List compiled by Eddie on 15/01/2018
Bring on 2018 I say!
2017 wasn’t a particularly memorable year for film, so surely we are well past due for a standout movie year?
There is of course an abundance of high profile sequels, comic book adaptations and high budget affairs coming our way, as is the case every other year, but after scouring the world wide web I believe these 10 films listed below could truly make 2018 a fantastic year for filmgoers.
There’s particularly a lot on offer for the Sci-Fi movie loving crowd and some new exciting projects from some of the industry’s brightest filmmakers such as Damian Chazelle and the long awaited return of Steve McQueen and while it’s hard to say for sure that these directors will hit it out of the ball park, you’d be a brave man to suggest that they won’t.
Here’s to a great 2018 of film everyone.
Happy reading and happy watching!
10. The Sisters Brothers
Directed by: Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly
In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.
Based on the well liked book of the same name, Jacques Audiard directs his first English language feature film with this star studded affair. A film that will hopefully provide thrills, chills and even some laughs, The Sisters Brothers appears set to be a unique and imaginative ride through the gold hungry American west of the 1800’s.
9. Hold the Dark
Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, James Badge Dale
A wolf hunter tracks down a young child in the Alaskan wilderness.
To me Jeremy Saulnier has for the last few years been a filmmaker that’s “almost” hit it big. Blue Ruin and The Green Room were two little seen but well-received thriller’s that suggested the director was someone to keep a close eye on and this Netflix backed venture could well be the young filmmakers true breakout hit.
8. Light of My Life
Directed by: Casey Affleck (I’m Still Here) Starring: Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky
A father and his young daughter find themselves trapped in the woods.
After a well-deserved Oscar win, Casey Affleck almost immediately set his sights on directing and starring in this gritty sounding drama. Advance hype all seems to be suggesting this acting heavy tale will be a potential awards player this year and if Affleck can take some momentum from Manchester by the Sea into this production, we should be in for a real dramatic treat.
7. Robin Hood
Directed by: Otto Bathurst (feature debut) Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Tim Minchin, Ben Mendelsohn
A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story.
Ridley Scott’s 2010 version of Robin Hood left many feeling cold towards a beloved story that deserved a far better big budget feature. While we haven’t seen or heard too much about debut feature director Otto Bathurst’s fresh take on the tale, with a cast as good as this and with all the stars seemingly aligning, here’s hoping this Robin Hood is a the beginning of something special.
6. The First Man
Directed by: Damian Chazelle (La La Land) Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
He conquered the box office and critics around the world for good reason with his musical masterpiece La La Land so it’s something worth getting excited about when Chazelle will be releasing his Ryan Gosling starring Neil Armstrong biopic this year. Filled with a great ensemble cast, The First Man should be another winner for a young filmmaker who has quickly established himself as one of the premier directors working today.
5. The Predator
Directed by: Shane Black (The Nice Guys) Starring: Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Yvonne Strahovski
A sequel to the 1987 sci-fi film “Predator”.
Like Predator 2 never happened and poor old Predators from a few years back, super-fan Shane Black is looking to bring the Predator series back from the dead with this star-studded and hopefully terror filled venture. Black has long been a writer and director of considerable talent and all signs point to this “true” sequel being a great big screen experience.
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed
Plot Unknown. Based on the Marvel Comic character.
Normally this type of film wouldn’t get me too excited but with British superstar Tom Hardy on board and the attachment of Zombieland filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, Venom could be quite the comic book adaptation. Venom is a dark character and one Hardy should be able to make his own and while the plot has so far been kept under wraps, should this big-budget event take on a more original approach than is usual for the genre, Venom could be a real winner.
3. Ready Player One
Directed by: Steven Spielberg (Jaws) Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.
Ernest Cline’s 80’s infused adventure wasn’t exactly the best book ever written but it sure was a lot of fun. With Steven Spielberg behind the camera for what will be one of the famed director’s most purely entertaining films in sometimes, this effects heavy big screen spectacle should be a fantastic time out at the movies and a potential franchise starter should everything pan out well.
Directed by: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) Starring: Jon Bernthal, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez
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.
It’s been some time since we last had a Steve McQueen film coming our way and after the huge success of 12 Years a Slave both commercially and critically, it’s been a long wait. Widows sounds like a unique and intriguing feature film with one of the year’s best cast lists. With a so far impeccable filmography, you’d be expecting Widows to be yet another fine McQueen feature.
Directed by: Alex Garland (Ex_Machina) Starring: Nathalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Always a talented writer, Alex Garland became a filmmaker of note with his 2015 sci-fi Ex_Machina. Returning once more to the genre that has served him so well, Garland is adapting Jeff VanderMeer’s well regarded book of the same name with an all-star cast at his disposal and everything on paper seems to suggest Annihilation will be one of the year’s must-see events.
The Best of the Rest
Director: Steven Knight (Locke) Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane
The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt him, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be what it all seems.
12. Captive State
Director: Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) Starring: John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, James Ransone
Set in a Chicago neighbourhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.
13. The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
Director: Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies) Starring: Mark Rylance, Isaac Eshete
The treatment of a young Jewish boy, forcibly raised as a Christian in 19th century Italy, creates a furore which pits the Papacy itself against forces of democracy and Italian unification.
Director: Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) Starring: Christian Bale, Rosemund Pike, Ben Foster
In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
15. Outlaw King
Director: David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) Starring: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
Director: Derek Cianfrance (The Light Between Oceans) Starring: Edgar Livengood, Gazelle Amber Valentine
The story of a heavy metal drummer who blows his eardrums out and must learn to adapt to a world of silence. An introspective journey into the vortex of our senses, tinkering with cinema’s boundaries.
17. Old Man and the Gun
Director: David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) Starring: Robert Redford, Elisabeth Moss, Casey Affleck
An elderly bank robber, who had managed to escape from prison over a dozen times in his life before moving to a retirement community, looks to spice things up with another heist.
18. Avengers: Infinity War
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War) Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson
The plot is unknown at this time. Follows the adventures of the Avengers as the try and save the world.
Director: Duncan Jones (Moon) Starring: Paul Rudd, Alexander Skarsgård, Justin Theroux
A mute bartender goes up against his city’s gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.
20. Shape of Water
Director: Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.