Hello fellow film nerds! It’s time for another top ten list, and I figured since last month’s blog featured my Top 10 Films of 2017, it would only make sense for this month’s blog to look ahead and feature my top anticipated films for 2018. Now, I know we’re already a couple months into the year, which means we’re already a handful of films in. So before I go into my list, I should mention that there are three films that have been released so far this year that I really loved, and some of them may even show up on my final top 10 of the year list at the end of 2018. Those films are: Annihilation, Black Panther, Paddington 2, and Red Sparrow. Now, without further ado, my Top 10 Anticipated Films of 2018!!!
For those of you who don’t know, Overlord is the next film in the Cloverfield universe. The Cloverfield Paradox was released straight to Netflix back on Super Bowl Sunday, but it has been confirmed that Overlord is coming out this Fall and will receive a theatrical release. I loved Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane. The Cloverfield Paradox had its ups and downs with me. I really enjoyed certain aspects of it, while I had issues with other parts of the film. Despite the mixed response, I’m still very optimistic about Overlord. The film takes place the night before the historic D-Day invasion in France during World War II, and involves a group of American paratroopers who encounter supernatural forces in a Nazi-occupied village. So yeah, I’m sold. Overlord is expected in late October.
Widows comes out in November, and is directed by Steve McQueen, most famously known for directing 12 Years A Slave, which won Best Picture for 2013. He also previously directed Hunger and Shame. Basically, from this point on, I’m going to be very excited for whatever films Steve McQueen directs. He’s clearly got a stellar track record so far. Anyways, here’s the official plot synopsis for Widows: “Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.” The cast for Widows includes: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, and many more. I can’t wait. Widows comes out November 16.
8. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
How often does an action franchise continue to get better and better over the years? The answer is almost never. Somehow, the Mission: Impossible series has defied that. I remember seeing the original film in the theater back in 1996 when I was about 10. I thought it was pretty awesome. The second one came out a few years later to less than stellar reviews, and everyone kind of figured the series was pretty much dead. Then, in 2006, J.J. Abrams made his directorial debut with Mission: Impossible III, and it was amazing!! This action series had life in it yet! Over the next several years, Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation were released, and they were even better, to pretty much everyone’s pleasant surprise. At this point, I’ve stopped with the skepticism; they’ve won my trust. The trailer for Fallout is just flat out one of the coolest trailers I’ve seen. Take my money. Mission: Impossible – Fallout comes out July 27.
7. The Incredibles 2
Pixar is one of those studios that just defies odds with how good their films are. From Toy Story in 1995 all the way up to last year’s Coco, these guys have had mostly hits, and just a handful of misses (sorry Cars). The Incredibles was released in 2004, and has held up as one my favorite Pixar films, second only to Wall-E. It’s also the one Pixar film I’ve eagerly been waiting years for them to make a sequel to. I don’t think there’s any other single Pixar film that sets up for the story for perfectly for a sequel. It just makes sense. Now, before anyone yells at me, of course I adore the Toy Story trilogy, and Finding Dory! But Cars? Really??! Why are there three Cars films??? Did anybody really ask for those? Anyways, Pixar fulfilled my dreams a couple years ago when they confirmed that there would indeed be a sequel to The Incredibles, and that Brad Bird himself would be back to direct! Now, here we are in 2018 and only a few months away from the long awaited sequel. The Incredibles 2 opens on June 15.
6. Avengers: Infinity War
I’m not sure I even need to say anything at this point. Okay, I’ll say a couple things. The Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked things off with Iron Man in 2008, and released another 17 films afterwards, all of which have led to this film. All of the infinity stones references, and little Thanos Easter eggs sprinkled here and there throughout the years are finally going to come to fruition when earth’s mightiest warriors face off against the baddest villain in the galaxy. I’m honestly not sure if there’s ever been a bigger buildup in cinema history. This one is going to be HUGE! Avengers: Infinity War opens everywhere April 27.
I know, I know. How is a Star Wars film NOT my top anticipated of the year??!! Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited for this film. There are just a few films I’m a little more excited for, but trust me, it’s close. Anyways, Lucasfilm finally gave a first look at Solo during the Super Bowl, followed up by an incredibly fun trailer that evokes a lighter, more playful tone as compared to the gritty seriousness of Rogue One or The Last Jedi. Of course those films were fun as well, that’s kind of the point of Star Wars, but you can still sense a bit of a difference between the films, which is nice to see. One of the most exciting aspects of this film is the cast they’ve assembled. I mean, we get to see Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke in a Star Wars movie! On top of that, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian!! If this isn’t perfect casting, I don’t know what is. Travel to a galaxy far far away on May 25.
4. First Man
First Man is directed by Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. Damien Chazelle has been on a streak the last few years with films such as Whiplash and La La Land, both of which ended up topping my end of year lists for 2014 and 2016 respectively. Needless to say, I’m pretty much sold as soon as I hear his name at this point. The guy can do no wrong. Not only that, but there’s finally going to be a film about Neil Armstrong! It’ll be nice to see another space film about a real life astronaut. I love films like The Right Stuff and Apollo 13, and it’s always surprised me that we never had a film about the most famous astronaut in history. It’ll also be interesting to see a Damien Chazelle film that isn’t centered around music. I’m confidant that his musical background will help craft a film that flows with a smooth rhythmic pace evocative of his previous films. First Man is expected on October 12.
Roma is the next film from Alfonso Cuaron, who comes out the woodwork every several years to direct masterpieces such as Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien, etc. I have been eagerly awaiting his next film since Gravity absolutely floored me in 2013; and now we’re almost there! Roma has largely been shrouded in secrecy, with a plot synopsis that reads: “A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.” This marks his first film to take place in his native Mexico since 2001’s Y Tu Mama Tambien. Alfonso was born and raised in Mexico City, so this could be a very personal film for him, which makes this incredibly exciting. He’s also teased that the post-production process has included quite a bit of CGI work. Considering the nature of the plot so far, I’m very curious to see how all of this fits together. Please give us a trailer soon! Roma is expected sometime this Fall.
2. The Irishman
Martin Scorsese. Done and done. So, Mr. Scorsese’s next film is an adaptation of the 2003 book I Heard You Paint Houses, which chronicles the true story of Frank Sheeran, the Irish hitman who, shortly before his death, claimed to have killed Jimmy Hoffa. The film stars Robert De Niro as Sheeran, and also includes Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, among others. So, a few things about this casting. Robert De Niro hasn’t starred in a Scorsese film since 1995’s Casino. That’s over 20 years! That also makes The Irishman his ninth collaboration with Scorsese. Al Pacino has never been in a Scorsese film, so the fact that this is finally happening is awesome. The Irishman also marks only the fourth film that De Niro and Pacino have both starred in; the first three being The Godfather Part II, Heat, and Righteous Kill. The Godfather Part II and Heat are both masterpieces, but Righteous Kill was pretty terrible, so you skip that one. Trust me, I was disappointed too. Finally, Joe Pesci is coming out of retirement to make The Irishman, which is also amazing! So, we’ve got a Martin Scorsese gangster film starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. Honestly, I don’t know if we even deserve this, but I’ll take it! The only thing that worries me about this film is that Netflix is the distributor, which means there’s a possibility that it won’t receive a wide theatrical release. The thought of this happening truly terrifies me! I’m very passionate about the cinematic experience, and a Martin Scorsese absolutely belongs on the big screen. I sincerely hope Netflix considers this. I should note that The Irishman is not confirmed for a 2018 release. Some sources say it will come out this year while others list it for a 2019 release. It recently wrapped filming and moved into post-production, which leads me to believe it’ll be ready for a Fall release. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Number 1. Ready Player One
Okay, number 1! Ready Player One is an adaptation of the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline and is directed by none other than Steven Spielberg! I read the book a little over a year ago, and I instantly fell in love with it. I consumed it voraciously in a matter of days, confident that the novel was written expressly for me. The only thing more exciting is the fact that Steven Spielberg is directing the adaptation. He is absolutely the perfect choice for this film. The novel is a nostalgic love letter to the pop culture embodied in the works of artists such as Mr. Spielberg, and this film adaptation looks to transport me back to the Spielberg films I grew up on, such as Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., and Jurassic Park. I’m a sucker for nostalgia, and every time I watch the trailer for Ready Player One, I’m overcome with goosebumps that reminisce. Ready Player One opens March 29, just four weeks from the day I’m writing this; and one thing’s for sure, I’m definitely going to reread the book before the movie comes out!
Here’s some Honorable Mentions I’m also very excited for:
Creed 2, Deadpool 2, Suspiria, Slice, Mary: Queen of Scots, Thoroughbreds, Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s Eight, Sicario Soldado, Venom, Isle of Dogs, Mortal Engines, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Radegund, The Predator, Loro, Ant-Man and The Wasp, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Gemini, Death of Stalin, Alita: Battle Angel, Super Troopers 2, A Quiet Place, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Wrinkle in Time, Mowgli, Tully, Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them 2, Halloween, etc.