Ah, April. The one time of the year that's known for three annual traditions. Pranksters celebrate the very first day of the month, Christians celebrate the death & resurrection of Jesus & most of the population eats a lot more chocolate than they're used to. But this month will also have its fair share of movies to look forward to & there's a lot to talk about. As always, I will not be including 2017 leftovers...which is probably for the best because Woody Woodpecker looks like shit. Anyway, I better stop dawdling & let's more on to the list:
Well, how is our first horror movie looking? Honestly, I'm not phased by this movie. I'm hoping it turns out good, but it looks disposable & generic. Looks like I won't be seeing it, but maybe it'll surprise me.
This rom-com seems to be seen as a big deal & I don't blame it. I'm a guy that love positive representations of race, gender & LGBTQ relationships, & this film looks like it'll do the latter justice. The conflict of closeted gay boys becoming pen-pals intrigues me & it has a chance to nail its coming-of-age drama. Overall, I am excited for what this film could offer & who knows, maybe I'll read the original book as well.
Normally, I'd be sour towards animated films that look like they're trying to mimic the Shrek formula. But this picture that claims to be based on a true story actually looks alright. For once, stale humour is not the focus of the marketing & instead, the sappy friendship which leads to the title Dog's good reputation is the focus of the marketing, & its actually gotten me optimistic. I'm not expecting anything perfect, but this looks like the good kind of harmless.
Ai-yi-yi, talk about a dramatic tonal shift. The trailer starts off all happy & sweet, & suddenly it takes a detour into unsettling & disturbing. Once you read the plot synopsis, it all makes sense. I don't know what to expect on a quality standpoint, but I hope it's somewhat decent entertainment.
It's mainstream blockbuster time & to start things off, here's a film that looks intriguing, but looks like shit. The idea of humans going to an new planet by enhancing themselves is eye-catching & I am curious about how it'll turn out. But nothing has excited me about it because I can picture it falling flat on it's face & trust me, that's not the expectation you're supposed to have for a movie.
The title says it all. Unfortunately, this adult-looking flick from Saban (the company behind kids shows like Power Rangers, VR Troopers, Masked Riders, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation & Big Bad Beetleborgs) looks terrible. Nothing seems to be exciting me & since this looks so niche, I'm going to hurts it's chances of making a small profit.
Is anybody getting Taken vibes? If not, this film looks like it's telling the same story with a man going through brutal lengths to save his loved one. The trailer does look harmless enough, but this could easily end up as one of the worst movies of the entire year & a profitable action star like Bruce Willis is not going to be enough.
I have no idea what a joint is, but this looks like a genuinely soulful experience. Police brutality is a subject I truly despise & the struggles of people seen as "the criminal type" even though they're not could result in gripping drama. If I knew more about it, I can easily say that I will most definitely see this.
Blimey, Netflix have a lot of documentaries under their belt this year. Anyway, this space race documentary looks like it's revealing a hidden secret about women who weren't allowed to be astronauts & while this does look good, it's giving me a lot of Hidden Figures vibes. Maybe this isn't the same story, but I hope this film doesn't become a victim of harsh, pointless comparisons.
A combination of a heist movie & a disaster movie. This should be fun, but this looks awful. The director of The Fast & The Furious may be using tricks from that franchise, but this looks like the most generic, unexciting thing that'll come out this month & it stinks because hurricanes can result in exciting cinema.
If you're claustrophobic, you're probably not going to want to see this picture. Anyway, the trailer for this film may give some generic vibes, but it it really good at sending a tense, unsettling vibe, so I've ended up excited. If it gets released on a streaming service, I will hopefully find the time to give it a chance.
TRUTH: a horror movie based around a common verbal game is a great idea & from the looks of things, this looks genuinely creepy. What is especially exciting is that the game is getting grizzly outcomes. DARE: would I see this in theatres? I am optimistic, but the horror trailer formula of cheap jump scares could damage its box office run.
Another day, another Netflix drama. I don't know how to feel about the subject matter, but the positive reviews in the trailer does make me slightly optimistic. But all this film has to do is impress me because if it doesn't, I will just simply forget about it.
Blimey, HollyWood must be truly desperate if they're looking to arcade games for inspirations. This action flick looks like it has one of cinema's best digital primates, but the overall plot does not excite me. Giant monsters is a concept I dig, but that doesn't mean it'll turn out good. I bet that this film will fade into obscurity after its release in cinemas.
What's this? Another LGBTQ romance movie!!! I don't know what to expect on a quality standpoint, but this looks like it has some quirks, so I might give it a chance. Besides, all I want is for this to have a positive representation of lesbian relationships because the more the merrier.
Horror movies seem to be on top of the world right now, but for this month, the flick with the most suspenseful & intriguing trailer belongs to this Indian flick that claims to have no dialogue whatsoever. I know that there have been other dialogue-free films in the past (The Triplets Of Belleville, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Red Turtle), but the horror genre makes this gimmick look perfectly fitting.
A romance drama about an individual who changes bodies every single day...............talk about the world's biggest mindfuck. It looks fairly standard, but I think there's potential for this to be good because I am intrigued. All that's left is for this to not disappoint.
You know, the amount of movies Netflix releases is starting to reach infinity. Anyway, this sports drama is not exactly exciting me. Maybe it's because the inspirational basketball success story sounds like a been-there-done-that concept. Maybe it can subvert my negative expectations, but I'm not gonna be in a huge hurry to see this.
Here's our second straight-to-DVD offering from Warner Bros & DC Comics & while this film doesn't look too exciting, I am convinced that it'll be more competently made than the poorly edited, poorly acted, poorly soundtracked mess that is 2016's Suicide Squad. You could say I'm cautiously optimistic with this one & if it disappoints, I could go for Assault On Arkham.
Ever since Adam Sandler moved his Happy Madison contract to Netflix, I have not watched any of the movies that resulted from this decision. This flick puts Adam back into a wedding-based plotline & has him reunite with Chris Rock (who's main Happy Madison credit was the godawful Groan Ups films). To be honest, this looks like a dreadful comedy, but I'm actually not expecting the worst. I think this is just going to exist & then be soon forgotten, so there's no point moaning about it.
Well well well, a horror movie with a genuinely spooky trailer. The atmosphere creeped me out & the plot reveals much but not too much, feeling secretive in the correct way. Overall, this could be good stuff. All that's left is for this flick to not disappoint.
I do hope there are good intentions in this picture, because I didn't get a high reaction from its trailer. It sounds like a coming-of-age story as four girls prepare for the scary world outside high school, but can the writers manage to make compelling, likeable protagonists out of girls that smoke & do other kinds of drugs? Overall, this is a wait & see type of picture that I might not be in a huge hurry to see.
Oh look, a drama with a bloated & overlong title. Anyway, a film about a secret society involving writers may not sound like much, but I think there could be some charm in this flick. All we need to do now is hope that it lives up to its feel-good nature because I don't want this month to be seen as the disappoint marathon.
It only felt like yesterday since I had my first Comic-Con experience, but the timing here feels coincidental. Anyway, I want to like this film for the setting alone, but this looks like another crude, unfunny train wreck in the comedy genre. Nothing made me laugh & the heist elements are not saving my expectations. So I'll be skipping this flick in favour of YouTube travel vlogs set in conventions.
It may feel like we didn't get a chance for a longer wait, but words cannot describe how excited I am for this. I've been a Marvel Studios devotee since the very beginning & this looks like the ultimate reward for longtime fans, as this will also celebrate the MCU's tenth anniversary. The scale looks massive, the character roster got larger & its directed by the same trustworthy hands behind both of the brilliant Captain America sequels. Damn it, I just can't wait any longer for this masterpiece.
So that's all that April is offering this year & it looks like it has its ups & downs, with some of those ups & downs making it on best & worst lists. To summarise my anticipation list, we have:
Avengers: Infinity War
Truth Or Dare
Sgt Stubby: An Unlikely Hero (much better title than the poster I chose)
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Anyway, join me next time when we will witness a ceramic detective, police dogs going undercover, a rowdy party, the early days of the galaxy's greatest smuggler & the return of the hilarious fourth-wall-breaking potty-mouthed mercenary.