Marlow: Well, we’ve discussed our vacation movie and TV series recommendations, you’ve provided a full list of the best TV shows of the year, our entire team picked out the best performances of the year, and I I’ve broken down what the 10 best movies of the year, IMHO. Oh, and we also suffered a temporary fit of insanity while passing worst movies of the year, featuring cameos from Tyler Perry’s boom pickups, geyser-shitting Josh Gad and Mexican Shia LaBeouf.
Kevin: I can’t confirm or deny how I know this, but this is also the cast of the new season of The masked singer.
Marlow: I wouldn’t put it beyond them. So now, it’s time to anticipate the films’ release in 2021. When COVID first went bad in March, the big studios pushed many of their tentpoles through 2021; the result is a very busy schedule with lots of great offers. I would like to start things off with Annette, a surrealist musical (!) by filmmaker Leos Carax (Sacred Motors), bringing together Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard respectively as stand-up comedian and famous soprano, whose daughter has a magical gift. Adam Driver might not like to hear himself sing, but me!
Kevin: I can’t believe the insane Adam Driver incident took place just over a year ago. Have we ever been so young? Speaking of iconic musical moments in history, I have to say I’m probably looking forward to seeing the new one. West Side Story. There’s already * so much talk * surrounding it, with Steven Spielberg in the helm, reported attempts to right some pretty serious cultural flaws in the script, and the entire polarizing journey of musicals in recent years. I’m dying to see how it goes. I am also very happy with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the heights movie. On stage it’s one of the happiest musicals I’ve seen. Like my unpopular love of recent Prom the film proves that I am more than willing to evaluate these adaptations from scene to screen on a curve.
Marlow: Ah yes, very here for the moment of birth of the star of Anthony Ramos who is In the heights, and I’m curious how Spielberg will handle West Side Story. Am also strangely remembered The simpsons“Parodies the character Señor Spielbergo, but unfortunately I digress. How Ansel Elgort will navigate the press tour is a whole different story. There is also the Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson movie which was shot in and around LA during the pandemic, and which features Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie and Alana Haim (yes, from the music group Haim). All we know so far is that it takes place in the 1970s in the San Fernando Valley and involves a high school student who is also a child actor. But every Paul Thomas Anderson film is to be celebrated.
Kevin: If we’re going to talk about film writers like Paul Thomas Anderson, then surely we need to bring the master of cinema himself, Bugs Bunny, into the conversation. I don’t trust or believe a living human who says they can’t wait to Space jam sequel with LeBron James. Say what you want about unnecessary sequels and cynical awakenings. We deserve this one.
Marlow: Maybe Laura Ingraham? But for my part, I can’t wait to be there. Love everything LeBron and think he has the charisma to make it happen. (Although please keep R. Kelly away, away from this one.) While we’re on the subject of blockbusters, I can’t wait to see what the brilliant Chloe Zhao (The Cavalier, Nomadland) will do with a larger budget, with qualified actors, and generally outside his comfort zone with Marvel The Eternals. It will look gorgeous, guaranteed. There is also Guillermo Del Toro Nightmare alley, bringing the Pan’s Labyrinth helmer returns to the gothic horror space where he last excelled with the underrated Crimson peak, and starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett as a clashing master manipulator and psychiatrist.
Kevin: I had this same sex dream once after accidentally taking too much melatonin.
Marlow: Don’t blame yourself, as I often think of Bradley Cooper’s appearance on Nip / Tuck– you know, the one where he broke his neck trying to suck his own cock. But again with the digressions! There are few event movies I’m more excited about than Dune, the last of the great Denis Villeneuve, the man behind Fires, Arrival, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049. The trailer looks absolutely thrilling. I might need to upgrade my TV for this one, as all of the Warner Bros. movies this year will air on HBO Max.
Kevin: I am looking forward to that one too. The problem with all this talk about shutting down theaters is that I really miss the theaters. Specifically, I miss the buttery popcorn that’s going to ravage my stomach, the tub-sized little Coke, and the crowd of people all reacting to a big bona fide blockbuster together. That’s why I’m really excited for Top Gun: Maverick, that I hope to see in a real cinema. It just feels like it could be a great “I’m going to the movies!” movie, which is its own specific race. In the same vein, I feel that I need be in a theater surrounded by people on opening weekend to see Candyman, horror film from director Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele.
Marlow: Oh yes, I can’t wait to be (hopefully) vaccinated and into a theater opening weekend for Candyman, panting and screaming with every kill. God, I miss that. There are so many brilliant directors dropping films in 2021 that it’s frankly hard to keep up. George Miller pursues his dystopian masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road with Three thousand years of desire, a fantastic romance with Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, while Paul Verhoeven will surely pack a lot of sex and scandal in Benedetta, about a 17e century Italian nun who begins an affair with another nun. I also look forward to After Yang, a sci-fi film set in a world where families have robotic guardians, by Korean-American filmmaker Kogonada, whose previous effort Columbus knocked me down. This one comes with a significantly bigger budget and a more stacked cast of Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith and Columbus“Haley Lu Richardson.
Kevin: I can’t stop, I won’t stop until Haley Lu Richardson becomes a Big Freaking Deal. She is so good in Columbus, Support Girls, Not Pregnant, Split… pretty much everything she’s into.
Marlow: I couldn’t agree more. And his dramatic re-creation of the scene where Mischa Barton turns around CO. was a highlight of viral video this year. Oh, and speaking of Korean directors, the inimitable Park Chan-wook (Old boy) is back with Decision to quit, focuses on a detective investigating a murder in the countryside who begins to fall in love with his prime suspect.
Kevin: There are some things that I’m more curious about than “excited”. (Insert a dirty joke.) Coming to America is in the ranks of perfect comedies, which makes me nervous for the Coming 2 America sequel, but also enraged to see Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall again. I honestly don’t know what to think The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel to The Sopranos, but I have high hopes. After the infuriating, sexist and rude speech surrounding the all-female ghost hunters reboot, I’m appalled they’re even doing the Jason Reitman-directed Ghostbusters: the afterlife, back to the mythology of the original films.
Marlow: I could not cares less about that ghost hunters reboot-of-the-reboot. I have no idea why this is happening other than to sell toys and appease the whiny fanboys.
Kevin: And I think we all wonder what’s going on in the world Spiral, the Seen sequel who will play … Chris Rock ?! But if I had to choose a film that has the highest eyebrow, it is that of Baz Luhrmann Elvis. Not only was this the movie that Tom Hanks contracted coronavirus while filming, it’s a version of Elvis Presley by the guy who made it Red Mill! which also stars Tom Hanks. What is this gonna be like?
Marlow: Oh my God … after the atrocity that was Take it down I shudder at the idea. There are other famous filmmakers with films coming out this year that we neglected to mention: Joel Coen (of the Coen brothers, sans Ethan) is directing an adaptation of Macbeth with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, while Waltz with BashirAri Folman is back after a long hiatus from the animated part Where’s Anne Frank?, relating the imaginary friend to whom Frank dedicated his diary.
Kevin: As long as Taika Waititi doesn’t play the imaginary friend …
Marlow: Ha! And Memoria will mark the first feature film in English for the Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul, with Tilda Swinton as a Scottish traveler to Colombia who begins to experience strange events. I am very surprised that you did not mention Cruella or Gucci Yet the first starring Emma Stone as the 101 Dalmatians villain and the latter giving us the combo (a murderer) Lady Gaga and Ridley Scott!
Kevin: Glenn Close pronunciation of “poo peeBecause Cruella is the closest thing to a religious hymn in this house, and therefore I consider someone else’s attempt on the character to be blasphemy. And it is clear that I need to update my email address for the “For gays” newsletter, because I missed this news from Gaga and Gucci. So cool!
Kevin: And do I conclude this with the two films that, if I didn’t exactly “wait” in terms of anticipation, I was waiting because they were supposed to be released last year? It’s Wes Anderson’s The French dispatch, which, based on the posters and trailers, seems to come close to a parody of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic so meticulously that it will either be laughable or a masterpiece. And then there is Bond! So long we had to wait to see Daniel Craig looking miserable in a new 007 movie. No time to die happens, and the world will finally feel normal again: we can return to our favorite hobby of dream casting all the people we want to see become the next Bond.
Marlow: Nature heals.
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