Ian Shade

Ian Shade

Favorite films

  • Halloween
  • No Time to Die
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Batman Returns

Recent activity

  • Lucy

  • Bride of Chucky

  • Dream Scenario

  • Priscilla

Recent reviews

  • Lucy


    Deeply stupid, but brilliantly unapologetic about it because it's stupid in the same way that we use the phrase "no stupid questions" to encourage thought, belief, evolution, betterment. The same impulse that tells us to inspire ourselves with ingrained misinformation about the human brain, or the idea that the puffs and pills and powders will expand our minds or increase our efficiency or just force a few more things to make sense. (Reminded of that episode during the pandemic where…

  • Bride of Chucky

    Bride of Chucky

    Theoretically, the Platonic ideal for my structural obsessions: the reconfiguration of an icon, informed by its past experiences (Battle-Damaged Chucky as a reflection of our memory of him, his treatment by the unwitting, and his deaths at the hands of the knowing), in service to a distinct but contiguous chapter (Tiffany coming 'round to redefine the entire dynamic), perhaps more concerned with exploring what that means to the character and his world than an actual narrative. That lack of cohesion/interest…

Popular reviews

  • London Has Fallen

    London Has Fallen


    An Iranian filmmaker, long ago displaced by war, somehow gets his hands on a flag-jerking slimeball of a Hollywood movie; his sequel begins with an American drone blowing the hell out of a Pakistani wedding. Olympus has been reconstructed, and the lesson was to take the moniker as literally as possible, to chuck thunderbolts from on high. It's a curious, and nauseating, and natural extension of Olympus Has Fallen and its weird genericisms. Benjamin Asher is no longer an anonymous…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming


    The Doctor Strange pledge in full effect. Watts seems like the first filmmaker in decades who doesn't know what to do with Spider-Man's static mask, so you're going to see a lot of Spidey just staring into space, with Holland's jaw moving or possibly not, over a stream of jokey blather. But Homecoming is predicated on Civil War's bullshit concept of fidelity--and what comes out of that is a "high school movie" that devotes its high school self entirely to…