Ian A. Chapman

Ian A. Chapman

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I enjoy watching fun films; analysing spoils the viewing experience, but I do record my feelings and observations.

Favorite films

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Silent Running
  • The Day After

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  • Halloween

    ★★★★

  • Halloween II

    ★★★★

  • The Last Shark

    ★★★½

  • Hillbillys in a Haunted House

    ★★

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    As I previously missed this and the two Rob Zombie alternatives, I decided to make a night of it. Now I rather enjoyed the brutality and ugliness of the uncomfortably grimy other world; so returning to the Lauri timeline came as a cleaner tonal shift. I found the scenes with the aged characters most interesting; however, the repetitious parallels with the teens (especially the babysitter) disinterested me. I hoped to see a different perspective with Michael due to his age,…

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★

    A horrific trip, Halloween II offers some of Rob Zombie’s most surreal work, albeit drenched in brutal violence. Watched as part of the encompassing franchise, I dislike this film; however, as the stand-alone alternative interpretation - it’s a wild ride. The film opens strong and feels at home as a remake of the original sequel; then an abrupt tonal shift throws off the momentum and grinds the film back to a reset. Now from this point I generally confused most…

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  • Up at Night

    Up at Night

    ★★★

    Not sure if I enjoyed the three screen technique; maybe Up at Night would play better in a cinema than on my small television. I kept finding myself distracted and ultimately unfocused, too many images with not so much occurring. Far to long for what it contained, although it began with an interesting enough premise.

  • Last and First Men

    Last and First Men

    ★★★★½

    One of my favourite books, I considered Last and First Men to be impossible to film. On this point I do not feel mistaken as the director made a fascinating visual choice by only showing stone artefacts while the narration lead the story through words alone. Amazingly well done; the use of music helped with emotional context and despite being so heavily based in dialogue I never felt lost. Now I want to read the book again.