Ian's Movie Reviews
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Posts Tagged ‘pixar

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 […]

The Good Dinosaur

July 2, 2016

While Inside Out was released to box office success and acclaimed reviews, The Good Dinosaur released in the holiday season to little fanfare or attention.  It was pretty clear which of Pixar’s 2015 movies was its champion last year.  And sure enough, The Good Dinosaur doesn’t reach the storytelling heights of Inside Out, must does […]

Inside Out

November 7, 2015

It took me two attempts to see Inside Out. When it was in theaters, I decided it would be fun to take my 4 year old niece. Now, it was fun however, not a lot of movie watching was actually done. Most of it was taking breaks in the lobby, getting more popcorn, and eventually […]

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

January 4, 2015

Well, the new year is upon us, so I came back to talk about the movies that are coming up.  At least that I know about at the moment. Its the time of year for top ten lists and all that too, and I’ll get to mine soon enough as well. Honourable Mention: Ant-Man I’m […]

My Top 100 Movies – Part 9: #20 – #11

August 13, 2014

About the list Please note that these are my favourite films, and as such some choices will be based on a personal sense of nostalgia (especially the top 5, once we eventually get there).  There are movies that I have connections to that may rank them higher than you might expect.  That being said, if […]

Monsters University

November 2, 2013

Monsters University is the latest in Pixar’s recent trend of sequels. But does it reach the acclaim of Toy Story 2 & 3, or does it reach for the lowest common denominator like Cars 2? As you might expect, the monsters fall somewhere in middle, with the toys pulling them closer to their end of […]

Brave

June 28, 2012

“I don’t speak bear.” Its hard for Pixar films these days to overcome the high expectations set on them by the company’s previous films. Pixar movies are not only visually beautiful and fun, but they usually have deeper themes which raise them up. WallE was about mankind’s responsibility to the earth, Up was about letting […]

The Blu-ray Files #014

October 17, 2011

The Adventures of Robin Hood – This is the oldest movie I’ve seen so far on blu-ray, but considering that, wow!  It looks awesome.  The picture is wonderfully clear and rich in detail.  And the colours! Oh, the colours!  If this is the same colour palate that audiences saw when this was released in 1938, […]

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

October 2, 2011

5. The Avengers The Avengers has become more of a spectacle than a film. But that’s okay, I’m willing to take part in the spectacle. This movie has been hyped up since Iron Man in 2008 so I highly doubt that it will meet those expectations. Still, having that many superheroes in one movie together […]

Toy Story 3

June 26, 2010

After 11 years, the legends of computer animation have returned. And what is great is that when we actually revisit these memorable characters, its been 11 years for them as well. Andy is all grown up, which makes for an interesting dilemma for them to build a story around; what will the toys do now? […]

The Ten Greatest Animated Feature Films

November 20, 2009

10. Toy Story (1995) To be honest, most of the reason that Toy Story is in this top ten is its status as a milestone of animation. Toy Story truly is the most influential animated film since Snow White, ringing in the new trend of computer animation. However, that is not the only reason it […]

Wall*E

October 29, 2009

When I finally saw Pixar’s 2008 hit WallE, I was blown away. It seems like such a simple film at first, with a little robot filled with curiosity in an empty planet. But the arrival of Eve changes his world, and he eventually finds the last of the human race in outer space, who are […]

Up

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 […]