There are a lot of exciting movies to look forward to! In fact, tomorrow one of the movies I'm the most excited about comes out – The Martian. I read, and loved, the book! Everyone is surprised when I say how much I enjoyed how funny it was; I guess because the movie's trailer shows off how serious the story is, which it is, but it's the humor of the main character Mark Watney that is the soul of the book. Watney is one of the most genuinely funny characters ever imagined in my opinion, and I get the feeling that a lot of author Andy Weir's personality was channeled into his creation.
Here is a list, with some notes, for the rest of the films I'm excited to see this year:
Fall/Winter movies 2015
The Martian (10/2)
Steve Jobs (10/23)
A Steve Jobs biopic from the director of Slumdog Millionaire
and the brilliant 28 Days Later
The fourth instalment with Daniel Graig portraying James Bond, again directed by Sam Mendes who directed Skyfall. This will be the 24th official Bond film (26th Bond film if you're counting the two unofficial Bond films, which I do since one of them starred Sean Connery reprising the character.
Hunger Games: MockingJay - part 2 (11/20)
The final Hungers Games
movie pertains to the more interesting second half of the last book in the series. The science fiction here should be interesting to see visualized.
Star Wars Episode VII (12/18)
There was a time when we thought the final, third, trilogy of Star Wars films would live only as highly guarded notes at the Lucas mansion, and as imagined scenarios fantasies in the mind of George Lucas. Then Disney changed everything when they bought the rights to the franchise and announced the third trilogy would be brought to life, along with another sideline trilogy of stories. Who could have guessed we'd be so lucky? To make matters better, this Episode is being crafted by the very gifted JJ Abrams. His excellent revival of Star Trek with the most recent two films in that universe may have only been a warm up for Episode 7.
Any movie with Amy Poeler and Tina Fey cast as the main leads is worth seeing.
When I first saw the trailer for this film, up until the point where Rocky Balboa shows up, I had no idea it was at all related to Rocky. Creed will be the 7th Rocky film, and is more of a spin off than a sequel. The main character in this film is the son of the character Apollo Creed from the earlier films, who has come to seek training and guidance from his father's former rival turned friend. The premise for this is exciting enough, but knowing it is written and directed by Ryan Coogler, director of the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station, makes it a lot more interesting.
The next collaboration between director David O. Russell, and actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradly Cooper and Robert Di Niro. There most recent collaborations include Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. This one tells the true story of Joy Mangano, inventor of the “Miracle Mop”.
Here are some of the 2016 films I am excited about
The Revenant (1/8)
If this movie trailer
doesn't excite you, reading the wikipedia page
about the real life frontiersman Hugh Glass will.
The 5th Wave (1/15)
Based on the popular young adult Scifi novel of the same name, this film features Maika Monroe from The Guest
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2/5)
What would Jane Austin think if she knew her beloved story had been reborn with the living dead? She might just roll right out of her grave and seek out the brains responsible.
2016 will be a big year for Fox's X-men film universe with 3 films opening: Deadpool, X-men Apocalypse, and Gambit. Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as Deadpool in this sequel/spinoff from the first solo Wolverine movie “Xmen Origins” (which itself was not so great). With the recent time-line resets to the X-men universe that happened in Days of Future Past, most of the unfortunate mishandling of Reynolds' character's fate in Origins can be scraped.
Zoolander 2 (2/12)
The original cast and writer are back. This should be just as beautify stupid as the original.
Batman vs Superman - Dawn of Justice (3/25)
Why not call this simply 'Dawn of Justice'? For the first time the caped crusader and the man of steel meet on film. The newly formed DC Shared Universe is about to get pretty exiting. I think Batfleck can handle it now that Bale has retired the cape (too bad we didn’t get to see how bad ass Joseph Gordon Levitt could have been as a Robin or Nightwing).
Jungle Book (4/15)
Scarlet Johansson and Bill Murray together again for the first time since Lost in Translation
Captain America Civil War (5/6)
I tend to prefer the quirkier Marvel Cinematic universe films the best. Guardians of the Galaxy and Antman are my two favorites. The more mainsteam Avenger's films are great too, so I predict this latest Captain America should be an enjoyable blockbuster, with many of the
X Men Apocalypse (5/27)
The third film in the prequel trilogy deals with the Xmen encountering arch nemesis Apocalypse
Finding Dory (6/17)
Sequel to Finding Nemo
Independence Day Resurgence (6/24)
The first of two planned sequels to Independence Day. How is it possible that they made this movie without getting Will Smith to reprise his role?
I thought this movie was an urban legend but apparently it's real, and it has a kick ass cast including Kristen Wiig as well as some of the original cast: Bill Murray and Segorney Weaver (maybe Dan Aykroyd)
Star Trek Beyond (7/22)
JJ Abrams has been a bit busy working on Star Wars Episode 7, so Jistin Lin of the Fast and Furious films will be in charge of the third instalment of the Star Trek rebooted timeline.
The Bourne ??? (7/29)
The Bourne 'Something' is coming out next year and unlike the most recent sequel, Bourne is a character in this film, so I'm hoping it should be as great as the first three.
Suicide Squad (8/5)
The third film in the Shared DC Universe will be like a Dirty Dozen parody featuring super villains as the anti-super heroes. This may be DC's answer to Marvel's Guardian's of the Galaxy.
Pete's Dragon (8/12)
One of my favorite movies from childhood is being remade.
Another Xmen spin off film, this one featuring Gambit who was last scene at the end of Xmen Origins Wolverine and portrayed by Taylor Kitch.
Doctor Strange (11/4)
A new chapter in the Marvel Cinematic universe.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12/16)
The alternate new Star Wars trilogy begins with this film by Gareth Edwards, with the third trilogy, and the new alt trilogy were in an era of one Star Wars movie every year for the next 6 years
I don't know much about this other than it's a scifi comedy staring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. That's all I need to know.
Looking way way out ...
Ready Player One (12/2017)
I've just started reading this brilliant novel and am excited to discover that Spielberg will be directing the visually stunning book to life. Since much of the subject matter involves virtual reality, it would be the perfect movie to be filmed in VR. Rumor has it that Spielberg is a huge gamer so if anyone would be up to do this, he would be the one.