Yeah, yeah. Happy New Year. I’m back, baby.
You’ll never beat me harder than I’ve been beating myself up for leaving this place desolate for twelve freaking months.
Yeah, I know.
I am scum.
But I can say I actually now understand just what it means when people say “life got in the way.”
Because life did get in the way. And that is not even a joke in the slightest. 😦
2017 was an amazing year for movies. As much as I would’ve loved to catalogue all of my bewildering experiences seeing said movies on here, life didn’t let me. The bitch.
(Actually, let’s just keep blaming LIFE for everything. Lord knows it’s all its fault 😢)
If you follow me on Twitter (where I happen to be very shamelessly clamorous about my love for film) you would’ve probably seen. But alas, here we are.
Lady Bird, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, I, Tonya, Blade Runner 2049, Get Out, War for the Planet of the Apes, Logan, Dunkirk, Ingrid Goes West, Wonder Woman, Wind River, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor – Ragnarok, Star Wars – The Last Jedi, Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist, The Greatest Showman, Darkest Hour, The Shape of Water…
Amazing, amazing year. Amazing, amazing movies.
I was nowhere to write about them though. My sincerest apologies.
ANYWHO! It’s a new year. Which means new beginnings. Which means a new plethora of astounding cinematic work to engorge and relish.
2018 is genuinely looking like one of the more interesting ones. On occasion I’ve just been speechless staring at the upcoming release slate. Drooling and willing in futility for time to go a tinsy bit faster.
Which ones am I most excited to see though? There’s a lot of them.
But I won’t bore you with the obnoxious interminablity of regular “anticipation lists”.
I’ll just give a concise seven.
7. The New Mutants
Curious. Very curious. This is Deadpool 2’s spot. Why would I replace it though, I wonder? Oh well.
I’ve really admired what Fox has been doing with whatever rights they still have on the X-Men property. Disney purchase be damned, this groove of taking the franchise to new, exciting places with movies that are all too refreshing with their tones is something I’ll always appreciate. From a side-splitting meta showcase in Deadpool (2016) to a straight up heart-rendering Western in Logan (2017).
Now they’re going horror, apparently.
If the trailer is any indication, we’re in for a psychological and intensely gripping offering featuring characters we know well from the comics.
I AM HERE FOR THAT.
The New Mutants opens April 13 (US).
6. Ready Player One
Spielberg, check. Dystopian near-future setting, check. Sci-Fi adventure with a scintillating premise, check.
What more, really?
If you read the book by Ernest Cline, you already know that this adaptation has all the makings of a visually dazzling, fun, nostalgia-filled outing for everyone to feast on. (Everyone, but mostly the geeks who’ll just ‘get’ it.)
Plus Spielberg. Come on.
Ready Player One stars Tye Shediran, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and Mark Rylance and is slated for release March 30.
5. The Incredibles 2
In 2004, Pixar unleashed one of their greatest movies.
Yeah, superhero movies were starting to become a thing. Mutants and web-slingers were everywhere. Those were fine and welcome, no doubt, but this was something new.
Directed by Brad Bird, The Incredibles was a deep and very human look superheroes; posing wit and charm and humor and heart and ringing as true as life itself. This movie tackled midlife crisis, marital dysfunction, child neglect etc. all while being an absolute, delightful blast.
An animated film, no less. Really one of Pixar’s greatest.
Fast-forward 11 years to 2015 and I hear that a sequel is indeed happening.
Me: SAAAY WHAAAAATTTT????!!!!
Set directly after the events of the original, the new chapter has most of the principal voice actors returning. The director himself, returning.
Heck. Even Michael freaking Giacchino is returning to do the score. And you really wonder why everything in me is finding it hard to wait for this movie?
The Incredibles 2 opens June 15.
It was quite frankly passing conversation. Until…
“Umm…so yeah Steven McQueen is directing some heist movie next year. Viola Davis is in it and that Gone Girl author lady is the one writing it.”
“I’m sorry what now?”
Naturally, I rushed to ‘Wikipedia’ the heck out of it and I saw:
TAKE. A. LOOK. AT. THAT.
Need I say more? No? Ok cool.
Widows has a release date of November 16 in the US.
3. Black Panther
Oh my days.
“The Revolution will not be televised.”
Step the hell aside.
The Revolution will be LIVE.
If I actually have to tell you why I’m excited to see the first ever mainstream superhero of African descent come to live on the big screen in his OWN movie starring a full-rounded, top-tier cast of actors of African descent…then…I really don’t know.
He stole the show in Captain America: Civil War and now, Chadwick Boseman is here to headline is own story.
So…King T’Challa returns to his home to find that there are enemies within the walls conspiring to bring it down. And of course, an all too welcome conflict ensues which will affect the entire MCU at large.
Director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) said this himself:
What’s so great about Panther is he’s a superhero who, if you grab him and ask him if he’s a superhero, he’ll tell you, ‘No.’ He sees himself as a politician, as a leader in his country. It just so happens that the country is a warrior-based nation where the leaders have to be warriors, as well, so sometimes he has to go fight.
One thing is sure. This movie will take the first quarter of 2018 by storm…because anybody will tell you that it’s nearly impossible for the MCU to go wrong.
I can’t wait to see Wakanda brought to life.
I can’t wait to see what the phenomenal actors will do with their roles.
I can’t wait.
Black Panther releases February 16 (US). February 12 (UK, other markets).
2. First Man
Damian Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) is directing a movie about Neil Armstrong with Ryan Gosling playing the part. Full stop.
“The riveting true story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961–1969.”
That’s about all I know and that’s about all it needs to be on this list. Full stop.
First Man is set for release October 12.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Like really, duh.
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?
10 years have led to this.
Marvel has been building this thing and we’re not even ready for what they’re about to unleash. ‘Nuff said.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released May 4.
So there you have it. I know there’s an uncountable number of films that could/should be in this list. I know. But these are mine. What are YOUR most anticipated? Let me know in za comments.
And again, Happy New Year.