My Most Anticipated Films of 2017

This list was written a while ago, but I wanted to wait until I’d posted my best of 2016 list to post this. That said, I’m still not done watching the movies from that list, so I won’t be posting it yet. I did want to post this one, though. I’ve already seen one movie from this list, and I have to say, I should have placed it higher on the list. Split has just bumped the next Shyamalan film up higher on my list for the year it is coming out.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – By far, my most anticipated movie follows up 2015’s The Force Awakens with the further adventures of Rey and Finn. Picking up from where we left off, Luke Skywalker joins the journey and our heroes take off on a new adventure as the First Order regroups and the Resistance continues in their efforts to bring them down.
  2. Look to the Sky – Brett Culp’s long awaited follow-up to 2013’s Legends of the Knight. This time it is a film about hope, centering on the character of Superman.
  3. A Voice that Carries – Another Brett Culp helmed documentary, this one about the relationship between father and daughter.
  4. Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters – A pair of feature length documentaries, one about Ghostbusters and the other about Ghostbusters II. I’ve been following the production of these documentaries for what seems like about 10 years now. They are getting closer to release. They may not make a 2017 release date, but they’re definitely on their way toward a release very soon.
  5. Justice League – I’m pretty excited for DC to finally have their Avengers movie. The cast is excellent, with everyone looking the part, and it’s about time all of these characters get together. Wonder Woman was one of the highlights of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and she could maintain that status here.
  6. Wonder Woman – Finally getting her own major motion picture, the setting kind of reminds me of Captain America: The First Avenger, though with settings in WWI rather than WWII. I hope that it’s great.
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The sequel looks just as weird and catchy as the original. Baby Groot looks fantastic. Can’t wait to hear the soundtrack and hope that the film has as much heart as the first.
  8. Transformers: The Last Knight – Michael Bay’s (final?) Transformers film looks like more of the same. I liked the first and third TF films best, the fourth was alright, and the second as well… I’m hopeful for another great one. My one question: will they ever make a Transformers movie that isn’t lead entirely by the humans in the cast?
  9. Beauty and the Beast – The one major problem I have with this film is Emma Watson. So far, we haven’t seen her smile much at all in the trailers. I’m really looking forward to the music in this, and hopeful that, with the same composers working on this that worked on the 1991 original, they have recaptured the magic. From the music in the trailers, it seems like they have with the opening of the film at least. Slightly less annoying is the voice of Lumiere. It sounds like someone forcing a voice and accent, rather than using a voice that they use when they natually speak.
  10. Cars 3 – Lightning McQueen’s journey appears to be coming to a close with the third film in the series. I’m hoping for a return to form. The second film was very much a spy thriller with a fish out of water story that could have had more heart if they only work-shopped Mater’s role in the story a bit more. This time, McQueen appears to be the primary character once again, as he deals with being the older racecar in a field of new cars.
  11. Score – A documentary about film scores. I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. Hope to see it sometime this year.
  12. Disneynature’s Born in China – Pushed from 2016 to Earth Day 2017. I love the Disneynature films that I’ve seen, and can’t wait for this one.
  13. Spider-Man: Homecoming – I still wish they had made Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4. I also wish they would have made The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Alas, neither was to be, and now here we are, 15 years after Spider-Man took the world by storm, we’re getting our sixth film featuring our third Peter Parker. Looks fun, and I hear it’s like a John Hughes movie. I like that prospect.
  14. My Little Pony: The Movie – My wife and I have watched this show for the last few years, and there’s no way she’s going to want to miss this one.
  15. Thor: Ragnarok – Been waiting for this one since Thor: The Dark World, to find out what has actually happened with Loki. Plus, this one looks like it includes Hulk and Doctor Strange.
  16. Coco – Pixar’s second film release of the year is also an original film. I haven’t read too much about this one, but I’m always up for a Pixar.
  17. Jumanji – Is this a reboot? A sequel? A remake? I have no idea, but it looks like a unique spin as we might be heading into the Jumanji game, rather than having the game invading our world.
  18. Logan – The final Wolverine film. It also features Professor X and X-23. This could also be Hugh Jackman’s final time playing the role he originated in 2000’s X-Men. (Amazingly, Dougray Scott was up for the role, back in the day, but filming on Mission: Impossible 2 ran over, creating a schedule conflict and they had to replace him with Hugh Jackman for the role that he went on to play over 18 years.)
  19. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – I like these movies. We’ll see, though. They need to capture the fun of the original film.
  20. The Lego Batman Movie – Will this be as good as the surprisingly great Lego Movie? I hope so. If not, at least it’ll be funny.
  21. Power Rangers – Could be great. Could be terrible. The cast will make or break this one.
  22. Smurfs: The Lost Village – After two live-action mixed Smurfs films, it’s about time they make one that is actually true to the original animated series in style and setting. This looks like it could be the Smurfs movie that should have been made first.
  23. A Dog’s Purpose – My wife wants to see this one for the dogs.
  24. Split – I love M. Night Shyamalan’s films. And I understand that this and his last film are both a return to form for the director. That said, I am kind of scared of seeing his latest movies. I’m not a fan of scary movies, and the subject matter of this one is kind of terrifying.
  25. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan is hit or miss for me. I like all of his Batman movies and Inception. The Prestige is alright. Interstellar and Insomnia are both insufferable. Where will this fit in? Will it?
  26. The Dark Tower – We’ll see if I make it to this one. I could go either way.

New Documentary about Fathers and Daughters: A Voice that Carries

I’ve gotten into documentaries in the last few years. Mostly about topics that I’m into, like Ghostbusters, superheroes, etc. It likely stems from the enjoyment I get watching behind the scenes features on DVDs.

Releasing (hopefully) this year, on or around Father’s Day, is a documentary about fathers and their daughters.

If you’re like me, and you have a daughter (or if you have a few daughters), this is one that you’ll want to see.

Here’s the trailer for A Voice that Carries. The director is Brett Culp (Legends of the KnightLook to the Sky).

And please also help support the film’s completion.

You can also help Brett finish Look to the Sky at Generosity.com.

My Most Anticipated Films of 2016

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryHere is my list of most anticipated films for the year. I think I missed doing this list last year, but I wanted to make sure to put this list together for 2016. We now live in a world where there are new Star Wars films coming out regularly. I’m very excited about that, and have ranked Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as my most anticipated movie of the year. I have a feeling that’s going to be a running theme from now on. Anyway, here are my most anticipated movies of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

My Most Anticipated Films of 2014

Muppets Most WantedFor the first time in a while we have a year without a Pixar film.  I tend to put all Pixar films on my anticipated film list every year, but The Good Dinosaur was delayed until 2015.  That will mean two Pixar films will be on my list for 2015, however, and I’m very excited about that.  I’m pretty excited about this year’s movies, however, with the end of The Hobbit capping the a year filled with Muppets, superheroes, robots and biblical epics.

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My Most Anticipated Films of 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugI haven’t created a list of my anticipated films of the next year in some time.  My friend Teddy posted one, though, and inspired me to do my own.  (Reading through this list, you can get a pretty good idea of the type of movies I like, for the most part.  You could probably predict what movies I’d see, year after year.)

10. Thor: The Dark World

Since Disney has delayed The Muppets 2 until March 2014, it made room in my top ten for Thor 2.  Love the first one, and the sequel should continue that.

9. Monster’s University

Finally we have Pixar’s latest.  This is a prequel to Monster’s Inc.  It landed after a Dreamworks animated film on my list because of Cars 2.  However, it made my list because of Toy Story 2 and 3.  Brave was a definite step in the right direction for Pixar, and I’m hoping that they can bring back some of the magic of the Monster’s Inc. as they’re about to branch out again into more uncharted territory.

8. The Wolverine

This looks to be the Wolverine film we’ve been waiting for since Hugh Jackman first played him in 2000’s X-Men.  Definitely looking forward to it.

7. The Lone Ranger

My brother and I used to watch the old TV series when we were really little.  I can barely remember any of them, but there are pictures of us watching it.  I’m a fan of the Pirates movies (more or less), and that gives me some trepidatious hope for this film.  I just haven’t been a big fan of westerns.

6. Epic

The trailer for this totally caught me by surprise.  Each time that I saw it attached to a film, the whole theater (kids and adults) was suddenly silent, just watching as it unfolded.  I hope that, like Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, Dreamworks has created another film that could just as easily have come from Pixar.

5. After Earth

A potential new science fiction world.  Looking forward to entering it, to see if it brings anything new to the genre.  I don’t expect it to land like a new Star Wars, Star Trek or even Avatar.  But I’ve been surprised before.  The successful launch of a new Sci-Fi franchise could be quite a twist!

4. Iron Man 3

Shane Black brings a fresh voice to the Iron Man films.  (I’m probably the only person in the world that liked IM2 better than IM.  I just thought that Iron Man fighting another large Iron Mech at the end of the first film was terribly anti-climactic and somehow reminded me of Ang Lee’s Hulk.)  Looks like the ante has been raised for Iron Man.

3.  Star Trek Into Darkness

I only saw the first one because of J.J. Abrams.  I’ll be seeing this one because I actually enjoyed that one.  As a fan of Star Wars, there was a time when I wouldn’t have been caught dead watching anything Star Trek.  Abrams changed all of that.  I haven’t watched any other Star Trek movies, and had only seen a few episodes of various Trek shows over the years, but J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek was the first time that I wanted to continue watching.

2. Man of Steel

Love what Christopher Nolan did with Batman, for the Dark Knight trilogy.  Now that creative team has worked on a Superman film.  The only difference is that Zack Snyder is directing.  I’ve only seen one of his films before this one, though.  The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.  That showed me that he could be the person to capture heroic flight in a film unlike anything we’ve seen before.  From the trailer, so far I think he’s nailed it.  The shot of Superman flying outside the Earth, Superman makes some very subtle movements that make him feel more like he’s actively flying, rather than just rocketing around.

#. The Muppets 2 (Delayed to March 2014)

As a big fan of the Muppets franchise, and a huge fan of The Muppets, the mere thought of another film from some of the same creative team is very exciting.  I thought they brought the Jim Henson magic back to the characters in a big way, and I look forward to seeing that continued on the big screen.

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

If you know me, you know what a big fan of Tolkien I am.  I’ve seen An Unexpected Journey three times (so far).  I’ve been waiting for these films since the credits rolled on The Return of the King, and so far I haven’t been disappointed.  Where the story goes from the end of the first one, it gets far more epic and enthralling.  I have a feeling that, for much of the audience, like The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in this trilogy will only be strengthened by the power of the next parts of the story.  For better or for worse, this is all part of one single story, and that makes it impossible for me to judge the first part on its’ own, without having seen the rest.

Honorable Mentions:

Oz: The Great and Powerful
Frozen
Ender’s Game
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

My Most Anticipated Movies of December 2009: Avatar, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, The Princess and the Frog, Sherlock Holmes

This month features the release of the long awaited James Cameron film, Avatar. I hope that it’s worth the wait, in the end. I’ve been telling my friends the only things I know about it for a long time: that James Cameron is inventing a new filming technique for it, and it’ll be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 is more or less a possibility, whereas The Princess and the Frog is a new Disney Must-See! I’ve selected Sherlock Holmes based on the creative team alone.
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