Oliver has written 5 reviews for films rated ★½ during 2018.

  • 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