It’s time for me to start posting again, and there’s no better way to start than by lobbing this fun, softball topic at you guys: What am I looking forward to watching, on movie and TV screens, in the coming year, and why! I got the video evidence, y’all! Let’s talk about…
Matrix 4: Resurrections
I’m really looking forward to this third sequel to the original movie. I have not always liked the work of the Wachowski Sisters, but The Matrix is one of their best creations, and even the sequels, as bad as they are, work better than a lot of the action movies that showed up in their aftermath. Unlike a lot of fans of this movie, I wasn’t a teenager when I saw it. I was a grown-ass woman, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t affected by it. I remember the feeling I had watching the original trailer, and the deep feeling of disconnection from reality after leaving the theater, which I experience with very few movies (Terminator 2 was another one). I have no intention of seeing this in theaters. I will watch it on HBO at home. Apparently, not being willing to see it in theaters, makes me a monster.
It appears as if Keanu is reprising his role as another iteration of The One. As was mentioned in the third film, Neo was not the first iteration of The One. There have been several before him, and what these trailers seem to imply is that we are in some, much later, iteration of The One Saga, as evidenced by an older version of Jada Pinkett Smith’s character, Niobe, and the lack of Morpheus. Morpheus’ character has been replaced by a younger version, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen, especially in the new training montage, I assume is there to get this newer version of Neo up to speed on his position within the Matrix.
Trinity appears to be much more key to the plot of this film than she was to the other sequels, and there are some exciting new characters involved, although I still do wish there were more Asian people in the cast, (mostly because Seraph, aka The Oracle’s Guardian Angel, from Matrix Reloaded, is one of my favorite characters). On the plus side, Jessica Henwick (of Netflix’s Iron Fist) is being impressive as an asskicker in the trailer,
Spiderman: No Way Home
This is the movie I plan to see in the theater next week. I would not have been able to get my Mom to see this with me, because she was immunocompromised, and not a Spiderman fan. However, I do have a nephew, and an ex- brother in law, who are both ardent Spiderman fans, so I guess we’re going to the movies.
I’m trying really hard not to listen to the tired grumbling of people who hate the MCU, or Spiderman, or superhero films in general. Thank grod, I’m not all up on social media like that, because I love Spiderman! Yes, I love any Spiderman films (some less than others, but still). I’ve also seen nearly every iteration of Spiderman that exists (including that 80s live-action Nicholas Hammond version, and that weird Japanese thing!). I’m actually one of a handful of people who actually enjoyed the previous Spiderman movies with Andrew Garfield (yeah, okay, # 2 really did stink though), and I even liked that third Tobey Maguire film, so I am eagerly looking forward to seeing these past Spidermen show up in this movie, along with the foundational members of The Sinister Six. But what I’m really hoping to get an answer for is: What’s up with Dr. Strange, and why does he seem out of character in these trailers? He just “feels” wrong, somehow.
I’m a huge fan of the Spiderverse comic run, and I love the idea of multiple universes truly being introduced into the MCU. For me, that’s just an opportunity to tell wilder and more outrageous stories about characters I already love. It’s interesting that we’re going through this phase of alternate Earth movies at this particular time, just like the “virtual worlds” trend of movies in the late 90s. In fact, the idea of multiple worlds has so completely permeated American society that it’s become a running joke that we are all living in the “worse timeline”! and we’ve adopted words like “variant” into our vocabularies. So yeah, that is a thing that’s happening, even though the idea of alternate worlds (Buffy, Dr. Who, Groundhog Day) has been something that was always a part of Fantastical Scifi shows, movies, and comic books, and I just think it’s kind of funny that this trend is happening right now.
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse 2
More Spiderman! Yay!!! More Multiple Earths! Yay!!!
I’m really looking forward to this, because I was a big fan of the first film, although I started out rather indifferent to Miles Morales as Spiderman (in the comic books), he’s really grown on me as a character, (because he’s so wholesome!) and I’m now a huge fan, and have gone back to read some of the earlier comic books.
This one is also doing the multiverse thing, which I’m excited about because of the introduction of Spiderman 2099, which I read about when I was much, much, younger. What I hope for from this movie is more relationship stuff between Miles and his parents, (What was he being grounded for?), and whatever slow burn I see developing between him and Alterna-Gwen. I’m pretty sure that relationship isn’t canon, but I don’t care., because they’re just really cute together. Anyway, this movie is at least a whole year away, so I’ll have lots of chances to talk about it before then.
The Suicide Squad was hands down one of my favorite movies this year, so I was inclined to think kindly of this character, even though he wasn’t even close to being one of my favorites in the film. I recently re-watched the movie, and I can see what people like about the character, so yeah, I’m gonna watch this. I was indifferent to John Cena. I mean, he seemed likable enough, I know about his past in professional wrestling, and I’ve seen him in a couple of other movies, but he didn’t otherwise make much of an impression on me. I clocked his presence and kept it moving. But any man who is brave enough to play his character completely straight, while standing around a movie set in his tightie-whities, has my respekt!
So yeah, I’ll be watching this, not because I especially love his character, although Peacemaker is a very sympathetic bad guy, but because I wanna see Cena act his pants off. I also like the other characters too, and need I say that it’s very heartening to see a dark-skinned Black woman as part of the cast, who is not centered as the comedy relief, because the whole thing is a comedy, and it all looks like hella fun. Yes, I intend very much to live vicariously through her character, and I refuse to be shamed for that! Robert Patrick is present, and I haven’t seen him in a while, and the other characters seem interesting, too. This better be good.
The Book of Boba Fett
When I was a kid, we’re talking maybe ten or eleven years old, I was a big Star Wars fan. This was before discovering Star Trek. My favorite character from The Empire Strikes Back was the mysterious bounty hunter in the coolest outfit. I remember I had one of those toy Boba Fett dolls, too.
I’m just a tiny bit wary of this series, because being mysterious was a huge part of Boba Fett’s appeal for me, and I hope they keep at least some of that. Don’t tell me everything about him. In fact, tell me nothing, and just let him have adventures, like in The Mandalorian. it also doesn’t hurt that I like the actor too. The first time I saw this guy, (Temuera Morrison), was in a movie called Once Were Warriors, released in the 90s. If you haven’t seen it, you need to get on it, because that movie was intense. (Warning for domestic abuse, and sexual assault, though.) It’s been interesting watching his career expand. There really are so few Maori actors in this industry, that the handful that are present really tend to stand out.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
For what it’s worth, I did enjoy the very first movie in this franchise, mostly for the monsters. I am not a fan of Milla Jovovich, not because I think she’s a bad person, but because she is a truly awful actress. She seems like a nice person, who is reasonably intelligent, (she could not have lasted as long as she has in the industry otherwise,) but I’m glad she’s not associated with this “reboot” and has moved on to other movies I won’t watch. I pretty much did without the other movies in this series because of her. That said, I have absolutely no intention whatsoever of going to see this in a theater, as it looks pretty intense, and I don’t want to pay good money to sit there with my eyes covered! I also intend to watch this in full daylight on some idle Saturday afternoon.
That is my plan. I’m probably gonna be really scared, because: Monsters!!! but I intend to do it anyway because I am also very brave!
I am warily enthusiastic about, yet another, iteration of Batman, although I am comforted by some of the reviews and statements, from the creators, that this Batman will focus more on detection, than ass-kicking, although that doesn’t look too bad. I like the idea of Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and it is very heartening to know that an action film director remembers that Black women exist, (since they usually don’t) but I am not now, nor have I ever been, a fan of the Riddler, and hope that he’s a very different depiction than the ones we’ve gotten before, although I am probably one of five people who does not hate Jim Carey’s version.
On the other hand, I am glad they chose a different villain (I would have preferred Two-Face, or The Penguin, because we do not need yet another version of some mediocre actor’s interpretation of The Joker. As far as I’m concerned, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Joaquin Pheonix are the top three actors in that role, and that’s that. (Okay I will give a shoutout to Mark Hamill!) I’m not sure where to fit Robert Pattinson in his role as Batman. I’ve liked a couple of other actors in the role, and it remains to be seen if he will measure up to Michael Keaton, or Christian Bale.
Jurassic World: Dominion
I love dinosaurs! I have loved them since I was a little kid. I watched all the dinosaurs visit the big city movies (Valley of the Gwangi), and all those Godzilla films, and anything with Kaiju in it. Something about ancient monsters tearing up modern inventions hits me in the feels. I don’t know why! So you can imagine how giddy I am at the idea of modern day dinosaurs. There are two big drawbacks to this movie and that’s the plot, (I have no idea if it’s any good, or will stink as bad as the last movie) and Chris Pratt. I like him just fine in Guardians of the Galaxy, where he is deeply funny, but he is waaaay too bland to be any kind of dramatic actor. He is also my least favorite of the Chrises because he’s kinda “socially distasteful”.
On the other hand, there is the return of the OG Jurassic crew. I will watch Jeff Goldblum in anything, and yes, I have watched his TV series on Disney +, which is one of the main reasons I subscribed to it, even though I had no plans to subscribe to any more streaming services. Anywhoo, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill are returning, so this movie better be great, with lots of dinosaurs chasing people around the city type of action, Goldblum popping off some great one-liners, Sam Neill looking concerned, and Laura Dern saving the day.
In 2022: These are all movies I’m greatly looking forward to, but I don’t yet have trailers for them. Expect to see those as soon as they are released.
Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Hopefully this movie will explain why Dr. Strange seems so “odd” in the latest Spiderman film. I believe Wanda, (who has never been a favorite or even likable character, although I will tolerate her in a lot of stuff), will be making an appearance.
John Wick Chapter 4 – I’m very much looking forward to this. The John wick movies are the Jason Bourne movies of the 21st century. You know, the kind of Action movies everyone will be riffing off of for the next ten years.
The Flash – I just like Ezra Miller. I thought he did a great job in the Justice League film, and I want to see more of him.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Hopefully, this movie will tie into the Multiverse of madness introduced in the Dr. Strange movies, and explain why T’Challa is missing. If we’re really lucky, we will get to see an alternate universe version of The Black Panther played by either Michael B Jordan, or Letitia Wright. I am excited to see the introduction of another Black female superhero, Ironheart, who has been a big favorite of mine, since she was first introduced in the comic books.
Halloween Ends – The last movie in the newest Halloween trilogy. I hope to see more of Laurie Strode in this one, and that Michael finally gets what’s coming to him.
Up Next: I watched Dune, The Eternals, and Nomadland.