Ben Oliver

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Favorite films

  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Out of Sight
  • Office Space

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  • Justice League

  • The Ladykillers

  • A Shot in the Dark

  • The Pink Panther

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    Wow, hard to know where to start with this lame attempt to polish a turd.

    How about Superman’s weird fucking face? Henry Cavill had to sport a moustache for another role and was contractually bound not to shave it off. Why they couldn’t use a fake moustache for the other film is a real mystery because his CGI top lip looks painfully bad here. He looks worse than Peter Cushing in Rogue One and Peter Cushing had been dead for…

  • The Ladykillers

    The Ladykillers

    Our Peter Sellers binge continues with a relatively small role that we used as the perfect excuse to re-watch The Ladykillers.

    This is the perfect crime caper.

    Things that never fail to get me:

    - Banging on the pipes with the hammer
    - Alec Guiness’s skulking lead character and his ridiculous false teeth
    - When a gaggle of old ladies arrive and everyone has to sing round the piano
    - The final gag, which manages to be funny and poetic

    An under-watched masterpiece not to be missed.

    www.bfoliver.com/film/2018/02/06/theladykillers/

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    A man (Jake Gyllenhaal) carves a niche for himself capturing video footage of horrific accidents then selling it on to news stations. The lengths he goes to in order to do his job get more and more extreme.

    This one has knocked me for six. Gyllenhaal pulls off the performance of a lifetime in this neo-noir thriller. He plays creepy sociopath Lou Bloom, with a shit eating grin and a head full of bland business mottoes off the internet. Somehow…

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    ★★

    A historical romance set in pre and postwar Japan.

    Memoirs of a Geisha is a beautifully made film, well deserving of its Oscars for Art Direction, Cinematography and (especially) Costume Design.

    It’s a shame that it’s wasted on a story so cliched and bland that it might bore you to tears. At two and a half hours the film simply feels like it’s never going to end. What starts out as a foreign and exotic setting quickly becomes dull and…