Here we are, part 3. Lucky you. I had a theme of sorts for the first two parts but with this one I don’t really want to try that hard to be perfectly honest. So with the addition of ten more movies it is as simple as it sounds; just some movies I’m looking forward to. No hamfisted, so-called “theme” this time. Just a good ol’ boring list. Yay!
In no particular order…
Road House - March 8, 2024
It’s movies like this that make me hope there is no such thing as the movie gods. They might see support of a remake such as this as sacrilege. A sort of insult to Patrick Swayze and the amazingly bad but somehow classic action flick of the same name. I trust director Doug Liman and I trust Jake Gyllenhaal. No one’s involvement is an absolute, 100% guarantee of quality and success but with talent like this both in front of and behind the camera, I like my odds. This time around our hero is Dalton, a former MMA fighter turned bar cooler (head bouncer) for a rowdy establishment in dire need of some discipline and order. Insert bad guys, including thee Conor McGregor in his acting debut, to gum up the works and you get the point.
The Fall Guy - May 3, 2024
I’m going to keep this one nice and short because I don’t think it requires too much convincing on my part that this should be on everyone’s list. David Leitch is directing (John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Bullet Train). Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt starring. Action. Comedy. It sells itself. Synopsis: A retired stuntman is pulled back onto set when the star of a big budgeted movie, being directed by his ex, goes missing.
A Quiet Place: Day One - June 28, 2024
John Krasinski really started something here didn’t he? Who would have ever guessed that Jim from The Office would create an original, highly successful horror franchise beloved by both critics and audiences alike? Needless to say it was not on my bingo card. This time around, as the title implies, we get to see the beginning of the nightmare with all new characters. While it is disappointing that Krasinski isn’t directing this time around, his replacement, Michael Sarnoski of PIG fame, has proven to be more than competent. I trust this franchise in his hands until he gives me reason not to. The characters, yet to be identified, will be played by Joseph Quinn (Eddie freaking Munson from Stranger Things), Alex Wolff of Hereditary fame, and Djimon Hounsou who appears briefly in A Quiet Place Part II.
Twisters - July 19, 2024
We miss you, Bill! Hopefully this “not a sequel” sequel will honor the memory of Mr. Paxton. It will star Glenn Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) who is absolutely blowing up right now, as he should. Katy O’Brian, who is being said to absolutely tear up the screen in the upcoming thriller Love Lies Bleeding, will star alongside Powell, Kiernan Shipka, and Daisy Edgar-Jones. As far as I know there is no official synopsis but it’s being described as an “update” to the 1996 original. Whatever that means.
Gladiator 2 - November 22, 2024
Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors of all-time. But there’s no denying he can be hit or miss, it seems like more miss these days but who among us is perfect? Let’s hope this one is a massive hit in every way conceivable. It will star the immensely talented Paul Mescal (All of Us Strangers which got no attention this award season and that’s downright criminal) as the son of Lucilla, Maximus’ love, after his demise. Connie Nielsen returns as Lucilla, and Pedro Pascal joins as a new character.
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare - April 19, 2024
I have a mixed opinion of Guy Ritchie but there’s no denying that when he’s on his game, his movies are a damn entertaining experience. Sherlock Holmes, The Gentlemen, Snatch and several others are genre changing in their own right. And now we have his action packed dramatic tale, Inglourious Basterds inspired(?) and cast ensemble, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Henry Cavill leads a scallywag group of ne'er do wells featuring the talents of Alan Ritchson (Reacher), Alex Pettyfer, and Henry Golding. Synopsis: The British military recruits a small group of highly-skilled soldiers to strike against Nazi forces behind enemy lines during World War II.
Untitled Formula 1 Racing Movie - No official release date. (Potentially a 2025 release due to the strikes of 2023)
Joseph Kosinski is coming off the game changing Top Gun: Maverick to direct Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem in the yet to be titled Formula 1 racing movie. It’s being said that Kosinski is taking what he learned on Top Gun to create a similar visceral experience but instead of a jet we’ll be strapped into an F1 race car. Synopsis: An out of retirement F1 driver mentors and teams with a younger driver. Sounds like a great time, perhaps in an IMAX theater with exceptional surround sound.
Havoc - No official release date.
I don’t know if this is officially releasing this year but it needs to after so much time waiting and hearing about it. Tom Hardy and Timothy Olyphant star in this Gareth Evans directed action thriller who is known for the genre altering, face melting action epics, The Raid and The Raid 2. His ability to bring to life such amazing action and fighting sequences is cause for insane amounts of expectations for his return to the genre. Synopsis: “After a drug deal gone wrong, a bruised detective must fight his way through the criminal underworld to rescue a politician's estranged son, unraveling a deep web of corruption and conspiracy that ensnares his entire city.” All I can really say is Hell yes!
Joker: Folie à Deux - October 4, 2024
I’m nervous. I can’t lie. A musical? A Joker musical is, to put it lightly, odd. But I trust Todd Phillips not to take what he achieved with the first film and completely flush it down the toilet. That said, I also commend his bravery to not simply rest on his laurels and to branch out into something as seemingly everyone is watching from the sidelines in abject horror at the very mention of a Joker musical. Joaquin Phoenix returns in the clown makeup alongside his new beau Harley Quinn, played by none other than Lady Gaga herself. I’m hopeful, but nervous.
Monkey Man - April 5, 2024
This wasn’t on my initial list of anticipated movies until very recently when the trailer exploded onto the internet. Dev Patel in his directorial debut from a script he wrote and stars in. Ambitious. And it’s an action thriller with footage reminiscent of Gareth Evans’ The Raid. I mean, yes. I’m in. Produced by Jordan Peele who took this from straight to streaming hell and insisted on its debut being twenty feet high on big screens everywhere. Synopsis: “An anonymous young man unleashes a campaign of vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continues to systemically victimize the poor and powerless.”
Part 4 coming soon? Maybe…