it's always tempting to stand on the cliff at the start of January looking out over the vast cinematic landscape stretching out ahead of us and proclaim that THIS will be the greatest year for films ever. It's been said before and it feels particularly tempting on the back of a year that was uneven at best.
Yes, 2018 had some great releases, some great surprises and some great new directions, but it also had some great big stinking turkeys and a lot of disappointments. That's just the nature of the wheel of cinematic fortune. But that's now in the past and we have to look forward and honestly, this might be the best year for films ever. DAMNIT!
Seriously, though. This could legitimately be THE year for blockbusters, with Disney set to make more money than they could ever know what to do with and new chapters in franchises that have defined this generation. There are also smaller scale projects too, of course, and all-in-all, there's a lot to be excited about.
In short, if you're a film fan, you're going to be busy in 2019.
50. Downton Abbey
It may not be everyone's cup of tea - and has become a bit of a go-to point of mockery of cliched Britishness - but Downton Abbey is a legitimate cultural behemoth. It's arguably THE defining British TV show of the last decade and is so beloved around the world that a movie or revival show was always inevitable.
Quite what story justifies a feature-length set-up remains to be seen (and there's little in the way of actual plot information out there so far), but it's guaranteed to be well-made and well-received by its fans. And that should be justification enough, even without the pleasure of spending more time with the excellent characters.