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Logan

March 6, 2017

This is about as serious a comic book superhero movie as anyone is going to make. And because of the history we have with these characters, it works. Its an interesting question to ask how well it would work if we had never encountered Wolverine or Prof X before, but regardless, that’s not the case […]

Hacksaw Ridge

March 4, 2017

Mel does it again. What an excellent addition to the WWII film canon. Hacksaw tells the story of a conscientious objector who serves in the military without even holding a gun. And since they made a movie about him, you can imagine that there are some heroics involved. Andrew Garfield plays Desmond in a manner […]

The Lego Batman Movie

February 26, 2017

Lego Batman is a much more juvenile outing than The Lego Movie of three years ago. The Lego Movie worked on a thematic level that was surprising, but don’t expect this Batman spin-ff to be in the same ballpark. Nonetheless, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. There was enough here that kept my interest, though […]

John Wick Chapter 2

February 13, 2017

An enjoyable sequel to an enjoyable action flick. John Wick 2 continues almost immediately where the first film leaves off.  John is brought back into the fray when an old debt is called in and he has no choice but to honour it, including a little jog over to Rome.  There’s lots of inventive set […]

Ian’s Bond Education: Part 6

February 2, 2017

Tomorrow Never Dies Now for what may be the most generic of all the Bond movie titles… Tomorrow Never Dies opens well, as Bond has to fly a nuclear missile out of a terrorist mountain camp before the whole place explodes.  it injects adrenaline into the movie as it is meant to.  I also liked […]

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

January 21, 2017

This was a big surprise for me. I really didn’t know what I was expecting with this movie, but what I got was a sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching story about a man and a foster child reluctantly forming a bond. Meanwhile, everyone else thinks the boy was kidnapped and are on the hunt. What we […]

My Worst 5 Movies of 2016

December 27, 2016

5. Independence Day Resurgence I am a big Independence Day fan, but I could not get on board with the  20-years-after sequel.  It was loud and obnoxious and lacked any sort of tension.  The destruction of cities just turned into a white noise of debris which was not remotely interesting.  And the final showdown at […]

Rogue One

December 21, 2016

Okay, here we go. I’m a big Star Wars fan, and if you are a regular reader on my site (if I even have any of those) you will likely know this.  Last year I fell in love with The Force Awakens as it recaptured the magic of Star Wars.  This year we got the […]

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

December 16, 2016

Time for the first of my end-of-the-year lists, the likes of which are dotting movie blogs all over the net I am sure.  We start with the movies I am most looking forward to in 2017.  Granted, most are going to be the big budget/superhero movies because those are the ones we usually know about […]

Arrival

November 26, 2016

*NOTE: This is a full spoiler review It seems like there has been a lot of these serious sci-fi movies lately which have dominated the theaters over the last few years: Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian, Oblivion, Ex Machina, Edge of Tomorrow, etc.  And so I sort of find myself excited about them, yet resisting them, […]

Finding Dory

November 21, 2016

Pixar movies are usually about more than they are about. A movie about a fish that gets lost? Whatever. A story about how that fish represents those who live with various disabilities, and about how parents cope with their children having disabilities? More interesting. So there is certainly a lot of value in a movie […]

Gods of Egypt

November 19, 2016

You will often hear generalizations about how movies are “nothing but mindless action and special effects these days”.  If you are wondering what kinds of movies those people are talking about, Gods of Egypt is a great example.  Gods of Egypt is set in the background of Egyptian Mythology (just in case the title didn’t […]

Dr. Strange

November 11, 2016

Marvel has gone all in on embracing their weirder side, hey? Imagine if this movie came out 15 years ago, as the superhero craze was just starting. It would have been a laughing stock. But this is what a successful movie franchise allows and Marvel keeps seeing how far into their oddities they can go. […]

The Jungle Book

October 2, 2016

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect much from the new version of Jungle Book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Visually, I was concerned that this would be a CGI overload in which the visuals are so in your face that they become essentially meaningless, but I found they worked quite well. The realism of the […]

Fixing Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

August 24, 2016

I will now continue my series where I rewatch the Star Wars prequels and suggest ways in which they could have been better movies.  Not just as movies themselves, but in how it fits in the overall Star Wars universe.  Its really just a cathartic exercise for a fan like myself who is increasingly disappointed […]