Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2018 and a Sundance Film Festival Reveal

Lights, Camera, Action! We’re now two weeks into 2018! Welcome back to the blog everyone, how was your first week in this New Year? Mine? Well I got sick and I’m still pretty sick thus why this blog is going up a few days later this week. Sorry for this but I can’t help it, it seems everyone is sick this past week.

Last week I looked back on what I got for Christmas 2017 but this week I'm looking forward to what's to come in 2018, more importantly movies. I mean my blog logo is a movie camera and film is one of my primary topics so it’s only natural, right? 2018’s lineup of movie releases is going to be quite incredible so I’m listing the movies that have caught my eye in this article.

This first movie is related to the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Founded in 1978 the Sundance Film Festival as long served as promote the American independent Film industry, giving independent filmmakers a gateway to get their creation out into the world. This year’s lineup is going to lead to some tough choices for the jury and out of all these films I have to highlight just one movie, one that I have struggled to keep quiet about for the past few years, Jennifer Fox’s “The Tale”.

You’re probably asking yourself “Why is he only highlighting this movie?” well before a I disclose that let's discuss what this movie is about. Starring Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Ritter (Y’know, Dipper, from Gravity Falls), Elizabeth Debicki and the late John Heard “The Tale” tells the story of a famous globetrotting journalist named Jennifer (Laura Dern) who is forced to relive a tale of her 13 year old self after her mother uncovers a story she wrote about herself and two coaches. Her 13-year-old self surfaces throughout the movie (Played by Isabelle Nelisse) to tell her side of the story, a side that shatters Jennifer’s memory of what she thought she knew about herself and her past.

That’s pretty much all I can disclose on this movie (For now). Well except for one more tiny detail. See this movie has one more actor I haven’t listed yet and this actor is none other than... Me.

No, I'm not lying. I was apart of the actor crew for certain scenes in this movie as it filmed in an area nearby where I live. (I have actual proof if you guys are in disbelief.) This is that “secret” project I mentioned almost a year ago now. I’ve been waiting patiently for this movie to surface finally and it's great to see 2018 will be its debut year here in America; I'm actually disappointed I won't be able to see it at the festival in Salt Lake Utah. This movie I can say will be a must watch this year and not just because I'm in it. Of course I'm not in a leading role or anything (I’m working on that, travel is my main reason for delays on my acting to be honest) but I think I made quite the impact.

Even better then the movie itself is the amazing and talented crew that accompanied this movie, I absolutely adored working alongside the likes of Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki as well as the other cast mates I met throughout production and I can't be more thankful for getting to be a part of this flick. I can't release your names but if you know who I am drop a hello my way! Miss you guys. This movie actually inspired me to get more involved in the movie industry and I probably can say inspired the creation of this blog. The Sundance Film Festival begins January 19th and runs until the 29th with this movie premiering on the 20th! Check out more about this movie at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4015500/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 and http://www.aluminousmindproduction.com/upcoming-fiction/the-tale/

So yeah this movie is definitely my pick for the movie to get excited for in January but for those looking for more of a dystopian Sci-Fi Mystery movie get ready for the final Maze Runner movie  “The Death Cure”.


Admittedly I have never seen a Maze Runner movie nor read any of the books (Written by James Dashner) and while I should most likely get on top of that this new movie wraps up the Maze Runner Trilogy that began with the release of “The Maze Runner” in 2014. I rather not discuss this movie for the sake of not spoiling myself but you can catch this Maze Runner finale which is directed by Wes Ball and starring Dylan O’Brien in theatres January 26th.

February is actually going to be the home for quite a few good flicks, one of which is Marvel’s Black Panther.


I’ve discussed the recently trailer for this movie I believe back in November and I had mentioned how I was intrigued by the futuristic Sci-Fi aspects being added to the African culture prominent in the movie. Starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa the movie takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War of which the former movie showed T’Challa as he took on the mantle of Black Panther to avenge his father’s death. (Thanks Zemo.). Now in this new flick he’s head back home to Wakandan as the new King. Wakandan also just so happens to be the home for the rarest metal in the world, Vibranium which is what Captain America’s shield is made out of as well as Vision, Ultron and Black Panther’s suit. Honestly Black Panther is the only one who really deserves to use the metal considering how everyone else stole their Vibranium from Wakandan.

Anyway this movie will be releasing February 16th, 2018 in Theatres!

After this movie the Marvel movie everyone has been waiting a long time for is finally here. It’s the big one, “Avengers: Infinity War”!


This is part 2 of a two 2 Avengers movie spectacular but with the Avengers estranged how will they stand up to Thanos (Josh Bolin), the most threatening villain to grace the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his presence.


With the Infinity Glove in his grasp (Get it?) Thanos will tear apart the universe if the Avengers and a plethora of other heroes don’t come together to stop him. “Avengers: Infinity War” is going to feature an incredible amount of heroes such as The Guardians of The Galaxy, Spider-Man, Wakandan’s Forces and the Avengers themselves. Basically everyone we’ve seen in the MCU so far should feature in this movie and Avengers 4. I’m not sure if the MCU Netflix heroes will make neither an appearance nor the Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D and Nick Fury isn’t going to show up either but this will be an amazing Superhero gathering regardless. Only question is, will the Avengers survive against a one man army? The entire MCU has led to this moment and I’m absolutely excited for this movie so let’s get ready for this movie when it releases May 4th, 2018! The wait will be worth it.

We’re actually going back a few months to March!

Spring time is usually when some of the big movies spring onto the silver screen. March is definitely going be a massive month for movies and funny enough a majority of the movies I discussed last year are coming out this month such as the rebooted version of Tomb Raider!


I discussed the trailer for this movie a while back and I have to admit this really interested me a lot. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Angelina Jolie movies (Forgive me) but this movie is based on the recent Video Game reboot, which took Lara Croft back to her roots with a refreshing recoating of her character.

This movie looks to be taking Lara Croft down a similar path although the storyline is looking different from the recent rebooted games. Lara, played by the awesome Alicia Vikander, has now turned 21 and without any real direction in life Lara is living as a bike courier in East London with money scarce and a reputation of missing her college classes often. 

Of course all that turns upside down when she discovers a hint towards her father’s last known destination before he permanently disappeared on an island possibly off the coast of Japan. Lara Croft, unable to accept her father is gone leaves to seek out this island and the fabled tomb left only to myths and rumors. The bar has raised high for Lara in this high action, thrilling and awesome looking movie that looks to blow away the original Lara Croft movies and games. Roar Uthaug (A relatively new Director) and his crew seem to be doing great on this movie with Evan Daughetry (Divergent) /Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Will be screenwriting Captain Marvel!) screenwriting.

This movie will be raiding the theatres March 16th!


Come June we got The Incredibles 2! We’ve been waiting a long time for this movie so it’s awesome to see 2018 will house this incredible sequel to a Pixar classic. We haven’t seen too much of this movie and to be honest? We don’t need to see much, we’re going to see this movie with or without trailers. I can’t wait to see what the Incredibles family take on (Other than the Undertaker) and to see what Jak-Jak has up his sleeve regarding his powers, this animated flick will be storming into theatres June 15th! (Yes Samuel L. Jackson is returning as Frozone.)

Okay so a trailer dropped last month for a certain Alita Battle Angel movie and I think I fell in love with this upcoming movie.


While some seem to be put off by the eyes I think this movie might be one of James Cameron’s best (I mean it’s been a movie he wanted to make for decades now). Set in a post-apocalyptic 26th Century “Alita” (Rose Salazar… Not to be confused with that creepy Spanish Pirate guy) is found by a scientist and repaired. She discovers she has a knack for fighting which sets along the events of the movie, allowing her to discover she has the power to protect everything she’s grown to love since being revived. This movie is based on a popular Japanese manga series by Japanese Artist Kishiro and while it’s had anime OVAs made of it in the past this will be the full fledged adaption of this manga. 

Hands down I’m psyched for this movie but I have to wait until July 20th, 2018 to see it.

I know Christmas just ended but a trailer just released for one of this year’s possible Christmas hits. Coming from Walt Disney Studios is “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”.


I don’t think I’ve seen a Nutcracker adaptation in a while, actually I never hear the Nutcracker mentioned at all much anymore so this is pretty interesting and the trailer makes it even more interesting. So as the only trailer I’m actually posting on this blog let’s check this out!

So it’s the Nutcracker, right? Well Disney is taking the Alice in Wonderland route and giving this old tale a fresh twist with Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy (Never would of imagined), Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger and Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer starring. (Is this secretly RED 3?) Not sure who’s playing the Nutcracker, or the Mouse King but I guess we’ll find out about that later. This is a dark twist on the original Nutcracker tale so it’s probably not for little kids but Alice in Wonderland wasn’t THAT dark so it’s probably okay for pre-teens and up, please still have parental guidance regardless. Anyway this looks like a pretty awesome movie with one amazing cover of “Waltz the Sugar Plum Fairy” that starts off like you imagine but gets really dramatic and dark towards the end of the trailer. Well hopefully it’s not too dark but I like the mystery aspect of this movie and re-watching this trailer again I’m not even sure if the Mouse King will be in this or not as Mother Ginger is supposedly the villain.

Get ready for this movie to drop November 2018!

Finally, Finally, FINALLY! The last movie I want to discuss. A movie we still don’t know much about but I’m really excited to see it, Mary Poppins Returns!


Yes I have to admit I’m a bonafide Mary Poppins fan throughout my entire being, I grew up with this movie and still cherish it to this day.

This new movie takes place in a Depression-era London with a grown up Jane and Michael Banks, the latter happens to have three kids of his own. Mary Poppins makes her return after a sudden personal lost to help them regain the joy they lost. Sounds like a Mary Poppins movie to me and I’m quite interested to see how Emily Blunt takes on the mantle from the incredible Julie Andrews. Dick Van Dyke is actually going to be making an appearance as an older character Mr. Dawes Jr. (The bank manger, remember?) Really can’t wait to see a trailer perhaps of this movie in the upcoming months as we await this movie’s December release date.

I haven’t covered every movie coming out this month, nor have I covered every movie that caught my eye but these movies I’ve listed are the big movies that really dragged my interest from my brain to the screen and I can’t wait to see how these movies unfold. Of course I could be disappointed in a few but that’s just how things go.

This year is looking to be a good year for movies regardless so let’s dive right into 2018 and get this camera rolling! Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll try not to delay the blog next week but as I do this weekly now I guess I could post it any day of the week I please, maybe even Fridays would be better for you guys so let me know in the comments down below as well as your list of most anticipated movies! Did you agree with my list? Disagree? Pour your hearts out in those comments!

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See you next week! (Or in 4-5 days)