It turned out that 2015 was an absolutely sterling year for cinema, a glorious mix of new arthouse classics and genre-smashing blockbusters, especially from instant classics like ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Both those films were on my list of the films to look forward to in 2015, along with ‘Holding The Man’, ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Macbeth’, so I guess I wasn’t too far off the mark! And so, in that spirit, I present the ten films I’m most excited about for 2016. Some are obvious, some are obscure, but all are films I cannot wait to see in the next twelve months.
SWITCH: 'HAIL, CAESAR!' TRAILER
HAIL, CAESAR!Any new film from the Coen Brothers is worthy of being on this list, but from the glimpse of old Hollywood glamour and the slapstick comedy the Brothers do so well that we got in the trailer, I’m already beside myself in anticipation of ‘Hail, Caesar!’ It’s been years since a Coen Brothers comedy, and this one features Josh Brolin, Francis McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, George Clooney and George Clooney’s teeth.
'THE WITCH' TRAILER
THE WITCHI have to admit, I know basically nothing about this American independent film. I haven’t read a synopsis or watched the trailer. All I have to work on for adding this to the list is incredible word-of-mouth from the festival circuit and a series of haunting and beautiful posters. I have a feeling this will be the horror gem of the year.
SWITCH: 'CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR' TRAILER
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WARThere are many enormous superhero films coming out in 2016, but to be honest, I think that one about the mutants and that one where the two big guys fight each other both look awful. I also thought ‘Civil War’ sounded like a terrible idea too, but its first trailer completely turned me around. After knocking it out of the ballpark with ‘The Winter Soldier’, lets see where directors Anthony and Joe Russo take Marvel’s most fascinating character next!
SWITCH: 'FINDING DORY' TEASER TRAILER
FINDING DORYEarlier this year, I got to see a few minutes of footage from the long-awaited sequel to one of Pixar’s most beloved films. Thankfully, what I saw suggested that they were at least on the right track, focusing on Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) and her search for her parents. With Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton still taking the helm, let’s cross our fins that ‘Finding Dory’ is the gorgeous experience we all hope it will be.
SWITCH: 'THE BFG' TRAILER
THE BFGMany filmmakers have tried their hand at adapting Roald Dahl to the screen, but none as important or impressive as Steven Spielberg. Working once again with screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who wrote his masterpiece ‘ET: The Extra-Terrestrial’) and with acclaimed actor Mark Rylance in the title role, ‘The BFG’ has all the makings of a future children’s classic. In Spielberg’s hands, this should be absolute magic.
GHOSTBUSTERSThere are too many reboots and remakes around, but none sound as intriguing or exciting as Paul Feig’s revival of the Ghostbusters franchise. To our great surprise and immense delight, the Ghostbusters team are now an all-female unit, featuring Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. If that isn’t a cast to die for, I don’t know what is. Feig has been hitting home-runs with ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘The Heat’ and ‘Spy’, which only makes ‘Ghostbusters’ all the more exciting.
LA LA LANDDirector Damian Chazelle blew everyone away with his remarkable, career-making film ‘Whiplash’, and this year we get to see his next move. All we know is that it’s a musical and it stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and J. K. Simmons. Enough said, right?
'A MONSTER CALLS' TRAILER
A MONSTER CALLSThis one might be a tad obscure, but everything about this adaptation of Patrick Ness’ beloved book looks like a winner. In the same vein of ‘The BFG’ and ‘The Iron Giant’, it finds a young boy befriending a supernatural being in order to deal with the troubles he faces at home. What’s most exciting is that it’s being directed by J.A. Bayona, whose films ‘The Orphanage’ and ‘The Impossible’ were both powerful and stunning. There’s very little out there yet about this one, but enough to certainly warrant being on this list.
ASSASSIN'S CREEDI don’t play video games. I have no interest in video games. I don’t even know what ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is actually about. However, if you read my list of films to be excited about in 2015, you know I love director Justin Kurzel. To everyone’s surprised, the man who unleashed hell with ‘Snowtown’ and ‘Macbeth’ is entering the blockbuster game, reuniting with the latter film's stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Video games have never made the translation to the big screen with any degree of success, but this one might just be what we've been waiting for.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORYIf one film stood out against all the others on my list of films to look forward to in 2015, it was ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, the preposterously anticipated return of the Star Wars universe. ‘The Force Awakens’ turned out to be spectacular, but it’s this film, the first of the stand-alone companion films, that has me even more excited. Covering the mission to steal the plans to the Death Star that launch the events of Episode IV, the film features a jaw-dropping cast that includes Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen, and is being directed by ‘Godzilla’ director Gareth Edwards, who promises to bring the "war" in Star Wars. In the impossible wait till Episode VIII, ‘Rouge One’ will safely keep Star Wars fever at a fever pitch - at least for me!
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