Erik Oliver discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Luc Besson’s comic book adaptation, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and concludes that Besson’s cool sci-fi canvas outclasses his uncool approach to storytelling.
Erik Oliver suggests that Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan injects the well-worn zombie sub-genre cycle with much needed vibrancy.
Erik Oliver argues that Kubo and the Two Strings provides an opportunity for animation studio Leika to flex its muscles, resulting in a visually impressive and emotionally compelling cinematic experience.
Erik Oliver suggests that despite having characteristics of Brian De Palma’s better films, Raising Cain also indulges his worst tendencies as he fails to transform its pulpy material.
Review: Wisconsin Film Festival The Club | Pablo Larraín | Chile | 2015 | 98 minutes Sundance Cinemas, Saturday, April 16, 6:30pm» Sundance Cinemas, Monday, April 18, 3:45pm» Erik Oliver looks at The Club, Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s portrait of former Catholic priests living comfortably despite representing deep institutional horrors of the church. The understated, […]
Review: One Night Only Goodnight Mommy | Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala | Austria | 2014 | 100 minutes WUD Marquee Film Festival, Union South Marquee Theater, Saturday, November 14, 11:30pm» New Madison Film Forum contributor Erik Oliver admires the arresting aesthetics of the Austrian thriller, Goodnight Mommy, but argues that the film falls short of […]