Saturday, January 07, 2017

My 30 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017


Edgar Wright's Baby Driver is my most anticipated film of 2017, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Duncan Jones' Mute, Bong Joon-ho's Okja and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

My 30 most anticipated movies of 2017 are listed below in release date order.

About 14 movies in my list are not based on existing big franchises. They are marked with an asterisk and they are either stories from an original screenplay or based on a book.

Click on the release dates to view the trailers/info. 

1. The LEGO Batman Movie

(February 10)



















2. John Wick: Chapter 2

(February 10)



















3. Logan

(March 3)



















4. Kong: Skull Island

(March 10)



















5. Free Fire *

(March 17)



















6. Life *

(March 24)



















7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

(May 5)



















8. Alien: Covenant

(May 19)



















9. 5-25-77 *

(May 25)



















10. Wonder Woman

(June 2)



















11. The Mummy

(June 9)



















12. Spider-Man: Homecoming

(July 7)










13. War for the Planet of the Apes

(July 14)



















14. Dunkirk *

(July 21)



















15. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

(July 21)



















16. Baby Driver *

(August 11)













17. American Made *

(September 29)



















18. Blade Runner 2049

(October 6)











19. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

(October 6)



















20. Logan Lucky *

(October 13)



















21. Mute *

(TBD)















22. Okja *

(TBD)













23. Anon *

(TBD)















24. Annihilation *

(TBD)



















25. Under the Silver Lake *

(TBD)



















26. Thor: Ragnarok

(November 3)













27. Justice League

 (November 17)













28. Coco *

(November 22)
















29. Darkest Hour *

(November 24)


















30. Star Wars: Episode VIII

(December 15)

Friday, January 06, 2017

My Top Favourite Movies of 2016

I have seen only 26 movies of 2016 and 16 were in theatres. I still have many movies to catch up to including Silence, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea.

La La Land is my favourite movie of 2016. It was delightful and moving, while touching upon the universal theme of chasing dreams. Thanks to Damien Chazelle and team who managed to create a movie that would make even some of the skeptics of musicals to embrace it.

My top favourite movies of this year are as follows.


1. La La Land
2. Arrival
3. The Nice Guys
4. Captain America: Civil War
5. Green Room

Honorable Mention (release date order): Zootopia, Deadpool, Everybody Wants Some, The Lobster, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Mashup video featuring movies of 2016.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Warcraft

I have played little of the World of Warcraft video game, so my interest in the movie was mainly due to the involvement of Duncan Jones and I liked it very much.

It's hard to see fantasy movies and battle scenes these days without being reminded of Lord of the Rings which had set the benchmark, but Duncan has pulled it off and he did a great job with it.

Warcraft doesn't emulate its fantasy genre predecessors and stands on its own especially with its visual look and action.

Warcraft's world and imagery is beautiful without appearing as being saturated with CG. Anyone assuming otherwise is being misled by the trailers. Also the realism of orcs is stunning.

Good performance by the actors, with Travis Fimmel as Lothar, Paula Patton as Garona and especially Toby Kebbell as Durotan with his performance capture work.

The story and characters take some interesting turns, which definitely could have been improved further with a longer running time. 

With just under 2 hours, the movie had me wanting to see more of the Warcraft world. I had the opposite reaction with the Hobbit movies. I surely enjoyed Warcraft more than the last Hobbit film. I hope they do a sequel to it.

Though I may not end up collecting anything Warcraft related, I am definitely tempted to look up Weta's Warcraft collectibles again.


Friday, May 06, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War still felt like a Cap movie and not Avengers 2.5 despite the number of characters involved. Loved it.

The conflict and escalation throughout the movie felt quite organic, which is one among the many remarkable aspects of the movie.

The movie obviously doesn't have the scope of the comic storyline and I wasn't expecting that, but somehow it didn't give me the emotional nudge like some of the other MCU films. I think it will get better on a second viewing and I will be watching it again next week.

Russo Brothers' direction for grounded action is a visual treat. Black Panther was great and I am looking forward to his solo film.

Ant-Man and Spider-Man steal the show. Tom Holland is indeed the best Peter Parker and Spidey.

But one of my favourite scenes is where we get to see Steve Rogers display his raw physical strength. Goosebumps. And I need to listen to the score cue by Henry Jackman for that short scene again.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Oscars 2016

Couldn't watch Oscars 2016 live before, finally caught up to it now. Still have to catch up to many of the Oscar movies.

Glad to see that Brie Larson won. Leonardo DiCaprio finally got the Oscar and he gave a great speech.

I was most surprised with Ex Machina winning Best Visual Effects, thought Star Wars would get it. But in retrospective Ex Machina likely seemed more deserving, as it brought in more convincing flawless realism through visual effects.

Chris Rock was funny and insightful as always, he also addressed the controversies head on. But my most entertaining moment of Oscars 2016 was when Louis C.K. introduced the Documentary Short Subject category, he was so freaking hilarious.

And it was good to hear Back to the Future's Power of Love instrumental music playing just before the Costume Design category.

Though it didn't win Best Picture, I was very happy to see Mad Max: Fury Road winning many of the other creative and technical awards.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Deadpool

Deadpool is perhaps not a game changer but it lived up to the hype for me.

The awesome action during the first act including the great opening credits sets the bar really high, thus the third act (thanks to budget cut) feels a little short on action, though overall it's paced well. Also enjoyed the characters of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, especially how Colossus and the X-Men were depicted in the story line.

Despite its A rating here the was movie toned down a little with its depiction of gore and language. Damn Censor Board of India. Not sure how many scenes were affected, but the one scene in particular which got cut short was the triple head shot which was prominent in the red band trailer.

The humor really elevates the movie from being just another violent action movie. Wade and Vanessa with their messed up past are ideal for each other. And it's their love story which makes the stakes all the more personal in Deadpool rather than any other catastrophe.

Though there were some prominent songs in the movie, Deadpool himself didn't seem to have a distinct theme music or at least I didn't recognize it during the movie.

Deadpool is hilarious, entertaining, and a refreshing change in the genre of superhero movies. And Ryan Reynolds has plenty of charm to keep this franchise thriving for few more sequels. Bring on Cable!








Wednesday, January 06, 2016

My 30 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

Captain America: Civil War is my most anticipated film of 2016, followed by Rogue One, Batman v Superman, Passengers, Doctor Strange and Story of Your Life.

My 30 most anticipated movies of 2016 are listed below in release date order. You can find a bigger list of movies releasing in 2016 on the RPF here.

Half of the movies in my list are not based on existing big franchises. They are marked with an asterisk and they are either stories from an original screenplay or based on a book.

Click on the release dates to view the trailers/info clips.

1. Hail, Caesar! *

February 5


















2. Deadpool

 February 12


















3. The Witch *

 February 26


















4. Zootopia *

March 4


















5. The Lobster *

 March 11


















6. Midnight Special *

 March 18


















7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

 March 25


















8. Demolition *

 April 8


















9. The Jungle Book

April 15
















 

10. Green Room *

 April 15


















11. Everybody Wants Some *


April 15

















12. Zeroville *

 (Date TBD)


















13. Captain America: Civil War


May 6

















14. The Nice Guys *

May 20


















15. X-Men: Apocalypse

 May 27


















16. Warcraft

 June 10


















17. Finding Dory

 June 17


















18. Independence Day: Resurgence

 June 24


















19. The BFG

 July 1


















20. Star Trek Beyond

 July 22


















21. Bourne 5

 July 22












22. Suicide Squad

 August 5


















23. Neon Demon *

 (Date TBD)


















24. Story of Your Life *

 (Date TBD)


















25. The Girl on the Train *

 October 7


















26. Doctor Strange

 November 4


















27. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 November 18


















28. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 16












 
29. Passengers *

 December 21











30. Silence *

 (Date TBD)