If you ask me, 2014 was the best year for movies in quite some time. I saw every Best Picture nominee and was campaigning relentlessly for Boyhood to win. I truly enjoyed all of the nominees, which is pretty unbelievable.
With the 2015 nominations approaching, I have been working to see what critics have predicted to be likely Best Picture contenders. Should they be correct, I have seen ten potential nominees. Once I see The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, and Carol, I should be pretty safe. So far, I've certainly liked the potential nominees and have absolutely loved some of them. With that said, 2015 in movies does not even begin to compare to 2014.
I'm hoping that the films of 2016 will be more impressive, but I'm a bit doubtful. On the bright side, there are a handful of films that I am anticipating and I've listed them here for you!
directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson
This film had, by far, my favorite trailer of the year. Every time I went to the theater, I crossed my fingers hoping that they would show it. I'm even more excited to see the film, especially since stupid male critics have commented that it's not suitable for female viewing!
Directed by Bryan Singer
Starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy
If I'm being totally honest, X-Men is probably the film I'm the most excited for being that I am a shameless freak about this franchise.
directed by Robert Eggers
starring Anya Taylor-Joy
I love a good bleak, colonial-era witch film.
directed by Todd Solondz
starring Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin
I remember seeing Welcome to the Dollhouse when I was in high school, so I'm quite surprised and excited that there is a follow-up movie now. If you've seen Dollhouse I think you will be as surprised as me to see that Dawn Wiener is now played by Greta Gerwig. I love Greta, but I'm not sure why they didn't cast the original lead Heather Matarazzo considering she is still an actress. Since Dawn Wiener technically was pronounced dead at the beginning of the film Palindromes, I wonder if casting Greta in this new film is sort of playing with the idea of Dawn in an alternate reality.
directed by Kelly Reichardt
starring Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart
There hasn't been much revealed about this film which will premiere at Sundance, but I know that it is about women in small town America and that the casting is reason enough to see it.
Everybody Wants Some
directed by Richard Linklater
starring Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin
While the plot (baseball in the 70s) of this film might be the complete opposite of what I'm into, it has two elements that pique my interest: Annapurna and my favorite director Richard Linklater. You can't go wrong there.
The Light Between Oceans
directed by Derek Cianfrance
starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander
Not a lot of information available for this film, but it is based on a book of the same name which is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a baby in a rowboat.
Knight of Cups
directed by Terence Malick
starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and more
The new Terence Malick film has the best cast you can get. The story is about a screenwriter in L.A. experiencing strange things, which is pretty typical of Malick. I'm just excited to see Natalie Portman back on the screen!
directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
starring George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson
After Inside Llewyn Davis, I am ready for a new Coen brothers film and this one looks quite funny. It's about a film studio in the 1950s, which will likely provide a good amount of camp and glamour.