Flaco Jones

Flaco Jones is a former film school grad and current professional A/V nerd. You can follow him @flaco_jones on Twitter.

It’s springtime for movies, and there are some decent offerings this year as a bunch of films look to get a jump on the box office before a hyper-competitive summer season gets underway. There is quite a variety to choose from for the months of March and April so let’s get right into it.

Preview by Flaco Jones - 3/7/2014 6:20 PM Comments (6)

The winter season isn’t usually the most exciting time for movies. The box office is more likely to be dominated by December holdovers like Frozen or The Wolf of Wall Street and other movies pushing for the big awards. That doesn’t mean these winter releases are bad (Dark City, an amazing sci-fi film, was a late February release) it just means the studio may not have had the full confidence to release these movies during the ultra-competitive fall and Christmas seasons. For a lot of these movies, that lack of competition could certainly help get some more viewers.

Preview by Flaco Jones - 2/7/2014 8:29 AM Comments (9)

It's the end of the year, so awards are being handed out and everyone is making their lists of the best of 2013. Well, many of the movies we highlight here on VOG don't make a lot of those lists or award shows, despite being some of the biggest box office hits and keeping the Hollywood machine running smoothly year after year.

Editorial by Flaco Jones - 1/6/2014 7:18 PM Comments (6)

Shot mostly inside Disney theme parks without the company’s knowledge or permission, Escape from Tomorrow surprisingly found distribution after debuting to some positive buzz at the Sundance Film Festival. Legally, Disney decided a better approach than litigation would be to not acknowledge the film’s existence at all. So it was released unchallenged via video-on-demand services as well as in limited theaters across the country on October 11th. But is the film good enough to overshadow the amazing story of how it was made?

Review by Flaco Jones - 10/25/2013 7:07 AM Comments (0)

Fall movie season is upon us and after the summer, it's the second most profitable of the quarterly movie seasons, with the Winter/Spring season far behind in last place. Fall is also the time of year for the big award winning movies to debut, but for this preview, we're focusing mostly on the sci-fi and fantasy genre movies. You know, the movies that do all the big business in the fall. Since we're covering a four-month period, I won't be able to spotlight them all, but I'll try to mention other notable films from various genres each month as well.

Preview by Flaco Jones - 9/20/2013 3:23 PM Comments (4)

It’s August and that means, as far as Hollywood is concerned, the traditional summer season is over. Now they’ll still market these films as summer movies, but all of their 100 million dollar plus budgeted movies were prioritized to release between May and July and these are the leftovers. August doesn’t get the hype the other summer months do but I actually think this month can churn out some original hits.

Preview by Flaco Jones - 8/6/2013 8:00 AM Comments (23)

July used to be all about who got the coveted 4th of July slot, but now that May has stolen a lot of the record breaking thunder, July is more or less the last big month for summer movies to try and make a splash. With not a ton of geek offerings in June, July has stacked the deck with three movies that got their start as comic books; one movie each from the sci-fi, western, and horror departments; and a bunch of family movies that are all basically fantasy films. And there’s a new Adam Sandler movie.

Preview by Flaco Jones - 7/3/2013 7:21 AM Comments (7)

Welcome back to our preview of all the big summer movies. For some reason June is a month where the potential blockbusters don’t always hit it big. There is no long holiday weekend like in May and July and there is still competition from the strong May releases. It will be interesting to see if this year can buck that trend. So here is Part 2, covering North American releases for June. This time I’m including trailers for all the films, so I won’t be touching on the plots in my analysis.

Preview by Flaco Jones - 6/5/2013 10:57 PM Comments (5)

Here on VOG there is a definite focus on the sci-fi and fantasy genres in film. And why shouldn't there be? It's the geek bread and butter after all. But I wanted to shift the spotlight a bit, and focus on what I believe to be the most difficult genre to pull off and have universal appeal: the comedy. What’s great about comedies though is they can take place in any setting, be it a fantasy world, outer space, or even a convenience store.

Editorial by Flaco Jones - 5/29/2013 7:16 AM Comments (22)

Can the first third of a story be entertaining and epic enough to stand alone as its own movie? That’s the question the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, recently released on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download, asks of its viewers. When Peter Jackson took the huge risk of adapting the Lord of the Rings novels into three epic films, there were questions then if moviegoers could stick with it for the long haul. At least each movie was about one book. With this adaptation of The Hobbit, a book only one quarter the size of the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Jackson needed to be able to stretch out the book without making it feel stretched out. I had my doubts, which is why I skipped seeing this prequel in the theater, but now I believe it can be done.

Review by Flaco Jones - 5/11/2013 1:22 AM Comments (2)