With the new year upon us I decided to makes a top 10 list of my most anticipated films of this new year, unfortunately it was really hard for me to narrow down my list based on the properties being released in 2016 according to IMDB and my list of 10 films became a list of 20, making 2016 a promissory year for great movies.
20. The Other Side of the Wind-Orson Welles
If the last film on my list is directed by Orson Welles, you should be assured by now that this will be a good list. The only reason this isn’t number one on my list is because the film hasn’t been entirely completed and I’m not guaranteed it’s coming out in 2016.
19. Hunt for the Wilerpeople-Taika Waititi
After watching What We Do in the Shadows last year I fell in love with Waititi’s directing style and this project sounds amazing. Coming out before the man tackles Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople seems like a more dramatic film almost in the same vein of Boy, but still maintaining Waititi’s quirkiness throughout the film and exploring a really interesting relationship between and uncle and his nephew out in the New Zealand bush.
18. Hello, my Name is Doris-Michael Showalter
To be honest, this film was nowhere on my list, not until I saw the Cinefix’s SXSW Roundup and just the way the described this film full of giddiness and joy got to me and made me immediately put this on my most anticipated films of 2016 list. And with the recent release of the trailer I was not disappointed as the trailer so magnificently captures what the spirit of the movie seems to be and that feeling of your grandma trying to do something and it actually working out and you being overcome by this feeling of pure joy as you see her triumph.
17. The Death and Life of John F. Donovan-Xavier Dolan
Xavier Dolan has been cranking out one great film after another and this year he has two films that just sound amazing, unfortunately I had to omit one out of my list because it felt unfair to have a director feature two films in here. But why did this film beat out It’s Only the End of the World, because it just seems more interesting that’s why, don’t get me wrong I’m still dying to see It’s Only the End of the World, but The Death and Life of John F. Donovan marks Dolan’s debut filming in the English language, follows a man’s self-destruction (something Dolan is really good at doing), could be Kit Harington’s (Jon Snow) breakout dramatic role, and stars Jessica Chastain, what else could you want.
16. Hail, Caesar!– Coen Brothers
Everybody loves the Coen bros., making this film automatically insert itself into my list. On top of that you add a plot involving kidnap which is what they do best, a stellar cast that if I were to list would take up the entire article, the Coen’s look into classic 1950’s Hollywood, and Roger Deakin’s behind the lenses, sign me up.
15. The Book of Henry-Colin Trevorrow
This is on here out of pure curiosity, the fact that Trevorrow decided to go back to a small indie, dramatic film following his great success with Jurassic World speaks volumes about who the man is as a director. Then, amassing a great cast of chid actors such as Jcob Tremblay and Jaeden Lieberher alongside actors like Dean Norris, Sarah Silverman, and Naomi Watts is just fascinating and a really hope this ends up being an Oscar-contender type film that will show us Trevorrow can handle human emotions like he did in Safety Not Guaranteed.
14. The Circle-James Ponsoldt
Another intriguing premise with a great cast attached, The Circle sounds like a fascinating and wild ride with almost conspiracy-like feel to it that might break Ponsoldt out onto the mainstream. Made up of a cast containing John Boyega, Tom Hanks, Ellar Coltrane, the likes of others, and Alicia Vikander at one point only to be replaced by Emma Watson which is like when Fincher dropped out of directing Steve Jobs but they still got the Oscar-Winning director Danny Boyle. With out knowing much about it, The Circle sounds like an awesome movie and one you should definitely add in your mopst anticipated list of 2016.
13. Silence-Martin Scorsese
Like the Coen Bros. , if a Martin Scorsese is coming out that year you immediately put it on your list. Taking place outside of Scorsese’s gangster riddled New York and instead in Feudal Japan, following the trek of missionaries trying to spread the word of god as Japanese inflictions increased towards them, Silence seems very reminiscent of The Last Temptation of the Christ also directed by Scorsese. Alongside a great cast consisting of Liam Neeson, Adam driver, and Andrew Garfield, it appears Scorsese will deliver with an inspiring spiritual journey through Feudal Japan.
12. The Bad Batch-Ana Lily Amirpour
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was a captivating revival of the vampire in love genre, and the cast plus the director plus the premise of this film just sounds fantastic. Another love story in an unfamiliar setting, what Ana Lily Armipour objective seems like sounds like another beautifully frightening story of love triumphing in the most desolate of locations, thus making it my twelfth most anticipated film of 2016.
11. Everybody Wants Some-Richard Linklater
As a huge fan of both Boyhood and Dazed and Confused, which Linklater has linked to this film, Everybody Wants Some just seems like another wild night and a perfect encapsulation of the 80’s like what American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused did for the decades before it. Everybody Wants S0me seems like the most fun non-franchise movie we’ll get this year and that’ why it made it on my list.
10. The Light Between Oceans-Derek Cianfrance
Its only been four years and a feel lil we need Cianfrance back this very instant. What Cianfrance was able to do with both Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines is astonishing. This is someone who understands characters, someone who can make a powerful film, and then you add Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz into the mix, of course I’m going to be excited and I cannot wait for this film to come out.
9. The Lobster-Yorgos Lanthimos
This film might have already come out in some parts of the world but it hasn’t come out where I live yet, thus validating its position on my list. Everything about The Lobster sounds incredible, much like The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, The Lobster seems to have everything I’m looking for in a movie. An absurd premise, quirkiness, a great cast, Léa Seydoux, an English language debut for a fantastic director, and good reception at festivals.
8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story-Gareth Edwards
This time its not necessarily because I’m interested in the director, but rather the story which sounds incredible. Knowing they have the guys behind Black Hawk Down and Zero Dark Thirty behind the development of this film just adds to my excitement, then you add a cast consisting of Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, and Diego Luna makes on of my most anticipated films of 2016, not to mention its a Star Wars movie that doubles my excitement.
7. Sausage Party-Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon
Making the seventh spot on my list is probably the most random of choices, the new Seth Rogen animated comedy. But then again, that’s why it’s so interesting, this film will mark the Rogen and Godlberg’s first attempt at making an r-rated animated comedy. Plus, there is something about this project that just screams that last scene from Fantastic Mr. Fox to me, and with my love for Wes Anderson, which this film will probably not resemble at all, Sausage Party is guaranteed the seventh spot on my list.
6. Suicide Squad-David Ayer
Another offbeat choice in my top ten, Suicide Squad. Directed by David Ayer, a man I’m a huge fan of even though he’s directed some dunces here and there, what seems like the craziest (not the greatest) Joker interpretation we’ll be getting anytime soon, Harley Quinn’s presentation on the big screen played by no other than Margot Robbie, and with the likes of Will Smith, Cara Delevigne and others attached, I’m hyped for Suicide Squad.
5. The Nice Guys-Shane Black
What seems like a spiritual successor to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a fun trip through the 70’s madness of L.A. with touches of L.A. Confidential, a pitch of action and a vibe of Inherent Vice, this is the perfect film to start off my top five films of the year. On top of all that you add two great actors like Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling playing off each other, and a recent trailer that gives us a flavor of how amazing this film will be, this film looks incredible and I will be there on opening day to see this and have a jolly good time.
4. X-Men: Apocalypse-Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer has done nothing short of exceptional with any X-Men project he’s tackled, and this looks like he’s taking it to a whole new level. It feels like Singer is trying to refund us for abandoning us in The Last Stand with another amazing X-Men film, this time tackling Apocalypse. Apart from retaining its past yet great cast consisting of Michael Fassbender, McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, etc., we’re also being treated with a new magnificent cast of up-and-comers such as Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. On top of that, there were some stunning shots in this trailer that made me rewind just to see them again like the one involving Quicksilver and one where Apocalypse changes size which looks like nothing we’ve ever seen in the X-Men franchise.
3. Captain America: Civil War-Russo Brothers
Yes, another comic book movie, honestly I love them, they’re events and fun, and this seems like it’ll have all that plus a lot more, basing it on my reception of the trailer of course. Civil War seems like a grand spectacle event with heart, much like The Martian was this year and with the Russo brothers coming back it seems like another great Marvel film to await.
2. Doctor Strange-Scott Derrickson
Ever since the MCU came to fruition there’s been two movies I have been anxiously awaiting: Ant-Man & Doctor Strange. These are two Marvel properties I’ve always been fascinated by and now that one was released and was good, I am jumping with excitement knowing that Doctor Strange is less than a year away. Every set photo we’ve gotten from this film looks great, Cumberbatch’s beard is rad, and have I forgot to mention this film is in competition for the best cast of 2016 because the cast for this comic book movie is just insane. Initially bummed out that Joaquin Phoenix wasn’t taking the role, I now cheer with joy knowing Rachel McAdams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejifor, and Michael Stuhlbarg are all now part of this film. Partly written Jon Spaihts who appears to be doing another film I’m really intrigued by nest year, knowing that it will ave a horror aspect to it because of Derrickson’s involvement, and anticipating the psychedelic of Steve Ditko’s comics being projected onto the screen, I anticipate Doctor Strange like no there film on my list, no there than the one I’m about to mention down below.
1.The Neon Demon-Nicolas Winding Refn
Not just because he shares my name, but as a fervent fan of Refn,sincerely, this project sounds beautiful, pun intended. With a hint of Suspiria onto it, knowing it’ll be shot in 60 frames per second to give it a hyper-realistic feel, and Refn’s return to directing in three years, and most importantly his return to shooting in L.A. means we are getting another epic film like nothing you’ve seen before. It will look and sound exceptional, it’ll be dark and twisted, pretty yet malicious, it’ll Refn’s take on real horror in the modeling industry as he perceives it, and it will be one hell of ride through beauty and blood, the unexpected and wrong, The Neon Demon is shaping up to be the most perfect nightmare we’ll see all year.