Five Movie Announcements… that could get me through the quarantine

How are you doing? Are you still stuck inside, or is are you able to venture out? I’m on week five of working from home, and thank God I still have that job and ability. But it isn’t exciting or mentally stimulating in the least. Especially since we still have temperatures hovering around 0, and it isn’t particularly conducive to working outside on my computer, or gardening.

So…. I have been watching a lot of Netflix, and Prime, etc.

There are certain movies I am absolutely craving right now … and haven’t been filmed. Or in some cases, even confirmed. So here are five movie announcements that would lift my spirits and help me through this quarantine.

5. Inside Out #2

I liked Inside Out and found that even as an adult, it can help me to recognize and process my emotions. The ending of the firsts movie nicely set up the sequel, as Riley enters puberty. I mean, what could happen?!

4. The Grand Tour, Season 4

The first episode of season four is available to stream on Amazon Prime now, and episode two should be available soon, according to Jeremy Clarkson. The rest of the season hasn’t even been filmed yet though, due to coronavirus and their inability to travel and film at the moment. So I highly doubt it will be available before the end of 2020.

3. Fantastic Beasts #3

Okay, yes. This film has been announced and is in preproduction. But originally it was supposed to be released November 2020, and that has already been pushed out a year. With the lack of filming going on in the world at present, it is likely this film will be pushed out again.

2. National Treasure #3

What is it with me and threes in this list? Anyhow … a third National Treasure movie has been talked about over the last year. Word is Disney has two scripts but isn’t entirely happy with either and are making some modifications. There has been a long wait for a third film, and I hope it actually comes about. And that it is not about aliens and Area 51.

1. Percy Jackson #3

I really don’t know why these movies did so poorly, because I really enjoy them. Sure they are kids movies, and therefore a little simple with predictably happy endings, but they are good action-adventure films. I greatly enjoyed the first two and having recently read the book that The Lightning Thief is based on, I have to say I enjoyed the film more.

The Grand Tour Specials

I have fallen in love with the specials of the Amazon Prime show, The Grand Tour. It follows three well-known auto journalists on adventures around the world. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are a hilarious bunch who bring out the best in each other.

I don’t really care for their regular episodes – not being a car person – but their specials have evolved to bring about hilarity, history, nature and the occasional cooking show in one extra long episode.

I have ranked the best specials below.

*There are more specials forthcoming and I will update this list as I watch them.

7. Operation Desert Stumble, Season 1 Episode 2

Operation Desert Stumble is the first “special” but it only constitutes about 1/3 of this episode, and is more a set of rehearsed skits.

6. International Buffoon’s Vacation, Season 3 Episode 8

In International Buffoon’s Vacation, the boys try a stereotypical American RV vacation, and it does not go well.

5. Sea to Unsalty Sea, Season 3 Episode 11

This episode sees the trio travelling from the edge of the Black Sea in Georgia, to the edge of the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan.

4. Feed the World, Season 2 Episode 11

Taking place in Mozambique, this hilarious effort to transport fish to a poor village more than 200 miles inland had me in stitches. “I know we said we were working as a team, and we are working as a team. By leaving him behind”.

3B. The Beach (Buggy) Boys, Season 1 Episodes 7 & 8

Yes, I’m cheating a bit here, but I really couldn’t decide whether I enjoyed this special or the next better. My top four choices are all really close together, then Feed the World is in the middle, and the others share a distant last place.

In this two episode special, the boys modify some beach buggies. They’re told to drive them 1000 miles across Namibia, but cover at least 3000 miles instead as they go in circles around the country.

3A. Survival of the Fattest (Mongolia), Season 3 Episode 13

May, Clarkson and Hammond are dropped off in the middle of Mongolia by helicopter, along with three large care packages. To their great displeasure, they discover British Army MREs and water for sustenance – no alcohol – and all the parts for an off-road buggy. Cue days of assembly and driving to the nearest town of Moron.

2. Seamen, Season 4 Episode 1

Seamen was a very close second; I kept dithering about with this list, switching No. 1 & 2, but finally decided on this order. Just know it is basically 1A and 1B! Seamen takes a bit of a break from the car aspect of the show, as our three gents pick boats and sail from the north end of Cambodia, down the Saigon River into Vietnam and the South China Sea. Not professional or avid boaters, it is truly hilarious to watch these three navigate their way. I almost peed myself laughing.

1. Columbia (Wildlife Photography), Season 3 Episodes 2 & 3

Columbia sees our three favourite hosts on a special assignment for Mr. Wilman: photographing wild animals in Columbia, to serve as Amazon’s new screen saver. The blokes are to locate and photograph a bear, a condor, a jaguar and … a hippopotamus?