Ryan Oliver

Ryan Oliver

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Podcast Editor/Writer at The Playlist and Co-Host/Editor of The Good, The Bad, and The What!? (@thegoodbadwhat).

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★

    🎵Butt plug in the playroom, can you hear my prayer!?🎵

  • In the Earth

    In the Earth

    ★★★★

    The first Wheatley film I’ve been on board for since A FIELD IN ENGLAND. As much as we’ve (rightfully) bemoaned the recent crop of “pandemic movies” for being cheap, hacky versions of the “screen life” subgenre (which can be done well, just see the upcoming PROFILE) set over Zoom calls (which we’re all sick of IRL), COVID-19 - much like 9/11 - is going to play into film and television. A worldwide seismic shift can’t be ignored, especially as societal…

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  • Wild Wild West

    Wild Wild West

    ★★

    Rewatching this reminds me why I get jaded when anyone of my generation tries to say that THE GOONIES or SPACE JAM is “good, actually.” For once, I’d just like someone to say “I loved this movie as a kid, and I still do, but it’s not particularly good.” I watched WILD WILD WEST countless times as a kid. I loved Will Smith. I loved anything that starred Will Smith. I owned the soundtrack on CD and played it constantly.…

  • The Cellar

    The Cellar

    ★★½

    There is no cellar; only Zuul. 

    Every time Patrick Kilpatrick was on screen I audibly exclaimed, “Why couldn’t this be Wings Hauser?” Imagine if this thing had that kind of energy.

    (Watched the Director’s Cut)

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    DA 5 BLOODS feels like something special. It’s certainly messy, but also laser-focused. Timing cannot be discounted, either. I hate the phrase “This is the movie we need right now,” but sometimes, you know what they say, if the shoe fits, et cetera. 

    Lee’s behemoth of a picture has a lot on its mind, as he - per usual - is an expert at linking period pieces to present day, and vice-versa. There’s a lingering sense of generational hurt that…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    I felt almost nothing while watching this. Not in the way that something like TRANSFORMERS beats you into submission until you’re numb, but in that the movie has no blood pumping through its veins. Feels like LucasFilm’s only goal after firing Phil Lord and Chris Miller was to not make a good movie, but a merely competent one that manages to avoid that dreadful green splat on Rotten Tomatoes. And it may barely succeed. 

    The reshoots are felt. Not in…