Ian's Movie Reviews
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Film Club Review – Sunset Boulevard

May 11, 2010

Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder’s classic film about an aging actress who can’t give up her glory years is a truly tragic tale for both Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis, the struggling writer she takes in to her home. Joe has a chance at a normal life but gives it up because he is too comfortable […]

Couples Retreat

February 15, 2010

Couple’s Retreat is an excellent example of a mismanaged comedy.  With the cast they have put together for this (Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, etc.) this should have been a lot better.  And the strange thing is that all of the leads were all very good.  They fit their characters well and […]

Sherlock Holmes

February 12, 2010

While waiting for this movie to be released, I thought that one of two things would happen: either Ritchie and Downey Jr. would come together and make one fantastic movie based on one of the greatest fictional characters of all time, or that it I would hate it as it would be a ridiculous action […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

October 20, 2009

Ah, the Harry Potter movie juggernaut returns.  I, for one, am a big fan of J.K. Rowling’s novels and have enjoyed each of the films (though the last outing, Order of the Phoenix, was one of the weaker installments).  Now we are back with the sixth, the Half-Blood Prince. I liked it a lot. Yate’s […]

The Hangover

October 20, 2009

The Hangover has become the breakout hit of the summer, and with good reason.   This is one of the best comedies I have seen in quite some time.  I laughed loud and I laughed often. The great thing about the Hangover is that it has a lot of substance to it other than just […]


October 20, 2009

Well, Pixar has done it again. Up is another excellent effort in the Pixar library. The story of stubborn old Carl who sets off in his balloon-hoisted house with stowaway Russell is a fantastic tale full of humour, great characters, and some really touching moments. The opening of the movie sets up a wonderful bedrock […]

Terminator: Salvation

October 20, 2009

I did not go into Terminator Salvation with a lot of hope. I think the series should have been left well enough alone at two movies. What I saw here didn’t really change my mind. I also always thought that a movie set in the Terminator future would be a bad idea; that the future […]

Angels & Demons

October 20, 2009

I am one of the people who enjoyed the Da Vinci Code movie and I have read both Langdon books. So I was actually pretty excited to see Angels & Demons as the story in the book is more adept to having an exciting cinematic adaption than Da Vinci was. Unfortunately this was a very […]

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

October 20, 2009

Wow, this movie was just awful. Just. Awful. Right from the get-go I shook my head thinking of how I would have to continue to sit through this movie when I really just wanted to go to sleep. The pacing was right off the rails. The director obviously thought he was setting up a background […]

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 […]

Sunshine Cleaning

October 20, 2009

Sunshine Cleaning is another dysfunctional family story in a feel-good film, much like the movie this production team worked on previously, Little Miss Sunshine.   Unfortunately, this film doesn’t quite have the heart or interest that its predecessor did when it was released in 2006. I was getting pretty bored with this movie. I actually thought […]


October 20, 2009

Alright, here are my thoughts on Fanboys.  First off, I must point out that I am a Star Wars geek through and through. And therefore, this movie was made for me; I am its intended audience. I realize that this movie has to be viewed by me with two different viewpoints; as a movie on […]


October 20, 2009

This movie is just plain awesome. Its the story of an ex-cia agent whose daughter is kidnapped, and so he goes Jack Bauer on their a****. Liam Neeson is just plain awesome in this movie. He’s kicking a** and taking names later. I love all of the little tricks he uses in order to find […]


October 20, 2009

Watchmen is perhaps the most highly recognized graphic novel of the century and has struggled to make it onto the big screen.  But in March 2009 it finally arrived. Whenever a movie adaptation of a popular book is filmed, there is a lot of comparisons to the original source material. The movie was pretty close […]