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A Book Ian Likes: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

• January 9, 2017

For many years, Arthur C. Clarke held the belief that a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey was not only unnecessary but also impossible. So it was a surprise for many when 2010: Odyssey Two was published. Certainly it was an unneeded sequel, but it manages to extend and explain many of the events of […]

Review: Highlander by Garry Douglas

• July 25, 2016

Highlander by Garry Douglas Kilworth My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m a big fan of this movie, despite its many flaws, because it’s a clever story and tries to make some impact with its visual style. However, a good script is hampered by the director not being able to direct his actors with more […]

A Film Ian Likes: The Princess Bride

• June 8, 2013

The Princess Bride This is an almost perfectly structured film: it starts quietly, introducing characters and situations one by one and then building the stakes and tension until you can’t stop watching. It begins and ends with the framing device of a sick boy being read to by his grandfather and the story gradually takes […]

A film Ian likes: The Tall Guy

• April 9, 2013

We all think we know Richard Curtis, right? Huge British writer/ director who helped make modern British cinema what it is today? Reinventor of the romantic comedy before sinking it under the weight of his own clichés? Co-creator and co-author of Blackadder? Figure most responsible for the rise of Hugh Grant as an actor? Right. […]