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A Look Ahead at 2020

2019 is done and dusted; viewed, reviewed and rounded-up. Now it is time to look ahead to 2020.

I mean… There’s an impressive volume of leftfield options this year.

Once more, I will be looking at the major releases upcoming in each month – they say – and pondering on what I expect from them, which ones I want to see, and how I might resolve potential clashes.

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2019 in Cinema

“Wait! I slept through 2019?”

And so this is January, and what have I done? Another year of movies over, a new one about to begin. As is my custom, time to break down the movies of 2019 and then look ahead to 2020’s prospects.

I watched 39 new movies at the cinema this year, four older movies on special screenings (The Terminator, Terminator 2, The Matrix and Howl’s Moving Castle,) and caught one more on DVD.

Of the new movies (including the one on DVD) there were:

  • 4 adaptations
  • 23 sequels or franchise entries
  • 4 remakes or reboots (that are not part of a lareger franchise)
  • 9 original or at least largely original works

In terms of genre, it breaks down to:

  • 15 action/thriller movies
  • 11 adventure movies
  • 6 superhero movies
  • 2 comedy/musical movies
  • 3 horror movies
  • 3 historical/biopic movies
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Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Starring Jean Simmons, Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal, Josh Hutcherson and Blythe Danner

Sophie Hatter (Mortimer) is a simple girl, working in the family shop in a country on the brink of war. After a chance meeting with the infamous Wizard Howl (Bale), she is cursed by the Witch of the Wastes (Bacall) to become an old woman (Simmons). Leaving her home, she falls in with Howl, his apprentice Markl (Hutcherson), the fire demon Calcifer (Crystal) and a mysterious scarecrow, assigning herself as Howl’s cleaning woman in the hope that Calcifer can free her of the curse in return for her breaking his contract with the wizard.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

“Evil Comes Home”

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy and Iain Glen

Dr James Marcus, a scientist seeking a cure for his daughter’s progeria, creates the T-virus, Umbrella Corporation, and programs his daughter’s personality into the AI known as the Red Queen, before losing control of all he has created to A-list swine Dr Alexander Isaacs (Glen) and his hired goon Albert Wesker (Roberts).

That’s right: It’s backstory time!

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Directed by Rob Letterman
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe

Sinister AF Pokemon Mewtwo escapes from a lab, and a car is knocked off the road. Tim Goodman (Smith), a small town insurance assessor, learns that his father, Detective Harry Goodman, died in the crash, and comes to Ryme City to collect Harry’s effects from his boss, Lieutenant Yoshida (Watanabe). Here he meets his father’s partner Pikachu (Reynolds), a pokemon who is somehow able to hold complete conversations with Tim, and who ropes him into the search for Harry, convinced that he is still alive.

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Glass (2019)

“Real villains are among us. Real heroes are within us.”

Directed by M Knight Shyamalan
Starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L. Jackson, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard

Disassociative serial killer Kevin Crumb, aka the Horde (McAvoy), is at large in Philadelphia, following the events of Split, and being tracked by the Overseer (Willis), aka David Dunn from Unbreakable, aided by his son Joseph (Clark), now acting as his man in the van. Their eventual clash is interrupted, however, by Dr Ellie Staple (Paulson) and a SWAT team equipped with strobe lights, which disable the Horde’s superhuman combat persona, the Beast.

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A Look Ahead at 2019

With the last of 2018’s crop now viewed and reviewed, it’s time to look ahead and think about what’s coming up in 2019. This is my month by month plan of action for cinema in 2019; assuming that Brexit doesn’t reduce the country to a trashfire with no international distribution details, clean water or Italian cheeses.

“This is what was called a ‘camera’ in the before times.”

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2018 in Cinema

And so, as another year comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on a busy year of cinema. In January, I laid out my plans for the films I wanted to see this year. Which did I see? Which did I miss? Which did I not see because they were rescheduled for 2019? Which did I miss because I chickened out of seeing horror at the cinema?

I’m going to break this down by genre, rather than by month. I’ll quote each film’s original score on the BMM, although as ever my increasingly antiquated, utterly subjective and just a little bit arbitrary scoring system does not necessarily match up with what I actually liked.

“So… much… cinema!”

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Robin Hood (2018)

“The Legend You Know. The Story You Don’t.”

Directed by Otto Bathurst
Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin and Jamie Dornan

Nice posh boy Robin of Loxley (Egerton) has his idyllic life with working class girlfriend Marian (Hewson) interrupted when he is drafted for the Crusades against the Arabs. After five years, Robin tries to prevent the execution of an Arab civilian, and his commanding officer, Guy of Gisbourne (Paul Anderson), gives him a blighty wound which, miraculously, doesn’t develop gangrene.

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