For me, 2016 wasn't my best year with regards to movies. As I've mentioned before, I usually follow a tradition of watching every Best Picture nominee but, for some reason, decided not to last year. Instead, I saw a lot of lower brow things, some of which I liked (Miss Peregrine's) and some that I regretted (Deadpool). This is totally fine. Not every movie I watch has to be obscure or even good. There's definitely a time for Judex and a time for Lifetime movies. So, this year I'm not sure if I will go all the way and see every nominee, but ever since watching The Clouds of Sils Maria, I do want to start watching better movies again. Here are six that I'm excited about!
Starring Sam Claflin and Gemma Arterton, this film is set in the 1940s and follows the two as they develop a propaganda film about the evacuation of Dunkirk, thus reflecting a coincidence on this list of films.
Ghost In The Shell
Based on the manga and anime series, Scarlett Johansson controversially stars in a live action adaptation about a a counter-cyberterrorism robot officer and her task force. The trailer is beautiful and the film also stars the underrated Michael Pitt.
This film is based on a book of the same name by Dave Eggers, which I absolutely loved when I read it. The story is centered around a girl who is hired by a massive, cult-like company (think Google) and begs questions about morality and how we use technology. The film stars Emma Watson as the lead and, personally, I would have preferred to see someone like Mackenzie Davis in the role. But, Ellar Coltrane makes one of his first major film appearances since Boyhood, which is very exciting.
I've been mad over this film since I saw the very first teaser trailer, which I will argue is the best trailer ever made. The film stars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy and features Harry Styles in his first film role. It follows the evacuation of the British troops at Dunkirk, linking it to the film I discussed above.
Murder on the Orient Express
Daisy Ridley stars in this updated adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, directed by Kenneth Branagh. The story follows the famed detective Poirot as he investigates the murder of a wealthy American passenger on the Orient Express. Leslie Odom Jr. is also in it, which is a huge plus.
Star Wars Episode VIII
How can anyone not be excited for the next Star Wars installment after Episode VII in 2015? Not much is known yet about the plot but with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega returning, it's sure to be great.
What movies are you looking forward to seeing this year?