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Phil’s 2021 Preview & Look Back At 2020’s Predictions…

Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…

Well this is pretty easy… pretty much nothing came out in 2020 so the look at 2021 will be VERY similar to that of 2020.  So here’s the films I’m most looking forward to in 2021. A lot of which I was keen to see in 2020.    And, as always, a few that I’d be happy to miss.


The Must See’s



Most Excited: Top Gun: Maverick
The sequel to my second favourite film of all time, with a launch trailer that stuck the landing and an epic cast… okay so it will probably suck but I could not BE any more excited. Even if I’ve had to wait an extra year!



2. The Suicide Squad
Okay the first film was… well rubbish… but James Gunn and a fantastic cast gives me some pretty good feels that The Suicide Squad could be this years Deadpool.


3.Ghostbusters: Afterlife
I could be wrong here but there’s something about Ghostbusters: Afterlife that gives me hope that we could finally get another great education of the Ghostbusters franchise…. promising a return of the remaining original ‘busters  and a story that ties the generations together.




4. The Many Saints of Newark
The Sopranos is my favourite TV show of all time.  This feature length look at a young Tony Soprano (played by Gandolfini’s own son) could go either way.  But, much like Top Gun, nostalgia runs high here.


5. No Time To Die
A risky choice for sure but No Time To Die promises lots.  A great director, Craig reinvigorated (well that’s what he says) and a different story featuring a retired Bond dragged back into action.  Every other Craig film has been good so the odds are in its favour.  That said they seem to be messing with the tried and tested formula so this could go either way.  Lets hope for Skyfall rather than Spectre!


Bubbling Under:, A Quiet Place 2 (The original was superb ), Last Night In Soho (Edgar Wright. Say no more.  ), Halloween Kills (The last Halloween was genuinely good ), Black Widow (Only a fool would bet against Marvel), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (See Black Widow), Mission: Impossible Sequel ( Cruise+ Impossible Missions = win ), Candyman ( A strong trailer, promise of an urban setting and Tony Todd  ), Spider-Man Sequel (The first two Spiderman films were great fun), The Tomorrow War  (Great premise and cast and we need a good sci-fi film)


Could go either Way

Dune (2021)
I’m a big fan of Denis Villeneuve but much less of a fan of Timothée Chalamet and let’s be honest few people enjoyed the first version of this story.  Trailer looks interesting but a likely long run time and possible pretentious story leaves me truly undecided on this one.

Coming 2 America
Arriving on Amazon Prime on March 2021, this could go either way.  Murphy’s films have been a disaster pretty much since the 90’s (with the exception of Dolomite last year) but I still have hope for this, even if it’s a very slim one!


The Must Nots

Stinker Of The Year: Jurassic World: Dominion
Okay a more controversial pick but it’s been diminishing returns for the new trilogy with Jurassic World being okay & Fallen Kingdom being a bit rubbish.  I’m not hopeful for Dominion which seems to be taking a ‘throw everything at it approach’.  Sometimes less is more.

Also Dreading: Venom: Let There Be Carnage
(the first one wasn’t great) , Fast & Furious 9 (No Rock, No Stath, No Walker. Just Vin ), Godzilla Vs Kong (I think we are done with Godzilla now ), Minions: The Rise Of Gru (The last DM film was weak and the Minions film equally a let down), The King’s Man (First was good, second was okay, third… hmmm), Uncharted (Tomb Raider was okay but this has been in development SOOOO long), The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (No interest AT ALL  ),Tom and Jerry (Nice idea but I’m pretty sure this will never work ), Morbius (Sony produced Spider-man spin off… see Venom ), Army fo The Dead (Zack Snider does a Zombie film.)


Last Year…

So how did I do last year?

This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2020 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!).  Well usually.  But 2020 next to nothing actually came out.

For best: Out of those I tipped only 1917 actually came out and that was pretty good. Of the ‘bubbling under’ Bill & Ted Face The Music was fun but no more and… well that was it. Oh And Wonder Woman 1984 just sneaked into the end of the year.

As for worst… The New Mutants was weak but far from terrible, Birds of Prey was actually bloody great fun and Bad Boys 4 Life was passable, even if I’d totally forgotten it came out this year. Oh and Dolittle... which narrowly (VERY narrow) missed Stinker of the year.

So here’s to 2020.  Thank God its over… see you again next year!  Hopefully this time with a few more films…





Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...