Oliver has written 3 reviews for films rated ★½ during 2020.

  • 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.