It’s always fun to create these lists every year, it’s become a little bit of a ritual for me. There’s always awards season posts where everyone gets in on the hottest movies in town…and then there’s the prep work and anticipation for next year’s most promising crop. And you guys know me. I’m always into the less conventional films…the riskier ones and the more out-of-the-loop pictures. I’m obviously excited for Alien:Covenant and things like Ghost in the shell. But I wanna get real here. This post is going to cover some serious serious films. And the less known releases this year that could very well be on your watchlist too. Fans of Del Toro, Ex Machina, Stephen King and Yorgos Lanthimos (mini-spoiler 😉 ), you might want to read on. So without further ado, these are my most anticipated films of 2017.
dir. by Alex Garland. Stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez.
After making one of my favourite films of 2015 and possibly one of my favourite films of all time, Ex Machina, I’m up for anything Garland is up to. I loved how innovative, haunting and profound it was. Count me in on this.
The Shape Of Water
dir. by Guillermo Del Toro. Stars Michael Shannon
Not sure what this is about other than it’s a personal horror movie set in the cold war. But Del Toro fans and Michael Shannon fans rejoice! Bring them together, this is gonna be badass.
dir. by Christopher Nolan. Stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance.
I don’t like war movies. And I don’t like historical biographies because most of them aren’t afforded the opportunity to get creative. Fiction is always more interesting. Anyhow, since it’s Nolan, I’m pretty excited anyways. With a cast of Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy, there’s a number of things to get excited about.
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
dir. by Yorgos Lanthimos. Stars Nicole Kidmann, Colin Farrell
I’ve never seen Yorgos Lanthimos’ films The Lobster and Dogtooth, but if you have you’ll definitely know this guy produces some of the most interesting, out-of-the-box kind of movies that have you thinking for a long time. I’m really hyped for this one, more so than the other films mostly because I know there’s going to be no holds barred when it comes to this guy. Moreover, he’s tackling my favourite genre-Psychological thriller. All I know is that this is going to be dark…and the last time I saw Nicole Kidmann this haunting was in Dogville and Eyes Wide Open. SO AMPED.
Blade Runner 2049
dir. by Denis Villeneuve. Stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford
Denis Villeneuve taking on a actioney-thriller is what I’m all about. I’ve always joked that Villeuve should do a DC film. Behind that joke is a sad truth that 1. He’s probably never doing one AND 2. DC needs someone like him so badly. Anyhow, I’m happy that he’s taking on another franchise and hopefully, can bring his signature high-tension style and ambiguity to wow long-time fans of Blade Runner. For me, it’ll be just another awesome Villeneuve film.
dir. by Sofia Coppola. Stars Nicole Kidmann, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell
There’s alot of talk about this and I suspect it’s because the trailer is pretty sick. I’m not watching though, I’ll stave off trailers of films that I’m really hyped for just because I don’t want the slightest of spoilers. Looks and sounds pretty cool I’ll admit.
The Dark Tower
dir. by Nikolaj Arcel. Stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey
I’ve been a big fan of Idris Elba ever since Beasts Of No Nation and Hollywood doesn’t give him enough credit for his work.That’s a fact. I’m naturally excited for him to be starring in a Stephen King adapted film. Matthew McConaughey is always good, so let’s hope this is one of his better film choices as compared to his recent movies which have been pretty bad.
I’m missing out alot on the indie and independent scene, so if you guys know of any that you’re excited for, please leave a comment! I might do a part two once I get a hold of more movies that interest me 🙂 What do you think of the list? And what are your most anticipated releases?! 🙂