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: Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

By Ian Hancock / May 11, 2018 /

Distributor: 20th Century Fox Director: Irvin Kershner Writers: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas Composer: John Williams Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford Rated: PG Frequently referred to as the best movie of the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back has deeply ingrained its characters in popular culture with a bevy of snappy quotable…

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Retro Review: The Avengers

By Ian Hancock / April 27, 2018 /

Distributor: Paramount Pictures Director: Joss Whedon Writers: Joss Whedon & Zack Penn Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Renner Rating: PG 13 In one of the most anticipated movie events of the last decade, a team of five big-name superheroes must get past their differences to join…

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Retro Review: The Dark Crystal

By Ian Hancock / April 10, 2018 /

Distributor: Universal Pictures Director: Jim Henson & Frank Oz Writers: Jim Henson, David Odell Starring: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz Rated: PG As a movie from the 80s made with puppets, The Dark Crystal will evoke memories of The Labyrinth and The Neverending Story. It’s an ambitious film with a richly imagined world and some good minds at the helm,…

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Retro Review: Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

By Ian Hancock / March 22, 2018 /

Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures Directors: Steve Box & Nick Parks Writers: Steve Box & Nick Parks Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter Rated: G As a young teenager, I didn’t even know about the series until this movie came out.  Yet, I remember greatly liking this movie, the point of watching it well over a…

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Retro Review: Super 8

By Ian Hancock / March 1, 2018 /

Distributor: Paramount Pictures Director: J.J. Abrams Writer: J.J. Abrams Starring: Ell, Fannin, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler Super 8 is billed as a callback to the 1980s movie scene, one whose primary intent is to rekindle the memories of this bygone period. While such an intent is fine in concept, honoring people’s memories of the past…

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