Ian Curran

Ex video store alum. RIP Xtravision

Put some respect on the 3 ⭐️ movie!

Favorite films

  • When Harry Met Sally...
  • The Shining
  • Scream
  • Rounders

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  • The Babadook

    ★★★★★

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

  • Killing Them Softly

    ★★★

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    ”…death has come to your little town.”

    The brilliance of Halloween—whats gotten lost or misunderstood in the intervening decades— is the context of the film and the emotional zeitgeist in which it was made.

    I firmly believe that most directors—any creative type really—only have a ten to twelve year period where they can seem relevant. I think that fertile period comes from the fact that, for a brief period of time, we are effortlessly engulfed in the culture and emotional…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    “Dad? You’d never hurt Mom and me, wouldja?”

    The test of a horror movies greatness is being able to revisit it time and time again even though you’ve habituated to the scares. The Shining is a horror movie whose brilliance is compounded—not diminished—through reengagement.

    Discussing The Shining is tricky; no one wants to go full Room237 when trying to interpret it, but at the same time there’s more to this film than just aesthetics and the surface layer of ghosts…

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★★

    “Don’t let it in.”

    It’s not sacrilegious to say that the 2000’s was not the horror genres most fertile (read: interesting) period. Don’t get me wrong there are some stone cold classics from the new millenniums first decade: American Psycho, The Descent, 28 days/weeks, Drag Me to Hell, and an explosion of international horror (J and K Horror, Let The Right One In etc.). But for the most part we were inundated with torture porn (thanks Bin Laden) and remakes…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    “Fuck off teenagers!”

    Love and friendship in a time of plentiful waterbeds, but plenty less gas.

    Hoffman and Haim bring a charming and endearing quality to what is essential a 2hr plus vibe movie. Any movie that can make Sean Penn that happy and Bradley Cooper that creepy is a winner in my book.

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★

    I try to avoid hyperbole as much as I can, but Im 100% guilty of waxing lyrical about things that move me, or with stuff I feel is important.

    It’s not an exaggeration to say The Sopranos is one of the greatest TV shows ever made—that’s just consensus. Where I run the risk of jumping from effusive to full blown atomic hyperbole, is when I say The Sopranos is one of the most important pieces of art from the last…

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★★

    “Who the fu€k is staying in my house?”

    A horror movie that unfolds like a Russian doll of tense, dark twists but whose core is a sharp—and at times humorous and tender—look at the horrors of trusting someone. This film is one of the better social allegories I’ve seen in a long time.

    It’s hard to talk about this movie without spoiling it so I wont say much more than this: Barbarian is all the parts of Malignant I enjoyed…