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: 10,000 B.C.

By Ian Hancock / August 14, 2018 /

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Director: Roland Emmerich Writers: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser Starring: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait, Marco Khan Rated: PG-13 I once saw Roland Emmerich described as “The Michael Bay of the ’90s and early 2000s.” Valuing spectacle over strong storytelling is a strategy that can bring in large audiences if done artfully and…

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Retro Review: Finding Nemo

By Ian Hancock / July 5, 2018 /

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Director: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich Writers: Andrew Stanton Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alex Gould Rated: G In 1994, a lunch conversation between John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, and Peter Docter spawned the ideas for four future Pixar films. One of these ideas was Finding Nemo, a movie that…

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Retro Review: The Incredibles

By Ian Hancock / June 21, 2018 /

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Director: Brad Bird Writer: Brad Bird Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee Rated: PG Like many of the films born during Pixar’s heyday in the early 2000s, The Incredibles took a well-tread concept and spun it into a unique story. Now that the long-requested sequel has…

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Retro Review: Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

By Ian Hancock / June 7, 2018 /

Distributor: 20th Century Fox Director: George Lucas Writers: George Lucas Starring: Ewan MacGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman Rated: PG The year 1999 marked the beginning of one of the most reviled film sagas of all: the Star Wars prequel trilogy. With its numerous problems having been thoroughly hashed out over the years by critics, viewers,…

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Retro Review: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

By Ian Hancock / May 17, 2018 /

Distributor: 20th Century Fox Director: Richard Marquand Writers: Lawrence Kasdan & George Lucas Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Rated: PG In the original trilogy’s closing act, it’s the Rebels’ turn to take the offensive as their surviving members prepare to launch an assault on the newly rebuilt Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke attempts to…

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