2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

How do we separate the filmmaker from their fantasies? For years, Ridley Scott has continued to keep us focused on the heavens. The master filmmaker created his masterpieces long ago, with Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise each releasing more than two decades ago. Yet when you're as talented as Scott, there's no reason to stop trying … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

An iconic franchise was born when Arnold Schwartzenegger and Carl Weathers completed the coolest handshake in world history. The slap, the one-liners, and the terror of being hunted by extraterrestrials summed up the 1980s. While uber-machoism and gnarly gore became the film's trademarks, Predator became something. Equal parts political commentary about US militarism in Central … Continue reading Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

Review: Thor: Love and Thunder, it’s hammerin’ time!

Back in 2011, Kenneth Branagh set out to make Shakespeare out of Thor. By 2017, Taika Waititi took over directing duties and understood it’s best not to take the Norse god too seriously. With Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika literally strips Thor of his seriousness and puts his signature brand of humor on full display. … Continue reading Review: Thor: Love and Thunder, it’s hammerin’ time!

Review: ‘Nope’ Takes An Otherworldly Approach to Tell a Story of Virality, Legacy, and the Unknown

A cell phone glitches and metal falls from the sky. A phenomenon that should make one duck for cover instead sends a man on a race to save his father. Ultimately, OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) cannot save his father (Keith David) from a coin plunged through his eye. In Nope, director Jordan Peele makes a metaphorical dream into … Continue reading Review: ‘Nope’ Takes An Otherworldly Approach to Tell a Story of Virality, Legacy, and the Unknown

Review: ‘Spiderhead’ Allows Chris Hemsworth to Shine in an Imperfect ‘Twilight Zone’ Thriller

For decades, sci-fi has helped send warning signs to mass audiences. The genre lends itself to exploring the natural conclusion of emerging phenomena in our world. This allegorical approach helped The Twilight Zone become a sensation while paving the way for generations of stories to follow in its footsteps. Director Joseph Kosinski looks to recreate a … Continue reading Review: ‘Spiderhead’ Allows Chris Hemsworth to Shine in an Imperfect ‘Twilight Zone’ Thriller

Review: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Builds Bridges Between Two Pasts, Missing the Chance to Innovate

As LucasFilm continues to thwart its name to produce television series, the ideas continue to get smaller. The Star Wars experiment on Disney+ once felt like a genuine way to expand the surprisingly tiny narrative from a galaxy far, far away. A universe beholden to one family's destiny was shaken off within the first season of The Mandalorian, resulting … Continue reading Review: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Builds Bridges Between Two Pasts, Missing the Chance to Innovate

Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

For months, jokes came in from every corner of the internet. Disney and Pixar had made one of the safest bets imaginable, spinning off Toy Story star Buzz Lightyear into his own film. With a new cast, headlined by Chris Evans, there was no doubt a future hit was in store for the animation powerhouse. However, shortly after … Continue reading Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

Franchise Rewind: A Second Look at Style Over Substance of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Coming off the revitalization can be tricky for any filmmaker. Working off another's script can be even more difficult. Yet the task assigned to J.A. Bayona appeared to be a strong match on paper. During my initial viewings, I quickly soured on the film. In the name of fairness, I revisited Bayona's dino adventure, scripted by Colin … Continue reading Franchise Rewind: A Second Look at Style Over Substance of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Review: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Brings Back Visual Wonder, While Struggling with Story

The Jurassic Park franchise deserves most of the credit for making me love the movies. Steven Spielberg's masterful sci-fi monster movie is my favorite film and remains a technical marvel. It works as an all-around masterpiece of action, adventure, sci-fi, and drama. For everything it gave to the world, it also opened Pandora's Box when it came … Continue reading Review: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Brings Back Visual Wonder, While Struggling with Story

Franchise Rewind: ‘Jurassic World’ Thrives as a B-Movie But Stumbles When Reaches For a Point

Seven years after Jurassic World revived the franchise, we are approaching the end of Colin Trevorrow's trilogy. With that in mind, we're rewinding the tape to look back over the franchise. The new trilogy has introduced dozens of new characters of questionable quality, but the undeniable success of Jurassic World brought audiences back to Isla Nublar. The action-adventure … Continue reading Franchise Rewind: ‘Jurassic World’ Thrives as a B-Movie But Stumbles When Reaches For a Point