- What to Watch
Remember when, in the final episode, Laura Palmer told Special Agent Dale Cooper, “I’ll see you again in 25 years”? Well, she wasn’t far wrong. It is happening again – almost 26 years after the iconic series ended. Plot details are a closely-guarded secret, but what we do know is that master surrealist David Lynch is back on writing and directing duties. Many of the original cast members will be returning, plus we can expect cameos from the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Monica Bellucci and Naomi Watts. Oh, and it’ll be simulcast in the US and the UK – which explains that 2am show time. Get ready to brew some damn fine coffee…
If, like us, you loved Duncan Jones’ 2009 debut Moon, you’ll be pleased to hear the Warcraft director is returning to his indie roots. Set in the same universe as Moon (or “Mooniverse” as Jones puts it), this noir-ish thriller is billed as a spiritual sequel and will serve as the second instalment of a trilogy. It follows a mute bartender (played by Alexander Skarsgård) in a futuristic Berlin whose search for his missing girlfriend draws him deep into the city’s criminal underworld. The only clues are a pair of wise-cracking American surgeons: Paul Rudd, sporting a rather dodgy moustache, and Justin Theroux, sporting a rather dodgy wig. If that’s not reason enough to renew our Netflix subscription, what is?
No-one makes blockbusters like Christopher Nolan. Now, the man behind Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy brings us another large-scale epic featuring an impressive ensemble cast. Telling the story of Operation Dynamo, the daring plan to rescue 300,000 Allied troops from France during World War II, it stars Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and intriguingly, a newcomer by the name of Harry Styles (perhaps you’ve heard of his band, One Direction?). In classic Nolan style, the narrative structure will be non-linear, with the action jumping through time to capture the perspectives of the soldiers on land, the pilots in the air and the commanders at sea.
Blade Runner 2049
Not all sequels are made equal. Case in point: this long-awaited follow-up to the 1982 sci-fi classic. For a start, it's being helmed by Denis Villeneuve, the in-demand director of Arrival, Sicario and the upcoming Dune reboot. If you've seen the trailer, you'll know Villeneuve and his team have done a stellar job in recreating the original's rain-slicked, neon-soaked visuals. Then there's the fact it stars leading man of the moment Ryan Gosling as K: an LAPD officer who unearths a devastating secret and sets off on the trail of missing blade runner Rick Deckard. And, as for Deckard? He's once again played by the legendary Harrison Ford. So yes, it's fair to say our hopes are (very) high for this one.
If you haven’t yet watched Stranger Things, what have you been doing? The Netflix series was an instant cult sensation last summer – so, no wonder its second season is one of this year’s most hyped shows. Set in 1980s America, the sci-fi drama boasts more nostalgic nods to the decade – think Steven Spielberg and Stephen King – than you can shake a box of Eggos at (that’s frozen waffles, to the uninitiated). Its creators The Duffer Brothers promise darker, weirder things this time around, including a new monster, a lot more of alternate dimension the Upside Down and most importantly, the return of everyone’s favourite Eggo fan: the telekinetic child Eleven.