Well, it's 2018. With a new year comes a new batch of movies & with a new batch of movies comes expectations. I've decided to reveal what I will expect from all the feature length releases each month to see if they're worth watching. However, I will be strict with myself & not include staggered releases. If you want a quick summary on that, I'm highly looking forward to The Post, The Polka King & Coco. Anyway, let's get this new series started with:
To be completely honest, I have not seen any of the Insidious films. I'm a bit of a newcomer in the horror genre & I haven't found the time to watch all of the big franchises yet. Therefore, I have no expectations for this instalment. But that scream sound is gonna stay in my head for a while, so who knows....maybe there will be a Step by Step for Insidious in the future.
I don't know if it's just me, but I don't think we've had a Liam Neeson action thriller in a long time. But it looks like Neeson is back for more bruises with this mysterious looking romp. It looks standard, yet intriguing & the director's previous work, Non Stop, is really good, so I'm expecting the same levels of quality here.
Now it's time for our first Netflix movie for 2018 & this one isn't selling me that much. I don't want to be rude or anything, but this film looks like it's obviously catering to the Pitch Perfect bandwagon & since I haven't seen any instalment in the Pitch Perfect trilogy, I have no reason to get excited. Also, I always have a 50/50 chance of enjoying modern comedies & I have no clue on whether this film is going to have likeable characters & a plot worth investing in. Who knows, maybe this film will surprise me, but I won't be in a hurry to watch it.
Now it's time for an international release that I have no chance of seeing in cinemas. Shame, because this movie looks insane. The plot seems to have dark themes, yet the majority of the comedy & plot points seem to involve guns, sex, booze & club parties. I've never seen any BollyWood film before & if this is going to be the first time, it will be on end he'll of a daft ride.
The year's only just started & already we're getting a Netflix horror. Unfortunately, the trailer is selling a very generic product. Who knows, maybe this film will surprise me, but I'm not convinced that this film will scare me & that's not an expectation that horror movies should have.
Sometimes I wish that every film gets released in every country because there's never a chance for me to hear about all the international pictures. Anyway, this Greek film has become a part of the Sundance Film Festival & from what I saw in the trailer, it promises to be one of the most melancholy, depressing & downright saddest pictures 2018 will have to offer. These may sound like qualities that will take people away from a film, but I can't wait to see the finished result. Pity I have to debate on whether I'll have a chance to watch it.
Just when we thought it was all over, one of the most popular animated iterations of Batman returns & once again, he's teaming up with Mystery Inc. Now, Scooby Doo movies can easily be seen as formulaic nowadays, which makes things harder to get anticipated for the latest release. But, I've heard great things about the late 2000s show "Batman: The Brave & The Bold" & this film looks like one big love letter for that show. So you could say that I am easily excited to see how this will turn out & who knows, maybe I'll give Batman: The Brave & The Bold a watch some day.
I am way too late to hop into this bandwagon aren't I. I attempted to watch the first Maze Runner film & all it did was bore me to death. So I have not been I a desperate hurry to watch The Scorch Trial & I'm definitely skipping this film as a result. But I do plan to read the books sometime, so I might watch this film when it becomes available on streaming services.
YAY, a franchise I've never heard of. I've never seen any of the Kickboxer movies, so I have no idea on what to expect from this one. The film looks a little bit generic, so I won't be seeing it in theatres. But I might watch the first two instalments, so there's still a chance of giving this film a go.
Nobody will ever forget what happened on September 11th 2001. The events left such an impact that it makes sense for soldiers to prepare themselves for the next likeliest attack. I think people will see this film out of respect & patriotism, but the trailer looks like it's selling a generic action thriller. You're probably going to hate me for saying this, but I will be watching this film when it hits television.
You know, I'm glad I started doing this series because it's giving me a chance to look at films I don't normally pay attention to. This is a case where it pays off. Anyway, this film is a biopic about the creation & impact of National Lampoon, the definitive magazine that wasn't appropriate for children. As someone who's seen & loved most of the Vacation movies, I am very interested in the story this film is trying to tell & what we're getting looks like a blast. When it hits Netflix, there's a guarantee that I will watch it the first chance I'll get.
Ladies & gentlemen, our first DC Universe Original Straight-To-DVD movie. I personally find Batman to be the most overhyped superhero in DC's library, so I always think it's nice to see new & different iterations. This film puts the caped crusader in a steampunk Victorian environment & although I haven't watched a lot of these movies, I usually hear great things about them, so I'm highly anticipating this release. Since DC releases more than one straight-to-DVD movie every year, you will be seeing a few more later on in the year.
Well, here's another BollyWood picture for the month & this one looks pretty good as well. It tells the true story of a man who finds a way to give sanitary napkins to poor women in India & this does sound engaging & admirable. I just hope the film turns out to be really good because the biggest reaction I got was the funky soundtrack in the trailer.
I know this may not count as a movie, but it's not a series so I feel like talking about it. Anyway, this documentary is about Jessica Nigri (the voice of Cinder Falls from the RWBY franchise), a cosplayer who went on to the ranks of famous thanks to the magic of the Internet. As a guy who is endlessly fascinated by the amazing culture of fanbases, this looks right up my alley & I would love to watch it......if it weren't for the fact that it was FIRST exclusive. Seriously Rooster Teeth, give the rest of your work full access.
Oh hell YES!!!! Aardman's one of the greatest animation studios of all time & their latest film set in prehistoric times looks like it will retain the same charming wit the studio is known for. True, the stone V bronze concept sounds generic, but I have a gut feeling that Aardman will execute it in a triumphant way. It looks like 2018 will be a promising start for the wide release animated lineups & I will definitely be pooling my money for a stone ticket.
I know you want more, but that's it for now. Since the UK is practically crowded with leftovers from 2017, it made my selection really limited. Luckily, I searched elsewhere & here's my small list of the most anticipated January releases:
1: Early Man
2: A Futile & Stupid Gesture
4: Batman: Gotham By Gaslight
7: Scooby Doo & Batman: The Brave & The Bold
Anyway, join me for February where we will be getting more gratuitous sex, a secret ruler & the laws of nature being broken.