Matt’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2020, Late Mid-Year Recap

Top Gun: Maverick

Oh hey there. It’s been a weird year and I haven’t been writing again. 2020 has been a challenge, to say the least, and it’s seemed like there have been bigger things going on, and also the ol’ day job has been a little on the intense side.

But things are finally calming down a little so I am back to writing a little. A good place to start is with the films I was looking forward to this year because, well, most of them aren’t coming out this year anymore. Theatres here in Vancouver are re-opening in a limited way, but even if new movies were coming to them (which they aren’t) I don’t think I would feel comfortable going to see them yet. Or for the rest of the year.

So let’s take a look at what I was looking forward to, and see where that leaves us for the rest of the year.

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Franchise Rewatch: James Bond – Part 2: ‘Thunderball through Diamonds Are Forever’, or the End of the Beginning

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Welcome to part two of this year’s franchise rewatch. I’ve watched three good films so far, and this time around I’m going to talk about four more.

I’m on pace to get this done before the April premiere of No Time To Die right now so let’s get right to talking about Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Diamonds Are Forever.

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Matt’s Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2020

Birds of Prey

Every year is a good year for movies but every year there are always those few you are really looking forward to. Here is my list of those movies.

Will these end up being my favourite movies of the year? Who knows! Probably not! The only movies that we know anything about as far away as December are the big-budget blockbusters with marketing pockets so deep we can start hearing about them now. There are hundreds of movies per year that don’t have that.

This list should probably be re-titled “most anticipated big-budget films”, really.

In any event, here is the list. See if you can guess the first entry.

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Franchise Rewatch: James Bond – Part 1: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger or The Definition of Bond

James Bond

In each of the last few years, I have re-watched a franchise. If you follow my Letterboxd you might have noticed this. One year it was Star Trek, another it was Star Wars, and another it was Mission: Impossible. This year it’s going to be James Bond.

With 24 films in the franchise proper and a 25th due in April of this year, this is no small undertaking, especially if I am going to blog about them as I go. Why haven’t I blogged these in the past? Because I had an idea of what I wanted this blog to be and I have resolved to change that here in this new decade.

So what follows will be whatever I feel it needs to be after watching each James Bond film. I am going to watch them in order, and I am most likely going to stick to the main EON produced films in the franchise. Some of them will get some deep thought, others maybe not so much. I don’t have a real plan besides watch, write about each, and then finish up with some kind of conclusion.

So if that sounds like the kind of thing you’re into then let’s get started on this journey with the first three entries in the franchise: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger

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Spoiler Alert: The Next James Bond Film Will Have Awesome Stunts and Effects (Video)

James Bond / Spectre / Daniel Craig

There’s a new James Bond film coming. James Bond movies have a long history of awesome action. That’s been especially true lately and thanks to this quite featurette posted to the James Bond YouTube channel it looks like it’s going to continue to be true, too.

Let’s take a look!

Yeah. I’m on board.

The Next James Bond Movie Is SPECTRE

Spectre

Earlier this morning, director Sam Mendes pulled the sheet off the latest entry in the James Bond franchise – Spectre – and the Internet exploded in a flurry of Sean Connery  jokes. Daniel Craig is back as the titular agent and the rest of the revealed cast is a great collection of beauty and danger.

Schplendid.

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Huh: Liam Neeson Turned Down James Bond

Non-Stop

You know how Liam Neeson is pretty much a rock solid box office draw these days thanks to his action films like Taken and more recently Non-Stop? Turns that train could have come in the 90s when he was offered the role of James Bond for the film that would eventually become Goldeneye.

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Awesome: Muppets Most Wanted Posters Parody James Bond, Face/Off, and Tinker Tailor.

Muppets Most Wanted

I haven’t blogged any of the Muppets Most Wanted trailers yet because, well, it doesn’t really look good to me and I don’t think I wanted to admit that to myself because I love the muppets. However, these new posters are awesome so let’s check them out.

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