2019 In Film – A Preview – October

Note -written in January 2019 and I wasn’t arsed updating it since.


Gemini Man

Will Smith aims to return to the big time with what seems to be a big budget sci-fi actioner. From the plot synopsis there could be some cool age techniques and effects going on, and the cast also features Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead – all good. To top it off, Ang Lee directs so we know there will be a certain flair and class.


I wish they would just stick with one actor for all these films with The Joker. I know they’re going for their own style, but personally this would work best if it had been the same actor all the way through. I don’t know anything about this beyond Joaquin Phoenix is playing the loon this time.

The Woman In The Window

It’s based on a book which I don’t know anything about, but the film blurb makes it sound like Rear Window and The Girl On The Train. Joe Wright is on familiar ground then, adapting yet another successful novel. In truth, I haven’t cared for anything Wright has made, but it’s Amy Adams and Gary Oldman and the idea seems interesting enough, but with Wright’s track record it’ll go for class over sleaze. I like sleaze.

The Addams Family

They’re going animation this time around, fair enough. When is someone going to make The Munsters?

Zombieland Too

I held off on seeing Zombieland until long after people had stopped talking about it. Being a big zombie fan, I always knew I would see it so I’m not sure why I didn’t for so long. The sequel seems like a miracle, given how so much time has passed and how the star rating of most of the cast has risen, yet they’re getting the band together again. Should be fun.

The Goldfinch

I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s been on my list since release. The film seems like a straight re-telling, but the cast is great – young and old – Finn Wolfhard, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, Nicole Kidman, Willa Fitzgerald. John Crowley follows up Brooklyn with this.

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

Yay! I’ve no idea how they’re going to do this and what level of scares they’ll have. Both this and Goosebumps were for kids but AYAOTD always had more of an edge. It’s not going to be scary, but honest horror aimed at a younger audience is always good. I’ve no idea if they’ll take the campfire approach. My kids loved Goosebumps so I’ll rope them into this.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Seems like Oscar bait – and already now I can see this winning a bunch due to the backlash at the Mr Rogers documentary not making it to this year’s Awards (baring in mind I’m updating this post at time of writing 20th February 2019). Let it just be clear – I don’t give a shit about Mr Rogers. It seems like he was this amazing person and did a load for kids through TV? Growing up in Northern Ireland I had no idea who he was – whatever shows he did never made it over here whatsoever – so I have no connection to the material whatsoever. Beyond this being a Tom Hanks vehicle, I’m not getting the impetus to see this.

What are your picks?

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