Defined by a period of franchising and multi-verses which climaxed in Disney’s ultimate victory, the cinematic era of the 2010s was a traumatic time.
Cinema started looking a lot more like TV, and TV morphed into movies. Though as the shadowing behemoth of Marvel marked out a significant chapter, there are lurking questions as to the future of these sorts of franchises. Without care and attention, these stories can quickly lose their appeal and soul, sucked out and cast into a galaxy far far away, as per the current state of the dismal Star Wars franchise.
Though whilst these questions remain wide open, with Disney plus’, Obi Wan series, and Marvel’s Black Widow likely to provide some answers, what about the rest of the cinematic landscape? Yes, Bond is back again with a new jacket and probably a new leather Aston Martin upholstery. Nolan is treating us to another time-altering, mind-bending fantasy. Even Vin Diesel could find it in his heart to be furious and fast for the ninth time.
But there’s more…here are 5 films 2020 isn’t telling you about:
Director: Leos Carax
Hollywood hot property Adam Driver rides tandem with Marion Cotillard in Leos Carax’s musical, drama set to certainly turn heads and twist minds. Famed for his fantasy ode to the history of cinema in 2012’s Holy Motors, as well as his collaborative stunner Tokyo!, Carax isn’t shy to project the weird, whacky and repulsive.
Annette follows Driver, a stand-up comedian and Marion Cotillard, his opera singer wife, whose lives are altered after the birth of their daughter, hailed with a unique gift.
In a year of blockbuster musicals, Annette could be an understated powerhouse.
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Locking arms with Mads Mikkelsen for the first time since 2012’s celebrated psychological drama The Hunt, Druk is an alcohol-infused social experiment undertaken between a group of teachers to explore the power of intoxication.
Mikkelsen and his surrounding colleagues undertake a mission to maintain a constant intake of alcohol over a prolonged period of time, with varying hysterical effects. In part a touching, insightful drama exploring friendship and freedom of thought, Vinterberg’s return to Danish cinema after a four-year hiatus, looks to be pickled with joy.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Director: Charlie Kaufman
2020 treats us to a rare foray into directing from acclaimed writer Charlie Kaufman, though what makes Kaufman’s long-winded title so interesting is that it is, at least in part, a horror.
Well-known for his whimsical character studies, Kaufman has shown rare glimpses of horror, though there are certainly sprinkles of such throughout his career. Psychological torment is, in fact, something he excels at, look no further than David Thewlis porcelain pain in Anomalisa or Jim Carrey’s agony throughout Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
His latest work follows the terror, tension and psychological turmoil a loving couple must go through after taking a detour to a parents’ house. Kaufman’s journey through emotional torture could well be a disturbing ride.
Director: Eric Wareheim
Comedy minds combine when the writers of Peep Show, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain meet half of adult swim duo ‘Tim and Eric’, in this Michael-Cera-starring comedic bonanza. It’s also an A24 production. If that collection of talent doesn’t make you weak at the knees and clammy at the palms, then it’s likely little will.
Jonty follows a cotton-wooled teenager who makes for New York to join forces with an old friend to produce a terrible Broadway play. Fresh off the back of HBO’s fantastic Succession, writers Armstrong and Bain are at their satirical best, and who knows what could happen when you let Eric Wareheim loose in the director’s chair…
Please be good…
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Dupieux’s 2010 film ‘Rubber’ followed the bizarre life and death of a savage car tire in a desolate town. Dupieux’s 2020 film Mandibules follows the domestication of a giant fly found in the boot of two simple-minded friends’ car.
Based on this premise you should be able to determine whether Mandibules is a film to note in your digital calendar, or in fact Dupieux’s filmography is one you should drench yourself in. Headed by French comedy duo ‘Palmashow’ as the two foolish protagonists, Mandibules is a bit of an enigma, balancing delicately between greatness and a fancy-dress disaster…what a way to start the decade.