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’

Alan French’s 2021 Best in Film Superlatives – Oscar Categories, Genre Picks and More

With the Oscars this weekend, I wanted to make sure that we focused on some of the great performances of 2021. While I've voted for critic's prizes (shoutout to my critic's group, the Critics Association of Central Florida), there were still films and performances I had missed when I sent in my ballot. After all, … Continue reading Alan French’s 2021 Best in Film Superlatives – Oscar Categories, Genre Picks and More

Alan French’s Picks – The 94th Annual Academy Awards – Who Will & Should Win

We're here at the precipice of the 94th annual Academy Awards. The ceremony will award the best of film in 2021 (even though some mistake it for the 2022 Oscars). Let's jump right into a contentious season and fire off some picks. Best Animated Short And the nominees are: Affairs of the Art Bestia Boxballet … Continue reading Alan French’s Picks – The 94th Annual Academy Awards – Who Will & Should Win

Fantasia Fest 2021 Preview: Nicolas Cage, Suicide Squad, Xenomorphs, and Vampires!

The Fall film festival season is just around the corner, with Oscar contenders quickly piling into the Toronto, Venice, and New York. However, my Fall Festival season has started with explorations of the bloody, weird and fun films that will allow you to feel like you're discovering movies for the first time. Fantasia Festival 2021 kicks … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2021 Preview: Nicolas Cage, Suicide Squad, Xenomorphs, and Vampires!

OSCAR VOTING OPENS — AJ’s Personal Ballot — Picking the Winners of the 92nd Academy Awards

Today the Oscars open up for the final voting. The cases have been made and the results are about to be tabbed. With only a week until the big dance, we have our last chance to make our case to voters on more than a dozen races still in progress. Below, I'm writing up my … Continue reading OSCAR VOTING OPENS — AJ’s Personal Ballot — Picking the Winners of the 92nd Academy Awards

AJ’s Personal Oscar Ballot for the 92nd Academy Awards

With the nominations a mere hour away, I wanted to ensure that my favorite films and performances of the year received some love before the nominations obscure the year. After all, it becomes easier to love or hate some performances and achievements after they've been colored by an Oscar nomination or win. For many, we'll … Continue reading AJ’s Personal Oscar Ballot for the 92nd Academy Awards

Ultimate Crossover: The Best Comic Book Films of the Decade

With the decade winding up, we're going to roll out a series of reviews about the best in the comic book filmmaking during the past ten years. Much of the decade was defined by the success of Marvel, a studio that barely even existed in 2010. Yet DC, Independent cinema, and a flurry of graphic novels … Continue reading Ultimate Crossover: The Best Comic Book Films of the Decade

Ranking ‘Star Wars’ – #3 – ‘The Last Jedi’ Challenges What It Means to Be a Star Wars Film

Undeniably the most divisive of the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi sought to challenge the very foundations of the property. Building off of the events of The Force Awakens, director Rian Johnson chose a different path than many of the films that came before. Yet at the same time, his mechanisms for crafting the story created the rhyme that remains … Continue reading Ranking ‘Star Wars’ – #3 – ‘The Last Jedi’ Challenges What It Means to Be a Star Wars Film

Ranking ‘Star Wars’ – #4 – ‘Rogue One’ Brings a Darker Edge to the Franchise

Originally pitched as the Zero Dark Thirty of Star Wars, Rogue One had the potential to be the best film in the franchise. Approaching the material with a darker edge and an obvious ending, many questioned whether or not LucasFilm would actually pull the trigger. Not only did they pull the trigger, but they created one of … Continue reading Ranking ‘Star Wars’ – #4 – ‘Rogue One’ Brings a Darker Edge to the Franchise