What Quentin Tarantino will do with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has me on my tippy toes with anticipation. To quote his best film to date Jackie Brown "Accept No Substitutes."
My gut instinct after watching the trailer for Claire Denis's High Life was- yeah... this I have to see. Not that I'm not excited by the other film makers (especially Rhian Johnson), but I'm always up for a genre being turned on it's head- especially Sci-Fi. Will the Tarantino film just be another gore fest with witty dialogue.. probably... sigh!
I'm going to be completely regionally biased here and go with a locally shot film: Greta Gerwig's Little Women. I know there are many versions of this Concord, MA-based classic, but I admit, I'm very excited to see Greta Gerwig's take on this. If her name wasn't enough to get you excited, here's the cast: Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep. Yes, there may have been a few months where I made sure to drive by the film set as much as possible (since it was only one town over from my town).
I'm excited for all of the films included in the poll (already saw High Life at TIFF and loved it), but I went with other. There are a few movies I could single out, such as Kore-eda's English language debut The Truth starring Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke, or either of the Soderbergh movies on the way. Instead, I'm going with Jim Jarmusch's horror comedy The Dead Don't Die. A Jarmusch zombie movie with a cast that includes Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton and Steve Buscemi? Yeah, I can't wait for that.
While I always love a good Tarantino film and I am very excited for Jordan Peele’s next project, Us, I am probably most looking forward to the much awaited follow up film from Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin with Wendy. I’m not sure if it will actually come out in 2019 or not but it is listed as a 2019 film on IMDB. I absolutely loved Beasts when it came out in 2012 and it helped spark my recent passion for film. I’m really looking forward to see this new work from Zeitlin and what his take on the Peter Pan Universe will look like. Here is the description from IMDB “Set on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Zeitlin's mythological story tells the tale of two children from different worlds fighting to maintain their grip on freedom and joy.”
I'd decided I was done with Tarantino. I don't trust him anymore in the MeToo era - how could he not know who Harvey Weinstein was - and The Hateful Eight suggested that artistically he's starting to recycle himself. But, then I became obsessed with Karina Longworth's podcast YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS and her amazing season devoted to Charles Manson's Hollywood. Now that I feel I know some of the real-life characters, I understand why Tarantino wanted to homage this era. And despite my reservations about this director, I can't help but be intrigued.
In the last decade, Martin Scorsese has made a 17th-Century period piece about Portuguese priests, a modern satire about corporate greed, a children’s movie about the birth of cinema, and a 1950s-set gothic noir thriller about an isolated hospital for the criminally insane, not to mention a handful of documentaries about classic rock musicians. I’d love to see what this guy can do with a gangster movie, so I’m voting “Other” for “The Irishman.”
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All good options, but I'm most excited for The Beach Bum, Harmony Korine's first film since Spring Breakers. I'm also looking forward to Climax (Gaspar Noe), Uncut Gems (Safdie brothers), The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers), and Radegund (Terrence Malick). Not sure if those last 3 will be released in 2019, especially Radegund. Fingers crossed that we'll finally get Sofia Coppola's Little Mermaid this year too, although that might be a little much with Lion King and Dumbo ;)
I just hope Knives Out can shut those Rian Johnson naysayers up
High Life: Robert Pattinson + Juliet Binoche + Andre 3000 + isolation in space = I'm sold!
I can’t think of a more interesting sounding film than Ad Astra. I am “sowasvon” hooked. (German for really). The combination of Gray + Hoytema + Newman is unbeatable. I wonder why it didn’t get a release in the awards window, but I mean what does it matter anyway, right? But I am still missing Scorsese’s The Irishman on your list tho. That might be a close second for me.
As a fan of artsy, dark science fiction and horror, I'm eagerly anticipating both "High Life" and "Us", but you know what I'm actually most excited about? Something I don't think I've ever seen before: a big mainstream comedy that is not only about/starring black women but, even more importantly, from a black female writer-director (Tina Gordon Chism) and black producers. I laughed out loud multiple times during the trailer for "Little". As an unabashed fan of age swap movies like "Big", "13 Going On 30" , and "Freaky Friday", I can't wait to see Regina Hall, Issa Rae and Marsai Martin in action. ("What Men Want", which Gordon Chism also wrote, comes out in February and that trailer made me laugh, too!)
It was a tough pick for between Denis and Rian. Both are filmmakers I love and respect. I only recently saw Denis' Beau Travail in prep for the Madness (p.s. at the time of writing this it's all on YouTube free......just saying) and loved it. But ultimately I want to see Rian's take on an Agatha Christie mystery. I think it's going to be a good time to watch a smaller scoped movie of his after the epicness of TLJ.
Since Captain Marvel is not listed, I went with ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD! Tarantino making a movie about Hollywood during the Manson family murder summer! Starring DiCaprio, Pitt, and half of Hollywood! This might be his magnum opus! Sign me up!
As for sequels, Avengers Endgame, Star Wars IX, Toy Story 4 and LEGO Movie 2 are my top five!
I'd really like to see the version of Knives Out where Chris Evans plays Captain America, but can't have everything I guess.