In many ways 2018 hasn’t been the strongest year for great films. Sure, there have been some big box office hits, a few great stories to watch, but unlike previous years there haven’t been a lot of films one would call “award worthy”. Perhaps it’s just getting harder to make a unique film that we haven’t seen before. Perhaps Hollywood is relying a little too much on sequels and reboots. Whatever the case may be though, there were still a few films you don’t want to miss.
Superhero films have become a staple of the blockbuster. Every year several new films come out in the genre, and every year some are great and some are not. This year we saw the Avengers lose in Infinity War, saw Deadpool wisecrack his way through trouble once more in the aptly named Deadpool 2, watched a man shrink to microscopic size and grow taller than skyscrapers in Antman and the Wasp and even saw Pixar’s Incredibles return to the battle once more, but it was Black Panther that breathed a new life into the genre. The film is pushing for Oscar’s contention, and might just end up getting it too. While comic books provide an almost endless supply of material and stories, movie going audiences get bored quickly, but Black Panther proved the genre still has plenty of bite.
Every year people flock to theatres to see something that will make them laugh. Whether it’s a raunchy comedy like Blockers, or silly fun like Game Night, there are always plenty of options. This year saw the popular novel Crazy Rich Asian take the spotlight throughout the summer, and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s a throwback to when rom-coms were actually fun to watch. The best comedy of the year though was a late comer to the party. The Favourite has three remarkable leading actress, all of whom have been receiving award nominations. The Favourite was one of the most nominated films at the Golden Globes, and was the lead nomination-getter for the Critic’s Choice Awards. It’s also expected to receive a fair bit of Oscar love as well.
One thing 2018 is seriously lacking in when it comes to movies are dramas. First Man was a decent enough film, but there really wasn’t a whole lot of story there to make it interesting. Rami Malek looked like Freddy Mercury, but Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t go as far into the rock star’s life as it should have. Green Book was the best TIFF 2018 had to offer, but did the story really need to be told? Roma was great film, but it’s really not something you need to rush out and watch at the theatre. In fact it’s already on Netflix. Of all the dramas that came out in 2018, A Star Is Born is probably the best of them, but even it was nothing unique. It’s a remake of a remake, and although Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga lit up the screen with incredible acting performances, you really do already know the story.
Let’s face it, Hollywood loves a good franchise. Year after year familiar faces return to the big screen, and 2018 was no different. Even if we ignore the sequel to the superhero films listed above, we have plenty of sequels to choose from. The Jurassic Park dinosaurs returned for Fallen Kingdom, Denzel Washington was back as the Equalizer (who really asked for this sequel in the first place?), Rocky Returned for Creed II, and even horror franchises The Predator and Halloween made a (albeit brief) return. In most cases the sequels were just popcorn movies that took your mind away from every day life, but a few of them were decent. The best of them was the latest Mission Impossible film Fallout, which proved that Tom Cruise still can hang with the best of them.
Schitt’s Creek To End After Season 6
One of CBC’s biggest hits in recent years is Schitt’s Creek, and now it’s been announced that it will be coming to an end. Father-and-son co-creators Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy have released a statement today stating the series will be ending after season 6 airs next year.
In the letter appearing on Daniel Levy’s social media accounts, the Levy’s stated they had made the decision to end the show after season six. They went on to say “We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning. It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow.”
The Levy’s also took time to thank their fans, and that they are looking forward to shooting the final episodes. The 14 final episodes are due to begin airing in January 2020 on CBC in Canada and Pop TV in the U.S.
Schitt’s Creek stars both of the Levy’s, along with Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy. They play a family who lost all their money, and are forced to relocate to a small town they’d bought as a joke years before. The show has won several Canadian Screen Awards, and was even up for a Critics’ Choice award last January. There is a sold-out live tour as well, which has been highly successful.
Watch The Teaser Trailer For Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
After spending his last two films in the wild west, Quentin Tarantino has moved forward to the 1960s for his latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The film has been many years in the making, and finally a trailer has arrived.
Tarantino’s ninth film has an all-star cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. It tells the story of a former TV Western star and his stunt double, who try to give their careers a rebirth in the late 1960’s, but discover that Hollywood has changed. While the main story is fiction, there are some real-life characters in the film, including Charles Manson, Sharon Tate and Steve McQueen, who interact with the story.
Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell also star in the film.
Tarantino wrote, directed and produced the film, and is planning on debuting it at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gets its wide release on July 26.
Two New Characters Exiting Star Trek: Discovery At The End Of Season 2
Star Trek: Discovery has turned into quite the hit for CBS All Access, and for the second season several new additions were made to the cast. Among those added were Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn, who played classic Trek characters Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise and the member of his crew Number One. While it wasn’t known going in what the plans were for the characters for later seasons, it’s now been let out that neither will be moving beyond season two.
Deadline is reporting that their sources told them that both Mount and Romijn has one year deals, and were only signed to be part of the season 2 story arc. The plans were to sync up Discovery with the original Star Trek by the end of the season. Of course if plans are to keep with the original Trek cannon, that means Mount’s character Pike may be heading towards a tragic ending. In the original series Pike was only captain of the Enterprise for the pilot episode, and eventually ends up paralyzed, disfigured and mute. In the recent movies Pike was killed in the second film by Kahn, although that film series takes place in a different universe and doesn’t match up to any of the previous films or TV shows that came before it. This could also mean that Captain Kirk may make an appearance in season 3.
Mount’s time on the show hasn’t been the easiest, considering he was involved in a physical altercation with one of the directors in August of last year during the filming of an episode. At the time the incident was reviewed by CBS HR and they determined that the incident was just an accident as the actor was preparing for an upcoming scene and made contact with the director before cameras started rolling.
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