Happy New Year everyone! New Year’s Resolutions? What are those? Well, I have a wedding to plan this year…so most of my resolutions revolve around that big event! However, I do want to put a lot more effort into this blog. I am quite lazy, and recently purchased a Wii U/had a NES Mini purchased for me. So my laziness has increased, largely thanks to Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild! But I will try my utmost to post something everyday on this blog…starting today, the first day of the year!
One of my main objectives is to watch and write reviews of the following ten films. They comprise my Top 10 Anticipated Films of 2018 (Released in the UK!). Yes, that means there are some here that our friends across the Pond have already seen (like Coco and The Shape of Water), and some that no one has seen. Of course, there are more superhero films than you can shake a stick at, so I’ll limit the comic book films to one or two spaces…
- Red Sparrow
I’ve really no idea what this is about, apart from seeing Jennifer Lawrence is a revealing bikini. It’s an espionage thriller about Russians…and what could be more topical at the moment? I’ve been exposed to the trailer to this at least five times at the cinema. That explains my anticipation for it. I’m a sucker for a good trailer!
- X-Men: The New Mutants
We can all agree that there’s only one X-Men movie to look forward to this year, and it’s not the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. Do we really need a Dark Phoenix story after it was butchered over ten years ago? Why not wait another film so we can get to know Jean Grey before she turns on her fellow X-Men? The New Mutants looks like another experiment by Fox with the X-Men franchise, after their successful experiments with Logan and Deadpool. Of course, there’s Deadpool 2 coming out, but I wasn’t too fussed about the original (but I loved Logan). The New Mutants looks like a decent horror, so I’ll be looking forward to that!
- Ready Player One
Spielberg is past his best, but he still shows glimmers of his past greatness every now and again. If for nothing else but the visuals, this will be another glimmer, another reminder of how great Spielberg can be. I’ll be seeing it in 3D. I’ve never read the book, but I’m a pretty hardcore geek: I’ll understand all the references and laugh out loud when I understand an in-joke. Even if it’s not funny, I’ll laugh just to let people I know the reference.
- Early Man
An animation by the makers of Wallace and Gromit? Count me in! I don’t need to know any more than that!
All I need to know about this film is that it’s directed by Alex Garland. He did the excellent Ex Machina, as well as providing the scripts for many other great science fiction films. Oh, this also has Natalie Portman in, who when she puts her mind to it is one of the best actresses on the planet (look at Jackie, an under looked gem of 2016/2017). It’s a science fiction thriller, and that’s pretty much all I need to know about it. Another positive for Annihilation is that I won’t have to spend a day’s wages to watch it at the cinema. It’s being released in the UK on Netflix!
- Black Panther
When I heard the team behind Creed were behind Black Panther, my excitement senses maxed out. Not only that, but it won’t be another comic book origin story! The first Marvel black superhero to have his own film since Blade (maybe? I’m sure someone can discount that!), Black Panther will hopefully roar (or purr?) louder than most of the comic book films this year. But it will have to roar (or purr) louder than…
- Avengers: Infinity War
All of the MCU films in 2017 disappointed me. But I’m so invested in the franchise that the next film is always a must watch for me. More Avengers than ever will be uniting and avenging when Thanos comes to New York/Earth to wreak havoc. It will be a joy seeing the heroes than haven’t met come together and exchange quips. But let’s hope it delivers more than that.
If Pixar do a sequel, I usually dismiss it. However, I loved Inside Out, so I wait with baited breath for Coco. I’m not even entirely sure what it’s about, apart from being centred in Mexico (maybe?). But Pixar’s name still has a veil of quality about it, even after the disappointing sequels they’ve pushed out in the past couple of years.
- The Shape of Water
It’s the word of mouth that’s excited me about this movie. I’m not a big fan of Guillermo Del Toro. Apart from Pan’s Labyrinth (and one of the Hellboys, I can’t remember which one), not much of his work has been memorable to me. This, however, looks like Beauty and the Beast done in a way that only Del Toro can do. Again, I don’t know much about it. But positive word of mouth and overhype can only mean it’s the best film ever, can’t it?
- Creed 2
Creed reinvigorated the Rocky franchise with a new lead. Let’s be honest, it was a better seventh instalment in a film franchise than The Force Awakens. Hints that this centres around Ivan Drago and his son have whet my appetite even more for the eight film in the Rocky series. Hands up if your second favourite Rocky film is Rocky IV? I mean, who doesn’t like Rocky IV? I’ll be buying my tickets to see Adonis Johnson fight the son of the man who killed his father!
What are you most looking forward to in the cinemas this year? Leave a comment below!