We made it through the summer. From superhero blockbusters to Disney remakes, plenty of films arrived, some of which we saw, with a few conquering at the box office. Now we can look forward to the fall and end-of-year movies. Among the prestige films and family crowd pleasers, what is our Flag Live! Screen crew looking forward to this season?
The last months of 2019 aren’t brimming with movies that I’m dying to see, but there are a few titles that inspire some cautious optimism. Joker looks like it could be amazing, and I’ll give Zombieland: Double Tap a chance when it hit theaters, though betting on sequels is typically a longshot. Like the rest of the Star Wars fandom, I am eagerly awaiting the release of The Rise of Skywalker. Who knows if it will provide proper closure to the Skywalker Saga, but letting the franchise potentially move on to new things makes this a milestone either way.
Disney’s Frozen 2 tries to duplicate the success of the first film. The previews show us gorgeous animation. If the story can match, it could be one more in the long list of Disney hits this year. Rian Johnson’s Knives Out looks fun. Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collete and Chris Evans star in this murder mystery. Then there’s Cats. When everyone was making fun of the first trailer, I kept quiet. I admit it, I can’t wait to see if it works as a movie. If it doesn’t, well, I’m also a fan of disaster films, and this could be a colossal disaster.
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I’ve been looking forward to Joker since Joaquin Phoenix was announced as the lead, and the word from the Venice Film Festival is very positive. With vibes of Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, Joker looks intensely dark. How about a whacky Hitler Youth comedy to lighten things up? Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit (Oct. 18) sold me with its trailer (and the director’s wonderful 2016 Hunt for the Wilderpeople). Finally, Brad Pitt spaces out in Ad Astra (Sept. 19). The film seems like it might be as good looking as its lead.
The year 2019 has some enticing movies still to come, of which Ford v Ferrari tops my list. The story of Shelby’s work designing a race car for Ford, with a great cast, this movie should be fun. I also plan to see Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the King classic, The Shining. Directed by Mike Flanagan, who gave us Netflix’ chilling Haunting of Hill House last year, I have high hopes for this one. Finally, the new Charlie’s Angels looks like it will provide an entertaining new spin on the franchise.