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MOST ANTICIPATED FOR 2017

2 Jan

So he were are. 2016 is history and as we look back on the best films of the year, we can also look towards the future and what’s coming down the cinematic pipeline. Here are my top ten most anticipated films -(provided we make it far enough in the age of Trump to actually watch them).   You can check out last year’s most anticipated here.

 

10 – Molly’s Game 

What’s it about? A young skier who get’s her own FBI investigation after creating an international poker series.

Why is it on the list? Aaron Sorkin is stepping into the director’s seat here, adapting a memoir by Molly Bloom. One of the finest screenwriters of our time, I’m curious to how Sorkin does behind the camera. Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba costar.

Release date – Unknown 

 

 

 

9 – Annihilation  

What’s it about?  All we know at this stage is that the plot has something to do with a team of scientists heading into the jungle for a secretive experiment of some kind.

Why is it on the list? Because Ex Machina was one of the most wholly original and singular sci-fi films in recent memory and Alex Garland has teamed up again with Oscar Issac. Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Natalie Portman round out a dream team of actors.

Release date – Unknown

 

8 – Wind River 

What’s it about? A Native American reservation becomes a murder scene which prompts an FBI investigation led by a veteran tracker.

Why is it on the list? Another accomplished screenwriter making a directorial debut. Taylor Sheridan‘s scripts for Sicario and Hell or High Water were both brilliant and I’m curios to see the acting duo of Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner in a non-superhero context.

Release date – Unknown for now, but I’m hoping to catch this at Sundance.

7 – The Bad Batch 

What’s it about? A blood soaked love story of sorts set in Texas. Also, cannibals.

Why is it on the list? I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ana Lily Amirpour’s Iranian-western-vampire coming of age story A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, but I was intrigued enough to see she had major directing potential. This new effort seems to have a Tarantino-influenced vibe and features a slew of great character actors including Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Giovani Ribisi, and Diego Luna.

Release date: Though it’s played a few festivals, a widespread release date is unknown.  

6 – I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore 

What’s it about? A revenge thriller about a women tracking down the thieves who burglarized her house.

Why is it on the list? Fresh from his role in Jeremy Saulnier’s excellent, white-knuckler Green Room, actor Macon Blair takes a shot at directing his own original script. The premise sounds gleefully Coen-esc.

Release date: February 24 

5 – Mother  

What’s it about? “…a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home…” – IMDB

Why is it on the list? Because it’s Darren Aronofsky’s first film since the interesting-but-ultimately sub-par Noah.  Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Domhnall Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris star.

Release date: Unknown 

4 – Dunkirk 

What’s it about?  “Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II” – IMDB

Why is it on the list? Christopher Nolan is one of the rare few directors who can effectively blend pedestrian blockbuster fare with an inspired artistic vision.  This has potential to be one of 2017’s biggest critical and commercial hits.

Release: July 21 

3 – Lemon  

What’s it about? A boy gets dumped by his blind girlfriend.

Why is it on the list? Though Lemon is her first feature, Janicza Bravo has one of the boldest directorial voices in indie film today mixing awkward sensibilities reminiscent of films like Napoleon Dynamite and the works of Todd Solondz and Wes Anderson. Check out her short Gregory Goes Boom!  (NSFW) which also stars Michael Cera and Brett Gelman to get a taste of what we might expect from Lemon.

Release date: Unknown 

2-  Blade Runner 2049 

What’s it about? A sequel to the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. 

Why is it on this list? Though most modern sequels/reboots don’t hold a candle to their origins, the fact that this is being helmed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Arrival) and shot by cinematographer legend Roger Deakins (1984, No Country For Old Men, Skyfall, and so, soooo many more) might be reason enough to make an exception. The icing on the cake is a top-notch cast consisting of Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robyn Wright, Mckenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi.

Release date: Oct 6

1 – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

 

What’s it about? “A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family takes an unexpected turn.” – IMDB

Why is it on the list? The Lobster was unexpectedly my favorite film of 2016 and, I’m itching to see what Yorgos Lanthimos is cooking up.

Release date – Unknown 

 

 

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Most Anticipated Films of 2016

30 Dec

Another day, another list. Today, I’m looking at what’s cooking for next year and give a rundown of what I’m most looking forward to seeing. For whatever reason, some of these have bounced over from last year’s list, but all are currently expected for a release sometime in 2016.

 

10 – The Witch 

Who’s attached: Robert Eggers, Anna Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Why it’s anticipated: OK – I may have cheated here by listing something I have actually seen…. but I really am dying to marvel at this thing again – this time in a theatre with friends.  It’s a masterful, atmospheric-based horror that must be seen in a darkened room more than once in order to be fully appreciated.

Release Date: February 25 

9 – It’s Only the End of the World / The Life and Death of John F. Donovan 

Who’s attached: Xavier Dolan, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel / Dolan, Kit Harrington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates 

Why it’s anticipated: It’s been awhile since we have heard from prolific wunderkid Xavier Dolan. And by “awhile” I mean 8 months or so. The gifted young French Canadian has been busy with two films on his slate and both sound incredibly promising.

Release date: Unknown at this point, but it’s highly likely that we shall see at least one premier sometime next year. It’s Only the End of the World seems like the likeliest candidate as it is allegedly finishing up in post.

 

8 – Hail Caesar! 

Who’s attached: Joel and Ethan Coen are writing and directing so you can be assured a starry ensemble. This time it includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Alex Karpovsky. 

Why it’s anticipated: The intriguing, darkly comedic premise of a Hollywood actor being held for ransom sounds right up the Coen’s alley. Hopefully we will see the sibling duo return to their element and do what they do best.

Release Date: February 5  

 

7 – The Light Between Oceans 

Who’s attached: Derek Cianfrance, Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander 

Why it’s anticipated: Simply because I loved Cianfrance’s last effort The Place Beyond the Pines and Fassbender and Vikander are two of the best actors working today.

Release date: Unknown but rumored for sometime in September.

 

6 – The Lobster 

 

Who’s attached: Yorgos Lanthimos, Colin Farrell, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Rachel Weisz

Why it’s anticipated: If the absurd dystopian sci-fi premise isn’t enough (people literally turn into animals if they are single for too long), then just remember Lanthimos is the guy who directed Dogtooth. Enough Said.

Release Date: March 11 (I’ll hopefully be catching this one at Sundance next month)

 

5 – Knight of Cups 

Who’s attached: Terrence Malick, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Cate Blanchett 

Why it’s anticipated: I’ve been waiting for this one for a while now,  and Terrence Malick seems to be on a role with his elusive and mysterious projects. If it’s anything like Tree of Life or even To the Wonder, then it will be well worth the wait.

Release Date: March 4 

 

4 – Neon Demon 

Who’s attached: Nicolas Winding Refn, Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning 

Why it’s anticipated: He may be divisive with his films (I personally thought Only God Forgives was massively underrated), but Refn is always one to challenge the conventional.  The casting of Reeves is a bit unexpected, but I think Refn might have another cult hit on his hands.

Release date: Unknown 

 

3 – Silence 

Who’s attached: Martin Scorsese, Adam Driver Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson. 

Why it’s anticipated: Because it’s Scorsese directing a religious drama – though I doubt he will get preachy.

Release date: Unknown 

 

2 – Green Room 

Who’s attached: Jeremy Saulnier, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Macon Blair. 

Why it’s anticipated: It received rave reviews at Cannes and TIFF, and after the huge success of Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier’s latest looks like another white-knuckle thriller. It’s got Patrick Stewart playing against type as a Neo-Nazi leader – what more can you ask for?

Release date: April 15 (but you can bet your butt I have my ticket for its Sundance screening)

 

1 – The Greasy Strangler

Who’s attached:  Jim Hosking, Sky Elobar, Michael St. Michaels 

Why it’s anticipated: Because it’s called The Greasy Strangler. And Jim Hosking is the brilliant writer/director behind the short RENEGADES. (NSFW) and CRABS (more SFW). Could this be the absurdist mindfuck of the year? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure: things are about to get greasy.

Release date: Unknown (yes, I’m seeing this at Sundance too)

10 MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS 2015

2 Jan

Goodbye 2014 and hello to 2015.

 

Another great cinematic year has come and gone, and 2014 was one for the record books (you can check out my top 25 films of the year here). While we wait to see what film gets the Best Picture Oscar and who gets snubbed come February 22, lets take a look at some upcoming projects for 2015.

 

10 – Z For Zachariah 

Who’s in it – Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directed By Craig Zobel.

Why? Zobel’s Compliance was one of the best micro-budget thrillers I had seen in a long time.  It looks like he is upping the ante here with some major A-list talent.

Release Date – Unknown for now, but I’ll be catching this at Sundance in late Jan

9 – STAR WARS EPISODE 7 

Who’s in it – All the original stars (Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill) along with an exciting batch of rising talent (Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega). Directed and written by JJ. Abrams.

Why? After the disappointing trilogy made up Episodes 1, 2 and 3, the pressure is on Abrams to revitalize the classic franchise and restore balance to the force (and our faith in big-budget franchises).  Besides, Hamill needs something to do with his career other than voice video games.

Release Date –  Dec 18 

 

8 – Black Mass 

Who’s in it – An ensemble cast of Johnny Depp, Juno Temple, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller, and Kevin Bacon. Directed by Scott Cooper.

Why? After Cooper’s terrific but terribly underrated Out Of The Furnace, I’m extremely curious to see how he handles this FBI crime novel adaptation with such a talented cast.

Release Date – an Oscar friendly Sept 18 

7 – While We Are Young / Mistress America 

Who’s in it – Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver / Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirk. Both films written and directed by Noah Baumbach.

Why? – Baumbach has two films in the pipeline for 2015, and they both look fantastic. While We Are Young received lots of praise after it’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and Mistress America is slated for a Sundance Film Festival premiere.

Release Date – March 27 / no word yet on a theatrical release for Mistress America, but I’ll catch it at Sundance in late Jan.

 

6- Everest 

Who’s in it – Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright. Directed by Baltisar Kormakur.

Why? – The story about a group of mountain climbers becoming trapped on the world’s tallest peak during a snowstorm has me all sorts of excited. Plus, Jake Gyllenhaal.

Release Date – Sept 18 

 

5 – The Martian 

Who’s in it – Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara. Directed by Ridley Scott.

Why? – Besides the big-name cast and director, this adaptation about the colonization of mars could continue on the trail of smart Oscar-friendly sci-fi films like Gravity and Interstellar. Or it could be a total flop like The Counselor or Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Release Date – Nov 25

4 – The Revenant

Who’s in it – Leo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy. Directed by Alejandro Inarritu.

Why? Birdman showed that Inarritu could directed something in another genre besides the super-serious drama, and this western thriller will surely showcase the talent of two of today’s biggest actors.

Release Date –  Dec 25 

3 – The Hateful 8 

Who’s in it – Samuel Jackson (of course), Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Zoe Bell, Bruce Dern. Directed by Quientin Tarintino.

Why? –  Besides being one of the most recognizable auteurs among non-cinephiles, Tarantino is one of those directors that just seems to get better with age. I’m curious to see how he tackles a more traditional western post-Django Unchained.

Release Date – Nov 13 

2  – Knight of Cups 

Who’s in it – Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Cate Blanchett. Directed by Terrence Malick.

Why? Terrence Malick’s epic made my list last year only to be shelved for a Berlin Film Festival premiere in 2015. A teaser trailer shows Malick’s typical visual style paired with an eccentric cast and wild party tone reminiscent of Spring Breakers. Hopefully, it will be worth the extra wait.

Release Date  – Unknown for now but likely to have an awards run Late October or November

 

1 – Silence 

Who’s in it – Adam Driver (again!!), Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson. Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Why? – Scorsese’s adaptation of a Japanese novel about Christian priests enduring persecution overseas is sure to be one of his most personal and controversial films. And this is from the guy who directed Willem Dafoe as Jesus.

Release Date – Unknown, but likely sometime in November 

 

So there ya go. Good stuff on the horizon. What upcoming films are YOU most excited to see?