Anticipated Movies 2018

The fifth and final instalment of my year-end movie round-up looks forward to this year and what wee nuggets I’m most looking forward to. Before that a quick reminder of last year’s 10 and how my predictions fared in the end;

10) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (7.5)

9) Mute (No Show)

8) Kong: Skull Island (6.5)

7) Dunkirk (7.5)

6) Alien: Covenant (7.5)

5) Ghost in the Shell (7)

4) Logan (8.5)

3) Life (8.5)

2) Annihilation (No Show)

1) Blade Runner 2049 (9.5)

And so on to the main event …

FANTANA’S MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS OF 2018

10. Soldado

Not going to refer to this as Sicario 2; shouldn’t need to and this is clearly Hollywood playing hand-holder for the idiots they think are out there who might miss it without a ‘2’ attached to it!

Rant about marketing practices aside, Soldado (meaning Soldier) looks every bit as edgy, atmospheric and cool as its predecessor. Emily Blunt might be gone but her arc was complete. Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin’s characters, however, had plenty of mileage still left to explore and, considering Taylor Sheridan is back on writing duties, I for one cannot wait to see where this one goes.

ETA: 29th June

9. The Predator

It’s Predator. It’s a kick-ass cast of new soldiers for him to play with. It’s Shane Black. Here’s an image. ‘Nuff said.

ETA: 3rd August

No trailer available at time of writing

8. Hold the Dark

Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) returns with an intense thriller this year, adapted from William Giraldi’s novel and prominently set in Alaska during the start of a particularly severe winter, the story involves children being pinched from a village by a pack of wolves before an expert hunter is called in to investigate, followed closely by the child’s grief-crazed father. Very sombre stuff but with the cast on hand (Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Macon Blair)and Saulnier’s previous effort gaining him momentum, the signs are solid for this one.

ETA: TBD

No trailer available at time of writing

 

7. God Particle / Cloverfield Station

This being a JJ Abrams joint, and connected to the Cloverfield franchise whether the title will eventually say so or not, there is not very much to go on at present. But I loved both the previous movies and also last year’s Life, which was suspected of being a Cloverfield movie before debunking and shares a similar environment, so hopes are high that the cast of Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki, et al are on form and deliver a visual feast of extra-terrestrial delights worthy of the Cloverfield monicker.

ETA: 2nd February

No trailer available at time of writing

 

6. The Leviathan

There’s not a hell of a lot I can tell you about this one apart from the fact it is intended to be a feature-length version of the below short film. In honesty, given the lack of development news, it is highly unlikely this will land in 2018 and I’ll be talking about it again next year, but have a look. I think this is reason enough. A conceptual delight that is rarely seen outside of a franchise or adaptation these days – we have to support them!

ETA: TBD

5. The Endless

Never thought much of this one until the trailer dropped… then I was very intrigued. This one could easily be as frustrating as it is engrossing and entertaining, but we won’t know until we see it. In the meantime watch closely at the trailer for this story that follows two brothers who return years later to their old cult to discover there may be more credence to the far-fetched belief system that saw the brothers flee in the first place.

ETA: 29th June

4. Mute

One of a couple of movies on this list that were scheduled for last year but didn’t quite make it. For full details and reasons why I’m excited, please take a look at the post I dropped last year capturing my Most Anticipated Movies of 2017. Finally a trailer has arrived so feast your eyes and look out for this badboy later this February.

ETA: 23rd Feb

3. A Quiet Place

Ooooh, if we were going on trailers alone here, this one would take top spot. On paper the concept might have come across as standard horror fare, but with John Krasinski behind the camera and wife Emily Blunt alongside him in front of it, I get the feeling there will be more to this than straight up frights and freaks. The trailer is gripping stuff, evoking the question of how you the viewer might handle the situation the characters find themselves in. Cannot wait for this one.

ETA: 9th April

2. We Were Never Really Here

A bit of cheeky one, this, as Joaquin Phoenix’s crime thriller was made and did the festival circuit deep into 2017, however distribution hiccups have finally seen it granted a March release. Simply put, I can’t not recommend this one, given how long I’ve been waiting. As I have just finished raving about Small Town Crime this year, so too do I feel I might just rave about all the same things when the credits roll on this quiet and violent tale of one man on a mission to rescue a missing girl. Simple and effective.

ETA: 9th April

1. Annihilation

Last year Annihilation made #2 on this list, but didn’t see release in the 2017 calendar, so here it is again! See last year’s post for the full reasons why this sits so highly on my horizon, it all remains as is, and see the below trailer, which wasn’t around this time last year, for even more.

ETA: 22nd February

Honourable Mentions: Captive State, Mortal Engines, Venom, Red Sparrow, Alita: Battle Angel, Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, Avengers: Infinity War, Batman Ninja, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Dragged Across Concrete, Galveston, Peter Rabbit, The Modern Ocean, Traffik

What movies are you looking forward to this year? Leave them in the comments.

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