Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

2017 is nearing it’s end and it’s been a crazy year for movies with Beauty and the Beast holding the 1st place being the top grossing movie world wide. With a total gross of $504,014,165, Beauty and the Beast proves that nostalgia is good business.

One of the most surprising movies this year however is Wonder Woman. With DC’s track record of producing critically unimpressive movies, Wonder Woman not only was loved by fans but also by critics, proving that the DC movie universe can produce good comic book movies. Another impressive note is that Wonder Woman have a worldwide gross of $412,563,408 putting the movie behind Beauty in the Beast.

With that said 2018 have a promising year for movies and here’s my top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018.

10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse

Starring:
Liev Schreiber
Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis
Shameik Moore as Miles Morales

With a surprising entry from Sony, they released a trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse. This time starring the other Spider Man, Miles Morales.

I’m very much looking forward to this movie as this is the first time that we see the Miles Morales Spider-Man in the big screen. Sony animation is known for some of the worst animated movies this year (The Emojo movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village) however with a collaboration with Marvel, Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse seems like a promising project and it’s something to be excited for.


9. Mortal Engines

Starring:
Hera Hilmar
Robert Sheehan
Hugo Weaving

Based on a popular book, Mortal Engines is being produced by Peter Jackson. Peter Jackson of course not a stranger in adapting epic novels into movies. Mortal Engines could be the next epic book to movie next to the Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series.

Filmed entirely in New Zealand, Mortal Engines is definitely a movie to look forward to in 2018.


8. Deadpool 2

Starring:
Ryan Reynolds
Josh Brolin
Morena Baccarin

With the huge success of the first one, there was never any doubt about a sequel. One thing that intrigues me on this sequel is the casting of Josh Brolin as Cable. He’s already Thanos in the upcoming Avengers movie and with Disney acquiring Fox assets I’m looking forward to the jokes that Deadpool brings for the sequel.


7. Sicario 2: Soldado

Starring:
Benicio Del Toro
Isabela Moner
Josh Brolin

Another sequel that also features Josh Brolin, is Sicario 2. I was never a fan of the first movie, however the trailer for Sicario 2 looks very impressive and with Taylor Sheridan writing once again. Sicario 2 has the potential to be a great sequel.


6. Venom

Starring:
Tom Hardy
Michelle Williams
Woody Harrelson

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Venom is a project I personally have been skeptical about since it’s a Sony production. However this is looking to have a lot of promise in it. With reports that the story will involve a mixture of Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes this has the potential to be a good anti hero movie. Not to mention Tom Hardy’s enthusiasm with this movie helps it a lot.


5. Isle of Dogs

Starring:
Scarlett Johansson
Bryan Cranston
Tilda Swinton

Isle of Dogs, is an upcoming stop-motion animated film by Wes Anderson. I’ve always liked Fantastic Mr Fox and with this being Wes Anderson’s second stop-motion animated film, this is one movie I am looking forward to.

Isle of Dogs features an all star cast that mostly featured in previous Wes Anderson films.


4. Annihilation

Starring:
Oscar Isaac
Natalie Portman
Jennifer Jason Leigh

A movie which I thought would come out this year, Annihilation is based on the books by Jeff Vandermeer where four women venture into a place called Area X.

Ever since Ex Machina, I have been looking forward to Alex Garland’s latest project and with the trailers that came out I am even more excited for Annihilation.


3. Black Panther

Starring:
Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan
Andy Serkis

One of the three marvel movies that will come out in 2018, Black Panther is looking to be one of the most unique Marvel movies to have ever been produced.

With an all star cast featuring an almost all black cast, Black Panther is looking to be a very strong game changer in the superhero genre and I am very much looking forward to it.


2. Ready Player One

Starring:
Tye Sheridan
Olivia Cooke
Ben Mendelsohn

Ready Player One was definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read so when reports were saying Steven Spielberg is adapting the book into a movie, I could not be more excited. Granted I am not a fan of the 80s however I am a fan of video games and movies and to see this movie come to fruition, I am incredibly looking forward to it.

Honorable Mentions

The Incredibles 2

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Aquaman

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The New Mutants


 

1. Avengers: Infinity War

Starring:
Josh Brolin
Chris Evans
Robert Downey Jr.

This is easily the most anticipated movie of 2018, with the history behind it and with a villain that’s been built up for 10 years not to mention a collection of all the Marvel characters in one movie makes this movie an event that you would not want to miss.


So there you go my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2018, note that this list is mostly subjective and not an official list of any sort, this is only my opinion so which movie are you most looking forward to?

Oscar Thoughts and Predictions 2016 (winners updated)

Alright the Oscar Nominations just came out recently, here are my thoughts and predictions on this last year’s nominees. I will list down which one should have been nominated which ones maybe don’t belong and of course my predictions.

Note: This is purely my opinion and it’s not an official list of anything. I will only have predictions on categories I’m familiar with.

Writing Original Screenplay

Nominees

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Bridge of Spies

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Ex Machina

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Inside Out
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Spotlight
Spotlight

Trailer

Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton 

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Prediction: Ex Machina

This is a strong collection of nominees, specially for this category. Personally, I would be happy if any of these movie won, however my least favored choice would be Bridge of Spies, mainly because all the four movies gave me an engaging movie to watch where I cared for the main protagonists, Bridge of Spies, not so much. However I do think the strongest contender is Ex Machina, Alex Garland did an exceptional job with the concept of Artificial Intelligence and also gave Oscaar Isaac and Alicia Vikander strong dialogues to deliver.

What was Snubbed: The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino

A usual shoe in for this category, surprisingly Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight didn’t get a nomination.

Winner: Spotlight


Writing – Adapted Screenplay

Nominees

Brooklyn
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Carol
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Room
Room

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The Big Short
The Big Short

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The Martian
The Martian

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Prediction: The Martian

Now I haven’t read most of the books that these films were based off, except for The Martian. However I do feel that Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s book was close to the book and the minor changes worked for the film itself.

What was Snubbed: Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin won the best screenplay at the Golden Globe, but he’s not even nominated here which is a big surprise as Steve Jobs was a strongly written film, from pacing to the dialogues.

Winner: The Big Short


Visual Effects

Nominees

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Ex Machina

Trailer

Mad Max
Mad Max: Fury Road

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Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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The Martian
The Martian

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The Revenant
The Revenant

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Prediction: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

I personally think it would come down between Star Wars and Mad Max, however seeing as Mad Max is nominated for Best Picture and Star Wars isn’t, makes me believe that they will give this award to Star Wars.

What Was Snubbed

There has been a lot of Blockbuster movies in 2015, to say a few, Jurassic World deserved a nomination event the underwhelming Avengers: Age of Ultron deserved a nomination as well.

Winner: Ex Machina


Directing

Nominees

Mad Max
George Miller

Trailer

Room
Lenny Abrahamson

Trailer

Spotlight
Tom McCarthy

Trailer

The Big Short
Adam McKay

Trailer

The Revenant
Alejandro G. Inarritu

Trailer

Prediction: Alejandro G. Inarritu

Again strong nominees, but as I posted on my Golden Globe predictions, Alejandro G. Inarritu, will win this for the ordeals him and his crew that had to face while filming The Revenant.

Who was Snubbed

Once again Quentin Tarantino’s name isn’t in there and also F. Gary Gray for Straight Outta Compton should have been nominated. Lastly Ridley Scott for The Martian should also have been nominated. If I were to replace one from the nominees, it would be Adam McKay.

Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu


Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominees

Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander

The Danish Girl

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Hateful Eight

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet

Steve Jobs

Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams

Spotlight

Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara

Carol

Prediction: Jennifer Jason Leigh

Kate Winslet won the Globe in a shocking manner, however I’m still going to bet on Jennifer Jason Leigh to win the Oscar on this category for her work on The Hateful Eight. I am happy to see Rachel McAdams in there for Spotlight though Alicia Vikander was more of a main actress in her role on The Danish Girl.

Winner: Alicia Vikander


Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominees

Christian Bale
Christian Bale

The Big Short

Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo

Spotlight

Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance

Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

Creed

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Tom Hardy

The Revenant

Prediction: Sylvester Stallone

Seeing as he won the Globe for the same role, I don’t see anyone from these nominees to halt his momentum to win the Oscar.

Who was Snubbed

There has been a lot of great supporting actors on several movies, I personally would have preferred to have Steve Carell over Christian Bale for The Big Short. But no nomination for Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, same goes for O’Shae Jackson Jr for Straight Outta Compton saddens me. Now Mark Ruffalo was great on Spotlight but I don’t think he should have been nominated.

Winner: Mark Rylance


Actress in a Leading Role

Nominees

Brie Larson
Brie Larson

Room

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Carol

Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling

45 Years

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

Joy

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

Brooklyn

Prediction: Brie Larson

Same reasoning as Sylvester Stallone, she won the Globe for best actress drama and I don’t see anyone beating her for the Oscar. Cate Blanchett might come a close second and I would be happy just as well. Though Charlotte Rampling might win in a surprising fashion.

Who was Snubbed

Alicia Vikander who really should be in this category or at least her role as the android robot from Ex Machina should’ve given her a nomination.

Winner: Brie Larson


Actor in a Leading Role

Nominees

Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston

Trumbo

Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne

The Danish Girl

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

The Revenant

Matt Damon
Matt Damon

The Martian

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

Steve Jobs

Prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio

I firmly believe it’s his time to win the coveted Oscar, I can’t see anyone in the nominees that will take it from him otherwise. If anyone comes close it would be Eddie Redmayne, though seeing as he won last year, him winning twice would be a long shot.

Who was Snubbed

Michael B Jordan from Creed, should have been given a nomination, in place of Bryan Cranston, though I’m glad Bryan Cranston is getting award consideration roles out of TV. Surprisingly no Will Smith for Concussion, which I thought would be given a nomination as well.

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio


Animated Feature Film

Nominees

Inside Out
Inside Out

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Anomalisa
Anomalisa

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Boy and The World
Boy and The World

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Shaun the Sheep
Shaun The Sheep

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When Marnie Was There
When Marnie Was There

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Prediction: Inside Out

Inside Out is easily the strongest contender here, though Anomalisa isn’t far behind, though I would’nt be surprised if Boy and The World won, as the movie itself had some truly unique animated visuals.

What was Snubbed

One can argue that The Peanuts Movie deserved a nomination and I agree, I personally would take The Peanuts Movie over Shaun The Sheep.

Winner: Inside Out


Best Picture

Nominees

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Brooklyn
Brooklyn

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Mad Max
Mad Max: Fury Road

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Room
Room

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The Big Short
The Big Short

Trailer

The Martian
The Martian

Trailer

The Revenant
The Revenant

Trailer

Spotlight
Spotlight

Trailer

Prediction: Spotlight

The Revenant may have won the Globe for best picture drama, however I still think that Spotlight has a strong chance of winning the Oscar for this category. The realistic atmosphere brought by the director as well as the actors/actresses makes this an unforgettable film. Not to mention the disturbing theme of the whole film takes this movie up a notch compared to the rest of the nominees.

Who was Snubbed

One of the biggest film of 2015 is Star Wars and it’s odd to see that it wasn’t nominated. Another film that should have been nominated is Straight Outta Compton, acting wise it wasn’t the strongest however it is a fascinating film nonetheless. Two more big names that aren’t nominated are Carol and The Hateful Eight which I would have preferred over Brooklyn and Bridge of Spies.

Winner: Spotlight


So there you go, with my predictions and thoughts on some of the nominations. I can easily see the controversy coming back from the previous Academy Award where the nominations lacked diversity and who can’t blame them, the nominations did lack diversity and it is a disappointing look on these award shows. Though with Chris Rock hosting, he will have a ball pointing out the problem with the nominations.

Stay tuned on the day as this blog will be updated with the winners and to check whether or not I got my predictions right.

Oscars show on Sunday, Feb 28, 2016

Golden Globe 2016 Predictions and Winners

It’s that time of the year again, what some people call it “The Road to Oscars”. Well one stop to the prestigious event is The Golden Globes. Now don’t get me wrong the Globes are quite prestigious themselves. That’s why I’m going to go ahead and make some predictions on this year’s Globes. Now after I watch the Globes I will update this blog to check whether if I got my predictions right or wrong.

Note: I will only put my predictions on categories I’m familiar with.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Nominees

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Prediction: Wagner Moura – Narcos

The way I see it there are three strong contenders on this category. Oddly enough they’re 1st time nominees. I can see either Bob Odenkirk, Rami Malek or Wagner Moura winning. All three were fantastic on their shows but if I were to pick one it would be Wagner Moura from Narcos.

Like many, I binge watched his show on Netflix and he is great as Pablo Escobar. For me he’s the strongest nominee and I think he will take the Globe for said category.

Winner: Jon Hamm – Mad Men

 

Best Television Series – Drama

Nominees

Best Tv series Drama

Prediction: Mr. Robot

Ok I don’t watch Outlander nor Empire (even though I should). But I think this will be between Mr. Robot or Narcos. Both are amazing shows and this could either go one or the other. However, if I were to make a prediction it would be Mr Robot. The reason being, I felt this show is one of the strongest shows of 2015 and the writing was consistent all the way through, definitely one of my top TV Series therefore I hope Mr. Robot wins it.

Winner: Mr. Robot

 

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Nominees

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Prediction: Inside Out

This is going to be a close one and the way I see it, It will be either Anomalisa or Inside Out. Both movies have touched it’s audience emotionally. For me however, I would have to pick Inside Out.

I picked Inside Out because it has a wider reach on it’s audience. Sure it’s marketed for children but there is a strong theme here about growing up that most adults can relate with. Even though Anomalisa is strongly for Adults it is also hard hitting, however it won’t be as recognized as Inside Out was and that’s why Inside Out will win it for me.

Winner – Inside Out

 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Nominees

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Prediction:
Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

I’ve seen all of these films and looking at the nominees, it’s going to be a duel between Steve Jobs and The Hateful Eight. Both are great movies screenplay wise both are phenomenal. Notably, Aaron Sorkin is one of the best writer in Hollywood however, The Hateful Eight also had some amazing dialogue. Though I admire Quentin Tarantino’s script on The Hateful Eight, I would have to pick Aaron Sorkin

Winner: Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

 

Best Director – Motion Picture

Nominees

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Prediction: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – The Revenant

This is a tough category as the movies that these talented directors did, were nothing short of amazing. However the stories I’ve heard about making of this particular film convinced me that this director should get the Golden Globe for this category. The director and the movie that I’m talking about is of course Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant.

Now George Miller might win the Globe, which I have no quarrel with. But Alejandro G. Inarritu deserves the Globe for the way he made The Revenant. From filming on location only using natural light, to the jaw dropping action sequences. Not to mention to see Leonardo DiCaprio in such a vulnerable state. Alejandro G. Inarritu did an exceptional job on The Revenant that’s why he should win the Globe.

Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting role in any Motion Picture

Nominees

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Prediction: Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation

I haven’t seen Michael Shannon’s and Paul Dano’s performances on their respective movies. However, I have seen Creed, Bridge of Spies and Beasts of No Nation. Though Sylvester Stallone’s performance on Creed is beyond exceptional. I felt that the charismatic and hypnotic performance that Idris Elba did in Beasts of No Nation would win him the Golden Globe for said category.

Winner: Sylvester Stallone – Creed

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Nominees

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Prediction: Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Another tough pick as all five women displayed, a phenomenal job on their performances. If I had the choice to win, I would personally pick Alicia Vikander for Ex Machina, however I believe the Jennifer Jason Leigh’s performance in The Hateful Eight would win her the Golden Globe. That said, I would not be surprised if either Kate Winslet or Helen Mirren won the award.

Winner: Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Nominees

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Prediction: Steve Carell – The Big Short

It annoys me that they have two guys from the same movie in this category. That said, I think that either one or the other would win. I’m talking about Christian Bale and Steve Carell from the movie The Big Short. Now don’t get me wrong, I’d cheer if Matt Damon would win the Globe, however a strong gut feeling tells me that Steve Carell would win the award

Winner: Matt Damon – The Martian

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Nominees

best actress drama

Prediction:
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck

Ok first off, nothing against Melissa McCarthy but why is she in this category? Don’t get me wrong I saw Spy in the cinemas and it was a lot more funnier than expected but come on. Anyways, the fact that Jennifer Lawrence is in this category tells me that she might win this award, I mean she is great whenever she’s working with David O. Russell but to see Amy Schumer for Trainwreck here something tells me that she could pull a surprise win, that’s why I’m picking her.

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Nominees

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Prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Another tough category as all performances that these men did on their respective roles are of high caliber. Though if I have to pick a winner it would be Leonardo DiCaprio for his unbelievable performance on The Revenant. Eddie Redmayne maybe in high consideration but the fact that Leo, crawled through dirt and snow, slept in an animal carcass and ate raw bison liver and still gave an amazing performance, I can’t see anyone else winning this award.

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Nominees

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Prediction: Brie Larson – Room

Great nominees, though for me there are two strong contenders for the award. Cate Blanchett in her role for Carol and Brie Larson for Room. I want Cate Blanchett to win this award, she’s incredibly charismatic in Carol and she does deliver an award winning performance. However, Brie Larson brought an extremely realistic performance in her movie and that tells me that she will take the Globe.

Winner: Brie Larson – Room

 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Nominees

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Prediction: The Martian

Once again, I’m torn between two movies that I believe would win the award. The Big Short and The Martian, though both movies are great, I enjoyed The Martian more than I did The Big Short. Therefore my pick to win would be The Martian.

Winner: The Martian

 

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Nominees

best motion picture drama

Prediction:
Spotlight

I can already tell the Mad Max: Fury Road is probably one of the safest choice to win this award. And even if it did, I would have no problem with that, in fact I don’t have a problem with any of the movies winning it. These are great nominees, though there are other movies, I wish was considered for this award. I’m content with this list.

If I were to pick a winner however, and I really want this movie to win this award, mainly because it was a great film with great performances, it would be Spotlight.

Spotlight was such an eye opening film about a scandal that’s been going on for years and to watch a film that sheds some light on said scandal, it’s haunting and without a doubt unforgettable.

Winner: The Revenant

Edit: Well if you haven’t watched the Globes, it looked like The Revenant had a great night. Leo winning best actor, Alejandro winning best director and the film winning best motion picture. I was personally shocked it won but, I’m glad it wasn’t Mad Max.

Few shockers, some disappointing pick, the biggest one was Sam Smith winning for original song, as the song was pretty horrendous, yuck. Overall this was a decent Golden Globe some great jokes from Ricky Gervais, few bad jokes from other presenters and I could not be more happy for Denzel Washington for having the Cecil B. Demille award.

10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

2016 will be an exciting time for movie goers as this time we have 6-7 comic book movies coming out, also a sequel to the oscar winning animated movie, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory. A movie set in the same universe as the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them and we have 2 high budget video game movies with, Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft. Overall 2016 will be a great year for movies but for now let’s countdown my 10 most anticipated movies of 2016.

Note: This is only my personal opinion and it is not an official list of anything.

 

10. The Girl on The Train

Starting my list is one of the most popular novels of 2015, the movie adaptation of The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. I’ve read this book and to be honest I didn’t like it very much. You can read my review here. Though I had complaints about the book, I felt that the story would be better in live-action.

Emily Blunt will be playing the main lead, and she has been impressive, lately she was great in Sicario and I’m hoping she’ll be great in the upcoming Huntsman movie sequel. However I am looking forward to her role as Rachel in this film. This will be directed by Tate Taylor, who is not new with adapting books into film as he also helmed the movie, The Help, which garnered a few Oscar Nominations and won Viola Davis an Oscar for supporting role. Overall, The Girl on The Train should be a suspenseful experience in the cinemas and I for one am looking forward to it.

Stars:
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation)
Luke Evans (The Hobbit)
Edgar Ramirez (Point Break (2015))

Directed By: Tate Taylor
Release Date: 7 Oct 2016 (UK/US)

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9. Suicide Squad

Number 9 is a comic book movie, it’s Suicide Squad. Frankly speaking I don’t know much about Suicide Squad, I’ve seen adaptations of the said group in the CW Tv show Arrow, but beyond that I don’t know much about them. What peaked my interest however, is the ensemble cast. Will Smith will be playing the main protagonist as Deadshot alongside Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker and also an appearance by Batman played by Ben Affleck as well as many others.

This will be directed by David Ayer, who also did Fury and seeing as this is his first comic-book movie, I’m curious to see what his take on the property. If you’re familiar with his films, they are mostly gritty and violent and it makes me wonder if he’s going to be doing the same with Suicide Squad.

Stars:
Will Smith (Focus)
Margot Robbie (Focus)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Viola Davis (Ender’s Game)

Directed by: David Ayer
Release Date: 5 August 2016 (Worldwide)

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8. The Jungle Book

Number 8 is the live action adaptation of The Jungle Book. I was really impressed when I saw this film’s trailer. It looked exciting, the CG looked impressive and it simply looked like it’ll be an amazing movie to see in the big screen. I liked the animated Jungle Book movies by Disney and I have high hopes for this film.

This will be directed by Jon Favreau who did, Iron Man and Chef, who I’m sure will do an amazing job bringing these characters to life. I personally can’t wait to see this film and I guarantee this will be a great cinematic experience.

Stars:
Bill Murray (A Very Murray Christmas)
Ben Kingsley (The Walk)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Directed by: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 15 April 2016 (Worldwide)

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7. Magnificent Seven

First off, no it’s not number 7 because of the title, that’s purely coincidence. Secondly what a cast this movie will have. I am sold with just Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. But you add in names like Vincent D’Onofrio and Chris Pratt. Then I’m pumped.

A remake of the 1960s Western Classic of the same title, which is a remake of the 1954 Japanese Film Seven Samurai. The Magnificent Seven is about Seven Gunslingers who protect a small town from invading bandits. I’m not a fan of western but I am really excited to see this film, and just looking at the cast. I can tell this is going to be great. I just hope it won’t follow the previous films beat by beat but have some original content but either way, it’s still one of my most anticipated films of the year.

Stars:
Denzel Washington (The Equalizer)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Vincent D’Onofrio (Netflix’s Daredevil)
Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release Date: 23 September 2016 (UK/US)

6. Inferno

Say what you will about Dan Brown books turned movies, but the truth is I enjoy watching Tom Hanks play the charismatic Codebuster, which is Robert Langdon. It’s been 7 years since he portrayed the character on the big screen and with Ron Howard directing once more I’m sure fans of the books and films, if they even exists, won’t be disappointed.

I have read the book and I’m excited to watch this on screen. I’m hoping it to be as suspenseful if not even more suspenseful than the book and maybe even bring in some unexpected twists and turns.

Stars:
Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Omar Sy (Jurassic World)
Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World)

Directed by: Ron Howard
Release Date: 14 October 2016 (Worldwide)

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5. Warcraft

Possibly the most baffling entry on this list, especially at number 5. But please hear me out, I have played the first Warcraft game on PC, also played the sequel repeatedly and I enjoyed the heck out of the story in Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos as well as the expansion game, The Frozen Throne. So I hope you can understand why this is number 5.

As a gamer myself I’m a rooting that this will be the first video game movie which is widely successful. I’m a big fan of fantasy and to see a Warcraft movie done well on the big screen, will give a great satisfaction. Fingers crossed this doesn’t bomb.

Stars:
Travis Fimmel (Vikings)
Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim)
Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Directed By: Duncan Jones
Release Date: 10 June 2016 (USA)

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4. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Well this was bound to pop up somehow right?, entering at number 4 is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. I personally haven’t seen live action Batman and a live action Superman in a movie together but thank God I’m about to witness one.

Though the whole film looks like a set up for The Justice League, just the on screen presence of the two comic book icons should be strong enough to drive this movie. Zack Snyder who directed, Man of Steel, is also directing Batman V Superman so this should be a fun cinematic experience with a lot of jaw dropping special effects.

Stars:
Henry Cavill (Man from U.N.C.L.E)
Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious movies)
Jessie Eisenberg (American Ultra)

Directed By: Zack Snyder
Release Date: 25 March 2016 (Worldwide)

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3. Doctor Strange

Coming in at number 3 is the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange. The second movie in Marvel’s Phase 3. I for one can’t wait for this movie, I have been wishing for a live-action adaptation of Doctor Strange and to see photos of Benedict Cumberbatch in costume. I think he looks amazing.

Being directed by Scott Derrickson, who’s filmography mostly consist of horror movies. It should be interesting to see how he adapts his style of film making on Doctor Strange.

Stars:
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Tilda Swinton (Trainwreck)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Martian)
Mads Mikkelsen(Hannibal)

Directed By: Scott Derrickson
Release Date: 4 November 2016 (USA)

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2. Deadpool

The comic-book movie hype train continues as Deadpool enters at number 2. Finally and I mean finally we’re going to have a Rated-R  comic book movie which is a part of Marvel comics and even better this is probably the best way to portray this character on screen. I’ve read several Deadpool books and man they’re always fun to read. To finally see him in the big screen is definitely a dream come true to some people.

Ryan Reynolds is perfect as Deadpool, he has shown that he’s got the charisma and the mouth to make capture this character. Seriously hoping Fox doesn’t screw this up like they did with Fantastic Four but looking at the trailer you can tell, they already did a great job with the movie.

Stars:
Ryan Reynolds (Self/less)
Ed Skrein (Transporter Refueled)
Morena Baccarin (Gotham)
TJ Miller (Silicon Valley)

Directed by: Tim Miller
Release Date: 12 February 2016 (USA)

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1. Captain America: Civil War

If you didn’t predict this from a mile away, then you obviously haven’t been paying attention. Of course this was going to be my number 1 most anticipated movie of 2016. I am a huge fan of the event of the comics. 2 superheroes, neither are bad but different ideologies cause them to clash to each other causing all sorts of chaos on their wake.

I for one can’t believe they’re making this film, I honestly couldn’t. Even after the second Avengers I had doubts but seeing the trailer, my excitement for the movie cannot be contained. Not only did Marvel have the guts to makethis movie but they also made agreements with Sony to bring Spider Man into this film. Which shows that despite the lack of superheroes compared to the comics, they want to make this right. They want to start Phase 3 with a bang and Captain America Civil War is the perfect movie to start phase 3.

This movie feels like an Avenger movie with most recurring characters appearing on the film. They even went all the way back to The Incredible Hulk movie to bring William Hurt to reprise his role as General Ross. And to put the icing on the cake, The Russo brothers are directing this, who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which is one of the best Marvel Movie out there. I seriously can’t wait for this film, I’m sure it’ll be all sorts of amazing.

Stars:
Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up)
Anthony Mackie (The Night Before)
Sebastian Stan (The Martian)

Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo
Release Date: 6 May 2016 (USA)

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So there you go my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2016. Again this is just movies that I’m looking forward to. There are a lot of movies to look forward to in 2016, Finding Dory, X-Men Apocalypse, Zootopia, Hail, Ceasar!, Star Wars: Roue One, Moana, Gambit, Now You See Me 2, Bourne Film etc. But these 10 are the one I’m looking forward to the most. Feel free to comment what are yours on the comment section below. Have a Nice Day.

My Top Ten Movies of 2015

Note: This is only my opinion and this is not an official list of anything.

10. Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road is George Miller’s first film since Happy Feet 2. Yep you heard that right the guy who directed this, directed both Happy Feet movies, who would’ve thought right? But man what a spectacle Mad Max was from the vibrant colors to the amazing wide screen shots to the ridiculous car chases, Mad Max is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish and it was definitely worth seeing on the big screen.

Tom Hardy gives a convincing performance as a man caught in the middle of all the chaos but Charlize Theron as Furiosa is the breakout character as she tries to get away from clutches of Immortan Joe.

My name is Max. My world is fire and blood.

The story itself is well, it’s just one long car chase but the explosions and the chaotic nature of it all is what makes this film incredibly fun to watch specially in the big screen. That’s why it’s my top 10 film of 2015.

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9. Straight Outta Compton

As the lyrics go, “Straight Outta Compton crazy m***** f***** named Ice Cube”. Directed by F. Gary Gray this is the biopic/documentary about the infamous rap group known as N.W.A. Now unfortunately for me I wasn’t born when all this movement was happening so I have no attachment to the group, though I listened to some of their songs and I did catch up to the hip hop songs from the 90s. I listened to Tupac, Snoop Dogg, heck I was also a big fan of Bone Thugs and Harmony.

Watching this however fascinated me, it sheds on the music industry, how music was produced but more importantly on the treatment of minorities by the police. Sort of how they are today, yeah as bad as it sounds, it seemed like nothing has changed.

The movie itself is great, there are strong performances here by Corey Hawkins who plays Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E not to mention O’Shea Jackson Jr. who perfectly resembles his father.

Hey, hold on, hold on! Y’all know what the motherf****** police try to tell us back stage? They try to tell us what the f*** we can’t play. Motherf****** try to tell us what the f*** we can’t say. This N.W.A.! We do what the f*** we wanna do, we say what the f*** we wanna say! So with them high, put the middle fingers high in the sky to the punk ass cops backstage.

Overall I liked the movie a lot, enough to be in my top 10, the music is great, can be nostalgic for some, that said, this is a well crafted movie from start to finish.

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8. The Revenant

The Revenant is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s follow up on his award winning movie Birdman. Normally expectations are high right, Award winning director to work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Well the movie itself is pretty good, a little too long but what makes this top 8 for me is the screenplay as well as DiCaprio’s performance.

If you are familiar with Birdman you can see similar things in here in terms of screenplay. There are a lot of long takes with a lot of action happening in them, switching from character to character while still in the same take it is amazing. Also the movie was filmed in natural light which can be quite difficult as cast and crew would have to heavily rely on the sun to do a scene. I can say it worked well as it contributed well to the movie’s tone and the movie looks amazing.

Best part of the movie though is Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance, he doesn’t have many dialogue but the adversities he faced were just incredibly rough and brutal after watching this, I felt that he deserves that long awaited Oscar and this is the performance that wins it.

I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I’d done it already.

This movie looks gritty and vicious but it works on it’s favor with the addition to the director’s screenplay and the actors performances this is worth seeing in the big screen and one of the memorable movies of 2015.

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7. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Well what can I say, I’m a fan of superhero movies and I personally love Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon returns to direct the highly anticipated Avengers sequel. Age of Ultron isn’t great but it’s not bad either. I still enjoyed watching The Avengers kick ass on the big screen and though the movie is formulaic there are moments here that make it worthy of 7th place.

James Spader as Ultron was great, his voice gives life to the menacing AI and it’s music to my ears. The action is always there and I enjoyed the newer additions to the series. Also Hawkeye had a little backstory going on, which probably makes him the most human character out of all the Avengers and that was something I admired.

I know you’re good people. I know you mean well. But you just didn’t think it through. There is only one path to peace… your extinction.

Marvel movies will always have a special place in me, I’m a fan reading them and a fan of their movies, except Fantastic Four that movie was horrendous. All in all the movie is still fun maybe suffered a bit from the hype from the first one but it’s still an enjoyable film.

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6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The biggest movie of the year and it’s only 6th place? Whaaat? I personally enjoyed the movie a lot, there were a lot of amazing moments in the film and J.J. Abrams did more than what was needed to jump-start the Star Wars movie franchise.

Only problem was it was a lot like Episode 4: A New Hope, and things could’ve been better at that area but it’s still an incredibly fun movie. The new characters were great, John Boyega as Finn was hilarious and Oscar Isaac as charming as always and of course a lot of guys would probably have a crush on Daisy Ridley by now, I know I do. Not to mention Harrison Ford and Chewbacca who always puts a smile on my face whenever they’re on screen. The chemistry between old and new cast is there and it works well in the film.

Chewie, we’re home.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is  a fun film and I’m looking forward to the expanded universe that they have going and to the movies they release in the future.

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5. Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation is one of two Nelfix original films released this year. The other one shouldn’t have been made at all, looking at you Sandler.

Beasts of No Nation is about the story of an innocent boy, which through unfortunate and tragic circumstances ends up being a soldier for a charismatic militant leader in the form of Idris Elba.

This movie is gorgeous, Cary Joji Fukunaga is such a talented director from his work on the first season of True Detective to this, he hasn’t lost a beat. This movie was shot beautifully from the vibrant colors used to the hypnotic acting of Idris Elba, which should win a best supporting actor for his portrayal as their leader.

I saw terrible things… and I did terrible things. So if I’m talking to you, it will make me sad and it will make you too sad. In this life… I just want to be happy in this life. If I’m telling this to you… you will think that… I am some sort of beast… or devil. I am all of these things… but I also having mother… father… brother and sister once. They loved me.

Everything in this movie is beautiful, however it is also tragic as the story is brutal, there’s a harrowing theme in here about child soldiers and it’s mostly heart breaking. Abraham Attah captures the loss of innocence in a kid’s eyes and you feel for him. Kudos to Netflix for releasing this and I can only hope they release more quality films like Beasts of No Nation.

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4. Spotlight

Spotlight is about a group of reporters who uncovers a story which is equally disturbing as it is shocking.

Ok so we have old school batman, The Hulk and Sabretooth in a room talking about news. Kidding, this movie is great, like I said it’s about a group of reporters finding out about a shocking news and it’s about them having to deal with it and how are they going to push this news into the public’s attention without being labelled as crazy.

We have an excellent cast here in the form of, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachael McAdams, Liev Schreiber etc. All are great, in a way that they’re portraying their characters not as the actors that they are, but real people. They are toned down and you feel like these people are just everyday people doing their jobs. That’s one of the strengths of the movie, you buy into them you buy into this disturbing scandal and the fact that, this is based on a true story makes it alarming.

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them. That’s the truth of it.

This is a great film and I recommend everyone to see it because it’s important that people do see it and it’s important that they understand the implications of the events that happened here in the society.

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3. The Martian

Ridley Scott is back with another Sci-Fi movie and after that horrendous Exodus movie. I’m happy to see that Ridley Scott hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to making space movies.

The Martian is based on the novel by Andy Weir where astronaut Mark Watney, due to unfortunate circumstances, was left behind on Mars. I really liked this movie and as much as I love the book a whole lot more. I felt like the movie did the best it could to follow the book and any changes that was made, I was completely fine with.

One of the reason I loved the book so much was the unexpected amount of humor that was in it and I’m happy to say the captured the humorous tone of the book and Matt Damon as Mark Watney was near perfect as Mark Watney. He’s funny and charming and you find yourself rooting for him. The visuals were great and Ridley Scott’s depiction of Mars is amazing and it is definitely worth seeing on big screen.

Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.

From the humor to the likable characters to great desserts of Mars The Martian is a great movie meant to be enjoyed not only by fans of the book but everyone in general.

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2. Inside Out

Pixar is always known to produce emotionally grabbing animated films. From the Toy Story movies to Wall E to Up, Monsters Inc etc. If Pixar produces it, it’s going to garner attention. I’m glad to say Inside Out is a part of an excellent filmography but it also exceeds expectations.

Inside Out is an amazing animated film about a young girl’s, Riley, emotions and what her emotions goes through as Riley deals to the day to day changes that’s happening in her life.

The thing with Pixar is they market their films mainly for kids. However they do put a lot of heavy messages on their films and a lot of these are meant for the adults. There are moments in this film where, you just sit there and think “Wow that’s some heavy stuff”. The movie is deep however it’s also colorful and there are a lot of clever things in this movie to admire.

Take her to the moon for me. Okay?

Overall Inside Out is one movie that will be remembered for a long time if it’s not already a classic. The personified emotions in Riley’s head perfectly represents the emotions that Riley has and they are a load of fun. Inside Out is without a doubt the best animated film of 2015 and one of Pixar’s if not the best Pixar film to date.

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1. Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s directorial debut is nothing short of amazing. Ex Machina is the perfect combination of sci-fi and thriller with groundbreaking and thought provoking ideas on what technology might evolve into in the near future.

The plot follows Caleb, a young programmer from a Google like company, who is selected to participate in a confidential testing of a highly advanced form of Artificial Intelligence.

This won’t be for everyone, people will find this boring no doubt about it and some will just flat out hate it. For me however, I believe this is the best movie of 2015 and maybe I’m biased, I did a semester studying A.I after all so I can relate to the film. Though that did contribute on my selection there are a lot more the movie offered that I enjoyed. The main three characters were amazing and Alicia Vikander’s performance as the A.I. is highly convincing. Oscar Isaac who plays Nathan is unpredictable yet captivating and Domhall Gleeson plays a naive programmer who’s much like the audience is trying to figure out what is really happening.

One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa… an upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction.

Overall this film is amazing and is definitely one of the top A.I. films ever made. The film itself is a slow burn, there are a lot of dialogue between Nathan and Caleb and majority of the movie is just them talking. However it does gradually build up tension and the third act is incredibly suspenseful and this is why Ex Machina is my best movie of the year.

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