This has been a little thought project I’ve been thinking about for a week or so, so I’d thought I’d share it. I’ve always wished SNL would select more left-field musical guests, as those often make up some of the best performances, A Tribe Called Quest being my favorite example. Thinking about this naturally lead to the often-done thought experiment of dream hosts that SNL probably wouldn’t use but were fun to hypothesize about. That lead me to ultimately make this list. I decided to stick with a first half of the year schedule since its harder to predict musical guests in the farther future since albums are not often announced that far in advance. Also, I did not put any thought into how these hosts would fit into the current event timeline, just generally thinking how they would do on the show.
EPISODE 1 (Season Opener): HOST: Lupita N’yongo; MUSICAL GUEST: Vampire Weekend
This is a combination that very much could’ve happened, and I wouldn’t rule out VU from not appearing this year. The first show back sometimes has a host whose had a hot year so far, and Lupita was the ideal candidate for the subversive list. Now her first film of the year, Us, was a hit, but it was a weird hit. She did weird things in it! The voice was weird! Her openness to these weird choices in film likely translates to making bold choices as an SNL host which is always a fun time. Also, this hosting spot could’ve served as promotion for the now-middling reviewed Little Monsters.
EPISODE 2: HOST: Eric André; MUSICAL GUEST: Freddie Gibbs
Out of all the picks I made this is probably the least likely to ever happen. Eric’s subversive comedy deserves some recognition from the big boys. Imagine what kinds of weird stuff you could make with Eric and the Good Neighbor crew here! Eric has also proven himself to do straighter comedy roles well as too, ensuring that it wouldn’t just be a full 90-minute cringe festival. Gibbs feels unlikely on paper but we’ve seen musical guests recently like Lil Wayne & Meek Mill so I don’t think this is too out-of-step. Gibbs is one of the best rappers in the game right now, with an incredible album with Madlib this year. Some national exposure on SNL is well deserved.
EPISODE 3: HOST: Tim Robinson; MUSICAL GUEST: Lana Del Rey Wouldn’t you just love to see this on the next week title card. I don’t know about you, but Tim’s I Think You Should Leave sketch series on Netflix is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in recent memory. While Tim did not have a monumental legacy on SNL, buzz from his Netflix show would bring alt comedy fans across the globe to tune-in Saturday night to see his bizarrely heightened tendencies make another go on SNL. He’s sort of like the minor-league John Mulaney right now, and Mulaney’s hosted twice now so anything’s possible. And Lana; oh Lana! How great would it be! The comeback, from an infamously panned debut performance to a second go at it with one of the most critically acclaimed records this year. Can’t miss.
EPISODE 4: HOST: D’arcy Carden MUSICAL GUEST: Tyler, The Creator I wanted to give some love to TV, and what better synergistic move than to pluck someone from NBC’s own The Good Place. Now Ted Danson or Kristen Bell are the obvious choices, and I’m sure they would both do a fine job. But if I had to pick who would really shine it has to be Janet herself, D’arcy Carden. With a well-traveled comedy career, I could see her blending in effortlessly with the myriad of fellow funny women currently on the cast. For the musical guest, I’m surprised Tyler, The Creator hasn’t been on SNL yet. His past two records, Flower Boy and IGOR, are both critically lauded and he’s a living breathing cult hit in the hip-hop scene. With his current IGOR cycle sporting him with a flashy outfit, I could see Tyler taking good advantage of the presentational aspects being a guest on SNL gives him.
EPISODE 5: HOST: Nick Kroll MUSICAL GUEST: Weyes Blood Another UCB type comedy pick, but one that’s starting to feel more overdue. Big Mouth is currently one of Netflix’s biggest shows and Kroll has really blossomed from the indie comedy circles he started from. It’s worth repeating again that his often-used comedic partner, John Mulaney, has gotten to host twice. It’s only fair Kroll be given a chance to showcase his own brand of crazed comedy to the masses. I have Weyes Blood backing Kroll up. I don’t have many reasons, she has a great record this year, imagine the lighting design could be incredible, and I’ve always liked the funny guy/serious moody artist combo SNL occasionally brings.
EPISODE 6: HOST: Zazie Beetz MUSICAL GUEST: BROCKHAMPTON Now I know what some of you may be thinking. Really? Zazie? What about, oh I don’t know, Joaquin Phoenix?! The actual star of Joker. Well to put it simply, I think that (a) Joaquin likely would not want to host SNL and (b) Joaquin would not a very good host on SNL. So, I’m taking next billed from Joker, Deadpool 2, and the series Atlanta and going with Zazie Beetz. She’s one of those actresses who I know has talent, but I feel like I don’t really know a lot about her and think a surprise hosting stint could definitely get her name out there more to the masses. BROCKHAMPTON is a choice done similar to Tyler’s. The lovable emo hip-hop lads from San Marcos, TX offer a unique stage presence wherever they go, with late-night TV performance often coming off as thoughtful and focused exhibitions of their talent. Also, its one of those groups that’ll get a lot of teens and 20 something’s in the standby lines.
EPISODE 7: HOST: Robert Pattinson Musical Guest: Big Thief If you’re making a subversive SNL list, the renowned king of A24 has to make an appearance. Especially off the wind of his crazed sea-shanty horror The Lighthouse. If you’ve seen Pattinson lately, you’ll probably recall him being weird as fuck and making crazy choices that you either love or hate. Would personally love to see how Pattinson’s oddball energy translates over to the program. For music, Big Thief is just the perfect fall music. The Pitchfork golden children’s music is contemplative but aggressive they bring a fiery energy to a live performance (bias here as I recently saw them live myself). They can have all the exposure I can give them in my theoretical Lorne Michaels mode.
EPISODE 8: HOST: Timotheé Chalamet MUSICAL GUEST: Charli XCX If you’re gonna have the king of A24 on you better include the damn prince! With the promo combo of Netflix’s The King and Little Women (we’ll get back to that one), and his now long-running status as the indie darling to end all darlings, and he’s a shoe-in on this list. Now Timmy is the one host on this list who I frankly don’t really know if he would do well. My fears point to a typically stiffer performance that’s given by, “serious” male actors when they go on. But we could get a Dune sketch out of it which is something we can all agree on! Charli is on my list for reasons like previous artists; she’s got a great record out, but her PC Music-inspired deconstructionist and re-constructionist pop attitude is something that is not often seen on TV. Would love to catch a performance of her record’s closing track, the awe-inspiring 2099 with previous guest Troye Sivan.
EPISODE 9 (Year-end finale): HOST: Greta Gerwig MUSICAL GUEST: FKA Twigs I feel it is very likely SNL will bring someone on the host as part of promotion for Little Women. Our obvious choice would be Saoirse Ronan, who already has one show under her belt. But we wanna be subversive a little bit. So instead, let’s go for someone who also made her SNL debut on Ronan’s episode, Little Women director Greta Gerwig. People may forget that Greta has her own established acting and comedic chops and the world could use a reminder. Jonah Hill has hosted as promotion for a movie he only directed and didn’t appear in, so I don’t see why Greta couldn’t do the same. Would also consider having little woman and Midsommar star Florence Pugh, though she likely needs a couple more roles in her belt before taking on the task of hosting. And I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the holiday season than watching FKA Twigs gracefully pole dance in some stunning outfit which breaking my heart with her incredible ballads.
So, there’s my list. If you have any suggestions for a subversive host let me know! Thanks for reading!
TL;DR: this year is insane.
Let me dive right in - hopefully I hit the 300 character minimum.
A horror film from break-out director Ari Aster (Hereditary).
A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a bizarre and violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult. Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper.
A sci-fi film with Brad Pitt - I’m itching for a trailer.
Army Corps engineer Roy McBride embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years ago while searching for signs of alien life. Directed by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga.
Rian Johnson is a touch controversial after The Last Jedi, but he's undeniably very talented. He directed the best Breaking Bad episode after all.
Modern-day murder mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunit style. Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi, Ozymandias). Starring Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette.
A Scorsese film with Netflix that’s gone seriously over-budget, bound to be enjoyable.
A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.
A Greta Gertwig film with an outstanding cast. I’m excited. I also have a feeling this will have some play in the 2019 Oscars
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Directed by Greta Gertwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel and Bob Odenkirk.
You’ve probably already seen the trailer. An art-world horror-satire from Dan Gilroy, on Netflix in Feb.
Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art. Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette.
Adam Sandler taking on a serious role by the directors of Good Time (2017). If it has any of the same intensity or grit as Good Time this could be awesome.
Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend. Directed by the Safdie brothers. Starring Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield and The Weeknd.
This got pretty great reviews at Sundance, I’m excited.
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden. Directed by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison.
Ford v. Ferrari
Awesome cast, great story, and directed by the guy behind Logan.
Follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. Directed by James Mangold. Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Tracy Letts.
This got some pretty great reviews at Sundance.
Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline. Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Starring Emma Thompson Mindy Kaling.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning,James Marsden, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Damon Herriman and Scoot McNairy. jesus christ i cannot wait
If this is as spoopy as the trailer uh oh.
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited. Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Lupita Nyong'o
, Winston Duke
, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker
Next film from the guy behind the VVitch
The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine. Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.
Really good reviews, sci-fi that looks like it could be pretty trippy.
A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation. Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Robert Pattinson.
A Terrence Mallick movie, so it's going to be divisive, but the plot does have potential.
Told through real wartime letters, this love story finds a couple in conflict with the members of their close-knit town, their church, their government, and even their friends — all of which brings them to a dramatic choice. Directed by Terrence Mallick. Starring August Deihl and Valerie Pachner.
I know every movie is called a sign of the times, but this one seems particularly geared towards the current politics. Really good Sundance reviews.
A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity. Directed by Julius Onah. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer.
This one just got rave reviews at Sundance.
A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. Directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade.
Untitled Noah Baumbach Project
This one is obviously a bit unknown. But the cast looks amazing, and if it turns out as good as The Meyerowitz Stories, I can't wait to watch. Will be a Netflix film. Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern and Greta Gertwig.
Great reviews from Sundance, 100% on RT as of now.
The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life. Directed by Alma Har’el. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and yada yada.
Queen & Slim
Very interesting premise, and Daniel Kaluuya.
The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run. Directed by Melina Matsoukas. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.
Another film with good reviews out of Sundance.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time. Directed by Lulu Wang. Starring Awkwafina.
A comedy with a cool cast by Jonathan Levine.
A political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position. Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Alexander Skarsgård.
I was disappointed with Bohemian last year, so I'm reminding myself to be sceptical, but I hope this is excellent. Trailer here.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton (as Elton), Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Based on the bestselling book. Director of Brooklyn.
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime. Directed by John Crowley. Cast includes Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, Oakes Fegley, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald and Nicole Kidman.
Big Time Adolescence
It's a little too early to tell from the Sundance reviews, but I really hope this is good. Pete Davidson and the guy who plays Sam in American Vandal star.
A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout. Directed by Jason Orley. Starring Pete Davidson and Griffin Gluck.
The cast for this Netflix action thriller is awesome. If the trailer and director is anything to go by though, this looks really promising.
Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord. Directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal.
I hope this is amazing, but the premise sounds incredibly difficult to pull off. Good cast and director, so fingers crossed. I'm using the book description here.
A dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.
The Rosie Project
Few details are out. Ryan Reynolds, based on a good book.
An unlucky-in-love university professor creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn’t match any of his “requirements”, but might be the perfect woman for him. Directed by Ben Taylor. Starring Ryan Reynolds.
The Beach Bum
The trailer looks completely wack. Make sure you watch it:
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large. Directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Isla Fisher.
I don't know much about this one, but the director previously made Snowpiercer, Okja and my favourite, Memories of Murder. I'm excited.
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an expected incident. Directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong and Choi Woo-shik.
I Am Mother
This one comes from nowhere. An indie sci-fi with with an interesting plot, and good Sundance reviews.
A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.0 Directed by Grant Sputore. Starring Hillary Swank , Clara Rugaard-Larsen and Rose Byrne.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
You’ve more than likely heard of this one. Ted Bundy film starring Zac Efron. I’m not sure how excited I am for the film, but Efron’s performance is apparently very good.
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years. Directed by Joe Berlinger. Starring Lily Collins
, Zac Efron and John Malkovich
The second film from the director of the Babadook. Really promising (and slightly divisive) reviews out of Sundance. Fun fact: you can kinda measure the divisiveness of a film on RT by comparing the percentage meter with the average rating. If the percentage is high but the average rating is low
, it shows that the film is all-round solid and inoffensive. If the percentage rating is lower but the average rating is still high/moderate
, it means there’s a large gap between those who loved and didn’t like it. Anyway, back to the Nightingale. I’m excited - doubly so since it’s an Aussie film.
In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie.
The Dead Don't Die
Another awesome cast, definitely one to look forward to. The plot summary isn’t out, but it’s a comedy zombie flick. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi and Tilda Swinton.
Tilda Swinton seems to be working a lot, woah.
Memoria revolves around a character (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) who suffers from exploding head syndrome, a psychological condition in which a person experiences loud noises when falling asleep or waking up. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The trailer for this, particularly the music, wasn’t good. The content of the trailer shows a lot of potential though, and the book is apparently really good. Also: Richard Linklater.
When architect-turned-recluse Bernadette Fox goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee goes on a quest with Bernadette’s husband to find her. Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Cate Blanchett ,Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Tom Hanks seems made for this role. Should be good.
The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968). Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper.
High Flying Bird
I’ll make this quick: Excellent reviews so far. Netflix in Feb. Steven Soderbergh. Shot on an iPhone. Moonlight writer.
During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Dean, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11). Starring André Holland Zazie Beetz Jeryl Prescott Kyle MacLachlan Caleb McLaughlin Zachary Quinto.
I don’t know much about this one but the plot intrigues me. For some reason it reminds me of Denis Villeneuve's early film, Incendies (if you haven’t watched yet, make it your next film - it’s incredible.)
A young couple not ready to expect their first baby track down a cradle, only to make a discovery that will change their family forever. Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Starring Jack O'Connell and Lily Collins.
The Woman in the Window
A Rear Window-esque movie with a great cast and director. Really hoping this is great, cos I love these kind of plots.
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence. Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Wyatt Russell.
The plot is crazy, but the cast and director can definitely pull it off.
Henry Brogen, an aging assassin tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities. Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Yet another film with great reviews from Sundance.
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. Directed by Joe Talbot. Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan and Tichina Arnold.
Blinded by the Light
Sundance musta been real great this year, cos once again we have another movie with good reviews out of it. Apparently wholesome and inspiring.
In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen. Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell William and Hayley Atwell.
Before You Know It
Good reviews. Sundance. Family comedy.
A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age. Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock and Judith Light.
SUNDANCE. GOOD. ZOMBIES. COMEDY.
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies. Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England and Nadia Townsend.
I'll watch anything Taika makes, but this looks insane - one of my most hyped. (I accidentally deleted this from the list while editing!!)
Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues. Directed by Taiki Watiti. Starring Taiki Watiti (as Adolf Hitler), Roman Griffin Davis
, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson
, Sam Rockwell
, Rebel Wilson and Alfie Allen
The Lodge A spoopy film that was well received at Sundance.
Two siblings spend the night alone with their new stepmother. Stuck in a remote mountain cabin, the trio are terrorised by a supernatural force. Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher and Lia McHugh.
World War I film. Plot unknown. Directed by Sam Mendes. Cinematography by Roger Deakins.
Dragged Across Concrete
Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows. Directed by S. Craig Zahler. Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Jennifer Carpenter.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
A Charlie Kaufman film, set for Netflix.
An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life. Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring Brie Larson and Jesse Plemons.
My thoughts Feel free to ignore lol
After finally managing to finish this compilation, reading plots and wikis and watching trailers, I cannot believe how many good films there are coming out. This is reminding me of 2017, when I made a similar post - and 2017 was an absolutely amazing year overall, especially in light of the relative disappointment of 2018. There’s just so much promise in every category - horror, thriller, biopics, drama, action, comedy… and if you count zombie films as a genre unto themselves, then yeah, that too.
Of course, I cannot wait for Tarantino’s flick. But after that it’s hard to pick ordered favourites - Knives Out, The Dead Don’t Die, Us, The Report and Luce are films I cannot wait for, but there are so
many others I’m pumped for - and I haven’t even gone into the blockbusters.
For the franchise and sequel films, I haven’t gone to the effort of adding plot and cast details. They’re huge, you’ll hear all about them anyway.
Franchise/Sequel/Remake films Godzilla: King of the Monsters Star Wars: Episode IX Zombieland 2: Double Tap Pokémon: Detective Pikachu The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Avengers: Endgame Captain Marvel Joker Toy Story 4 Shazam! It: Chapter Two John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum Spider-Man: Far from Home Lion King Dumbo Aladdin The New Mutants Alita: Battle Angel Hellboy Dark Phoenix Men in Black International Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw Artemis Fowl Charlie’s Angels Kingsman 3 Sonic the Hedgehog Frozen 2
I’m genuinely delirious. I told myself I would get this post done before I went to sleep and I am now totally exhausted. There were far more movies than I anticipated. This year is ridiculous and it has been mean to me. Of course, if I missed anything let me know and I’ll add it once I’ve woken up!
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Hope you enjoy! :)
Date viewed: 3/14/2013
Date started: 1/1/2013
Whether you've seen the films or not, there is no way you have not heard of Twilight
. It's everyone's go-to for a bad movie, despite the fact that most of the people saying that have never seen the damn thing.
is an interesting take on both vampire mythology and love. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves to Forks, Washington, with her father. Bella isn't exactly a normal girl, she would rather be alone, and doesn't care if she "fits in" with the other kids. When she arrives at school, she pretty quickly finds a group of friends, and learns about the Cullen family (Not to be confused with the Collins family from Dark Shadows
). The Cullen's are an add group of adopted children that keep to themselves. Upon entering biology class, Bella finds that her lab partner is none other than Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)! First appearing to hate Bella, she makes it her goal to find out more about Edward. She finds out some interesting facts (spoilers: he's a vampire!) and they begin a beautiful relationship.
Okay, now this film wasn't perfect, but it definitely doesn't deserve the hate it gets. At the beginning of the film, the acting is a bit cheesy, over-the-top, and all too dramatic; but if you sit through it, you do actually get to a decent story, and progressively better acting. If you go into this expecting a bloodshed from the vampires, you'll realize very quickly that you've made a poor decision. This is very much a love story, and the supernatural creatures are merely metaphors for other problems. Granted, I'm a pretty big fan of vampire mythology, and didn't like the changes they made, but the changes work for this story. Overall, Twilight
is far from great, but it isn't bad. It's worth watching, especially if you have intention of bashing it.
Rating: 7/10 IMDb Page Wiki Page
Discussion topic: Let's just discuss the tagline; When you can live forever, what do you live for?