Another Year of Buttery Popcorn

I’Infinity War Remember when we were all like, “oh man, 2016 was the worst year!” And then 2017 happened. And I kind of feel like we should just be gearing up for more of the same in 2018. It’s getting harder and harder, and I’m getting tireder and tireder.

But one thing that’s really helped me is movies. For real. I can be plugged into the news 24/7 and feeling a total sense of dread, but taking 2 or 3 hours to totally shut that off and escape into a fantasy world really helps recharge my brain and keeps me from feeling too helpless.

With that in mind, I have declared 2018 another year of buttery popcorn, and I plan to partake of as many films (in theatres and in my living room) as needed to keep me from getting down in the dumps. Here’s what I am looking forward to:

On February 2, I’m planning to check out the latest installment in the Cloverfield universe, God Particle (or whatever they’re calling it today). I was obsessed with the original, and 10 Cloverfield Lane was really a wonderful movie, so whatever JJ Abrams has in store next, we’re there for it.

On February 16, we’ve got Black Panther. I am going to be honest—I am still not sure about this one. The trailers still make me think this is happening in outer space? But I know it’s not. I dunno. Marvel made me care about Captain America (sort of…) and it’s required viewing before Infinity War, so we’ll be there.

On March 16, we will be war ready for the kaiju attack when Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theatres. Honestly. I don’t think Dan and I have been this excited for a movie ever. It’s been too long waiting for this sequel.

On March 30, strap in, fools! Ready Player One comes out, and Dan and I have legitimately been waiting for this since we first listened to the audiobook two years ago. This one is going to be incredibly fun (unless they’ve managed to screw it up, in which case, it’ll be incredibly disappointing).

On May 4, it’s time for the Infinity War, y’all! I’m actually not super hype for this one, to be honest. As excited as I am for Thanos to finally pay off as a villain, I feel like they’re going to cram an awful lot into this thing. Also, I’m not a fan of change, and I feel like these next two Avengers movies are really going to change things.

On May 25, we’ll get Solo, the Han Solo standalone film. I absolutely loved Rogue One, and I am very into the idea of these movies that are Star Wars adjacent but not directly part of the trilogies. The trilogies, I think, have so much weight and heft to them—they’re playing with a very specific set of tropes and themes. But these outside films fill in the little cracks in the story with their own unique style, and I am here for it. Plus, it’s Han. So.

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On June 1, Deadpool 2 hits theatres, and it’s like, “Really?! Could you slow it down with these incredible, epic releases long enough for me to catch my breath??” No? That’s cool. We can handle it.

On June 22, we’ve got the Jurassic World sequel. (So is this, like, the fifth Jurassic Park film or is this a whole new trilogy? Or what?) Dinosaurs, guys. Dinosaurs and Jeff Goldblum and life finds a way. I’m in.

On July 6, Marvel’s hitting us again with the Ant-Man sequel. I’m torn about this one because I feel like it’s not absolutely must-see immediately, but I also know that it’s going to look a lot better on the big screen (I made the mistake of waiting to see the first one on DVD, and Dan won’t let me forget it), so we’re probably going all in on this one, too.

On August 17, Brian Henson interrupts our previously quiet month with The Happytime Murders, a godamn puppet movie with a bunch of funny people doing the voices. I want to say we’ll DVD this, but how can I not reward Henson and muppets with a visit to the theatre??

On October 5, Marvel’s Venom comes out. This is one of the 20th Century Fox pictures that’s supposedly adjacent to the Marvel Cinematic Universe–like Spiderman: Homecoming, which I thought was worth seeing in theatres (we actually saw it aboard the Disney Fantasy!).

On November 21Wreck-It Ralph Ralph breaks the Internet in the sequel. And Alan Tudyk is coming back!!

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Honorable Mentions

Well, I’m not made of money (or movie tickets), so here are the movies coming out in 2018 that I plan to see when they come out on DVD:

On February 23, Annihilation brings the eco-horror. This movie looks truly terrible, so we’ll just wait for it to come out on video.

On March 16, Sherlock Gnomes opens. This is the spiritual sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet, which was so sweet that it made my teeth hurt. Really. We’ll see this one for sure, but probably not until it comes out on video.

On April 13, Marvel is releasing a new X-Men movie, and it sounds really interesting. Plus Maisie Williams is in it. Since it’s not Marvel cannon (it’s 20th Century Fox), we’ll almost definitely wait until this is out on video, but I really enjoyed Logan, so I’m hoping this one is good, too.

The Super Troopers sequel comes out right … meow. On April 20, I mean. I’ve heard rumors about them making this movie off and on for years, and I am psyched it’s finally happening. This’ll probably be a wait-for-video kind of situation, though.

Also on April 20, we’ve got Rampage, a Kong-eqsue movie that has National Treasure Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson trying to prevent the powers-that-be from eliminating his gorilla / friend … who, to be fair, got really giant due to some kind of supernatural or industrial accident or something. This’ll be a solid video release.

On June 15, we’ve got The Incredibles 2 hitting theatres, and I just don’t see how it’s going to compete for my movie-going dollars with all of the Marvel and Star Wars stuff coming out this spring and summer. This’ll be a wait-for-DVD thing, for sure.

On July 6, Kate McKinnon is doing a buddy comedy (of sorts) with Mila Kunis, so that’s on our to-watch-on-video list.

On November 2, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms comes out. It looks visually beautiful and perfect for seeing on DVD.

On November 9, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reuniting (so much room for activities!!) for … who cares. It’s going to be hilarious.

On November 16, the Fantastic Beasts the sequel hits screens, and … well, I don’t really know. We’re going to have to talk about this. Because the first film was beautiful. But the plot wasn’t the best. So it might be worth waiting for DVD.

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