by Felix Lopez
Yes, it’s a couple months into 2020, but better late than never!
10. Marvel Studios: The Eternals (Nov. 6th)
Synopsis: Marvel Studios introduces an exciting new team of SuperHeroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame. An unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
My Take: The Eternals barely made my list, just knocking off A Quiet Place 2.
I honestly don’t know much about this Marvel property. It made the list simply on MCU merit. Kevin Feige has built a nerds paradise, with only two films I take issue with being Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.
And even those I didn’t hate entirely. Kevin’s 22 film Infinity Saga is something that I don’t ever think will be replicated. So in other words, ‘in Kevin Feige we/ I trust’.
09. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (July 10th)
Synopsis: After being evicted from their home, two children and their single mother move to a farm in Summerville, Oklahoma that they inherited from their late grandfather.
When the town experiences a series of unexplained earthquakes, the children discover their family’s link to the original Ghostbusters, who have become something of a myth as many have long-since forgotten the events of the Manhattan Crossrip of 1984, and the secret legacy that their grandfather left behind.
My Take: Canon to 1984’s Ghostbusters, need I say more? On the real, when I heard Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman (the director of the original Ghostbusters) was behind this one, I raised an eyebrow.
Let’s get this out of the way, I didn’t mind the 2016 Ghostbusters, I thought it was a lot of fun. Chris Hemsworth himself made me laugh out loud, but… I agree it was a far cry from the original.
With most of the cast returning ‘Afterlife’ seems to hold the essence of Ghostbusters. PLUS: Bill Murray. As I started with, need I say more!?
08. The Invisible Man (Feb. 28th)
Synopsis: Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister, their childhood friend, and his teenage daughter. But when Cecilia’s abusive ex commits suicide and leaves, they find out his death was a hoax.
My Take: This movie jumped on to my radar simply because of Leigh Whannell. After the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe failed right away with the one and done 2017’s The Mummy (starring Tom Cruise), Universal scrapped the whole plan.
Universal then said goodbye to Johnny Depp (who was to play the Invisible Man), got a boost from Blumhouse and tapped Leigh Whannell for writer/ director. Now there seems to be a heartbeat in an otherwise dead franchise.
With the suspense in the first trailer alone, I’m sold. I recommend watching the trailer, as soon as you’re done with this blog!
Lastly, I’ve followed Leigh Whannell and James Wan ever since they came onto the scene with SAW. I love 95% of their work (Dead Silence, Insidious, The Conjuring…). Hopefully, The Invisible Man will be no different.
07. Morbius (July 31st)
Synopsis: Biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but when his experiment goes wrong, he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.
My Take: I already wrote about this one in detail! You can check out what I wrote by clicking http://bamblogger.com/morbius-trailer/
06. Tenet (July 17th)
Synopsis: A secret agent is tasked with preventing World War 3 by using time travel.
My Take: To say I’m a fan of Christopher Nolan’s work would be an understatement.
I first heard his name with Batman Begins, but I sat up in my seat with The Prestige. The twist and turns in that film had me shocked, surprised and in awe. Since then, I’ve loved all of his films. Watching them is more of an event for me. Most of his films call for a second viewing right away, and then still leave you wanting more.
From The Prestige to The Dark Knight, to Inception and Interstellar. He has solidified himself as one of the best directors of our time.
Plus, Nolan gave us the best incarnation of the JOKER (Heath Ledger) ever! What more is there to say?
More Nolan? YES PLEASE.
05. Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5th)
Synopsis: Wonder Woman squares off against the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.
My Take: I know I’m in the minority on this, but I really liked Zack Snyder’s vision for the DCEU.
I was a fan of Batman Vs. Superman. I liked his picks for Batman, Aquaman, The Flash and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
(Yes, I’m skipping Lex Luthor on purpose…)
I remember seeing Gal Gadot for the first time in the theater as Gisele Yashar in 2009’s Fast and Furious, so seeing her as Wonder Woman on the big screen wasn’t odd for me.
90% of Wonder Woman was great! I bought the Island of Themyscira and the lore. The whole fish out of water storyline was humorous. But what made the movie for me was the No Man’s Land scene.
With Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL’s score slowly building until she gets into the town with the full score in tow! God, I’m getting chills just thinking about it. I’m curious as to how they’re going to represent Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah and explain Steve Trevor?
I also have a feeling there may be a few ‘surprises’ along the way. Can’t wait!
04. Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It (Sept. 11th)
Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren try to uncover the truth behind a murderer’s claim of demonic possession.
My Take: The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made me do it tells the true story of Arne Johnson and his murder trial, at which he insists he was possessed. I’ve followed this story so long as I can remember.
Along with Ed and Lorraine Warren, there was always skepticism in this case.
When the Original Conjuring came out, I was giddy to see it. It was directed by one of my favorites, James Wan.
(Side Note: I always look forward to his one long take, that he does in most of his films.)
I knew what he could do with Horror and with Lorraine Warren’s blessing and guidance he knocked it out of the park. BAM! The Conjuring Universe was born.
We have since gotten a variety of films, some hits, some misses, with Killer Dolls, Possessed Nuns, and Mexican Folklore. But the main Conjuring films have always performed above par.
I hope this continues with 3. My only hesitation is that James Wan isn’t directing. However, he handpicked the director and is still a producer on it. I can’t wait to see what this looks like on the big screen.
03. Halloween Kills (Oct. 16th)
Synopsis: Michael Myers pursues Laurie Strode and her family, need I say more?
My Take: The original Halloween is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. My mother introduced it to me in the 80s, and I was instantly hooked.
I credit my love of all things horror and true crime to my mom. We’d watch horror on the weekend and never once missed an episode of Unsolved Mysteries (which, for some reason, spooked me as a kid). I, in turn, passed this tradition on to my oldest son. He’d pop in a VHS of Halloween 78′ while the other kids in my family watched Sesame Street and Barney.
He’d watch Michael Myers murder some babysitters. He’d watch it, watch it, rewind, watch it again.
The original has always held up. Perhaps because it’s a simple premise that feels like it could happen to anyone. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride kept that essence with Halloween 18′. I hope they’re able to carry it through to Halloween: Kills.
02. Black Widow (May 1st)
Synopsis: At birth, the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative.
My Take: Speaking of ‘in Kevin we trust’, here we go!
The MCU opens Phase 4 with one of my favorite characters, Black Widow. I remember first seeing her in Ironman 2 at the theater (which I really like btw!).
When Tony Stark references Natasha Romanoff by saying “I want one”, I was like, ” yeah me too”!
This film takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Which explains how Black Widow is still, well alive. ‘Spoiler’?
I believe we’ll see the passing of the torch to Yelena Belova in this. Also, being a Stranger Things and David Harbour fan. I’m looking forward to his portrayal of the Red Guardian. Also, hopefully we’ll see Hawkeye or any of the other Avengers in this and finally find out, What the heck happened in Budapest!?
01. Spiral: From the Book of SAW (May 15th)
Synopsis: Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran, brash detective Ezekiel Banks and his rookie partner take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly trapped in a deepening mystery, Ezekiel finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.
My Take: I know what you’re thinking… a SAW film!? Number 1!? Well, there’s a little more to it than that. My kids grew up watching horror films with me, and Saw was no different. When a sequel was approaching. We’d watch all of the films leading up to the next one. Out of the countless horror sequels we ‘saw’ together. The Saw Franchise is the only series we did this with.
With Saw being one longer continuing storyline. We’d watch and speculate what twist, turns and traps may happen. We had tons of fun with the speculation. That and with the ending ‘twist’ montage with that Saw theme song (Hello Zepp)!!!
I’m glad that I don’t have to wait until Halloween for this, as the first 8 came out on that holiday. This franchise also brought us James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Who’s work continues to keep me an avid film fan. We’re so looking forward to watching all of them again, leading up to Saw 9, er to Spiral: The Book of Saw.
What are your most anticipated movies of 2020? Do they align with mine or are they totally different? Let’s see those lists!
( Honorable Mention: The Way Back March (6th) Quiet Place II (March 20th), The New Mutants (April 3rd). )