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Jacob Oller

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review - 2016 Kenneth Lonergan Film

Los Cabos IFF Review: Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’

“‘Manchester by the Sea’ will make your dad cry by showing him how he deals with emotions and the instructional framework through which he learned how to deal with emotions.”

Los Cabos IFF Review: Pablo Larraín’s ‘Jackie’

“Portman’s vivid portrayal is the film’s greatest strength, coasting through woebegone New England accents and the script’s on-the-nose airing of themes in the final act.”

CIFF Review: Terence Davies’ ‘A Quiet Passion’

“‘A Quiet Passion’ is at its best when its silence is broken by images, not words.”

CIFF Review: Andrzej Wajda’s ‘Afterimage’

“This portrait of an aging artist engages with and refuses the idea that artistic and social isolation is anything but selfish.”

Two Drink Minimum: Christopher Guest’s ‘Mascots’

“Jamming its artistic support into the final few moments, ‘Mascots’ just checks off boxes.”

Two Drink Minimum: ‘Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills’

“It’s a savvy marketing strategy for extremely capitalist comedy, but the Shlesinger routine never amounts to anything more pleasant than being stuck sharing a cab with someone that seemed much more interesting several hours and drinks ago.”

Two Drink Minimum: ‘Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Ville’

“For all Cedric’s struggling against modernity, I can’t help but think Harambe would’ve improved this bit.”

Two Drink Minimum: Emmys 2016 – Progress Comes Quicker with Comedy

“The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards have helped shake up the industry with its most explicitly progressive and comedic self-congratulating.”

Two Drink Minimum: ‘Galaxy Quest’, ‘Star Trek’ and the Real World

“‘Galaxy Quest’ remains great as a testament to sci-fi filmmaking, television and reverence to ‘Star Trek’ as a fandom phenomenon which can only be understood and engaged with via postmodern means.”

Two Drink Minimum: ‘David Cross: Making America Great Again!’ (Netflix)

“Similar to the audience polarization of other onenote comics (like Ricky Gervais), Cross’ locked, angry views overwhelm his substantial wit.”

Two Drink Minimum: Amazon Pilot Reviews

Jacob Oller on ‘The Tick,’ ‘I Love Dick’ and ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’

Two Drink Minimum: Humor and the Influences of ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

“As reference humor and pop song needle drops become ironic jokes in and of themselves, stories like Kubo will outlive them all by having just a bit of substance behind the gags.”

Two Drink Minimum: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon’s ‘Sausage Party’

“In many ways, it’s like watching the Olympics. You may not understand every event or even grasp the differences between the best in the world or last place, but you respect the talent behind it.”

Two Drink Minimum: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Recaps (Part 4 of 4)

“As long as those around BoJack grow more and more distant, so will his second chances.”

Two Drink Minimum: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Recaps (Part 3 of 4)

Two Drink Minimum is a Comedy-Based Column by Jacob Oller.

Two Drink Minimum: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Recaps (Part 2 of 4)

“This may be the midpoint of the season, but it already feels like these cycles of self-delusion are about to crash.”

Two Drink Minimum: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Recaps (Part 1 of 4)

“Despite being under the ‘Two Drink Minimum’ banner, make no mistake: ‘BoJack Horseman’ is not a comedy.”

Two Drink Minimum: Mandie Fletcher’s ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

“It’s like hanging out with your spoiled great aunt at Thanksgiving for an hour until she gets plastered and ruins everything.”

Two Drink Minimum: Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s ‘Swiss Army Man’

“Sing along with a corpse and come out the other side appreciating the bus ride home.”

Two Drink Minimum: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’, Looney Tunes and Animated Logic

“A series of goofy images isn’t a comedy.”