Flickasbord, Volume 3

**Note: The following content has adult wording. Discretion is advised

Yesterday in Volume 2 of this Flickasbord subseries, I mentioned the 2025 theatrical horizon at the very end, as I discovered on the website “FirstShowing” that nearly two dozen movies are slated to hit the theaters that year. However, with that being said, I’ll only highlight the ones that are or could be of interest to me, as A] Lack of connectivity between “The Fast And The Furious” and “2 Fast 2 Furious” caused me to lose interest in the franchise after the first one, B] The fourth installment being lazily titled “Fast & Furious” further cemented my post-first installment disinterest, and C] I found myself progressively disinterested in “The Black Phone”, so why on Earth would I have any interest in its sequel?

Anyways, I’m getting off-track about the topic of this entry, as it is about the 2025 movies that either are or could be of interest to me. So, without any more ado, let’s get right to it.

First up, “FirstShowing” picked up on something before I blogged about it and that is that M3GAN 2.0 will be getting released theatrically on January 17, 2025. And unlike “Night Swim”, I won’t be bypassing this Blumhouse movie theatrically during the month of January.

Speaking of January 17, 2025, my prediction of a wide release USA theatrical date for the third Paddington movie (officially titled “Paddington In Peru”) was accurate, as FirstShowing also reported that movie being slated to also come out that day. Looks like we’ll have a box office battle between a humanoid robot and human bear during the third full weekend of 2025.

As someone who has evaluated and will continue to evaluate superhero movies for The Flickuum Project, I’ll admit that that particular space of movies is a little too excessive. However, I won’t turn down seeing “Captain America: Brave New World”, as Rosa Salazar is expected to be among the cast for that movie. 

After my October 14, 2022 evaluation of “Smurfs: The Lost Village”, I became resigned to the possibility of no more Smurfs movies, as I evaluated the two Neil Patrick Harris movies on December 16, 2020 and January 5, 2021, respectively. But news of another one slated for Valentine’s Day 2025 has me interested, on the basis of it being a Rhianna-led musical. And given the talent that Rhianna is, that new movie could very well follow in the successful footsteps of those other three Smurfs movies.

May 23, 2025 will be the beginning of the end, as the eighth and final Mission: Impossible movie, entitled “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two”, will be coming out theatrically that day. I’m a fan of the seven installments, with the seventh one unofficially being my favorite. Looks like that will change, however, as Ethan Hunt’s final “Mission” could top that seventh installment.

Pixar turns 30 next year and June 13, 2025 has quite a way to honor that anniversary, as “Elio” is finally getting its theatrical release after it became a bit of a moving target. But we will get it a little under a year and half from now, and it will surely be another one in the win column for the aforementioned Pixar.

Oh yes, America Ferrara is among the cast for “Elio”,  and why I bring that up is because a live-action remake of another movie that she was in comes out theatrically on the same exact day as the aforementioned “Elio”. Yes, I am talking about “How To Train Your Dragon”, which will have Gerard Butler playing the live-action version of his character “Stoic The Vast” and will have the same director (Dean DeBlois) in the same position for this movie. I would be skeptical about this live-action remake, but in Dean DeBlois I trust. Plus, the second full weekend of June 2025 will have another interesting box office battle.

Staying in the arena of live-action remakes, we are set to get a Disney live-action remake exactly two weeks after both “Elio” and the live-action version of “How To Train Your Dragon” come out. And as to what that remake will be, well it will be “Moana”, which will have Dwayne Johnson playing the character “Maui” as well. I’ll be honest, I’m not as enthusiastic about this live-action remake, given that it still hasn’t been exactly a decade since the computer-animated version of “Moana” came out. However, I’m also interested to see how this movie could fare in a live-action format. I’ll be going into this one skeptical at best.

And finally, there is the disaster that is the live-action remake of “Snow White”, which stars the very polarizing Rachel Zegler. It’s a movie that I put on my watch list rather prematurely in March of last year, thinking that it would be the latest in a long line of Disney remakes that have succeeded in making The Flickuum Project. But given all the drama surrounding Zegler and all the reported reshoots, it’s a movie that I’m looking way less forward to assessing, compared to “Moana”. Looks like I’ll be channeling my inner President Skroob, my inner Dark Helmet and my inner Colonel Sandurz while assessing it, and that’s no matter if I do so theatrically or via Dinsey+.

Well, that’s all that I have for new/upcoming movies for both 2024 and 2025. However, should any of that be subject to change, I will no doubt drop a blog entry about as such. It’s just a matter of when, as I’ve run out of such content to blog about for the foreseeable future. 

Tune in on Thursday to my first running count blog entry of movies that made The Flickuum Project, following the full-on assessment of “Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Las Vegas”.