Author: Olly Buxton

1 Million Years B.C. (1966)
DVD Review

1 Million Years B.C. (1966)

This is the way it was! (Not) A million years ago, Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animated dinosaurs roamed the Earth. They were masters of all they surveyed: Titans, Arabians, Argonauts, cavemen, you name it. But, in 1993, a meteor called Jurassic Park struck the planet and rendered them extinct overnight. The […]

Embrace of the Serpent (2016)
Film Review

Embrace of the Serpent (2016)

Apocalypto Now! It’s hard to behold delusional Europeans flailing in the depths of the Amazon without Werner Herzog coming to mind, and so he does in Embrace The Serpent, an impressionistic meditation on the clash of modernity with biology. A dash of Coppola made it into the mix too, as […]

Goosebumps (2015)
Film Review

Goosebumps (2015)

R. L. Stine, who sounds like a pseudonym borne of a pun, published “Goosebumps”, a series of something like 60 young adult horror stories in the nineties. For all their 350 million worldwide sales, their target market missed this reviewer by a distance. They are generic chillers: werewolves, reanimated gnomes, […]

The Big Short (2016)
Film Review

The Big Short (2016)

If the era of banker bashing is over, no one told Adam McKay. He has made a tremendous film out of a tremendous book, even if his target is a sitting duck. Of all the books on the global financial crisis, Michael Lewis’ The Big Short was the savviest: uniquely it married […]

The Martian (2014)
Film Review

The Martian (2014)

Damon dominates the screen, nailing a one-hander and getting far more laughs than you’d expect from a man in a year’s alien solitary who has to eat potatoes he grew in his own poo.

Slow West (2015)
Film Review

Slow West (2015)

Slow Western When he signed on to finance and star in this picture Michael Fassbender must have had in mind one of those slow-burning, lyrical westerns like Unforgiven. He might have imagined gaining some Clint Eastwood grit, too: His is a handsome, square-jawed face, his eyes are bright sapphires, but […]

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Feature, Film Review

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Oh, look: another hero. In 1985, apparently sending George Miller’s Mad Max franchise to the hereafter, Tina Turner sang “we don’t need another hero”. Thirty years later, Miller has had a change of heart. Mad Max is back, with another hero, and she’s called Furiosa. Mad Max: Fury Road is […]

Feature, Film Review

Kon-Tiki (2012)

There was a time in the mid 20th when Europe cornered the market in batty anthropologists. Swiss fraudster Erich von Däniken theorised that the Incas came from space, or communed with those who did, and Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl theorised that they went from there to the Polynesian Islands on balsawood […]

Feature, Film Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (2014)

The novel on which The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I is based is, by a distance, the weakest of Susan Collins’ trilogy, so it is for commercial rather than artistic reasons Lionsgate have resolved on a two part treatment. That worked for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows because it […]

Feature, Film Review

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) 2014

“In Order of Disappearance” is not a memorable title for a movie, but it’s  a better one than “Prize Idiot”, which is the literal Norwegian translation of “Kraftidioten”. It is a film-maker’s in-joke, of course, and director Hans Petter Moland certainly has some fun with it as the credits roll. Moland […]