Ian's Movie Reviews
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Posts Tagged ‘aliens

Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Conflict

July 8, 2015

  Cosmic Encounter is a game that has had many versions and may expansions over its 37 year history. However Fantasy Flight’s latest version really seems to be the definitive edition, which has up to five expansions thus far. The first to be released was the excellent Cosmic Incursion Expansion. Today I will be looking […]

My Top 100 Movies – Part 3: #80 – #71

July 22, 2014

About the list And so I’ve decided to tackle the great white whale and try to come up with the list of my 100 favourite movies.  This was not easy, but I decided to try anyway. Please note that these are my favourite films, and as such some choices will be based on a personal […]

Attack the Block

June 7, 2012

Attack the Block is in interesting twist on the alien invasion sub-genre.  In this small, independent flick, a group of street kids take on alien creatures in the London ghetto.  My response: what a fun little movie. The strength in this film isn’t the thrills or action, although both are very good, its the way […]

Men In Black 3

June 2, 2012

“I promised the secrets of the universe, nothing more.” I’ve never been a big Men in Black fan. When I saw the first one, I was coming off of the high from Independence Day the summer before, and compared to that blockbuster, it left me feeling disappointed. And the second film, I don’t even remember […]

Director Talk – James Cameron

February 19, 2012

Welcome to the new feature of this blog, which will be looking at the works and influence of various directors.  This feature also involves PG Cooper from PG Cooper’s Movie Review, and Fog from Fog’s Movie Reviews.  (Wow, the three of us sure don’t have very original blog names!)  The three of us hope to […]

The Ten Best Movie Sequels

August 19, 2011

10. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Star Trek is one of the most legendary television shows of all time, so there were a lot of expectations when the franchise decided to take its adventures to the big screen. Unfortunately, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was a huge disappointment and did not have […]

The Blu-ray Files #005

July 29, 2011

Independence Day – ID4 was a film which reinvented the summer blockbuster and relied heavily on visual and sound effects.  Fifteen years later, do those visual and audio spectacles hold up on its blu-ray release? You betcha.  This is a beautiful transfer which looks and sounds almost as great as it did in the theaters […]

Ticket to Ride – Alvin & Dexter: Jumping the Alien Dino-Shark?

July 5, 2011

When the legendary Fonz leaped over that great lion of the sea while on those slender, wooden skis, he unknowingly created a phrase which would permeate other television shows, book series’, movie franchises, and yes, even board games. It is a term which defines the point at which one of these franchises goes down hill […]

District 9

October 21, 2009

District 9 was an interesting movie. At first I sat there wondering what all the commotion around this movie was. It was somewhat intriguing, but also very preachy and wasn’t really getting anywhere. But at the halfway point the movie shifted gears and really picked up the ace, creating a very exciting and gripping film. […]

Monsters Vs. Aliens

October 20, 2009

Monsters vs Aliens is the latest Dreamworks animated feature.  In the world of animated films, Dreamworks just doesn’t seem to reach as high as Pixar does with its movies.  They are more focused on making a movie of its day as opposed to a movie of the ages, and going for laughs rather than actual […]