The ten films I’m most looking forward to in 2018

And so begins another hopeful list of films that I’m looking forward to in the coming year, a tradition around these parts as well as my round up of movies from the year.  I’m holding off on that list because there are still two films that I’m endeavouring to see before year end (Blade Runner and The Last Jedi) and without them my list seems pretty slim.

Every year I seem to pitch a bunch of films and I really appear to have a pretty awful hit and miss ratio on them so lets see where we’re at in twelve months time:

1. Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

I loved Jurassic World, it was a lot smarter than people give it credit for and it had unbelievably nostalgic effect on me.  So that was fine as far as I was concerned.  No need to take it any further because honestly what storyline could really seem justified.  That is until the trailer came out…

Ian Malcolm is back, the island is erupting and they’re trying to rescue dinosaurs?!?!?!? YES, yes to ALL of this.  I am very keen to see it now.

2. Ready Player One

I resisted reading the book for so long, I’m a little tired of geek culture being a commodity to make cash but I got it out of the library and was shocked with how entertaining the book was and how much I cared about the characters.  The film is being handled by Steven Spielberg and frankly I don’t think there’s a better man for the job, well maybe the guys who do Stranger Things.

Yeah there’s a danger of it becoming one long pop culture cameo fest but I still think it’s interesting about how these cultural artefacts have shaped whole generations, so I’m keen to see the translation.

3. Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson?  Stop motion?  Japan? Dogs?

Done. Not even a discussion.

4. Deadpool 2

Deadpool was such a breath of fresh air when it came out that I’m really keen to see if they can build upon that first movie and bring us more of this uniquely hilarious character.

The first film was a big enough hit that they should have some room to throw more budget at the film, not that I felt that the first one lacked anything.

5. Tomb Raider

I really enjoyed the new Tomb Raider games and it looks like they’ve captured the look and feel of them so that should translate well onto the big screen.

It should be if nothing else a good action adventure film.

6. Alita – Battle Angel

I used to read the manga and loved it but I’ve been burned before (Ghost in the Shell I’m looking at you).

This looks interesting though, I appreciate the visual style and having James Cameron’s name attached does not hurt this at all.

7. The Incredibles 2

I’m really hesitant with this one, The Incredibles is a standalone masterpiece.  I’m worried that it’s just shaking the sequel tree to see what money falls out.

I’m not sure focusing on the baby is the greatest plan in the world either.

8. Mortal Engines

I actually don’t know anything about this, I only just saw the trailer and it looks interesting, so sure, I’m down to check it out.

It has a bit of an anime / steampunk vibe around it and that’s not a bad thing at all.  There’s some decent credentials bringing it to the big screen as well.  Has anyone read the books?  Are they any good?

9. Ant-Man and Wasp

I guess, it’s starting to get a little thinner on the ground here but Ant-Man was a surprisingly pleasant film to watch and Marvel is starting to get this pretty down pat now so even if it is vanilla it should still be entertaining for an hour or so.

No trailer yet for Ant-man and the Wasp

10. The Predator

I haven’t seen anything from this for a while but I enjoyed Predators for what it was and if someone who really loves it is making it then who knows?  The Predator character has a lot of mileage in it if handled correctly.

No trailer yet for The Predator

So that’s my list, the problem with this list is that I’m only going off the big names for the coming year.  Hopefully there will be a film like Arrival that comes out of nowhere and really grabs my attention.  There are of course other films, Pacific Rim 2 I’m not overly confident on, the HAn Solo film feels destined to make a lot of money but ultimately be pointless – why would you want to compare yourself with Harrison Ford?!?!? Finally the giant mega cameo film The Infinity War (I feel like this should be in all capitals, I feel like the film is just screaming everything in it LOOK WHO IS HERE, LOOK WHO IS THERE!!!!  I can’t imagine the Aquaman film living up to Wonder Woman either.

So what are you guys all looking forward to?  Am I missing anything that’s flying under the radar??

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