There's really no excuse for my missing this one. I was pretty interested in it and I certainly had opportunities, but I never got around to it.
Isle of Dogs
I dig some Wes Anderson stuff, but he's not an instant sell for me. These puppets are gorgeous though and dog movies are an interest in my house. More for my wife and son than for me, but their enthusiasm rubs off. In an unusual move, they went to see this while I was out of town, so I never circled back to catch up on it.
Historical drama set in Ireland during the Great Famine. And look! Hugo Weaving.
A Wrinkle in Time
I didn't read the book until sometime in the last couple of years, so I don't have the nostalgic fascination with the story that many of my friends do. I find it pretty impenetrable in places, but that makes me more interested in seeing how other people approach and adapt it. This version didn't get great reviews, but I'm still curious.
Another historical drama; this one featuring one of the Bible's most enigmatic and provocative characters. I really want to see what approach this film takes. Heckuva cast, too.
A Quiet Place
Another one that I absolutely should have seen already. I was super excited about it, never got around to it, decided to wait for Halloween, then got really busy then, too. Soooon...
I'm pretty sure I have Nic Pizzolatto's novel on a shelf at home, having picked it up on a whim at a bookstore. (I was a fan of that first season of True Detective.) But really, I'm into this for Foster and Fanning.
My interest is 80% about that poster, but I also like that the film starts with a gothic romance premise (a newly married woman is forbidden from entering a single room in her husband's house), but then takes it in a scifi direction.
Ahem. Moving on.
Paul, Apostle of Christ
Another Biblical biopic, but where Mary Magdalene is a mystery that I want to see explored, Paul is someone I have a fairly concrete vision of. My enjoyment of the film will likely depend on how closely it presents the Paul in my head, so it's basically like any Superman movie.
David and I were gonna watch this together, but never got our schedules synchronized. That's my only excuse for not yet seeing The Rock and a bunch of giant monsters. It's a pretty bad excuse.
A horror movie set in the woods? The heck you say!
I need to see more Gabrielle Union movies. I always forget that she was in 10 Things I Hate About You, but she was great in The Brothers and Almost Christmas and I want to see her kicking some butt.
Yes yes, I will not blame you if you think this looks ridiculous. I could totally blame my interest on my dog-loving family again. But honestly, the dog in that poster - with Stanley Tucci's voice - is something I 100% unironically choose to see.
The trailer looks great and look at that cast. Jodie Foster. Jeff Goldblum. Dave Bautista. What is wrong with me for not having seen this already? I need to rethink my priorities.
Keanu Reeves has never been a huge draw to me until recently, but post John Wick... I'm super interested.
2018 was an interesting year for Westerns set in other countries. We had Sweet Country in Australia, Five Fingers for Marseilles in South Africa, and now Buffalo Boys in Indonesia. Buffalo Boys looks bonkers in the best possible way. I mean, look at the armor on that bruiser in the poster. And the trailer has a woman who's an archer. I can't wait to see this one.
I had written this off after the first trailer. First of all, I have feelings about the exploitation of Christopher Robin Milne and if we're going to have a movie about him, then I want it to be like Goodbye, Christoper Robin and actually have something to say about his experience growing up famous when he had no choice in the matter. At some point though, I realized that this film isn't about the real life son of AA Milne, but about the fictional character he wrote about, so I lightened up about that. But the first trailer was pretty depressing, so I decided that I still didn't need to see it. But then it actually came out and I heard good things. And if we're going to have Disney doing live-action versions of all their cartoons, I'd much rather them be sequels like this than straight-up remakes.
Down a Dark Hall
AnnaSophia Robb in a gothic horror tale set in a boarding school.
Look. It's okay to want to see Mina and Jonathan Harker in a cliché romantic comedy. Don't judge me.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Alright, going back to Summer '03. I couldn't write this with Joey King standing over me with ice cream dripping all down her hand, but I like me a good teen comedy/drama. It started with The Breakfast Club and continued to 10 Things I Hate About You, Easy A, and The Edge of Seventeen (among others that I'm forgetting). To All the Boys I've Loved Before is supposed to be pretty great.
I don't hear good things about Blue Iguana, but I have a soft spot for crime comedies. And this one has Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz in it.
He's Out There
Another horror movie set in the woods. It's like someone figured out that's an excellent setting for spooky shenanigans.
Ben Kingsley stopped being an indicator of quality films a long time ago, but I'm a big fan of Oscar Isaac and this story sounds fascinating.
A slice-of-life story about a family in Mexico City wouldn't normally be my thing, but I completely trust Alfonso Cuarón. From A Little Princess to my favorite Harry Potter movie to Sandra Bullock in Space, I've loved every movie of his that I've seen. I don't know how I haven't yet seen Y Tu Mamá También and Children of Men yet. That's madness and I need to watch my way through his filmography this year.