RSS feed for Oliver

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Gladiator

    Gladiator 2000

    ★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2016

    The extra .5 is for Joaquín Phoenix.

    Maybe because I watched the extended cut (which seems fairly likely), I thought the first hour was way too long and took far too much time for anything useful to happen

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Apr, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Not without its problems, usually more on the technical side, but very good all the same. 

    Pros:
    Well-balanced scenes
    Excellent pacing
    No more Peggy, hopefully
    Spider-Man
    Everything not listed below

    Cons:
    Worst directing I've ever seen
    Some shocking CGI
    No-one died
    Daft plot (not the civil war, but the reasons they're fighting) and subplots
    Martin Freeman's and Elizabeth Olsen's terrible accents
    Crossbones was criminally underused

Popular reviews

More
  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction 1994

    ★★★½ Added 2

    I think to call this one of the greatest films ever is a wild exaggeration. Very good, yes, but ultimately there is no real plot and stuff just happens because it happens. Samuel L. Jackson was superb, and everyone gave very good performances, but Bruce Willis' character and story felt almost pointless, at least at face value. Of the five Tarantino films I've seen (this, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Django Unchained), this was definitely the weakest.

    Influential? Yes. Different? Absolutely. 9/10 on the IMDb? No chance.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★ Added

    Predictable. Boring. Dull.

    Saw 'Dawn' back-to-back with its superb predecessor, 'Rise of the POTA', so it's safe to say I was expecting big things. That was a mistake.

    The whole first hour was basically pointless and it all followed the same routine: Thing needs doing, something stops thing from being done, thing gets done eventually. Rinse and repeat.

    The only reason it gets a generous 2 stars is because of how magnificent it looked and how well it was shot…