Friday, February 2, 2018

10 Movies On My Radar for 2018

Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow
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Lately I find myself excited to watch movies again... I don't know if the films are better, but I've seen some excellent ones recently and no matter how old I get, I still love going to the cinema. The popcorn, the pick-a-mix sweets, the trailers that make me excited for the next new release - it never gets old. There are quite a few films I'm excited to see this year, so since we're in the middle of Awards Season, I thought I'd round them up here so you can keep an eye out... 

1. Red Sparrow
I adore my fellow Kentuckian Jennifer Lawrence and I've loved every film I've seen her in. She's incredibly talented, ballsy, beautiful and picks great films with strong female characters, so she never disappoints. I also love a good old fashioned spy movie. In Red Sparrow, J-Law plays a Russian ballerina who is recruited to an intelligence service with a mission to target an American CIA agent. Furthermore, Mary-Louise Parker is also in the film and she's another favourite of mine. Sounds like a winner to me.

2. Overboard
While I'm a big fan of the original Overboard starring the one and only Goldie Hawn and not usually up for a reboot of a classic that doesn't need to be remade, I'm also a big fan of Anna Faris and John Hannah so I'm looking forward to this film. I expect it will be a fun rom-com romp with some fabulous fashion (at least in the beginning of the film) and worth a few laughs if nothing else. I'm up for it!

Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider
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3. Tomb Raider
I love the original Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie so much that I dressed up as Lara Croft for Halloween last year (click here to see a photo). The reboot will star Alicia Vikander and I'm excited to see what the adventurer gets up to in this next instalment. I'm also pretty impressed that the photos I've seen online so far show a much less sexualized Lara Croft, focusing more on her fitness and strength rather than making her into a fantasy or sex symbol. Of course Vikander is gorgeous, not to mention an Oscar winner, so I expect this film to be a fun one to watch.

4. Backseat
Backseat tells the story of Vice President Dick Cheney and boasts an incredible cast including Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carrell and Sam Rockwell in the role of George W. Bush. If you've seen Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, you're probably as excited for this movie as I am - Sam Rockwell is perfect for the role of our former President. While this film is likely to be controversial, I think it will be interesting to see the story of the most powerful VP in history come to life on the big screen.

Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga in A Star is Born
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5. A Star is Born
This classic story is now in its 4th big screen incarnation. The 1937 version starred Janet Gaynor & Frederic March which was remade in 1954 starring Judy Garland & James Mason. In 1976, Barbara Streisand took the lead opposite Kris Kristofferson and now Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper have some pretty big shoes to fill in the latest version coming out this year. I simply adore Bradley Cooper and have rarely been disappointed by a film he's in. While I also love Lady Gaga, I haven't been super impressed by her acting efforts in American Horror Story, but I think she might be able to harness something special from her own life experience for A Star is Born, so I'm excited.

6. Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins is back, this time played by the practically perfect Emily Blunt and I think she's perfect for the role. Fast-forward to depression-era London when Jane and Michael are all grown up and the flying nanny has returned to once again help the Banks family find joy in their everyday lives. Also appearing in the film are Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters and Angela Lansbury. With a cast like that and a character we all love, Mary Poppins Returns is sure to be a classic!

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
I really enjoyed the most recent reboot of everyone's favourite dinosaur movie franchise. Chris Pratt plays Owen, a dreamy as a no-nonsense Indiana Jones-type dinosaur whisperer. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Claire, the focused, career-minded park operations manager. The first instalment of Jurassic World offered up the perfect amount of romantic chemistry between these characters to balance out the prehistoric horror show that ensues. It reminded me a bit of classic adventure romance films like Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile and Overboard. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Owen and Claire return to save the dinosaurs from extinction when the island's volcano becomes active. I saw a little clip in an interview and it looks like epic fun.

8. Where'd You Go Bernadette?
I didn't read the book Where'd You Go Bernadette, but I've heard rave reviews of it from so many people. From what I've seen, it's about a woman with anxiety who goes missing and her daughter does everything she can to find her, but uncovers some interesting knowledge about her past in the process. Cate Blanchett whom I adore plays Bernadette alongside a stunning cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Billy Crudup, Troian Bellisario and Lawrence Fishburne. I think this one has Oscar written all over it if it's done well and it should be with director Richard Linklater (director of Boyhood) at the helm.

9. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
I have loved The Nutcracker since I was a little girl, so I'm super excited to see this magical story turned into a live-action movie starring Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman among others. I'm also excited to see Misty Copeland's performance in the film. I'm sure it won't be anything like seeing the ballet either live or in any of the recorded versions, but it looks like a fun, whimsical jaunt through a magical land as only Disney can provide.

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
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10. Bohemian Rhapsody
Starring Rami Malek who's looks so much like Freddie Mercury it's uncanny, Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic about the years leading up to Queen's performance at Live Aid in 1985. I love a good biopic and this one looks promising.

What movies are currently taking up space on your watch list?

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