Wrapping Up 2017: Most Anticipated Movies of 2018 with a Special Guest Writer

[The following article is the transcript of a previously recorded exchange between main writer Nathanael Molnár and special guest writer Rob Giachinta, as they talk about their most anticipated movies of 2018, as part of their Wrapping Up 2017 editorial series. You can read all of the entries into this series here. This was recorded on Sunday, January 14th]

Nathanael: Hello, and welcome to The Movie Paradise. I'm your host, Nathanael Molnár, and today I'm joined by special guest writer, Rob Giachinta.
Rob: Hello.
Nathanael: Today, we're going to be talking about our most anticipated films of 2018. In this first installment in our Wrapping Up 2017 series, we're going to be looking ahead to films coming out later this year.
Rob: Out of all the lists we are going to do, this one was actually my most anticipated.
Nathanael: Oh great. This was a tough list to do. I had a difficult time making it.
Rob: I was sweating making this list.
Nathanael: I always sweat.
Rob: Yum.
Nathanael: Okay, so how this list is going to go is I will list my #10-6. Then Rob will do his #10-6. Then I'll do my #5-2. Then Rob will do his #5-2, and then we will both talk about our #1 most anticipated movie for 2018, but first we will start off with three honorable mentions. 

Nathanael's Honorable Mentions:

Nathanael: My third honorable mention is Ready Player One. This was originally my spot for The New Mutants, until it was reported that it had been pushed back to February 2019. So now it is Ready Player One. I love Steven Spielberg as a director. I thought the trailers have been really cool. I have not read the source material, so I was not super invested at first. But the people they have behind it, and the look and the feel of it from the trailers, have made me very excited for it. My second honorable mention is Aquaman. This probably would of been a lot higher if Justice League hadn't been a disappointment. It just wasn't that good, so my anticipation has dipped a little bit. James Wan is a good director. He has done a great job with The Conjuring franchise and Furious 7, so I don't think Aquaman is going to be bad per say, but I can't get myself too excited for it. And my first honorable mention is Creed 2. This movie would have been a lot higher on my list had Sylvester Stallone ended up directing this. While I am excited to see Stallone and Michael B. Jordan back together, and [I am excited to see] the next chapter of this story, I just don't know much about the director, Stephen Cable Jr., and I just don't know if it's going to be any good. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it got pushed to 2019.

Rob's Honorable Mentions

Rob: My third honorable mention is Lean on Pete. Lean on Pete is about this young boy who moves with his family to a small farming town where he meets a character, played by Steve Buscemi, who owns a racing horse named Lean on Pete which is going to be sold. The young boy forms a bond with the horse, and decides to steal him and hit the road with the horse. This was originally supposed to come out last year, and I thought potentially it could have nabbed Steve Buscemi his first Academy Award nomination. Now, it has been moved to March, and the early buzz on this movie is extremely positive, so I'm excited for it. My second honorable mention is the untitled Halloween sequel. I am a big fan of David Gordon Green, and what he did with a film like Stronger last year, and I'm interested to see what Danny McBride does with writing the script. From the looks of it, it seems like the two of them are big fans of John Carpenter's original film. Also, [it] being produced by Blumhouse means a lot to me, because I usually enjoy most of the films that they put out. And my first honorable mention is Solo: A Star Wars Story. This would have been in my top 10 had it not been for the disaster that has happened behind the scenes, with Chris Miller and Phil Lord being fired and [them being] replaced with Ron Howard. While I never asked for a Han Solo movie, the idea off bringing in Lord and Miller to do it intrigued me heavily, and I was excited to see it. And I loved the entire cast. But then, after the firing happened and we ended up getting Ron Howard... now it just seems like this project has a lot of bad buzz floating around it, so now I am trepidatious.
Nathanael: Yes, I agree that is was never really a film I needed to see, but I do love the cast so we'll see what happens. 

Nathanael's #10-6

Nathanael: My #10 is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I actually really like the first Jurassic World, and I'm a big fan of the original Jurassic Park. While I wasn't that impressed with the first trailer, I'm looking forward to it a lot because we're getting J.A. Bayona as the director, who did an outstanding job on A Monster Calls, and I think he can do a really good job with this world. The cast is great, and I think this film has a lot of potential.
Rob: Me personally, I want to see something new with this franchise and not a bunch of people running from dinosaurs. 
Nathanael: That's why I thought the trailer was poor, because it did not show anything new to stand out from the rest of the franchise. I am hoping there is a lot of new things to see when Fallen Kingdom hits theaters in June. My #9 is Ant-Man and the Wasp. I really liked Ant Man; it wasn't one of the greatest Marvel movies, but it was serviceable. With this one, however, I'm getting excited because we are getting Evangeline Lily as the Wasp, and she was really good in her role in the first one, and now she gets more action scenes to work with. Laurence Fishburne also make his first appearance in the MCU as Goliath, and he's basically a superhero from the old days when Hank Pym was Ant-Man and Michelle Pheiffer's character was the Wasp, and it's kind of like the older version of the Avengers. 
Rob: The geezer Avengers.
Nathanael: Yes. You also get Walton Goggins as the villain, which should be great. While it might not [end up being] one of the greatest Marvel movies, I do think it'll improve upon the first one, and offer some new things for viewers. My #8 is Mission: Impossible- Fallout. I really liked Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, and I thought Rogue Nation was a step down, but it was still really good. I'm interested to see Henry Cavill in this one, and I just really like Tom Cruise in these action type movies.
Rob: I'm not a fan of the franchise, but I thought the last one was not bad. 
Nathanael: Good for you. My #7 is the untitled Halloween sequel. Unlike Rob, I have seen the first Halloween, and it's one of my favorite horror films. It's fantastic. I've heard, however, that all the sequels are not as good as the original, or are just down right awful, but what excites me about this one is that it will be acting as the official sequel to the original, and that's what really gets me interested. I do not believe this would be happening if John Carpenter wasn't on board with David Gordon Green's idea for the film, and I really liked what he did with Stronger like Rob. My #6 is The Incredibles 2. I love the first Incredibles movie. It's a great, fun film, and you get all the original voice actors returning with Brad Bird coming back to direct. If this movie comes out and is underwhelming, I am going to be upset, because we've been waiting for this movie for over a decade, and it should be incredible (no pun intended).
Rob: Do you think they should have picked up in today's year or right when the film originally left off, which they are doing?
Nathanael: It depends on the story they tell, but I would have preferred them pick it up in today's day and age. Alright Rob, it's time for your #10-6. 

Rob's #10-6

Rob: My #10 most anticipated movie of the year is Isle of Dogs. I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson, and he's directing his second stop motion animated movie, after the brilliant Fantastic Mr. Fox. You have a great voice cast in this one with Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and many more. The only thing is I hope it's not too out-there, because with Anderson's last film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, I found it to be too awkward to really get in to.
Nathanael: I thought it was good, not great.
Rob: Have you ever seen Moonrise Kingdom?
Nathanael: No, I have not.
Rob: That, in my opinion, is his best film, and a great watch. I recommend it. My #9 is Thoroughbreds. I liked the trailer, and the two leads, Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy, are great actors who, in this film, have deadpan personalities and decide to have Taylor-Joy's character's step-dad murdered. I don't know about you, Nathanael, but I love watching hot women trying to kill someone. 
Nathanael: It looks like a spin-off of Tragedy Girls.
Rob: Personally, [I think] this one looks better than Tragedy Girls. It looks like it has a bigger budget, and a more talented cast. It will also be nice to see Anton Yelchin in his last on-screen role. My #8 is Venom. This film would probably be in my top 3 if it wasn't for the director, Ruben Fleischer. I am, however, a big fan of the character of Venom, and the way he looks on screen. Also, Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors along with Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson in a role to be determined.
Nathanael: I think he'll play Carnage.
Rob: That would be awesome. Hopefully this movie is great. I just hope Fleischer brings the effort and care he gave to Zombieland, and not deliver something as horrendous as Gangster Squad [was]. 
My #7 is A Quiet Place. I remember hearing about this a while ago, but didn't know anything about it until we got the first trailer, which was great, and it sets up an interesting premise for a movie. The trailer was so quiet; I thought the volume was broken on my phone until the lamp gets knocked over in the trailer. [laughsJohn Krasinski is a great talent, from being in The Office to directing The Hollars, and getting to see him work with his wife Emily Blunt should make for a good pairing in this horror movie. Have you heard about the Cloverfierld crossover potential with this one?
Nathanael: No, I have not. Is it the same studio?
Rob: Yes, it's Paramount Pictures
Nathanael: Oh shit. Yeah, maybe it's possible.
Rob: That would be interesting. My #6 is Annihilation. This is the new film from Alex Garland, director of Ex Machina. I would have had this a little higher on my list, but I find it strange that it's coming out in February, because it seems like it has blockbuster potential and a well known actress in Natalie Portman. I will be optimistic, though, because I love the shots we get in the trailers, and the fact that they don't spoil the movie or show you any major plot details. Hopefully it [won't end up being] a disappointment. 

Nathanael's #5-2

Nathanael: My #5 most anticipated movie of the year is one you already talked about, and that's A Quiet Place. I'm excited for this one because I love John Krasinski, especially from The Office, and I'm very excited to see what he does with this new chapter in his career as a director.
Rob: Well did you see The Hollars?
Nathanael: No, but I really wanted to though. I'm interested to see how he handles directing and acting alongside his wife, Emily Blunt. And the trailer is fantastic. My #4 is also another film you talked about, and that's Venom. The director doesn't bother me as much as it bothers you, because you have Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson, who could be playing Carnage and, if he does, it could be a Heath Ledger's Joker kind of performance. While I'm not sold on this movie being awesome, my anticipation lies with how awesome this film could [potentially] end up being. And with it looking to be rated R, it could be the Logan of this year, in that it's a highly profitable R-rated superhero movie. My #3 is Black Panther. I can't wait to see this, because you have Ryan Coogler, who directed Fruitvale Station and Creed, directing this film. Also, it has an excellent cast, maybe even the best cast of the year--or just behind Infinity War--highlighted by Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan. This movie looks to be delving into the mythology of Wakanda, and its people, and I just hope t doesn't turn in to a Thor: Ragnarok where everybody loves it and we don't care for it. But I think Coogler is a proven director, whereas I feel Taika Waititi was not. 
My #2 is the same as yours, and that's Deadpool 2. I love the first Deadpool. It was one of my favorites of 2016. I am, however, a little nervous that Tim Miller isn't directing this one. But David Leitch of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame is stepping behind the camera, and I enjoyed both of those films a lot. Josh Brolin as Cable looks really cool, as does the rest of the new cast members, as well as the returning ensemble cast from the original. 
Rob: While I did not like Atomic Blonde, I'm not that worried because I know he can handle action well, and as long as the screenwriters write a script as good as the first one, the movie should be great. 

Rob's #5-2

Rob: My #5 is the aforementioned Black Panther. The reason I'm so excited about this is because Ryan Cooler has directed some of my favorite movies in Fruitvale Station and Creed, and I was excited to see what he [did next], regardless of how big or small it was. Also, I very much enjoyed the Black Panther character in Captain America: Civil War. I thought he was one of the best parts of that movie, and I'm curious to see where they take his character. My biggest fear is that it will be too jokey, like some other Marvel movies. My #4 is Creed 2. I feel the original Creed is a movie that stands on its own... that you don't have to be up-to-date on the Rocky lore in order to enjoy it as a movie. With this one, I feel like we're going to get darker elements surrounding the story, with Adonis Creed's (Michael B. Jordan) dad's killer, Drago (Dolph Lundgren), coming back for this film, along with his son (Florian Munteanu), who is also a boxer. So it looks like they will eventually confront each other. The unknown director does scare me, but I feel like Ryan Cooler did help out at least a little bit in getting the sequel off the ground and picking the next director, so I feel it's in decent hands. My #3 is Ready Player One. While I'm not the biggest Steven Spielberg fan, I  must say that, when this trailer dropped, I lost my mind with excitement over how cool it looked. To think that you're going to have all these pop culture characters and figures from different movies all in one movie sounds crazy, but in a good way. [It has a] great cast lead by Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke, among others. Ready Player One looks like one of the more creative and original movies of this year. My #2 is the same as yours, and that's Deadpool 2. Like Nathanael said, I hope this movie is more of the same as the first one, and it doesn't try to be something that it's not. I'm very excited to see the return of the merc with a mouth to the big screen. 

Nathanael and Rob's #1- Avengers: Infinity War

Nathanael: So Rob and I's #1 is Avengers Infinity War. Wow, that trailer was awesome. 
Rob: I thought that was so cool!
Nathanael: This has to be the greatest Marvel movie.
Rob: If it's not, I'm going to be disappointed. We've been building to Avengers 3 and 4 for 10 years!!
Nathanael: You have all the characters in one movie. That's insane.
Rob: I'm excited that the Russo Brothers are directing this. 
Nathanael: Yes, they did a great job on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, two of our favorite Marvel movies. I just hope they don't have all there characters split apart. I want them to at least have one scene we're they are all together. I also don't want this to be all just a set up for Avengers 4. I hope it's more of a stand alone movie.
Rob: I agree.

Nathanael: Okay, so here is a rundown of my list. My honorable mentions are Ready Player One, Aquaman, and Creed 2. My #10 is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, my #9 is Ant-Man and the Wasp, my #8 is Mission: Impossible- Fallout, my #7 is the untitled Halloween sequel, my #6 is Incredibles 2, my #5 is A Quiet Place, my #4 is Venom, my #3 is Black Panther, my #2 is Deadpool 2, and my #1 most anticipated movie of the year is Avengers: Infinity War. 
Rob: And for my list, my honorable mentions are Solo: A Star Wars Story, the untitled Halloween sequel, and Lean on Pete. My #10 is Isle of Dogs, my #9 is Thoroughbreds, my #8 is Venom, my #7 is A Quiet Place, my #6 is Annihilation, my #5 is Black Panther, my #4 is Creed 2, my #3 is Ready Player One, my #2 is Deadpool 2, and my #1 most anticipated movie of the year is Avengers: Infinity War
Nathanael: Alright, that's going to do it for our most anticipated movies of 2018. Once again, I am your host, Nathanael Molnár, and I'd like to thank Rob Giachinta for joining me today.
Rob: No problem.
Nathanael: Make sure to keep your eye out for the other installments in our Wrapping Up 2017 editorial series coming soon. 

What do you think? Do you agree with our picks for our most anticipated movies of 2018? What are some other movies you would add to the list? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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