Andy Oliver

A quiet man with too much to say.

Favorite films

  • In the Mood for Love
  • L'Atalante
  • I Am Cuba
  • Old Joy

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  • Faya Dayi

    ★★★★★

  • Sweet Bean

    ★★★★

  • H.M.S. Defiant

    ★★★

  • The Cursed

    ★★½

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  • Old

    Old

    ★½

    Some good moments but mostly a weak movie masquerading as meaningful.

    Didn't ask for my money back.

    Didn't know you could.

  • Away

    Away

    ★★★★½

    A boy hangs from the branches of a barren tree, his parachute tangled in the dead limbs. A giant figure, vaguely humanoid in form, composed of amorphous dark, approaches the boy. Slowly it plucks the boy from the tree and swallows him whole. It's a strange way to start a movie, even one as beautiful, strange, nightmarish, dreamy and packed with meaning and ideas as this one.

    AWAY is a strange little caprice of a film. A beautiful freak that…

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

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

    A story in three chapters that chronicles the boyhood, adolescence and young manhood of Chiron, a gay black character growing up in a rough, drug riven district of Miami. It's an achingly beautiful examination of life that transcends its settings to tell a story we can all find meaning in.

    Like pebbles dropped in a pool people fall into our lives creating ripples and waves that shape who and what we are. Moonlight posits that we have no control over…

  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    When I think about middle-of-the-road movie-making in future, I will always think of Hidden Figures and its utterly pedestrian treatment of one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century.

    For those not in the know, it's the story of how three African-American women (in particular) broke racist and sexist boundaries whilst working at NASA in 1960's Virginia. It's an incredibly positive and important story that is whiffed so badly as to be almost embarrassing.

    The movie has so…