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Top 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2019

CaptureMy Top 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2019.

#30) Motherless Brooklyn (dir. Edward Norton)
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Plot: Set in the backdrop of 1950s New York, a lonely detective with Tourette’s Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale

#29) Fonzo (dir. Josh Tank)
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Plot: The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia, and comes to be haunted by his violent past.
Stars: Tom Hardy, Matt Dillon, Jack Lowden, Linda Cardellini

#28) Velvet Buzzsaw (dir. Dan Gilroy)

Plot: After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Rene Russo

#27) The Beach Bum  (dir. Harmony Korine)

Plot: A rebellious stoner named Moongod lives life by his own rules.
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Snoop Dogg

#26) The Lion King  (dir. Jon Favreau)

Plot: A re-imagining of the 1994 Disney classic.
Stars: Donald Glover, Seth Rogan, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyonce, Eric Andre 

#25) Godzilla: King of the Monsters  (dir. Michael Dougherty)

Plot: Godzilla collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler

#24) Avengers: Endgame

Plot: In the aftermath of Thanos wiping out half of all life in the universe, the remaining Avengers must do what’s necessary to undo the deed.
Stars: You know who.

#23) Honey Boy (dir. Alma Har’el)  *based on and written by Shia LeBeouf
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Plot: A child actor works to mend the relationship with his hard-drinking, law-breaking father.
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Maika Monroe, Noah Jupe

#22) Gemini Man (dir. Ang Lee)
Plot: An over-the-hill hit-man faces off against a younger clone of himself.
Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong

#21) The Woman in the Window (dir. Joe Wright)
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Plot: A woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
Stars: Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Gary Oldman

#20) Ford v. Ferrari (dir. James Mangold)
Plot: The true story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966.
Stars: Christian Bake, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Noah Jupe

#19) Uncut Gems (dir. Safdie Brothers)sa.PNG
Plot: Kept undisclosed.
Stars: Adam Sandler, Pom Klementieff, Lakeith Stanfield

#18) The Dead Don’t Die (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
Plot: A zombie comedy.
Stars: Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton

#17) Zombieland 2 (dir. Ruben Fleischer)
Plot: Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock are back.
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

#16) A Rainy Day in New York (dir. Woody Allen)
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Plot: Two young people arrive in New York for a weekend where they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.
Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall

#15) Parasite  (dir. Joon-ho Bong)
Plot: A peculiar tale about two families who are worlds apart yet somewhat alike portrays a striking reality of the world we live in.
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Cho

#14) The Lighthouse  (dir. Robert Eggers)
Plot: The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

#13) Knives Out  (dir. Rian Johnson)
Plot: Described as a modern murder mystery in a whodunit style.
Stars: Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer

#12) Little Women  (dir. Greta Gerwig)
Plot: Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Stars: Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet

#11) Jojo Rabbit  (dir. Taika Waititi)
Plot: A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish boy in their home.
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi

#10) Us  (dir. Jordan Peele)

Plot: A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke

#9) Star Wars: Episode IX  (dir. J.J. Abrams)
Plot: The conclusion to the sequel trilogy. Kept under wraps.
Stars: You know who’s in it, don’t need to tell you.

#8) Proxima (dir. Alice Winocour)
Plot: An astronaut prepares for a one year mission aboard the International Space Station.
Stars: Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger

#7) Ema  (dir. Pablo Larrain)
Plot: A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Santiago Cabrera, Mariana Loyola

#6) Lucy In The Sky (dir. Noah Hawley)
Plot: The story of a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a life-changing mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality.
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens

#5) Radegund  (dir. Terrence Malick)
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Plot: The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist, August Diehl

#4) Joker  (dir. Todd Phillips)
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Plot: A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

#3) The Irishman  (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Plot: A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel

#2) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
Plot: A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry in 1969 Los Angeles.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Al Pacino, Scoot McNairy, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Emile Hirsch, James Marsden, Damien Lewis, Luke Perry, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell + more
(the cast is fucking stacked)

#1) Ad Astra  (dir. James Gray)
Plot: Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.
Stars: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga








My Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War


With a running time of almost 3 hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes) Infinity War is the longest movie in the MCU and I didn’t feel like it dragged at any point. I was hooked from the very first scene and onto the last. I was shook after watching it and just devastated.
Josh Brolin kills it as Thanos which I thoroughly believe is the best villain in the MCU right now.  He’s a compelling character despite being seen as a monster. He had lots of depth to his character. Throughout the film, when Thanos is on screen, I felt his presence and when he fought our heroes, I was legitimately afraid. This was essentially a “Thanos” film more so than the Avengers.
nullAll the performances were great overall, with the standouts in my opinion being Thanos, Spiderman, Wanda, and Gamora. The comedy was fantastic too. All the jokes land especially from the GOTG squad. The action sequences are phenomenal. Seeing the combination of all the heroes you love fight together with all the different combinations of unique fighting skills/powers they each have is just such a joy and so much fun to watch. Visuals were stellar.
In terms of the negatives, some characters won’t have much screen time in comparison to others but that’s a given with how many characters there are in the movie. There’s also so much that happens in this movie that there really isn’t any breathing room. This movie goes 1000000000 m/ph. Trust me. Use the washroom beforehand.
Final thoughts – Infinity War is truly a spectacle that deserves to be seen on the big screen multiple times and its insanely entertaining/rewarding. I can’t stop thinking about it and I can’t wait to see it again…and again…and again…….

Rating –  ★★★★

Top 10 Best Films of 2017

Here’s my list short & sweet……

Honorable Mentions: Dunkirk, Split, Coco, Okja, Logan, The Florida Project, Wonder Woman, Logan, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, mother!, The Big Sick, Thelma,  & The Disaster Artist

Films I haven’t seen yet at the creation of this list: Call Me by Your Name, The Post, Phantom Thread and a few others 

#10) Get Out – Great Original Thriller/Horror from first time director Jordan Peele.

#9) Wind River – Riveting murder mystery. Fantastic debut from the very talented Taylor Sheridan. If you enjoy films like Sicario or Hell or High Water, highly recommend.
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#7) Lady Bird – Thoroughly well done coming of age movie from the lovely Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan gives one of the best performances of her career. Review
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#6) Good Time – Fucking awesome.GoodTime_Still02.jpg

#5) Blade Runner 2049 – Cinematography is eyegasmic. Just beautiful in every single way from the acting, story, direction…..Villeneuve killed it and he’s on a roll……

#4) The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Great horror. Very well shot. Fantastic acting/score. If you’re a fan of a Lanthimos, def a must watch or if you love horror films.  Review

#3) Columbus – Beautiful. Wonderful score. Quiet yet moving.

#2) Trainspotting 2 – A wonderful sequel. Really entertaining. Felt lots of emotions.

#1) The Shape of Water – A beautiful romantic fairy tale. Sally Hawkins deserves the Oscar for best actress. Great performances all around from the whole cast. Beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat. Del Toro nails it.  Review


My thoughts on Lady Bird


Greta Gerwig knocks it out of the park with her directorial debut. I was absolutely floored with the film. Its a fantastic coming of age story with phenomenal performances and a wonderful story.  Lots of vibes from Wes Anderson and Baumbach in the film as well which is cool. Saoirse is perfect. The whole cast did a tremendous job. The acting and writing is just superb. Now I didn’t really relate to the film in terms of the high school experience or living situation that Lady Bird was in (I was born in Toronto, def not a small town) but in other ways. Anyways, did the film bring anything new to the coming-of-age genre? No, but the reason its getting so much praise and deservedly so was how wonderfully everything was executed. All the familiar tropes are in Lady Bird but Greta makes them fresh and genuine.
giphy (2)In terms of the flaws, I don’t really have any complaints. It’s charming, funny, and heartwarming with very authentic characters. Its one of my favorites of the year and I can’t wait to see what Greta does in the future.

Rating – ★★★★

PS – Saoirse Ronan is soooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooooood.

My thoughts on The Shape Of Water


“A Masterpiece”

Set in the backdrop of cold war era America during the 60s, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute woman who works as a cleaner in a high-security government laboratory where she discovers a secret classified experiment. Del Toro’s attention to detail is impeccable. From the beautiful soundtrack, to the gorgeous cinematography/colour palette/set design, and to the phenomenal performances, Guillermo del Toro gives us one of the best films of his career, and of the year. Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones deliver immaculate performances despite not speaking a single word to each other. Every character is great. Alexander Desplat’s score is lovely too. Guillermo del Toro shows us why he’s one of the best film-makers working today and the film speaks for itself. It’s a work of art.

In conclusion, it’s truly a magical film that’s perfect all across the board. Del Toro completely engrosses you into the world and into this beautiful, sincere, romantic fairy tale from the very start until the very end. If you love cinema, watch it.

 Rating –  ★★★★★

Side-note > I’ve seen this film at the Elgin theatre during TIFF which was used as a set for the film so it was one of the coolest screenings I’ve ever attended.