Ian Hancock

Ian is a speculative fiction writer with an English degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. When he's not writing, he enjoys strategy games, sports, anime, and finding new ways to make fun of life.

Retro Review: How to Train Your Dragon

By Ian Hancock / March 20, 2019 /

Distributor: Paramount Pictures Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders Writers: William Davies, Dean DeBlois Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse Genre: Family, Fantasy, Animation Rated: PG-13 In January 2010, the visual effects juggernaut Avatar hit theaters. Two months later came How to Train Your Dragon. While not as immediately groundbreaking as the unprecedented success of…

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Review: Unbreakable

By Ian Hancock / February 4, 2019 /

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Director: M. Night Shyamalan Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Rated: PG-13 The 90s and early 2000s were a far less forgiving time for superhero stories and geek culture in general, especially when it came to feature films, making the waters especially difficult for a…

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Retro Review: Boiler Room

By Ian Hancock / December 1, 2018 /

Distributor: New Line Cinema Director: Ben Younger Writer: Ben Younger Starring: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long Rated: R Initially conceived after director Ben Younger had a job interview at a real-life brokerage, Boiler Room draws a hefty amount of inspiration from previous financial crime dramas such as 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross. It pulls off…

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Retro Review: The Gift

By Ian Hancock / October 31, 2018 /

Distributor: STX Entertainment Director: Joel Edgerton Writer: Joel Edgerton Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton Rated: R Genre: Horror After moving back to the husband’s old stomping grounds, a couple from Chicago runs into an old acquaintance with some odd mannerisms and a strangely intense desire to be their friend. Once anonymous gifts begin…

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Retro Review: Cry Freedom

By Ian Hancock / October 2, 2018 /

Distributor: Universal Pictures Director: Richard Attenborough Writers: John Briley; Based on the novel by Donald Woods Starring: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon Rated: PG Set in South Africa during the Apartheid regime of the 1970s, Cry Freedom tells the story of the real-life friendship between former political opponents Steven Biko and Donald Woods. As…

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