Ian's Movie Reviews
Short Reviews of Movies, Board Games, and Other Stuff

Archive for the ‘Film Club reviews’ Category

Film Club Review – Once Upon a Time in the West

August 15, 2014

Sergio Leone looooves his music. And its very important to his style of film-making. He is an expert in drawing out tension from scenes and hitting just the right amount of importance for certain moments with the right notes of music. Once Upon a Time in the West has a lot of that, which makes […]

Film Club Review – The Kid

December 21, 2013

My Review The Kid This is one of Chaplin’s earliest features (actually I think it is his earliest) and sees the tramp raising an abandoned orphan. There’s the usual Chaplin slapstick and emotional impact, and more emotion in this film than expected. The opening was a little blase but once the kid gets to be […]

Film Club Review – Frequency

August 22, 2013

My Review Frequency Frequency is an interesting little number in which, through some atmospheric anomaly, a man in 1999 is able to communicate with his father from 30 years early through a radio. And in doing so, the son is able to warn his father of his impending death the very next day. Its a […]

Film Club Review – Monsters

July 29, 2013

My Review Monsters In the spirit of Cloverfield, Monsters sees a movie monster situation through the eyes of the innocent bystanders. In Monsters, an accidental alien invasion has created an infected zone in Mexico in which alien creatures are contained. A journalist must try to get his bosses daughter to safety by leading her through […]

Film Club Review – Side Effects

July 24, 2013

My Review Side Effects Steven Soderberg’s Side Effects is a thriller which explores the use of mental health medication, and I couldn’t help but think that Soderberg is really out to make us paranoid: he tries to make us fear prescription drugs, germs, male strippers… Anyways, Side Effects turns out to be a pretty good […]

Film Club Review: Hard Candy

July 2, 2013

Hey readers, I’m going to  start doing something a little different for my film club reviews starting with today’s post.  For this segment, I participate in an online film club in which the members are partnered up and recommend films to each other.  I have always posted my reviews of the films recommended to me […]

Film Club Review – Leon: The Professional

June 12, 2013

Leon is about the best hitman in the business who ends up looking after the 12 year old girl living next door when her family is killed. And so begins a pretty damn cool movie. Leon is a film with great characters, great action, and great cinematography. I love the glimpse we get into the […]

Film Club Review: Pitch Black

January 12, 2013

Pitch Black is the story of a a spaceship full of people who crash land on an unknown planet inhabited by dangerous alien creatures. Even though the planet has three suns, they happened to have gotten there at a time where a particular planet alignment blocks the suns, and allows these creatures to come out […]

Film Club Review: 13 Assassins

August 2, 2012

13 Assassins is a story about 13 samurai who are hired to kill a sadistic lord before he rises higher in the shogun’s counsel. Its similar to Seven Samurai in plot structure (and time period) except that they are on the offense instead of the defense. The first part of this movie is about establishing […]

Film Club Review: Conan O’Brian Can’t Stop

April 10, 2012

Summary: A documentary of Conan O’Brian getting his tour ready after he was kicked off TV by NBC. Whats great about it is that he’s obviously pissed off at what happened to him, but he’s trying to contain his anger as best he can, sometimes succeeding and sometimes not. Its really quite fascinating to watch. […]

Film Club Review – Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

February 3, 2012

Well…. what do I say? I must confess that this started off very confusingly for me. I felt thrown in to a situation where I wasn’t given any opportunity to connect with the characters in this film, and as a result I felt like I was simply being tugged through the rest of the time. […]

Film Club Review – OSS 117: Lost in Rio

January 7, 2012

What a great comedy. This French James Bond spoof set in Brazil scratched just the right comedy itch. As a Bond spoof its not nearly as over-the-top as Austin Powers, but its just as hilarious. Jean Dujardin hit just the right note as Hubert de la Bath, France’s top womanizing spy. He has a sort […]

Film Club Review – 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days

December 26, 2011

4 Months etc. is a film about a woman helping her roommate have an illegal abortion in Communist Romania during the 80s. The movie starts out in a drab student dormitory where Otilia is helping her friend Gabi pack for a three night stay in a hotel room. We don’t know what its for until […]

Film Club Review – Ran

August 18, 2011

One of Kurosawa’s later films, Ran tells the story of a Japanese warlord with three sons who has decided to step down from power. I went into the movie excepting a visual feast, but what I got was a feast of high drama. I guess with a plot based from Shakespeare, I should have expected […]

Film Club Review – Metropolitan

August 6, 2011

Metropolitan is a story about the high class New York socialite society in the late 20th century. When the movie starts out, a group of young socialite are meeting and having having a lot of conversations which require a lot of big, educated words and ideas. Whether this is an attempt at irony regarding pretentiousness […]