In times like these, we really need to look at the bright side of life.
Things aren’t going the way we would like, and that sucks. But we try to remain a half-full crew at Forte. We think there is still plenty of good stuff on the calendar before the year runs dry. Not all of these things will be for everyone, of course. As much as we would like to, we can’t please everyone. We’re not Tom Hanks.
We’re hoping there is at least one thing in there for all our readers to look forward to. We like it when you’re feeling good. And if nothing else, at least spring is here. And that’s nice.
Shhh, no talking – and switch off your phone, please
Top Gun: Maverick (November)
It’s once again time to rev up your engine and listen to her howlin’ roar. It has been 35 years since Top Gun was released, a movie that the U.S. Navy attributed to a 500 percent increase in the number of those wishing to be naval aviators.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (December)
It’s safe to say that following more than 350 million views of its trailer within the first 24 hours, Spider-Man: No Way Home has a whole lot of people eager for more. What is Peter Parker to do when the world knows his identity?
The Matrix: Resurrections (December)
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are among those who will reprise their roles for the fourth instalment of the series, and the first since 2003. At the time of writing not a lot was known about the film, but that should add to the spectacle.
Sing 2 (December)
Buster Moon is back – and this time he needs the services of the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway (played by Bono). Pharrell Williams, Halsey, Eric Andre and Chelsea Peretti are among the new additions to the cast. A good one for the family.
Get your popcorn while it’s hot
The Wonder Years (September 22)
A reboot of the beloved series that ran from 1988 to 1993 is once again set in the 1960s. Gone are the Arnolds and welcomed are the Williams family, a black middle-class family living in Alabama. It stars Elisha Williams and is narrated by Don Cheadle.
Sinner (October 13)
Netflix’s ‘The Sinner’ is coming in hot with a Season four to keep us all on the edge of our seats when it hits screens in October. Much like the previous three seasons, a new tragedy will strike but Harry Ambrose played by Bill Pullman will be there to tie the story together. Each season has its own storyline, but we recommend re-watching the previous seasons to familiarise yourself with Ambrose’s inner workings.
You (October 15)
Netflix has finally confirmed when You’s eagerly anticipated third season is set to land on the streaming service, premiering on October 15.
The thriller series teased what’s to come in the new episodes, too, with an ominously narrated promo that sees Penn Badgley’s Joe Goldberg unveil the name of his and partner Love’s new son: Henry. “Let’s just say, I’m hoping you’ll do as I say and not as I do,” he says in the clip, as his aproned self prepares ingredients for a celebratory cake.
Until then, there’s plenty of time for you to remind yourself of the chaos that was seasons 1 and 2.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (October)
Larry David is back for season 11, along with usual suspects including Jeff Garlin’s Jeff Greene, Susie Essman’s Susie Greene and T.B. Smoove’s Leon Black. Producer and director Jeff Schaffer has said the pandemic will be addressed, but not much else is known at this point.
Dexter: New Blood (November 9)
Fans were split on the finale to Dexter, which last graced our screens in 2013. Of course, 2% enjoyed it and 98% made a kill room. However, a new 10-episode series with Michael C. Hall and original showrunner Clyde Phillips has fans excited.
Cobra Kai (December)
Entering its fourth season, the popularity of the Karate Kid saga Cobra Kai skyrocketed when Netflix took control. New fans were quick to take up the series, as were those long familiar with the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.
Some new tunes for the car
Firebird – Natalie Imbruglia (September)
It has been more than a decade since Natalie Imbruglia released Come to Life. The new album features songs co-written by Albert Hammond Jr, Romeo Stodart, KT Tunstall, Eg White, Fiona Bevan and Rachel Furner.
Gela – Baker Boy (October)
“Gela is who I am,” Baker Boy says, “and it’s my story.” These few words announce the arrival of Gela, the highly-anticipated debut album from the artist otherwise known as the Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land.
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Music of the Spheres – Coldplay (October)
Coldplay hit the 25-year mark as a band in 2021, having first met during their orientation week at University College London in 1996. The space-themed Music of the Sphere’s is the band’s ninth studio album.
Things Take Time, Take Time – Courtney Barnett (November)
Written across a two-year period, Courtney Barnett has described her forthcoming new album as finding “some sort of joy and gratitude, out of some sort of pain and sadness”. You may already be familiar with single ‘Rae Street’.
Where strangers become friends for a night (hopefully).
Guns N’ Roses – MCG, November 11
You wanted the best. Well they didn’t fuckin’ make it! So here’s what you get. From Hollywood…Guns N’ Roses! For the big gun concerts, it’s hard to go past this one. And if recent setlists are anything to go by, you won’t be disappointed.
Hoodoo Gurus & The Dandy Warhols – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, December 3
It’s been 40 years since the Hoodoo Gurus began doing their thing, and some say they are still asking about their scene. They have invited The Dandy Warhols to help them celebrate, so there are going to be plenty of opportunities to have a sing.
Tame Impala – Rod Laver Arena, December 12 & 13
Led by Kevin Parker, Tame Impala are set to perform their biggest Australian shows to date. The project released their latest album, Slow Rush, last year, picking up several ARIAs including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album.
Put the Jolt cola in the fridge
Battlefield 2042 will not have a single-player campaign. The game will have three modes – All-Out Warfare (which encompasses Breakthrough and Conquest), cooperative multiplayer mode Hazard Zone and the community-driven platform, Battlefield Portal.
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Call of Duty announced its arrival in 2003, finishing the year as a top ten seller. Call of Duty: Vanguard will be the eighteenth instalment. The campaign will span four different frontlines of WW2 – the Pacific War, the Western and Eastern Fronts and the North African campaign.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
The long life of the Final Fantasy franchise continues with Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, the fourth expansion pack to Final Fantasy XIV. The new instalment has been marketed as the finale of the Hydaelyn-Zodiark arc and will debut two new character classes.
Back 4 Blood
The spiritual successor to the popular Left 4 Dead pits you, a Cleaner, against the Ridden, once-human hosts of a parasite that has turned them into things that don’t like you very much. Choose from one of eight characters.
Let’s hope BBQs are good to go.
AFL Grand Final
The AFL Grand Final is coming. Following another COVID-affected season, the two best teams of the year will play off while sixteen other teams enjoy some downtime while wondering what could have been and will hopefully one day be.
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MLB World Series
The MLB postseason will kick off with the Wild Card Games on October 5 (American League) & 6 (National League). Following the Division and Championship series, Game One of the MLB World Series will take place on Tuesday, October 26.
Irrespective of how sides are travelling, it doesn’t get any bigger in cricket than the Ashes. A packet schedule means the series will start a little later than usual (first Test, December 8-12), but the contest is business as usual for Australia and the old enemy in England.
Enjoy good times with good company
We understand that Halloween has a tricky relationship here, but there are many things worse in this world than dressing up, watching a horror movie and eating lollies. Will your party include the Wolf Man, Dracula and his son?
Christmas shopping can be hell on earth. Christmas can be hell on earth. But it’s a hell on earth hopefully surrounded by loved ones, the exhausting but infectious enthusiasm of kids and much too much food. Plus, we can all do with more socks.
You don’t need a reason to celebrate. You don’t even need to celebrate. You can (once again, hopefully) party with some friends, or you can chill out by yourself. But with another bumpy year down, we’re hoping 2022 finds you well.
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