Along with the help of Secret Thoughter M and J, we recently tackled what our most anticipated games of 2018 were and today we’re covering movies. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I presented the Thoughters with coming up with three films they were both excited for. I wasn’t really too sure if Secret Thoughter J had ever seen a movie before. I know he’s a big Doctor Who fan, but when it came to movies, I just wasn’t too sure. As for Secret Thoughter M, while he claims to love movies that can lead to interesting conversations, I’m just not so sure that’s the case. If I had to explain M’s movie tastes, I would say he likes things with lasers and explosions… Now, he’s going to say that I’m kidding and only saying this to upset him, and maybe he’s right, maybe he’s wrong. Who’s to say. The most important thing is this is our list. As always, let us know in the comments or over on the Facebook page if we missed out on anything.
ChrisContinues: From the director/writer of the incredible film Ex Machina, Annihilation appears to be another great step in the right direction for creator Alex Garland. Featuring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, Annihilation‘s excellent cast is only topped by its phenomenal visuals. Shrouded in mystery, I’m excited to go into this movie completely blind. Yes, I’m aware that the film is based on a book, but who has time for that.
ChrisContinues: Since Black Panther’s reveal in Captain America: Civil War I have been eagerly waiting for the character’s first stand-alone film. While I’m worried that first big Marvel film of the year will be the classic tale of cool trailers, okay movie, it’s the crew attached to the film that has my hopes high. Whether it’s the additions to the cast like Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, and Angela Bassett or director Ryan Coogler, the man responsible for Creed, there seems to be enough horsepower behind this film that it’s going to be a sure-fire hit… I hope.
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Secret Thoughter J: What is there to say. I love Ryan Reynolds and raunchy, foul-language movies. Waiting and Van Wilder still make me chuckle to this day. Now let Ryan Reynolds play a character who is the opposite of Batman and will kill anyone who opposes him? I’m in. Enough said. (ChrisContinues edit) It’s also one of the last Fox made X-Men movies audiences will see before the Fox/Disney merger and while Disney has claimed that they will keep Deadpool the way audiences know him now, that still remains to be seen. So, another reason this film is so highly anticipated is simply the fact that it may very well be the last time we ever get to see this version of Deadpool on screen.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture
ChrisContinues: I love learning about the history of film and with A Futile and Stupid Gesture, audiences will get to learn about one of the funniest and unfortunately saddest times in the history comedic films. Not only will we get to learn about how such great films like Caddy Shack and Family Vacation came to be but we’ll also see an inside look at how the industry handled the tragic deaths of John Belushi and Gilda Radner. It may not seem like an important story to tell to some, but I personally can’t wait for this history lesson.
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Secret Thoughter J: Let’s be honest. We’re all psyched to see this movie and not much explanation is needed. Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy team up to stop Thanos. Lights, camera, action, let’s do it. Not to mention we get to see the only Olsen sister we all care about actually do something cool with her life again. (ChrisContinues edit) It’s also the culmination of a decade of unprecedented work that audiences will likely never see again. Even if you’re not a fan of superhero films, the fact that Infinity War is even happening is something that deserves to be praised.
Insidious: The Last Key
Secret Thoughter J: I’m not big on horror movies. I usually find them cheesy or full or jump scares that feel half-assed and cheap. Not this series of movies. The first two have moments where I thought I quit breathing in anticipation. I cannot wait to see how this trilogy ends. One scene. Four words. Tiptoe through the tulips. Haven’t seen it and don’t plan on watching? Google it. (ChrisContinues edit) I have not seen any of the Insidious movies, but isn’t this the 4th film in the franchise? Maybe Secret Thoughter J doesn’t like the 3rd one. Maybe it’s his Rocky Balboa of the Insidious franchise.
Isle of Dogs
ChrisContinues: Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited, and Fantastic Mr. Fox are three of my favorite movies of all-time and the fact that they all come from the brilliant mind of one man is just incredible. After saying that, it should come as no surprise that Wes Anderson’s next film Isle of Dogs makes my most anticipated list. Featuring his classic cast of actors like Jeff Goldblum and Bill Murray, Isle of Dogs returns Anderson to the visual style that audiences saw with Fantastic Mr. Fox. Featuring a fantastic stop-animation art style, a great cast, and a story that will undoubtedly be incredible, there’s no way I’m missing Isle of Dogs.
A Quiet Place
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Secret Thoughter M: With all the movies coming out, it was hard to narrow down a small list that stands out above the rest. A Quiet Place may not be as well-known as most of the other films coming out in 2018, but I think this one deserves recognition. With the movie following a family staying silent (by use of sign language) throughout all of the film to hide from something that wasn’t shown in the trailer that detects by sound, I think that this will add a whole different angle to the horror genre.
Ready Player One
Secret Thoughter M: I hate to seem like I’m jumping on a pop culture bandwagon with this selection, but as someone who is an avid fan of book to movie adaptations, Ready Player One is on that list. With the amazing Stephen Spielberg as the director as well as a selection of up and coming actors, I feel like this title will rise higher than most anticipate. I was a pretty big fan of the book, and I hope that I will also be a huge fan of the movie.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
ChrisContinues: While I’ve shared my excitement for this film on the site before, I’m more than happy to do it again. Miles Morales is such a fun character and it’s exciting to know that at the end of the year he’ll be staring in his first feature-length film. With a spectacular art style and an amazing soundtrack, it really seems like we’re on the verge of having a new Spider-Man movie that will ultimately end up challenging for that number one spot as the best Spider-Man film.