2016 may be an even more interesting year for the movie industry. We dive deeper into the “Star Wars” franchise, we expand the “Star Trek” and “Harry Potter” franchises and DC Comics arrives super late to the comic book adaptation game.
Some of these films make my top 10, but not all of them. I’ve notably excluded “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” because I’m really not excited for it. I’m also not particularly excited for any Marvel film (“Captain America,” “Deadpool,” “Doctor Strange”), not excited for many reboots such as “Ghostbusters,” and not really excited for sequels such as “Finding Dory” or “Zoolander 2,” even though both could turn out very good.
Here are my personal top 10 starting with some honorable mentions:
Honorable Mentions: Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Voyage of Time, Midnight Special, The Jungle Book
Because we’re weird and obsessed for some reason.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The Book of Henry
Untitled Robert Zemeckis WWII Film
Florence Foster Jenkins
Story of Your Life
There were many flashy films at this years Sundance Film Festival, but in the end the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Audience Award, went to an independent adaptation called “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”
“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” is an adaptation of a 2013 book of the same name by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of a teenage filmmaker and how he befriends a classmate with cancer. It has been called funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and melancholic by critics. It currently holds a 92 on Metacritic with 7 reviews logged.
Wow. There are a lot of great film to look forward to next year. Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Tom Hooper, Stephen Frears, Joel/Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Gus van Sant, Terrence Malick, and Ridley Scott all have films in the mix.
The big story though is the release of a 40 year-old film written/directed by Orson Welles. So we could potentially have a strong line-up of contenders.
Again, this early on most of these predictions are guided by the talent attached to the project (both on and off camera), the potential release dates, and the distribution. Because it is so early we only have Best Picture, Directors, and the acting categories predicted. Take from these what you can to make your own predictions as well!
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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the first real awards-contender of 2014. It received a warm 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am devoted fan of Wes Anderson. A statement made recently caught my attention. “Quentin Tarantino is a hack because he copies himself, Wes Anderson is a hack because he copies himself.”
At the time my rebuttal was weak and I was not as prepared for that statement as I am now sitting here writing this post. I understand why someone would make that statement, but I have to disagree. The statement is an irrational generalization. Filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino will always have their detractors. The same way people out there will always argue that Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick were overrated.
If you buy a ticket to a Tarantino film at this point you kind of know what to expect. You’re not getting conformity with directors like Tarantino or Anderson, but you can’t just put these two filmmakers on trial. (more…)
“12 Years a Slave,” “The Last of Us,” and “Breaking Bad” are the best of 2013. Here is the full list of the 1st Annual M10 Award Winners.
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