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

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Solo

June 9, 2018

I’ll be up front and state that I was against the idea of a Han Solo prequel movie. It just seems weird having someone not Harrison Ford play Han at roughly the same age he was in the first movie. It seemed exploitative to me in some way. That being said, I have to admit […]

Avengers: Infinity War

April 30, 2018

The culmination of the last ten years of Marvel movies, the moment that all these interconnected stories have been building up to, satisfyingly delivers.  This is a relief for everyone who has some level of investment in this franchise.  Its the biggest crossover since Cartoon All-stars to the Rescue, and it is quite the spectacle. […]

A Quiet Place

April 24, 2018

Ooh, I really liked this one. A Quiet Place is a horror flick with the conceit that evil creatures are attracted to loud noises, so keep your mouth shut! There are a lot of cool details that go along with this premise, like sand trails for walking, painted floorboards to show which don’t creek, etc. […]

Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts

March 24, 2018

Race for the Galaxy is an incredible game which stretches a gamer’s muscles for efficient strategy, tweaks at their imagination, and offers a quick-fire pace. The games has a number of expansions, beginning with three early add-ons, then a long gap, and a return to the well with Alien Artifacts. The expectation is that this […]

Black Panther

March 11, 2018

I don’t have a whole lot to say about Black Panther, though whenever I say that I seem to have more to say than I would think. What I appreciated most from Black Panther was learning about a new fictional mythology, a new layer to this cinematic world they are building which also holds of […]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

March 3, 2018

There’s a difference between having a movie full of unlikable characters that you hate watching and a movie with unlikable characters that you are still captivated by. The difference here is obvious: its the writing that keeps them from being flat, the directing to lead them in the right direction, and of course the performances […]

Justice League

January 3, 2018

It wasn’t terrible. Well, okay… it was terrible. But somehow I didn’t hate it. Lets face facts, this is not a good movie. The script feels cobbled together, the tone is hard to pinpoint, and The Flash as the comic relief falls flat every time. I don’t think I heard anyone in the theater laugh at […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 23, 2017

Star Wars is back, and this time so is Luke Skywalker! And I must say, seeing him as a full-fledged, aging Jedi is simply awesome. He has grown very powerful yet world-weary, and I really think they took him in the right direction.  Mark Hamill sunk right back into the character and took him places that […]

X-Wing

December 19, 2017

Star Wars is, you know, slightly popular. And in this day and age, in our culture, popular things get the crap marketed out of them, Star Wars most of all. You could argue that this franchise started the whole marketing craze. And part of that marketing usually involves board games: Star Wars Monopoly was a […]

Murder on the Orient Express

December 17, 2017

Murder on the Orient express is a remake of the classic film based on the classic Agatha Christie novel.  And they do a good job of making it feel old-fashioned.  There’s a certain, nebulous “murder mystery” feel that this new film is able to capture, and because of that I enjoyed it quite a lot.  […]

Thor Ragnarok

November 19, 2017

The Thor Trilogy takes a tonal shift with its third installment as the Marvel film magnates have decided they want to pull people in by making it more like the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy.  The result is a conclusion of the somewhat mythological story of Asgard mashed with humour-filled, cosmic wackiness.  As it […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

October 27, 2017

Its odd; I really enjoyed both Rise and Dawn, but I never felt a lot of excitement towards the concluding chapter in this new Planet of the Apes trilogy.  I can’t really say why, I just wasn’t.  I didn’t bother to see it in theaters, and only now caught it on video.  There’s really no […]

Ticket to Ride: The Heart of Africa

October 22, 2017

At this point, Days of Wonder have fully committed to the Map Expansion idea for expanding their most popular game, and the third such package takes us to Africa, the fourth continent to be visited by these coloured plastic trains. Unlike the previous two map packs, this is not a double board. As such, it […]

Small World: Royal Bonus

October 10, 2017

Small World expansions have always excited me, as I love getting new races to add to the variety of the gameplay. It seems limitlessly expandable, so long as you can find new ways to create different abilities within the rules. So when Days of Winder ran a kickstarter for the Small World ipad app, I […]

It

September 23, 2017

It has really become (oh man, I really hate using this pun) the “it” movie this year.  All the kids are talking about it.  Movies that get talked about like this don’t seem to happen often anymore, especially horror films.  I can see why this was so popular; it was chalk full of creepy moments […]