Time: 83 Minutes Age Rating: Violence and offensive language Cast:
Atsuko Tanaka as Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Akio Ōtsuka as Batou (voice)
Iemasa Kayumi as The Puppet Master (voice) Director: Mamoru Oshii
In this Japanese animation, cyborg federal agent Maj. Motoko Kusanagi trails “The Puppet Master”, who illegally hacks into the computerized minds of cyborg-human hybrids. Her pursuit of a man who can modify the identity of strangers leaves Motoko pondering her own makeup and what life might be like if she had more human traits. With her partner, she corners the hacker, but her curiosity about her identity sends the case in an unforeseen direction.
Years ago I had watched the live action Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson, a movie that I actually liked even though I knew most people were a little mixed on it. However, I had been meaning to watch the original anime for some time, it’s widely acclaimed, it was incredibly influential, and it inspired filmmakers like The Wachowski Sisters and James Cameron. I’m glad I finally saw it, Ghost in the Shell is a great, immersive and revolutionary movie, exceptionally made on all fronts.
With so many anime movies out there, I decided to choose Ghost in the Shell as my first venture into them, and for me at least it worked out well. For those who’ve only seen the live action movie, although you can see some similarities in the plot, I can say it’s quite different from the original overall. The anime is a lot more complex and is less action based at the very least. We don’t really learn about Motoko as a character, in a conventional sense at the very least, like with her past and all that. The movie is only like an hour and 20 minutes long (and I actually do wish that it was considerably longer), but you really need to focus and absorb all of what was going on, because there’s a lot happening. As complicated as the plot can get, I was quite invested with everything that was going on. The only aspect of the plot I wasn’t really on board with was the bureaucratic and political side of the story, which was honestly rather hard to follow (maybe that part will improve on a rewatch). However, I was on board with the rest of the plot, with an intriguing central mystery. There are a lot of themes present in Ghost in the Shell, from what makes someone human, identity and belonging, and all of that is conveyed in both the story and visuals excellently. There was just so much to process in this one movie that I’m pretty sure that I’ll get even more out of it next time I watch it.
Mamoru Oshii directed Ghost in the Shell so greatly, the animation is fantastic with some great visuals and a lot of attention to detail (especially when it comes to the symbolism). He created a believable futuristic setting, you can get quite invested with it, and the movie takes the opportunity to showcase the cityscape quite often. It’s actually mesmerising and hypnotizing to watch. I wouldn’t call it an action filled movie, but the action scenes when present are fast paced, entertaining and absolutely stunning to watch. The score by Kenji Kawai is also excellent, and fits the rest of the movie really well.
Ghost in the Shell is a great movie for sure, beautifully animated, complex and thematic, and with an engaging story. You can see how it was an influence on many cyberpunk, futuristic and sci-fi fiction and film in general, from the animation and visuals to the story and setting. It holds up quite well to this day, and I do want to revisit it sometime. If you haven’t seen it already, it is worth watching for sure.
Time: 107 Minutes Age Rating: Science fiction themes, violence & content that may disturb. Cast
Scarlett Johansson as Major Mira Killian
“Beat” Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki
Michael Carmen Pitt as Kuze
Pilou Asbæk as Batou
Chin Han as Togusa
Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet
Peter Ferdinando as Cutter Director: Rupert Sanders
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that her life was stolen instead of saved. Now, she will stop at nothing to recover her past while punishing those who did this to her.
Ghost in the Shell was a movie I was interested in. Although I haven’t seen the original anime, I like Scarlett Johansson, I like Michael Pitt, and the movie had a lot of potential with its concept and the source material. The trailer also promised a visually stunning movie. With that said I didn’t know what to expect going in, especially with the very mixed response to the movie. Having finally seen Ghost in the Shell, I can say that I was actually surprised, this movie was better than I thought it would be. The performances, the fantastic direction and the story all worked well to result in a solid sci fi movie.
As I previously mentioned, I have not seen the original anime so I can’t comment on how accurate this adaptation is. This movie is fairly conventional but it does have some neat surprises. I have heard that this adaptation has dumbed down a lot of the elements from the anime, this movie was fairly straightforward, so I have a feeling that’s the case. As someone who haven’t seen the anime, I did enjoy the story quite a bit. It wasn’t spectacular or groundbreaking to me but I had a lot of fun with it, I was never bored and it kept me interested throughout.
Scarlett Johansson is quite good in her role, she really sells her character not being completely human, her character also struggles with her identity, and Johansson portrayed that aspect well. She also was great in her action sequences. Pilou Asbaek is really enjoyable and likable in his role and a stand out performance is Michael Pitt, who plays a bit of a unique character, definitely one of the highlights of the movie (I just wished we got more of him). Other supporting actors such as Takeshi Kitano and Juliette Binoche do quite well in their roles. The weakest link is Peter Ferdinando in his role, I can’t tell whether it was his performance or the character, but whatever case, he felt rather weak and cliché as a character.
One of the best parts of Ghost in the Shell is its direction by Rupert Sanders, it is visually beautiful and stunning to watch. I loved the look that the world of Ghost in the Shell takes place in, with all the neon and vibrant visuals. The cinematography is immaculate and done so well. The action scenes were also quite entertaining to watch, the slow mo is implemented quite well. Cliff Martinez’s score as usual is also excellent and really does add to the movie a lot. The direction overall is really great, and one of the highlights of the film.
I wouldn’t say that Ghost in the Shell is a great movie, but it is good, much better than I was expecting. The performances were pretty good, the story held my interest and the direction was great. I can’t comment on how different this adaptation is to the anime, but for those who haven’t, I recommend at least giving this movie a shot. The visuals and the overall direction are at the very least good enough reason to give it a chance.
While I’m working on catching up on some 2016 movies, I decided to make a list of the 2017 movies that I’m most looking forward to. There are movies that I’m really looking forward to. Now I don’t know of every movie coming out this year so if you’ve noticed that a movie is missing, it might be because I don’t know about it. Either that or I’m not that excited for that movie.
25. Beauty and the Beast
Yet another Disney film is being made into a live action movie.. While it’s annoying that there is more of these (The Lion King will be a live action movie to my disappointment), I liked what they did with Tarzan and The Jungle Book. So we’ll see what this movie will be like.
Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognise the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
This movie has a large and talented cast with Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor all involved. The director, Bill Condon, has made many great movies that I haven’t seen with Gods and Monsters, Kinsey and Dreamgirls but I have seen Mr Holmes. This director is clearly capable of making a great movie. So I’ll give this movie a shot.
Beauty and the Beast will be released on March 16, 2017.
24. Ghost in the Shell
I admit I’ve never watched the Ghost in the Shell anime. However I do know that apparently its great. Honestly the movie didn’t interest me that much until I saw the trailer. After the trailer, I’m now curious and interested in checking this movie out.
The Major (Scarlett Johansson), a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, leads an elite task force known as Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
Rupert Sanders also directed Snow White and the Huntsman (which I haven’t seen) so I don’t really have a clear idea how the movie will be. However the main takeway I got from the trailer was some incredible visuals. That’s the main reason I’m interested in this movie, along with it being an adaptation of a great anime. The one problem that this film faces is the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the lead, which caused problems with whitewashing and all (understandably) and this is going to probably affect the success of the movie. Which is a shame because everything else looks excellent. However, I will give this film a shot.
Ghost in the Shell will be released on March 30, 2017.
23. God Particle
Despite being titled God Particle, it is part of the Cloverfield trilogy which for whatever reason don’t really connect to each other but they actually might. However I’m not interested in the movie because of the connection (I haven’t seen Cloverfield yet), I’m interested because of the premise and the cast, also JJ Abrams is producing this movie.
Astronauts must fight for their lives after making a terrifying discovery in outer space.
I have no idea how this movie will connect to Cloverfield or 10 Cloverfield Lane. However either way I’m sure this movie will be great on its own. I just hope the ‘terrifying discovery’ is a twist that pays off. This movie also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl, David Oyelowo and many more talented actors. The director, Julius Onah, is someone who haven’t done many movies but then again that’s the case with 10 Cloverfield Lane, so that doesn’t really concern me. Overall God Particle is a movie I’m curious about and can’t wait to see it.
God Particle will be released on November 30, 2017.
22. The Lego Batman Movie
I really liked The Lego Movie, it was such a surprising movie. One of the highlights was Batman and of course as he’s such a big character it was natural that he would get his own movie. Now that you have Batman and other DC characters that can be thrown in, there is a lot of possibilities for this movie to be entertaining and fun.
There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
I do hope that The Lego Batman Movie feels different enough from The Lego Movie but that can be done easily. It’s mostly surrounding characters that have already been created, just in Lego form. I have no doubt that this will be a really fun and enjoyable movie. There’s honestly not much to say. It’s Batman. And Lego. Lego Batman.
The Lego Batman Movie will be released on March 30, 2017.
21. Kong Skull Island
Kong: Skull Island is in the same universe as Godzilla, a movie that although divisive, I really liked. Now with Skull Island this movie will introduce Kong into the universe, and he looks like he’s going to be an absolute beast in this movie.
Explorers (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson) encounter a monstrous ape after traveling to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean.
This is yet another monster movie and yet another Kong movie. This movie also has some pretty good actors with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell and Samuel L. Jackson all playing parts. From the trailer the movie has some potential. I’m most looking forward to seeing Kong in action. The one thing I’m not so sure about is the tone of the movie, because the first trailer and the second trailer have completely different tones. Other than that, I’m interested in checking out this movie.
Kong: Skull Island will be released on March 9, 2017.
20. A Ghost Story
A Ghost Story is a smaller movie which has me curious. With Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, as well as the director and premise, this movie is quite intriguing to me. It’s only been announced a few months ago and as pictures and details have come out, my interest in this movie has escalated.
This is the story of a ghost and the house he haunts.
It has a simple premise but the fact that its got some great talent behind it has me on board to see what it is. This movie has the talents of Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, who also collaborated with the director on Ain’t them Bodies Saints a few years ago. This film is directed by David Lowery, who directed Pete’s Dragon (A good movie) and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (a movie I still really need to see). From early reviews, it’s a very unique movie, I can’t wait to see it.
A Ghost Story will be released in 2017.
19. War for the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprisingly good reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes however took the franchise to a new level. Now the third instalment of the Apes franchise is coming and like the previous film, it’s probably going to be a hit.
Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.
Andy Serkis is flawless in his motion capture performances, and is no doubt going to deliver yet another fantastic performance here, just like he did in the previous two films as Caesar. Woody Harrelson is also great, and will likely add a lot to the film. The trailer for the movie definitely looks impressive. Director Matt Reeves (who directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) returns for the sequel. This film seems like it may somehow top even the previous movie. I can’t wait to see it.
War for the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 13, 2017.
18. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Guardians of The Galaxy was one of the biggest surprises in recent years. It was just such a different and fun movie that was really entertaining. So naturally me and many people are looking forward to the sequel. I have no idea what the film will be about but I’m sure it will be great.
The one thing that I’m worried about however is how this film will compare to the original. While it will definitely have the things that we loved from the previous movie (as shown in the trailers), I also want to add and try something new from the original. Kurt Russell and Elizabeth Debicki join the returning cast, both are very talented and I can’t wait to see them in this movie. Overall I’m excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, I’m certain it will be at the very least a fun time.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 will be released on April 25, 2017.
17. The Snowman
The Snowman is a movie I only found out about recently but I think it has a chance at being one of the highlights of 2017. With the cast, director and premise, this movie definitely has a lot of potential.
A boy finds his missing mother’s pink scarf wrapped around the neck of a sinister-looking snowman. Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is called in to investigate and begins to suspect it’s the work of a serial killer.
This movie has a big cast with Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones and J.K. Simmons and others involved. That amount of talent got my attention alone. Also the director, Tomas Alfredson, made Let the Right One In and Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy (the former I still have yet to watch). Clearly this director is very capable. So we’ve got an interesting premise, a talented cast and a great director. The Snowman is definitely a movie that I’m curious about.
The Snowman will be released on October 13, 2017.
16. The Discovery
What originally caught my attention with this movie is the talented cast involved. As information about this movie came out, The Discovery seemed like something truly unique. By the time the trailer came out, I was sold on this movie, and is now one of my most anticipated films of the year.
Soon after the existence of the afterlife has been scientifically proven, the son (Jason Segal) of the man who made the discovery (Robert Redford) falls in love with a woman (Rooney Mara) with a tragic past.
The film’s cast consists of actors like Rooney Mara, Jason Segal and Robert Redford, that alone has my interest. On top of that, the premise of this movie, about discovering that the afterlife is real and the aftermath of this discovery is such a fascinating idea, there’s a lot that can be done with this premise. The trailer was very… unique. It seems like such a different movie that I need to see it. This movie will be arriving on Netflix in late March and you can bet that I’ll be watching that as soon as I can. I really can’t wait to see this movie.
The Discovery will be released in March 31, 2017 on Netflix.
15. Mary Magdalene
Normally I’m not interested in biblical stories, however both the cast’s involvement as well as the director got me interested in this movie. This film will have Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This film is also directed by Garth Davis (who also worked with Rooney on 2016’s Lion). There’s a lot of talent involved and that makes me intrigued to see what this movie is like.
The story of Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara).
Garth Davis had previously worked on Lion, which was from what I heard was a great movie. So that already has me curious in checking out the Mary Magdalene movie. Also as I previously mentioned, the cast is excellent. We’ve got Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus Christ and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter. All of these are very talented actors. As I said, the story didn’t initially interest me but to see all these talented people involved makes me interested in checking out this movie.
Mary Magdalene will be released in 2017.
14. Thor Ragnarok
Thor Ragnarok is a movie that I am still divided about. It has a lot of potential with the new cast and the director, Taika Waititi, I like Thor. I’ve also liked all the MCU movies so far. There are just aspects of the story details which turn me off. I’m certain I will like Thor Ragnarok, but I have no idea how much I’ll like it.
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk.
Along with returning cast (with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins), this film also has Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum (with the latter three as villains, hopefully not wasted). Also, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk is confirmed to play a part in this movie, so that’s exciting as well. An interesting choice was made for this film, Taika Waititi. He is a very talented director and writer, Hunt for the Wilderpeople definitely showed that he’s great. One thing that’s also already looking up is that the comedic relief human characters from the first two Thor films aren’t here, so even if this movie is just funny, it will actually be funny. Thor Ragnarok has a lot of very unique ideas, and I’m looking forward to seeing how well these ideas are executed.
Thor Ragnarok will be released on November 3, 2017.
M Night Shyamalan has unfortunately made a lot of bad films recently, with The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. He however made a comeback recently with The Visit so I’m optimistic that he will have another great movie with Split. And according to many of the people who have seen Split already, it’s really good, so I can’t wait to see it.
A man (James McAvoy) who has multiple personality disorder holds three teenage girls captive.
Aside from Shyamalan the main reason I’m so excited for this movie is James McAvoy. He is a fantastic actor, and he’s taking on such a challenging role, playing someone with multiple personalities. And yes, some people have managed to see Split already and most of the people really like it. Even the people who didn’t like the movie, at least loved McAvoy’s performance. This movie has a lot of potential, I can’t wait to see it.
Split will be released on February 2, 2017
12. Blade Runner 2049
I’ll admit that while I liked parts of the first Blade Runner I never really loved it. I might need to rewatch it, see if my opinion on the movie changes. Despite not being the hugest fan of Blade Runner, I’m still excited to see its sequel, mostly due to director Denis Villeneuve being the director of the film, and I’m always interested in whatever films he makes.
Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His Discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Denis Villienueve is one of the best directors working today. He’s made some fantastic films with Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and Arrival, so naturally I’m excited to see him take on the sequel of such a classic movie. Also, along with Harrison Ford returning to his role we have Ryan Gosling also involved, Gosling has been doing great recently with both La La Land and The Nice Guys last year, I can’t wait to see him here. From the trailer alone this film looks excellent, the imagery looks great, Denis Villeneuve’s films always look great and it looks like Blade Runner 2049 is no different. I can’t wait to see Blade Runner 2049, it looks like it’s going to be one of the stand out films of 2017.
Blade Runner 2049 will be released on October 5, 2017.
11. Song to Song
Originally titled Weightless, Song to Song is yet another ambitious film from unconventional filmmakers Terrence Malick. I will confess, I haven’t seen a Terrence Malick film before but from what I’ve heard he’s a great filmmaker, if divisive at times. The cast alone has me interested, with Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman all playing parts in the movie.
In this modern love story set against the Austin, TX music scene, two entangled couples – struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) & BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) – chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.
As I said earlier I haven’t seen any films from Terrence Malick, so the cast is honestly the main reason that I’m interested in the movie. I can’t wait to see all these talented actors on screen at the same time. I’ve heard that Terrence Malick can be a bit divisive with his films, I saw a little bit of Knight of Cups and it was a bit unconventional to say the least. So I have no idea what Song to Song will be like. Despite this, I’m still really looking forward to see this movie, if only for the cast.
Song to Song will be released on March 17, 2017.
10. John Wick Chapter Two
2014’s John Wick was one of the year’s best surprises, not only was it Keanu Reeves’s best performance (and in my opinion his best movie), it was also a very fun movie with a great world that I would like to be explored more. And with John Wick Chapter 2, it looks like we’ll be getting that.
Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
Thankfully, one of the two John Wick directors Chad Stahelski (the other is David Leitch who is instead working on The Coldest City) is returning for the sequel, one of the best aspects of that original film is how the action was done. Instead of a lot of shaky cam, close up shots and fast cuts to create their action like a lot of modern action movies use, they let us to actually see the action unfold, allowing us to get more into it. Common is playing the villain, and he was effective as a villain in Run All Night (even though he could’ve been used more), so I think he will be quite effective here. Oh and also, Laurence Fishburne is involved with this movie. That’s always great. I sure do hope that it lives up to the previous movie, the only possible way that I think this film could be flawed is that only one of the director is returning, we can only hope that one of the directors can deliver the same amount (if not more) as the previous film. The trailer definitely looks like we’ll be getting a fun movie, so I’m hyped.
John Wick: Chapter Two will be released in 2017
9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Misouri
Most of you won’t know what this movie even is. It’s the next film by Martin McDonagh who has created In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, both fantastic movies (definitely check them out when you can). So naturally, I am extremely excited to see yet another movie from him.
A vigilante mother takes matters into her own hands as she searches for her daughter’s murderer. Fueled by fury, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) erects three provocative highway signs to catch the eye of the town’s revered Chief of Police Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), who has made few inroads finding a culprit. Hoping the incendiary messages spur Willoughby’s unprincipled protégé Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell) into action, Mildred ignites a firestorm in the community as the police force evades charges of racism and corruption.
The cast with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Peter Dinklage is enough to get me interested in this movie but what got my interest in this movie in the first place was Martin McDonagh’s involvement. We can expect this movie to be hilarious, dark, violent, entertaining and overall just fantastically written. With the director/writer and the cast involved, this movie is likely going to be great.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Misouri will be released in 2017.
8. Kingman: The Golden Circle
Kingsman: The Secret Service was such a great and fun movie, it was such a pleasant surprise film in 2015. Matthew Vaughn and his talented cast return for the sequel, which will hopefully be just as great as the previous film. It definitely has a lot of potential.
Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong), two British spies, travel to the United States to join forces with their American counterparts.
Matthew Vaughn is a fantastic director with films like Kick Ass, X-Men First Class, Layer Cake and the first Kingsman, so I expect that this movie will be great. My thing is like with Guardians of the Glaxy Volume 2, I just hope that it does something new to separate it from the previous movie, while giving us what we loved from the previous movie. In the sequel we also have Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Pedro Pascal joining the cast. All of them are very talented and so I’m excited to see them in Kingsman.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be released on September 28, 2017
7. The Disaster Artist
The Disaster Artist is the story behind The Room, one of the worst movies of all time. I have seen The Room and actually reviewed it (and I loved the movie for how terrible it is). This movie is based off the book of the same name by Greg Sestero, actor from The Room and friend of Tommy Wiseau, the star, writer, producer and director of The Room. I myself have read the book, and was fascinated in how the making of the film went. This adaptation has the potential to be a modern day Ed Wood.
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room (2003).
The Disaster Artist has a great cast, with James Franco as Tommy Wiseau, Dave Franco as Greg Sestero as well as Josh Hutcherson, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and others playing real life people who worked on The Room. From the set photos, the actors even looked like the characters/people, so I think that they are doing it right. I think my biggest concern is how Franco can portray Tommy. Look at any clips of The Room, Wiseau acts a certain way and it’s hard to act like Tommy Wiseau without making it look like an imitation. Franco also has to nail the inner emotions of Tommy, as there are moments in the book where there are moments where that happens. I’ve been hearing about this movie for a while and seeing it finally get made is really exciting.
The Disaster Artist will be released in 2017.
6. Alien Covenant
The Prometheus sequel (I know it’s confusing with the Alien title) is directed by Ridley Scott. I was a little sceptical because Ridley Scott nowadays can be inconsistent with his recent films. However he just delivered the great film The Martian, and I also loved Prometheus (even though most people don’t). But what brought me over to make me excited for this movie was the trailer. It was… not what I was expecting.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers a dark world whose sole inhabitant is David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
The trailer shows that the film will be straight up horror as well as unflinching and very violent and gory. It also shows some Xenomorphs (or early stages of Xenomorphs) and that’s always nice to see. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender return from the previous film and other actors like Katheryn Waterson, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride are also part of the film. Before the trailer, I had no idea how this film will turn out but now I am excited for it and I’m completely on board.
Alien: Covenant will be released on May 19, 2017.
5. Wonder Woman
Despite the divisive response to Batman v Superman, one thing that most people liked was Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, she really was something special in that movie. And from everything I’ve seen in this movie, her solo movie looks great.
After leaving her all-female island, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) discovers her full powers and true destiny while fighting alongside soldiers during World War I.
This film looks dark and like a war movie and I love that setting. Director Patty Jenkins directs this film and if you’ve seen Monster, you know that she is a great director. Gal Gadot stole the show in Batman v Superman and I look forward to seeing her lead her own film. The supporting cast with talented actors like Chris Pine and Robin Wright is great. In terms of possible fears, it’s just Warner Bros interfering with the film. As it’s a standalone movie and not tieing into anything (as it’s a prequel), I have a feeling that it won’t be affected. Also not to mention the more positive reception to Batman v Superman’s Ultimate Edition and the criticism of the missing Suicide Squad scenes should’ve altered Warner Bros. But we’ll have to see what happens. Anyway, I can’t wait to see this movie.
Wonder Woman will be released on June 2, 2017.
This movie is one of my biggest worries of 2017. It’s not that I don’t think it will be a great movie, it’s just that it’s the kind of film that needs to be perfect. This is the last time we’ll see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Professor X. This movie
needs to be a good sendoff to these two actors in their characters. With that said, based on the trailer alone this film looks excellent.
In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan (Hugh Jackman) emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl (Dafne Keen), who has two claws instead of his three.
James Mangold (director of The Wolverine) returns to direct the final Wolverine film. The Wolverine was a film I liked quite a bit but with Logan the trailer have made it look on a whole other level. So in this movie we have Wolverine, Professor X, X-23 and others. The first trailer alone had me sold, it looks dark, sad and nothing like any comic book movie we’ve ever seen before. It was the best trailer released in 2016 (the second trailer is also good as well). Logan definitely has the potential to be the best comic book movie of 2017.
Logan will be released on March 2, 2017.
Dunkirk is another film from Christopher Nolan. That’s almost all that really needs to be said. There’s not one movie that he’s made that I haven’t called at the very least ‘great’. This time he is taking on a war movie, a true life story. I have no doubt that this film will be amazing based on the talent involved and the trailer.
British forces embark on a mission to evacuate Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, in 1940.
Nolan has made a very wide range of types of films, I can’t wait to see how he does a war movie. From the trailer alone it looks amazing. The cast is also great with Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and others involved. If there’s any possible weak link it’s the questionable choice of having Harry Styles in the movie. However if Christopher Nolan cast him, he must’ve had a good reason. I’m sure Styles will do fine. Overall Dunkirk looks like it will be a great film and one of the highlights of 2017 and I can’t wait to see it.
Dunkirk will be released on July 21, 2017.
2. Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi
This film was a no-brainer on my list. I loved what JJ Abrams did with The Force Awakens. Now Rian Johnson is in charge of handling the sequel. He impressed me with 2012’s Looper and I can just tell that I will love Episode 8.
We don’t know a huge amount of the plot of Star Wars Episode 8 thus far, or anything really. Not even a teaser of sorts have been revealed. Just the title recently. But I’m actually okay with that. I loved The Force Awakens, so I’ll probably feel the same about Episode 8. Also, I like it when bigger films are more secretive about their movies. What we do know is that Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern have joined the cast, both are great so I’m interested to see what part they will play in the movie. I’m looking forward to Star Wars Episode 8 a great deal, it’s hard not to be, it’s Star Wars.
Star Wars Episode 8 will be released on December 15, 2017.
1. Justice League
Despite all the mixed reception towards the DCEU, it has done nothing to dampen my excitement for the future films. I loved Man of Steel and Batman v Superman and I liked Suicide Squad (despite it’s many flaws. The second 2017 DCEU film will be the first time we’ll see the Justice League on screen together on the big screen. I am hyped.
Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) unite to battle the evil Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds).
As I said, this is the first time we’ll see Justice League in live action for the first time. This movie has a lot of elements going on, it’s has to set up the Justice League, introducing 3 new characters and handle 6 Justice League characters effectively. But I believe that this movie can pull it off This movie also has a great cast, we’ve got Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher as the Justice League. Also there will be returning cast members and characters with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta. Along with the returning DCEU cast we have new actors and characters with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nudis Vulko, and Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, the villain of the film. On top of that we have Chris Terrio returning to write the film as well as Zack Snyder returning as director.
There are some worries I have. Like with Wonder Woman, studio interference is a worry, as that happened with both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad in regards to the editing. However I think Warner Bros have learnt their lesson. Also I don’t know if this movie will be too stuffed with other things for setup for other solo movies. There’s a lot of elements that this movie needs to get just right. However I think it’s possible. I loved Batman v Superman, so I can’t wait to see the story that Terrio and Snyder have planned out. I have no idea how this film will turn out, but I have high hopes.
Justice League will be released on November 16, 2017.
So what did you think of my list? What are your picks for the most anticipated movies of 2017. Comment below and let me know.