Oliver has written 8 reviews for films rated ★½ .

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★½

    While reminding me of other much better films (it even includes John Carpenter’s The Thing in one scene), the idea of testing its audience’s patience with a ponderous buildup is completely hampered by a weak ending that couldn’t tie up the loose ends of its nonsensical story, which doesn’t fully explore its characters or their motivations.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★½

    A bizarre, brazenly awkward, insufferably tedious, and ultimately befuddling endeavor, filled with drawn-out scenes and meandering dialogue exchanges that seem to go on forever while becoming even more confusing and less interesting as it progresses from an odd drama to a fuzzy, surreal, and nihilistic dive into the subconscious of its characters before finally losing all its tension or purpose in a ridiculous final act without a resolution.

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★½

    I would not have expected a movie about a vibrant and energetic character to be so soulless and dull, but even worse is how brainless, lazy, and misandrist the script is, with an absurd amount of follies in the story, boring voiceover narration, and heavily choreographed fight scenes of men getting annihilated by strong female characters. Yet the film only felt the need to develop its women and make every man an underwritten and contemptible caricature. If the genders were switched, there would be an outrage.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★½

    The epitome of style over substance. Suspiria is an awfully dated, irritating, and pretentious giallo horror cult classic that knows little about building fear in its audience and relies on an oversaturated color palette and an overbearing score (louder doesn’t mean scarier) to make us feel as worried and vulnerable as its characters. And despite being well-shot, the dubbing and writing are so bad and clearly unintentional as a stylistic choice. Overall, this movie is extremely overrated, and I do hope Luca Guadagnino has created something much more substantial in his new remake.

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★½

    Not even the strong performances and frequent moments of tension can save this stupid monster movie from its ludicrous premise and the numerous senseless decisions that characters make—creating an almost complete lack of empathy for them and making the viewing itself a bore.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★½

    The visuals may be striking and the soundtrack hypnotic, but I find everything else about The Neon Demon abhorrent. The plot is incoherent, the premise is unclear, and none of the characters are remotely interesting or likable. This feels like one of Nicolas Winding Refn’s most extravagantly self-indulgent films. But, to gain more insight on what seemed like a shallow narrative, my perspective of the film changed rapidly after watching this video.

  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action

    Looney Tunes: Back in Action

    ★½

    The plot is hyperactive, nonsensical jumble. Brendan Fraser is bad. Steve Martin is terrible. The jokes are not nearly as inspired as the original Looney Tunes. Innuendo, references to films, social satire, plot holes, and continuity errors abound. But it’s still bearable, as it’s not as downright stupid as it could be—providing some funny bits and a few memorable moments.

  • Sausage Party

    Sausage Party

    Pointless and disgusting