After a year of movies, its always fun to reflect on what mattered the most and even what mattered the least to you in a given year. I have published both my Best and Worst list, and I also published my Runner Up list, its always good to get those out of the way. Now that my end-of-the-year lists are out of the way, its time to look to the future. What will this new year of film bring? What should you be excited for? What should you mark on your calendars?
Buckle up, because we are going to fill your calendars with each cool new release coming this year.
I will split up each section of films into categories, and will be discussing the movies that way.
Following suit with just about every year since around 2003, this year is going to be littered with superhero movies. As far as The Marvel Cinematic Universe goes, we got Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 coming in May, Spider-Man: Homecoming coming in July and Thor: Ragnarok coming in November. I am excited for both of these sequels in a big way, as well as the triumphant return of Spiderman! If DC is more your thing, Wonder Woman is coming in June, which I am looking forward to the most. While "Batman vs. Superman" did nothing to get me jazzed for Justice League coming in November, but I probably will end up seeing it. But I am sure I will no doubt enjoy the hell out of The Lego Batman Movie coming in February! Probably the superhero movie I am most excited for, the movie trailer I probably watched the most in 2016, was Fox's Logan coming in March. I am big, big Wolverine fan and am expecting a marvelous end to Hugh Jackman's run with the character.
Sequels! Sequels! Sequels!
Sequels, that we asked for or not, are always standard operating persedure nowadays. Its seems that's been the norm for as long as I can remember. Sequels are a big part of our cinematic diet, they just are. And once again, we got a big slate of sequels ahead of us. I am curious about XxX: The Return of Xander Cage coming in just a few short weeks. Just since I was a fan of the original film, and I am blown away it didn't become a franchise machine for Vin, but never say never. We got Resident Evil: The Final Chapter at the end of the month, don't know if I am excited for that or not. Or the third "Ring" movie entitled Rings coming in February. John Wick: Chapter Two has me quite rabid, also coming next month. Trainspotting 2 is not a sequel would have ever thought I'd get, now that its coming in March, I am almost having an out-of-body experience. The Fate of the Furious comes in April, and looks to be quite compelling. Alien: Covenant is coming in May, and I am looking forward to that. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales solely has my attention simply because Javier Bardem is in it, I hope can I can at least find it good. Not expecting to love it though, that comes out in May. Cars 3, Transformers: The Last Knight and Despicable Me 3 will all be here in June. War of the Planet of the Apes hits in July, Annabelle 2 in August. Blade Runner 2049 and Kingsman: The Golden Circle will probably big topics of conversation in October, as well as the return of Saw: Legacy and Insidious: Chapter Four. Then rounding out the year in December will be the anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII and Pitch Perfect 3.
Adaptations, remakes, and other big guns
Every year also has an onslaught of possible blockbusters. It seems they will try to make a brand out of anything these days. I mean we are getting an The Emoji Movie later this year, and a adaptation of Baywatch and Power Rangers. Will nostalgia win the day? Or will they flop? I am most excited for the two big Stephen King adaptations this year. The Dark Tower is something I have been waiting most of my life to see on the big screen, and after several years of false-starts, its finally happening, with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey of all people. Big deal! Then there is the big screen debut of IT, sorry but the 1990 mini-series event just doesn't stand the test of time, and I am hoping that this freaks the shit out of me! I am wondering if we truly need a second remake of Friday The 13th, but its coming anyway. I am curious to see how The Lego Ninjago Movie turns out as well as the live-action Beauty and the Beast. We are also getting a Six Billion Dollar Man movie starting with Mark Walhberg, interesting. I also read Captain Underpants in fourth grade, so I will be curious about that. I am also curious to see if Kong: Skull Island and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword can give birth to new franchises. And the next big Cinematic Universe is taking shape staring the Classic Universal Monsters, The Mummy is coming. Any year when Christopher Nolan releases a film is a year to get excited about, and I will be anticipating Dunkirk this summer. I don't see the point in Ghost In The Shell or Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but they kind of look cool.
There is early buzz for the horror films Split and A Cure For Wellness so now those are two must-sees for me this year. The Zookeeper's Wife looks to be a sad and uplifting affair that I plan to see. There is a Tupac biopic coming this summer called All Eyez On Me which I'll be looking forward to seeing. Sophia Coppola is hitting the Western frontier with The Beguiled with an all-star cast, can't wait. Fist Fight coming next month looks funny, and I enjoy both Charlie Day and Ice Cube. The space movie Life with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds looks intriguing. Steven Soderberg is also a name that gets me excited and I will see his new comedy, Logan Lucky. Alexander Payne new science fiction film Downsizing sounds fun too!
I am excited to announce that I became a member of Chicago International Film over the Christmas holiday. Its a movie society that hosts several early screenings for movies throughout the year and hosts a film festival every year in October for the last fifty-two years. I will have the opportunity to see several movies early this year and attend the film festival in October. This will be my first film festival, and I am totally beside myself. I can't wait to attend. Going to a film festival has always been on my bucket list, so October will be a big month for me. I can't promise I will attend all fifteen days of the festival, but I will cover as much as I possibly can. This could be big for the future of the blog, but even its not, its just going to be something new and something cool. I can't wait to see which movies will play, which countries they will be from and how much I love it. I am hoping this is something I can add to my line-up and I am excited to see how a film festival works!
So this is the year we have to look forward to. What are you most excited for? Anything I didn't mention?