Ian Thomas Malone

Ian Thomas Malone
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Biography:
Ian Thomas Malone is an author and transgender activist. She earned her B.A. at Boston College in 2013, where she founded The Rock at Boston College and an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Ian?s treatise The Transgender Manifesto is a bestseller in LGBT non-fiction. Her work has been featured in the online editions of the National Review, INSIDER, Bustle, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and the Irish Examiner. She is currently working on contributions to academic books on James Cameron, Netflix, Star Trek: Voyager, and Tumblr. Ian lives in Long Beach, California.
Publications: Ian Thomas Malone, FanSided

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% 76 Days (2020) 76 Days is a powerful wake up call to anyone not taking this pandemic seriously, a gut-wrenching display of the stakes at hand. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
100% Assassins (2020) Director Ryan White masterfully breaks down the complex mechanics of North Korean politics and the Malaysian justice system in a fascinating thriller. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
50% 18 to Party (2020) 18 to Party is a thoroughly lackluster endeavor. Roda's awful screenplay deflates any value from this derivative half-baked homage. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
100% No Ordinary Man (2020) No Ordinary Man is a beautiful tribute to an icon of trans lore and a damning indictment on the shameful media coverage after his death. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
85% Dead (2020) Weal constantly challenges his audience with emotionally resonant material that's quite funny without ever feeling like it's playing for laughs. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
62% Blackbird (2020) Overburdened by a terrible screenplay and sloppy filmmaking, Blackbird makes a mess out of its sensitive material. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
74% Mulan (2020) With Mulan, Disney shoots for more than a shot-for-shot remake of the past. The result is a little clunky at times, but compelling enough to justify its existence. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) Thirty minutes in, the film mostly trades its compelling psychology analysis in for a tired retread of the 2016 election featuring a collection of cable news pundits. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
84% Lingua Franca (2020) Sandoval shines as a director, but Lingua Franca suffers from wooden performances and a screenplay that rarely knows where to concentrate its attention. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
67% The Blech Effect (2020) The Blech Effect spends its time throwing a lackluster pity party instead of offering any substantive insight into its subject's career. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
No Score Yet La veuve Couderc (The Widow Couderc) (1971) A contemplative narrative, one more concerned with raising questions than presenting answers. The acting is top notch, with Delon and Signoret in peak form. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
60% Tesla (2020) Tesla fails both as a biopic and as a work of entertainment. The absurdist sequences feel quite bland in the absence of any substance regarding Tesla's life. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
90% The August Virgin (La virgen de agosto) (2020) Arana is a captivating lead, giving an expressive performance that allows the audience to feel Eva's sense of optimism in real time. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
85% I Used to Go Here (2020) Jacobs carries the entire narrative, making it easy to forgive the film's otherwise lackluster execution. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Despite Rylance's best efforts in the lead role, Waiting for the Barbarians falters as a result of its sluggish pacing and meandering screenplay. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
75% CRSHD (2019) Cohn has nothing new or interesting to say about college life, an anemic narrative riddled with clichés. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2020
87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater presents more of an indictment of nostalgia than a tribute at its alter, moments to be celebrated without needing to long for their return. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
91% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) A deeply frustrating film, a genre-defying triumph of humanity. The kind of masterpiece that makes you want to scream. It's absolutely beautiful. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
100% Jack & Yaya (2020) Transgender people often feel alone, afraid to live life as ourselves. Jack & Yaya is a touching narrative that celebrates the vital relationships we make across our journeys. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
91% Relic (2020) Relic is a meticulously crafted slow burn. James has a superb sense of pacing that keeps tensions high. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
25% Money Plane (2020) Money Plane could have been a fun disaster of a film, but Copeland's obvious boredom sucks all the air out of the cockpit. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
87% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Deneuve is in peak form, portraying Fabienne with an overwhelming sense of gravitas perfect for the narrative. The Truth is the rare film about fame that works. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
90% We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) The documentary does struggle at times to balance the juicier aspects of its narrative with its general apprehension for the kind of conflict that drives storytelling. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Welcome to Chechnya is an important wake-up call to the atrocious human rights violations in Russia, shamefully ignored by the mainstream media. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) The narrative is much more contemplative about Cohn's life than biographical. Those who know little about Cohn might feel a little lost amidst Meeropol's scattershot pacing. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) Medak's great triumph lies in his ability to craft a compelling narrative that doesn't require the audience to have seen Ghost in the Noonday Sun. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
94% Babyteeth (2020) Babyteeth is occasionally uncomfortable to watch, a strong debut by Murphy that demonstrates her firm grasp on the complexities human emotion. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
100% Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (2019) Seahorse presents a refreshingly sober look at pregnancy, a soft-spoken effort to tone down the rhetoric surrounding transgender issues. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
96% The Donut King (2020) The Donut King is a touching love letter to an important slice of SoCal culture and a man who lived the American dream. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
92% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Gadsby approaches longstanding power imbalances with grace and sensibility, with little concern for the egos of the male bodies who might take to Twitter to complain. - FanSided EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
50% For Ever Mozart (1997) Godard is rarely accessible, but For Ever Mozart is little more than foolish ramblings by a director who seems oddly bored by his musings. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
81% A Cop (Un Flic) (2013) Melville concerns himself with very complex themes in Un Flic while keeping the narrative mostly at the surface. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
76% Shoot to Marry (2020) Markle has a gift for comedy. Shoot to Marry aims for laughs more than enlightenment, a hilarious narrative that never takes itself too seriously. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
96% Tomboy (2011) Tomboy falls apart when it comes time to deal with the stakes at hand, an irresponsibly rushed third act that squanders the film's ample goodwill. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
55% Valley Girl (2020) Valley Girl treats the 80s like an Instagram filter, a film without a single drop of originality. An unapologetically fun guilty pleasure. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Feldstein's exuberance is more than enough to forgive some of the film's more predictable terms. - FanSided EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
85% Orlando (1993) Few films understand the value of gender as a spectacle better than Orlando. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
88% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) The archival footage is fascinating enough to forgive the film's muddled narrative and subpar production values. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
100% So Dark the Night (1946) So Dark the Night is a brisk noir gem that meticulously builds suspense over the course of its short runtime. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
65% Clementine (2019) Clementine gets by on the strength of its leads for a while, but the weak script and thin narrative let all of the air out long before the credits roll. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
98% In a Lonely Place (1950) Bogart gives one of the best performances of his career, elevating the odious Dix into a figure of great intellectual depth. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
92% The Garden Left Behind (2020) Compelling performances bolster a lackluster script that plays too hard for shock value. Alves' film is worth a watch for cisgender people, but trans folk may want to avoid. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
89% Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) (1971) The costumes are gorgeous, completely over the top. Each royal character's wardrobe looks like it was designed to achieve maximum flamboyance, layers upon layers of excess. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
81% The Painted Bird (2020) Marhoul possesses a masterful grasp of the unspoken, crafting a quiet, harrowing epic. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic the Hedgehog takes Sega's standard bearer for the concept of cool and commits the unthinkable. Sonic is boring. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
100% Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans (2019) A shining example of how to please longtime fans without relying too hard on nostalgia. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
100% The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) Greenaway's success lies in his ability to be simultaneously distant and welcoming, a charm that buoys the film's peculiar narrative. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
85% Made in U.S.A. (1966) Godard plays around with left and right repeatedly throughout the film, challenging his audience to see outside the binary. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
98% Circus of Books (2020) Mason lovingly pays tribute to her parents' business while giving her audience plenty of reasons to care about this piece of gay history. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
94% 2 ou 3 Choses que je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her) (1967) Godard forces the audience to engage with film as a medium purely on his terms. It's an uncomfortable yet deeply satisfying exercise. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020