• 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/

  • A Shot in the Dark

    A Shot in the Dark

    This one is all about Clouseau and it’s a masterclass in sixties Sellers silliness.

    Don’t take this as a complaint, but it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that every single possible gag involving a door has been done in this one film.

    Also, where can I buy a guillotine cigar cutter?

    www.bfoliver.com/film/2018/02/04/ashotinthedark/

  • The Pink Panther

    The Pink Panther

    The Peter Sellers marathon continues, or perhaps I should call it ‘films I used to find hilarious as a kid’. I haven’t grown up that much so it’s still hilarious.

    What’s interesting about this one is that it’s more of an ensemble film than the later instalments, before Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau became the focus of the series. He steals the show but the film is never really about him.

    It’s in many ways a flawed film that spends quite a lot of time doing very little, but it’ll always have a place in my heart. As will Claudia Cardinale.

    www.bfoliver.com/film/2018/02/04/thepinkpanther/

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Nothing is funnier than Peter Sellers trying to get hold of the Russian president on the phone to tell him the world is about to end. “Could you turn down the music, Dmitri?”

    The ability to end the world in under 3 hours isn’t going away any time soon, and so Dr. Strangelove will always be relevant. It doesn’t seem to enter the frame very often when people discuss Kubrick but it’s up there with his best work.

    Also, we’ve now embarked on a bit of a Peter Sellers marathon. Pink Panther next.

    www.bfoliver.com/film/2018/02/03/drstrangelove/

  • The Party

    The Party

    When I was a younger man my dad made me a VHS tape with a few episodes of The Simpsons on it, taped off the television. Somewhere at the end of that tape was the first hour or so of this film, and I used to watch it over and over. I’d tell my friends at school about it but I didn’t really know what the film was called and no one would believe me that it even existed. It was the strangest, funniest thing I’d ever seen.

    It might still be.

    www.bfoliver.com/film/2018/02/02/theparty/

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    A young dinosaur gets separated from his family and embarks on a long journey to find his way home.

    They say Pixar don’t make films for kids but this one is surely aimed at a younger demographic. The story is so simple and single minded that it starts to get dull, and the characters outside of the main duo (Aldo the Dinosaur and Spot, a feral human he befriends early on) are so one dimensional that it’s hard to believe…

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke

    One of my favourite films of all time. I could probably watch this every month. A bittersweet masterpiece about refusing to conform at all costs.

    Paul Newman creates one of the most effortlessly endearing characters ever put to film. If everyone could stand up to authority and still come off as the coolest guy in the room then the world would be a better place.

    He wins over everyone in the prison just for the sake of it and it’s truly inspiring.

    The Shawshank Redemption owes everything to Cool Hand Luke.

  • Mom and Dad

    Mom and Dad

    A mysterious event occurs that turns parents against their kids, sending them off on a crazy killing spree. Unfortunately this includes Nic Cage and Selma Blair, with Cage in particular being the craziest motherfucker of all. Their two kids try everything they can to survive.

    Mom and Dad is utter madness put to film. It’s a short, wild ride that manages to keep the tension up while still getting plenty of laughs.

    One of the greatest achievements here is that…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    Still the lean, level-headed, engrossing story I remember it to be. No scene is wasted, every line drives the story on and the cast are rock solid.

    Perhaps it’s a touch on the dry side for a second viewing but my wife wanted to see it and like me she was hooked.

    An important look into the inner workings of journalism as much as it is about the church.

  • Coco

    Coco

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

    The latest offering from Pixar uses the colour and passion of the ‘Mexican Day of the Dead’ to spin a charming tale about a boy trying to get back to his roots and follow in his ancestor’s footsteps as a musician.

    Coco touches on a lot of topics in a pretty swift run time - death, family, memories, dementia and the choice of following your dreams at the risk of disappointing those who love you. Sounds heavy for a kid’s…

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    This is driven by wild energy, like a car drifting in and out of control swinging from one side of the road to the other, but always going forward.

    To say this is Adam Sandler’s best film does his performance a disservice, because he seems to be terrible in almost everything he’s ever starred in. Somehow, he’s brilliant here. The film is underpinned by a constant anxiety that simply wouldn’t work without him.

    This unlikely romance is a beautiful whirlwind of raw emotion like no other film made before or since. Words don’t do it justice.

    www.bfoliver.com/film/2018/01/21/punchdrunklove/