Hi friends! 👋🏻 We’re going into the best time of the year for me, not just because of Halloween but because so many movies are being released in cinemas in the next few months.
I couldn’t be happier that movies are being released in cinemas because renting brand new releases is so expensive in the UK thanks to us not having HBO MAX. I waited until Wonder Woman 1984 came out on Blu-Ray to watch it rather than rent it through my TV provider because owning a physical copy was cheaper than renting it. Plus, I’m just not meant for watching everything at home because I’m a fidgety person. Cinemas force me to actually focus on the movie while at home I have my phone with me and I’ll end up scrolling through Twitter or constantly pausing it to pee when I don’t need to.
But enough about my pandemic viewing gripes, I want to talk about some movies!
I’m cheating because by the time this post goes live the movie will already be out in the UK. I have no idea how many years it’s been since I watched The Sopranos but when I saw the trailer for this prequel movie in the cinema, I knew exactly what it was without even seeing the title. When I was a teenager I went through a phase of being obsessed with things about the Mafia and watched as many movies as I could, including the classics like The Godfather and The Sopranos. I would go back and rewatch it but it would take me about six weeks to marathon the entire series and I don’t really have the time for that right now.
It feels like the first animated Addams Family was released a million years ago and I wasn’t expecting there to be a sequel at all. I love that the animation design of these movies matches the original comics from The New Yorker instead of trying to replicate the Hanna Barbera cartoon or any of the live-action versions. This is the only family movie I’m looking forward to this year so that probably says a lot about my movie-watching tastes 🙊
I love the small trend of horror franchises ignoring the sequels to an old movie and creating their own new continuities because it means that I don’t have to marathon watch a series that has a kajillion entries in it. The only Halloween movies I’ve seen are the 1979 original and the 2018 sequel which has the same name so I’m able to go into the next one with no problem at all. I’ve seen the trailer a couple of times and it looks like it’s going to be more gruesome than the previous entries and that pleases me very much.
I have not read Dune and I also haven’t seen the David Lynch movie from the 1980s, but I’m at a point in my life where I don’t feel like I have to read a book before watching the movie adaptation. I’ll just watch the movie and if it makes me want to read the book, then I will. The original Dune book is one that really intimidates me because of its size, and this new movie adaptation is pretty intimidating too. I haven’t sat in a cinema without moving for two and a half hours in a very long time and the only time I’ve watched a longer movie was when I saw a restoration of Apocalypse Now about two years ago. I have watched the four-hour-long Zack Snyder’s Justice League but that was at home where I can press pause and go to the bathroom, so I may just have to build up my stamina again. It’ll be worth it to see Jason Momoa in IMAX so I’m not that worried.
When I saw the posters for this movie I didn’t really give it much thought, but the trailer for this movie is so interesting that I can’t wait for this movie to come out. I’m more familiar with Edgar Wright’s comedic movies like Shaun of the Dead so I’m very curious to see how he’ll tackle a darker movie. Also, I’m always game for more British horror since so few of them are made. I blame the BBFC for being so tyrannical back in the day for British horror being so sparse (they marked the kid-friendly Godzilla movies as being “adults only” just to put it in perspective how many pearl clutchers worked for them).
It feels like a million years since this movie was announced and now that it’s finally coming out (in November), sitting in the cinema will feel like a milestone has been reached in my life. I want a reward for waiting patiently for Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
I haven’t seen the 2016 Ghostbusters movie because I wasn’t interested in it when it came out and the backlash against it (both misogynistic and genuine) just pushed it even further back in my mind. The only thing that bothers me with this movie already is that all of the marketing focuses on the new characters and not the actual Ghostbusters who I want to see. I’m not interested in Paul Rudd or the kid from Stranger Things, I want to see Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray!
I think I’m in the small minority of people who think that the two Matrix sequels are just okay and while I’m a little disappointed that only one of the Wachowski sisters returned for this movie, I’m still excited to see how this one goes. Lana Wachowski is someone whose judgement I trust for the most part so I’m sure she can get it right without her sister.
I’m mainly looking forward to seeing how they explain Neo and Trinity being alive since they very clearly died at the end of the third movie, and I hope they explain Laurence Fishburne’s absence because he’s one of my favourite parts of the original trilogy and just one of my favourite actors in general.
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What upcoming movies are you excited about? Have you been the cinema since they reopened or have you preferred to stay at home?