Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I hope y’all had a good Christmas break. But today I am here to share my thoughts on both Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Soul via my podcast Film Focus.
On episode 111 of Film Focus, I’ve got another double review for y’all in the form of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Soul. These are films I’ve had my eye on for a while. With Soul, I’ve been super intrigued about the film because of the great teaser trailer released last year. And Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom I was down to see because of the cast and premise. And since I saw both films within a week of each other and they had some similar elements, I thought I’d review both in the same episode. So how did these films fare? Well, listen to this episode for some spoiler-free thoughts on both films! 😀
02:00 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Review 14:00 Soul Review
Howdy people of the internet, hopefully you’ve seen PART 1, 2 & 3 of 2020 film preview, and yes it’s just over halfway through January but I’m finally getting around to showing my 10 films I’m looking forward to the most via my podcast Film Focus.
Check out the episode below:
So that’s my top 10 list done, hope you enjoyed my choices. So what are your most anticipated films of 2020 and are any of your entries on my list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see you on the next post, laters! 😀
Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2020! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe you should check out. In PART 1 I covered films from January to April, and in this post, I’ll be covering May to August.
Now before we begin I have two main things I need to point out:
Obviously, a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
Okay then, let’s start 😀
Release Date: May 1st (USA & UK)
This is a film I’ve been waiting for since 2014 after Winter Soldier came out and I had hoped at the latest it would have come out by 2016, but alas we had to wait just a little while longer to get a solo film for one of the most notable and well-received Avengers; Black Widow. Now I know there have been detractors for years claiming that we didn’t need a Black Widow solo film because it would be boring or there wouldn’t be much story to tell and so on. But considering how diverse the world of comics is, how much of her past remains a mystery and we also don’t know what she does when she’s not hanging out with her other superhero friends, there’s been plenty of opportunities to tell a kick-ass action spy thriller story surrounding Natasha and tense and dangerous situations she gets up to. I love the cast especially with Rachel Weisz and David Harbour being included, some of the action looks like it comes from the Bourne films which I love, and while the latest trailer didn’t wow me, I’m very much all for this film and pray that it is the spy adventure I’ve always wanted.
The Woman in the Window
Release Date: May 15th (USA & UK)
This film looks crazy and I wat it now. While I’ve seen elements of this kind of story in other films, I think the premise alone has me very much intrigued. The concept of a woman who can’t go outside who seemingly witnesses a murder of a friend and then is investigated by the police only to find the woman is actually a different person and there may be a conspiracy afoot? Cool. This kind of psychological madness is very enticing and since it’s coming from director Joe Wright and features an exceptional cast, this is high on my list for 2020.
Fast & Furious 9
Release Date: May 22nd (USA & UK)
Now at this point, you’re either on board with this franchise or you’re not, and while my interest in it has definitely waned in recent times, I’m still curious to see what they come up with. This franchise is just dumb and ridiculous and I want to know what kind of over-the-top material they’re going to do with the story and action, though I hope it is better than the 8th one.
Release Date: May 29th (USA & UK)
I totally wrote about this film last year and it was set to come out last summer but got delayed to this year. I only just watched the trailer today and it looks pretty cool. Now Disney adaptations in recent times have been a little questionable in recent times and there’s a lot of people who read the source material complaining that the film already deviates from the book (not that they don’t have a right to voice their concerns). But for me as a casual viewer, it looks interesting, not sure what to make of it, but it looks intriguing enough and I want to see what Kenneth Branagh does with this.
Wonder Woman 1984
Release Date: June 5th (USA & UK)
I know a lot of people have gone gaga over this trailer, and while I will admit there were some hype moments in the trailer when it comes to some action and the choice of music is quite effective, I’m not losing my mind over it. I was already down for a sequel after the first film really won me over in 2017, now I’m just curious to see how Steve comes back and whether Pedro Pascal will make for a better villain than the first film. Plus I hope the action is more intricate and less slow-mo focused.
Release Date: June 19th (USA & UK)
Now, this is the kind of Pixar film I want. No offence to any of their recent efforts (except for Coco, that film was great), but this teaser trailer already gives me good vibes and tells me I’m in for something special. I love the visuals, how the art is a mixture of realism with such strong and distinctive character design and the story looks like it’ll be humorous and emotional and I can’t wait. Plus any film with a focus on jazz and following your passion automatically has my vote.
Top Gun: Maverick
Release Date: June 26th (USA) July 17th (UK)
So here’s the thing, I don’t even love Top Gun. I just think it’s a fun film from the ’80s with a few fun moments and one of my all-time favourite songs “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. And yet after seeing the trailer for this film last year, I was totally in. Maybe it is this current era we’re living in where Tom Cruise just does crazy action roles and has the charisma to carry them along and I’m just down for that. I’m also curious to see what’s happened to the character since the last film and what kind of tricky stuff he’ll do in this film now that they’ll be filming the flight scenes in more intricate ways than before.
In the Heights
Release Date: June 26th (USA) August 7th (UK)
I’m not big into musicals, but I have been swayed by a few in recent times including Sing Street and La La Land, and watching this trailer recently I can say that this may be a contender for one of my favourites of the year. There’s a lot of heart, soul and energy in this film and it looks like it could be fun, plus it got the interesting combination of directed by Jon M. Chu and Lin-Manuel Miranda, so this will hopefully be something special.
Release Date: July 10th (USA & UK)
I love the first Ghostbusters film, it is one of my all-time favourite films and while I’ve never needed another entry in the series, I’ve always been curious to see where the world go in the modern era of filmmaking. And while there was the 2016 version, that just wasn’t my jam as Paul Feig’s humour isn’t my jam at all. But this trailer looks pretty interesting with the more serious tone and having a direct link to the original films. I hope that it’ll be good.
Release Date: July 17th (USA & UK)
Christopher Nolan is one of those directors who for the most part is liked by film fans and some adore everything that he makes. For me, I like most of his filmography but sometimes feels like he’s a little overhyped. But his films are always interesting and I will always give the next entry in his filmography a watch, and Tenet… Looks mad! I only watched the trailer today and my literal reaction was “What!?! What is that?” I am confused and I want to see this film so bad now. It seems mysterious, suspenseful and crafty with some possibly time manipulation/time travel involved? Whatever the case is, I’m in, looks like fun.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Release Date: August 21st (USA & UK)
now I’m not gonna act like I’m the biggest fan of Bill and Ted, but in my childhood, I remember a time where they were my everything. I just loved how chilled out, cool and quirky they were and the crazy adventures they went on especially in the animated series. It’s just nice to see after all the years of ifs and maybes that this film will finally be coming out and I’m very curious to see if that magic can be replicated in the modern era.
Alrighty then, that’s PART 2 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comment section below and I’ll see you for PART 3! Laters 😀