Some of My Most Anticipated Movies of 2018 (Part One)

When it comes down to it, 2018 might legitimately have a nuclear war started by a rogue tweet. And after millions are dead, the war would undoubtedly end with the fall of American exceptionalism, the destruction of nearly 80 years of American political dominance, and would probably result in the rise of a Chinese-led empire.

I, however, prefer to keep things light and fluffy. And I choose to do that by sticking my head in the sand and asking myself: “Hmmmm, I wonder what’s good at the cinema this year?”


Early Man

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What’s it about?Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against the mighty enemy, Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City, to save their home.

A fun way to kick off the year will be the newest release from the minds that brought us Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. Though critically and box office-wise, Aardman Animations have been hit or miss, I’ve always found them to be great storytellers and excellent purveyors of British comedy.


The God Particle

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What’s it about?After a scientific experiment aboard the space station involving a particle accelerator has unexpected results, the astronauts find themselves isolated. Following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival.

A holdover from my 2017 list, The God Particle was revealed to be a secret Cloverfield 3. Even though the worldwide release is meant to be 30 days from now (Feb 2nd), there’s been no sign of a trailer, poster or any other form of advertising. I’m still not sure which title it’ll even be released under!

But with the insanely good cast of David Oyelowe, Daniel Brühl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Elizabeth Debicki, I’m sure we’ll get a damn good sci-fi film.

[UPDATE 3/1/18: Slashfilm now report that the film has been pushed back to March]


The New Mutants

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What’s it about?Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Across Hollywood there are arguably only four actual cinematic universes: Marvel, DC, Star Wars and X-men. While it’s indisputable that Marvel are the top dogs, there might be some debut as to who is second.

I, however, am of the opinion that second place belongs to Fox and their X-men universe. Mainly because of the risks they are willing to take. In Logan we recieved a haunting tale of an old, useless superhero in the old west; while Deadpool took that R-rating and ran with it like no other film before.

And in The New Mutants, the choice to take the horror approach is just as exciting and suggests there are plenty of new avenues for the X-men franchise to explore.


White Boy Rick

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What’s it about?The true story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s, and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

While stories about a normal individual becoming an undercover informant for the FBI have been somewhat done to death; what if said informant was only 14 years old?

That apparently is the true story of Richard Wershe Jr. (played by Richie Merritt, not Matthew McConaughey, despite the above photo!) A young boy caught up in events far beyond his control, this sounds like an amazing new approach to the crime/thriller genre.


Alpha

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What’s it about?A story of survival and friendship between a young boy and a wild wolf set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age.

Here’s the thing. While I am looking forward to this movie, me buying a ticket depends entirely on the direction they take it. Will it be like Apocalypto? A stunning cinematic achievement, unafraid to ignore long-held assumputions of what would be paletable to a modern-day audience. Or will it be like 10,000 BC? In other words, yet another big budget blockbuster with a stunted excuse for a script?


Every Day

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What’s it about? : A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day

Based on the novel of the same name by David Levithan, Every Day has the weird premise of a girl starting a relationship with a boy whose (soul?) jumps into multiple bodies.

Maybe it’ll be the next Fault in our Stars. Maybe it won’t. Either way, at least it’s a decent attempt at original(ish) sci-fi.


A Tale of Two Coreys

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What’s it about?The story of teen heartthrobs Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, whose lives were forever changed by the glitz, glamour, and the darker side of show business.

The world lost a great actor when Corey Haim tragically died of pneumonia at age 38 in 2010. While I am really looking forward to seeing what seems to be a very personal story, as it’s a technically a TV movie, I suppose the darker aspects of these two boys lives might be overlooked. Nonetheless, I’m sure it’ll be an interesting look at the rise and fall of two of Hollywood’s heartthrobs.


Born a King

What’s it about? : A true coming-of-age story about Faisal, a 14 year old teenage Arab prince, who is dispatched from Arabia to London by his father on a high stakes diplomatic mission to secure the formation of his country.

Like the above White Boy Rick, Born a King arguably has a story that has been done to death, but this time stars a 14 year old boy.

Not only that, but the film has a lot riding on it, being that it is (according to the producers) the first ever western film project to have shot in Saudi Arabia; and will also be the first film Saudi Arabian audiences will see after the 35-year cinema ban is lifted this March.

So no pressure guys.


First Man

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What’s it about?A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Fresh off La La Land, Damien Chazelle takes a hard left into biographical territory with a new film about Neil Armstrong. It’s difficult to say if there’s anything new to be told about the story of the first man on the moon. After nearly 50 years, surely all the stories have been told by now?

It’ll be interesting to see if Chazelle’s directing skill extends to the non-musical, but at least he’ll have the familiar face of Ryan Gosling in the lead role to help him out.


Replicas

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What’s it about?A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.

This might be the only film in my life that I want to see purely because the trailer was so utterly confusing! Yes, Keanu Reeves loses his family in a car crash, that much I got.

But the trailer suggests that he brings them back through cloning, then robotic implantation, and then VR interactions. Gotta give the filmmakers credit for throwing everything at the wall to see what would stick!


The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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What’s it about?An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.

Has any other film had such a prolonged journey to the silver screen? I mean, pre-production technically started in 1998, and over the next 17 years the production would collapse 8 times!

So it must have been a sigh of relief when director Terry Gilliam announced on 4th June 2017 that filming has finally been completed. I can’t wait to see what Gilliam has in store for us.


Mute

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What’s it about?A mute bartender goes up against his city’s gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

The second holdover from my 2017 list, it’ll be good to see what Duncan Jones has up his sleeve in his first film after the disaster that was Warcraft (though, interestingly, it’s still the highest grossing video game movie of all time).

According to Jones himself, he sees this film as a spiritual sequel to 2009’s Moon. It’s only a shame that it’s now a Netflix exclusive, meaning getting to watch it on the big screen will be all the more difficult.


On the Basis of Sex

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What’s it about?The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Felicity Jones absolutely deserves this chance at a high profile lead (Yes, I know she’s done Star Wars!). But since she usually plays wives, girlfriends and mothers; it’ll be good to see her take on such a strong role in American political history. Hopefully she’s got her American accent down!


The Professor and the Madman

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What’s it about? : Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century. However, he soon receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr William Minor.

While I am looking forward to this film, I don’t hold out much hope for it making an appearance on the big screen. Having been shot in 2016, the film has unfortunately been mired in legal trouble, preventing it from being released.

It’s all the more unfortunate because, in an interesting twist, the full script is available online due to it needing to be submitted as an exhibit in a legal case. Having read the screenplay (and assuming the final film sticks fairly close to it), I think The Professor and the Madman could be one of the most entertaining films of 2018.


A Quiet Place

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What’s it about?A family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.

I’m not really a huge fan of the horror genre, but this truly sounds exceptional. A film where a family must stay in utter silence because a supernatural evil is attracted to sound? And the mother is pregnant? Talk about a ticking time bomb! It’s like Speed if it was a horror film!


Life Support

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What’s it about? : A manic Roman Catholic family prepare for the death of their dying patriarch

Wow, now I haven’t seen Brian Dennehy on screen since I saw him in one episode of The West Wing. I honestly thought he was dead! Thank god he isn’t because this looks like a film that promises to bring out Dennehy’s sarcastic side. Add in strong support from Lesley Ann Warren and J.K. Simmons, and I can only imagine it’ll be fun for all the family!


Journeyman

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What’s it about? : After boxer Matty Burton suffers a serious head injury during a fight, he must deal with the impact this has on his marriage, his life and and his family.

This wasn’t on my radar at first, but a friend of mine was lucky enough to see an early screening and, based on his raving, this might be the film to watch out for.

Paddy Considine is absolutely the main man here. His directorial debut back in 2011 was Tyrannosaur, a film that would go on to win the BAFTA and earn critical acclaim.

Now in Journeyman, he returns as writer, director and lead actor in what could give him his BAFTA hat-trick.


Avengers: Infinity War

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What’s it about?The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

And we come to the daddy of 2018. Coming 10 years after Iron Man and with a confirmed cast of at least 30 main characters from across the previous 18 Marvel movies, Avengers: Infinity War might legitimately be the biggest film ever made. Brace yourselves people.


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Some Of My Most Anticipated Movies Of 2017

Now with sucky 2016 out of the way, it’s time once again to look to the future and see what films will be dominating our cinema screens for the next 12 months.

While I’m sure I’ll end up seeing well over 100 films in 2017, below are just a few films that have me especially excited. Hopefully some of you might find them interesting too.

(And in case you’re wondering, they’re all 2017 UK releases!)

La la Land

Kicking off 2017 is a film that I am ridiculously excited for. If I’m honest, I haven’t been this excited for a film since I was a cherubic 9 year old waiting for the release for The Phantom Menace. With two super hot A-list actors, an amazing soundtrack that I’m listening to 24/7, and an incredible director, what more could you ask for?

Split

I love James McAvoy! He could have very easily done what countless other actors have done before him and only acted in mainstream films after his X-men success. But instead, outside of his portrayal of Charles Xavier, almost all his movies have been of the low budget, intimate kind. Films that give him a chance to truly stretch as an actor. Judging by the trailer, Split seems to be a perfect example of this.

The Founder

Talk about a comeback! Hard to believe the man spent 1998-2014 out in the acting “wilderness” until he made his comeback with Birdman. With 2 Oscar winning films now under his belt, Michael Keaton’s The Founder might be his attempt at going for the triple.

The Age of Shadows

Having already been released in several territories, The Age of Shadows has already received much critical acclaim and is currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes off 21 reviews. Directed and written by Kim-Jee Woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird), this cat-and-mouse game about Korean resistance fighters is one of my most anticipated films from the Far East.

I’m Not Here

One of the best actors of our generation, J.K Simmons has made an incredible career for himself as one of Hollywood’s most foremost character actors. It’s a shame he doesn’t have more leading roles, but 2017’s I’m Not Here seems to rectify this injustice as Simmons plays a man struggling with the tragic memories of his past to make sense of his present.

Annihilation

An adaptation of the 2014 book of the same name, what drew me to this movie wasn’t the science ficion theme or even the amazing cast (Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Issac.) Rather this film is being brought to the screen by the hand of Alex Garland. Fresh off his incredible achievement in 2015’s Ex Machina, I fully expect Garland to deliver another thought provoking classic.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Two words.

BABY GROOT!

The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci’s work finally returns to the silver screen after an 8 year break. One of the foremost writers of political satire, Iannucci’s previous film In the Loop was one of the best films of 2009; and his critically acclaimed work for Veep bodes well for this upcoming satire of Russian politics.

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War For The Planet Of The Apes

The journey of Caesar for the past two Planet of the Apes movies has not only been some of the most emotional pieces of cinematic storytelling, but also showcased some of the best advancements of CGI/live-action integration. Judging by the title of this third installment, it seems we’ll finally be able to see the Human/Ape war and the beginnings of humanity’s fall.

The Wall

One location films such as Locke or Buried have always held a special interest to me. With an interesting military angle and 2 great actors (okay, one great actor and a wrestler!), it looks like The Wall will be a tense addition to the genre.

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Christopher Nolan.

That is all.

Saw: Legacy

I know the Saw movies have had its ups and downs, but this horror franchise has always impressed me with its incredible dedication to an intricate (and sometimes convoluted!) story line. I know this film might not be for everyone, but personally, I can’t wait to see what Billy and Jigsaw have in store this time!

Mute

While I had high hopes for Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, unfortunately the final result wasn’t quite enough to break the video game curse. But his return to small scale sci-fi seems like it might be a step in the right direction. According to Jones himself, the film will be a spiritual sequel to 2009’s Moon. That alone gets me very excited to see this Bladerunner-esque movie.

God Particle/ Cloverfield 3

For a while it was touch and go as to whether or not God Particle and Cloverfield 3 were the same movie. But once God Particle was removed from cinema schedules and Cloverfield 3 added, it was more or less confirmed.

Having a Twilight Zone type movie franchise, which allows small sci-fi projects to have a greater voice, is a stroke of genius (and in the case of 10 Cloverfield Lane, turned out to be very successful.)

Add to that a very accomplished cast consisting of David Oyelowe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, God Particle is definitely one to watch.

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The Belko Experiment

I’m not even going to bother setting up this one. Based on the trailer this is going to be one of the most insane films of 2017!

Creed 2

Right now the release date is only tentatively set for November 2017. But since Creed placed in my top 12 movies of 2016, and with the expected return of Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, this sequel has become one of my most looked forward to sequels of 2017.

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