I’d like to welcome you to the first installment of this new weekly Cinedelphia feature, “Split Decision!” Each week, we will pose a question to our staff of knowledgable and passionate film geeks and share the responses! We may never know if it is legal to park in the center of Broad Street, but we’ll answer movie questions all day long. Feel free to chime in on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below!
For me, there’s no movie I’m looking forward to more than Truth or Dare. Yeah, it’s a teen horror flick, but we’re in the middle of a sort of renaissance of the genre. After 2017’s Happy Death Day, with which this film shares a producing credit, I’m salivating for more high concept, low class entertainment. Horror is what kicked off my love for film, and I can usually smell a good one from a mile away. I have a great feeling about Truth or Dare.
“But Dan,” you surely say, “ what about Creed 2? What about the next Mission: Impossible?”
I’ve actually already seen two of my favorite films being released this year—The Rider and Gemini—at 2017 film festivals. My deep, abiding love for Sandra Bullock would normally put Ocean’s 8 at the top of the list of 2018 films I’m hyped to see, but I was a little underwhelmed by the trailer. So what film most excites me? We the Animals, Philadelphia native Jeremiah Zagar’s adaptation of Justin Torres’ novel, which just premiered at Sundance and was picked up by The Orchard for distribution. Not only is the source material one of my favorite books, but the film stars Raúl Castillo, who is one of my favorite actors. (Check him out in the short film Limbo). To see this film, I. Can’t. Wait. – Gary M. Kramer
I’ve been camped in front of a theater for Black Panther for 3 weeks now. The line is already so long that I won’t see it until 2022 at the earliest. So my answer is obviously Alex Garland’s Annihilation. – Garrett Smith
Because I’m incapable of determining one specific film I most anticipate seeing, I’ve decided to select two, one from the “mainstream” slate and one from the arthouse circuit. I’m certainly hyped about the imminent release of Annihilation for several reasons: 1) it’s the film medium’s first stab at adapting that New Weird maestro, Jeff VanderMeer, of whom I’m a big fan, 2) it’s Alex Garland’s second outing as a director, following his very fine debut, Ex Machina, and 3) I’m always intrigued by any big-budget studio release which claims to be inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. I can only hope that once the end credits roll, I’ll nod my head in approval and speak the words, “bring on the flying bear.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum, it may have taken nearly ten years, but there’s finally a new Lucrecia Martel film waiting in the wings. After years of projects going unrealized and recently being hampered by a cancer diagnosis that left her near death multiple times during the editing process, the Argentine auteur returns with her latest effort, Zama, an 18th century period drama telling of the titular alcalde mayor’s attempts to be relocated to Buenos Aires. Zama is set to invade arthouses this Spring and, as par for the course with Martel, will likely thrill and baffle audiences in equal measure. – Dan Santelli
I was lucky enough to see American Animals, one of my most anticipated movies of 2018, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. (Spoiler: It exceeded my expectations.) Among the many (many) films I was unable to see, Hereditary remains at the very top. Am I some unapologetic A24-obsessed weirdo? Damn right I am. That aside, this movie looks absolutely unnerving and insane. Can’t wait to see what goes down with that pigeon. – Catherine Haas
There are a few filmmakers who have me firmly in their pocket, and Wes Anderson is one of them. And he just keeps getting better and better, though I might say that the quality of Fantastic Mr. Fox is equal to that of The Grand Budapest Hotel (his most recent film, and my favorite of 2014). With Isle of Dogs, he returns to stop-motion animation, which allows him to add more fantastical elements into his stories. And steering into his style and quirks seems to result in better output. Becoming “more Wes Anderson” is also “better Wes Anderson” – Ryan Silberstein
Author: Ryan Silberstein
Ryan spends his days at a company named one of the best to work for in the Philadelphia area, and his nights
as a mysterious caped vigilante saving his city from the disease that is crime watching movies. He lives on a diet consisting of film, comic books, experimental beer, black coffee, and those big metal historical markers around town. Follow him on Twitter and Letterboxd.