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Tyler's 10 Most Anticipated of 2024

2023 was a fantastic year for film and while I compile on my list of top 10 films, I figured it would be a good opportunity to look ahead at films that would be hitting cinemas this upcoming year. I get excited to do these kind of lists because each new year brings promise of crowd-pleasing blockbusters mixed with a healthy dose of thought-provoking indie films vying for awards recognition.

I know we are almost a month into 2024 but nothing that has already come out would have come close to cracking this list. Also it is hard to do these kinds of lists because some movies for the year have not been announced yet and once they are, it possibly could have made this list. However, i can only include movies I know about at this given time.

Without further ado, my ten most anticipated films of 2024!

10. Mickey 17

This one should be higher up on my list but I am cheating a little. This was originally supposed to be released in March but has been taken off the release schedule. I think this will still get released this year so I am keeping it on here. But c'mon? Can you blame me? It's Bong Joon-ho's follow up to his Academy Award-winning Parasite starring Robert Pattinson, Steven Yuen, Toni Collette and Mark Ruffalo. I have no idea what its about but I AM SOLD.

9. Challengers

Luca Guadagnino returns to cinemas with this delayed romantic sports drama centered around two tennis players' relationship with a fellow female tennis player. This is the most excited I've been for one of Luca's movies since his remake of Suspiria and the cast is probably one of his best. This just looks sexy and thrilling and I am there for it.

8. Drive-Away Dolls

This will mark the first film Ethan Coen hasn't made with his brother Joel. Regardless of this fact, I will watch anything either one of the duo put out and this looks like the kind of off-beat comedic thriller that will have trouble finding an audience. I will adore this because the cast is great and the trailer makes me smile every time I watch it.

7. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

It took George Miller a long time to get this prequel to his wildly entertaining and fantastic Mad Max: Fury Road. Anya-Taylor Joy plays a young Furiosa, which looks to embrace a lot of the wild action that we have come to expect from this series. Plus Chris Hemsworth looks completely unrecognizable as the villain. My only complaint from the trailer is that it looks like Miller is relying too much on special effects this time around instead of practical but i guess we will see when it comes out. It doesn't quell my excitement at all.

6. Dune Part 2

Dune Part One was epic. There is no other way around it. The complete miscasting of Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides aside (come at me, people), Director Denis Villeneuve created a dense and visually thrilling adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel. I'm disappointed the trailer has ruined a character's surprise return but let's face it we all knew it was going to happen. Plus Zendaya gets to actually participate in this one and the new characters played by the likes of Christopher Walken, Florence Pugh and Austin Butler look to add to this already stacked ensemble.

5. Shyamalan's Trap

This is shrouded in secrecy and I am absolutely there for whatever Shyamalan puts out. I couldn't even find a still or any pictures concerning the movie. For me, Shyamalan hits more than he misses, especially recently after last years better than expected apocalyptic thriller Knock at the Cabin. Keep 'em comin and I will be in a seat with candy and popcorn ready to soak it all in.

4. Love Lies Bleeding

These kind of movies don't really get made any more. The cast across the board looks fantastic, especially Kristen Stewart and Katy O'Brian. Stewart in particular has been picking a lot of intriguing projects to take part in recently and her performances in smaller, indie projects like this are very strong. I honestly don't know what it is about the movie but every time I watch the trailer, I can't help but be intoxicated by the mix of sex and violence that this movie promises. Also, Rose Glass is a very talented director and looks to be bringing some of the horror vibes from her last movie Saint Maud with her.

3. The Fall Guy

This is another movie that I can't help but smile during the trailer. Gosling just looks like he is having fun and has great chemistry with Blunt. There is an earnestness about this movie and Director David Leitch (who last helmed the very underrated Bullet Train) looks primed to deliver another entertaining action blockbuster. I am as surprised as you are that the movie is this high on my list but I can't explain in words how excited I get as soon as Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" starts blasting in the trailer.

2. Civil War

Anything Alex Garland writes and directs I am there for. I did a screenwriting career retrospective of his filmography on this website. His movies are good genre films that are told from a unique perspective. His movies are always spark conversation (Especially 2022's Men. Run, don't walk, to see that movie and see it blind. It's best not to have any idea where it's going). The cast is strong across the board and if Jesse Plemons doesn't absolutely chill you to the bone in the trailer then I don't know what will. This looks like another gem in Garland's already stellar oeuvre.

1. Nosferatu

Robert Eggers has done no wrong in my book. The Witch, The Lighthouse and The Northman are all classics. Eggers attention to detail is Fincher-esque, and have come to be appreciated by genre afficionados. This is his first attempt at a remake, and he has chosen a doozy to remake. He couldn't have found a better actor to portray the terrifying Count Orlock than Bill Skarsgård. Joining him in this gothic tale is Willem Dafoe, Lily-Rose Depp, Emma Corrin, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Nicholas Hoult. I was on board when this was announced and the quality in front of the camera and behind justifies this as my most anticipated.

Just a reminder these are MY anticipated films for the upcoming year. Yours may be and probably are very different. And that's OK! Let's just keep enjoying the thing that has brought you to this site in the first place: going to the movies!


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