The List

We’ve nearly reached the middle of the 2019 year and so far, in the world of mainstream cinema, we’ve been treated to Jordan Peele’s social/horror/thriller Us, DC’s Shazam!, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel (belated reviews on both to follow) and of course, the event of the year thus far, Avengers: Endgame. However, now that we’ve had a chance to inhale and exhale, we look ahead to what is coming next. I reached out to Numa and we discussed some movies we’re looking forward to in what’s left of 2019. We came up with ten (which, believe it or not, much harder than I first anticipated it would be). Let’s take a look at the ten upcoming films (in no particular order) we here at the New Boys Republic are excited for as we continue our trek to the end of the year (Sonic The Hedgehog did not make the list… sorry).

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Directed By: John Watts

Written By: Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers

I’ll be honest with you: Avengers: Endgame is the perfect film to jump off the “superhero movie” bullet train. Spider-Man: Far From Home made the list because, and ONLY because, I kind of want that Avengers: Endgame Epilogue. How are these characters moving on after the events of Avengers: Endgame? Hopefully we get to see in Spider-Man: Far From Home when it is released on July 2nd. Once I get that closure, I can get off at the next stop (did I stick the train analogy?).

The Dead Don’t Die

Written and Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch has an impressive catalog that boasts such titles as Stranger than Paradise, Dead Man, Broken Flowers, Ghost Dog, Down by Law, and Coffee and Cigarettes (I was going to say “to name a few” but I think I named almost all of his films). The Dead Don’t Die is his latest entry to his illustrious resumé. It looks to be an offbeat, wry comedy; Jim’s take on the Zombie genre. It stars the innovator of the wry comedic delivery, Bill Murray, Tilda Swildon, and Adam Driver, who, if he hasn’t yet, is quickly cementing himself as a bankable supporting and leading man in Hollywood. Look for this film in theaters June 14th.

Once Upon A time In Hollywood

Written and Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

The 9th film by Quentin Tarantino (as it is marketed), I’ve watched this trailer a few times, just watched it while I was setting this up, and I still have no idea what the plot is… and I’m absolutely fine with it. I personally don’t like trailers that give away to much; by the end of the trailer, you feel like you’ve seen the entire movie. Tarantino is very smart and, to this date, I’ve never been let down by any of his films. They don’t evoke much deep thought but his style, his content, his dialogue, and his storytelling is not rivaled by many. It’s also exciting to see Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in a film together. The story will be told July 26th.

Joker

Directed By: Todd Phillips

Written By: Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Is this considered a superhero film? Its debatable I guess. I’m leaning toward no for selfish reasons. I initially wasn’t interested in the film because Jared Leto was just the Joker in the abomination that is Suicide Squad (Was that too harsh? “Abomination” felt harsh. I mean, I do mean it but still…), but when I saw Martin Scorsese is one of the producers and I read that the script is inspired by Taxi Driver and Raging Bull (the ultimate study in isolated characters) my interest was piqued. Joaquin Phoenix is the perfect actor to bring this version of Joker to light and compete with the untouchable performance by the late Heath Ledger (the measuring stick for all Jokers… you know I’m right). The trailer doesn’t disappoint and hopefully when the film is released October 4th, it won’t either.

The Irishman

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Written by: Steven Zaillian

Yeah… the preview announcement isn’t much. Who cares?!?!?! Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, and Keitel. I’m not saying anymore.

The Velvet Buzzsaw

Written and Directed by: Dan Gilroy

The film is already out on Netflix so, suffice to say, this film will be watched soon. There is a bit of hesitance on my part only because the reviews seem a little lackluster, but Dan Gilroy has established himself as a fine director and Jake Gyllenhaal has proven he is not afraid of a challenging role (see Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler…), so it is worth the watch.

Shoplifters

Written and Directed By: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Akira Kurosawa has always praised directors who illuminated the human condition, like Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief, Francois Truffaut’s 400 Blows, and all films by Satyajit Ray (which he describes as watching the sun and the moon). Shoplifters looks to fit into that category. Shoplifters is about a family who have perfected the art of shoplifting as a means to cope with an impoverished life. Granted this film was released June 8th 2018 but I think it flew a bit under the radar in the mainstream.

Roma

Written and Directed by: Alfonzo Cuarón

Another film that came out the year before (I told you it was hard to get ten films we liked from this year) is Alfonzo Cuarón’s “Roma” about a live-in housemaid who becomes pregnant, is abandoned by her boyfriend and joins the woman and children she cares for on vacation while the woman also deals with her Husbands sudden departure. What first caught my eye (beside the fact that this film is directed by Alfonzo whose credits include Children of Men and Y tu Mama Tambien) is that the film is shot in black and white. Normally not a big deal but its hard to keep audiences engaged with IMAX quality films, but to do so in Black and White and subtitles? If the Academy Awards was right (Roma was nominated for 10 awards and won three including Best Director and Best foreign language film) then the strength of this film is in the storytelling.

The Lighthouse

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse” 2019

Written and Directed by Robert Eggers

Sorry there is no trailer for this film as of yet, and I will admit that I do not know much about new comer Robert Eggers. I have not had a chance to watch his debut film “VVitch,” however what intrigued me about this film (beside the fact tat Robert Pattinson was quoted saying he wanted to punch director Eggers in the face because the roll was so physically demanding) is that according to an article by IndieWire, the film was shot on 35mm film stock. Unlike with digital where you can hide and eliminate certain discrepancies, film stock is dirty and brings a sense of realism to scenes you can’t duplicate with clean digital imagery. I’m also expecting this film to be terrifying as all hell! Lighthouse will be premiere at the Cannes film festival in May 2019. Keep an eye out for it.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Written by: J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio

You’d think this would be the obvious choice to the make the list, right? It wasn’t. Generally, people love Star Wars (I am one of those people), however, I have learned to separate my love of this franchise, from my honest critique of it. The Original Trilogy is encapsulated in a glass box. That glass box is perched on a pedestal that reaches into the deepest void of space. The Prequels are what they are; you either love them or hate them. Yet the one thing they have in common is that George Lucas has his fingerprints all over these films. Star Wars gave birth to what we deem “blockbusters” today. George pushed the boundaries for quality CGI and sound developed the blueprints for visual storytelling on a grand scale. The Disney Trilogy (Can I coin that? … I just googled it. “Disney Trilogy” does not exist. If you start hearing that in the next few months, remember where you read it first!) has 0 input from George and the resulting product is disjointed. Though it introduced the acting brilliance of Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac to wider audiences, J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens was shameless nostalgia bait (come on… we all know this). And though I felt Rian Johnson’s The last Jedi was the better film, it was extremely divisive amongst the fan base, and it too had its visible faults (I can’t be the only one who cringed when Leia started gliding through space with the force? And Canto Bight just… *sighs*… it just wasn’t necessary). Now comes the conclusion and there doesn’t seem to be any continuity. Still, with the film touching down on Christmas, J.J. is back at the Helm to bring this polarizing portion of the Skywalker Saga to its inevitable close.

And that does it for the list. Did you agree with what we’ve got? Do you have any we should consider and add? Lets us know in the comments below.

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