Long live the new flesh indeed.

It’s been a few years since I previously wrote about Netflix and their original content. Even though it wasn’t that long ago, it feels like an entire lifetime ago. 

At that time, David Ayer directing a Max Landis script starring Joel Edgerton and Will Smith sounded massive. It wasn’t, and it isn’t, definitely not anymore. If a film could bomb on a streaming service, then Bright did exactly that. Somehow that never stopped them or even slowed them down. In 2017, Netflix released films by Bong Joon-Ho (Okja), Noah Baumbach (The Meyeroritz Stories), and even Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game). That line-up is fairly substantial but they continue as 2018 had films by Alex Garland, Duncan Jones, the Coen Brothers, Alfonso Cuaron. Not to mention finally allowing the world to see Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind, allowing us to watch the film almost 50 years after principal photography. Also another passion project by Martin Scorsese, The Irishman which will be released in 2019.

Yesterday (January 24th) was the 30th anniversary of the execution of Ted Bundy, one of the infamous serial killers to walk the earth. One of his attorneys would later say that Bundy was the definition of heartless evil. Netflix celebrated yesterday by posting a 4-part documentary called Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The documentary was directed by Joe Berlinger. And today here is the trailer for his feature-length film about Ted Bundy starring none-other than Zac Efron.

As someone from Quebec, Xavier Dolan has been one of my favourite filmmakers since he first released his debut feature I Killed My Mother. He has a unique voice that is so him that watching a film of his you just know you are watching a Xavier Dolan film. He is not only prolific but I think he is one of those voices that everyone should experience. With the released of The Death And Life of John F. Donovan, Dolan will for the first time released an English speaking film.

This one was a film I had heard about prior but completely forgot about it. And then the trailer dropped (before being pulled off for the wrong aspect ratio) but it’s gloriously back online. Steven Soderbergh is a certified legend. Once the hardest working directors ever. In the year 2000, he was nominated for Best Director twice for Erin Brockovich and Traffic and then won for Traffic. If you take a look at his filmography, something in there will surely shock you – like the fact he’s the credited second unit director for the first Hunger Games film.

There was nobody else on this site who was more excited to write about this trailer than me. First off, A24 is the company that sends me flocking to the theatres time and time again. Their track record is incredible (at least for myself) and is behind my last three favourite films of a year (First Reformed, Good Time, and Moonlight). So any time they announce a film or release a trailer, I get excited. This time isn’t any different.

For months Arianne has been talking about this film. If you know her or her taste, you’d know why. Any movie with Lily James or Tessa Thompson is a must-see in her household. So, imagine her reaction when they’re in a film together. And also imagine hearing about it for months on end. In fact, the only reason I’m doing this write-up is that she’s stuck at work and hasn’t even had the opportunity to look at the trailer yet. Sorry friend.

I have to be honest making this list might have been the hardest year for me to choose a top 20. The reason wasn’t because of the lack of films but the other way around. After watching over a 100 new released this year, making this list was something so difficult that I ended up with almost has many honourable mentions then movies on my list.

It’s also important to note that four films would have made it on the list had they have wide released. Those four films are Claire Dennis’ High Life starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, Max Minghella’s Teen Spirit starring Elle Fanning, Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki and finally Anthony Maras’s Hotel Mumbai starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer. So be on the lookout when they finally come to your theatres because they are totally worth it.