying plot holes caused by an overwrought script.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★½

    Weak story and characters, the plot began to suffer after the first act. The movie is definitely overlong, but Andy Serkis' performance was solid, including the score. This film didn't resonate with me as much as I'd hoped. Quite a disappointment and not a remarkable piece of cinema like the 1968 original.

  • Kick-Ass 2

    Kick-Ass 2

    ★★½

    Poor sequel to a nice movie

  • The Bourne Ultimatum

    The Bourne Ultimatum

    ★★½

    Not very amazing

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★½

    Neither entertaining nor interesting

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★½

    I don't get it

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★½

    Long and boring zombie flick with a clichéd storyline yet a few somewhat thrilling moments and some good action blocking

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★½

    Long and uneventful with a lack of logic from the characters and coherence in the storyline