Movies are a favorite pastime of mine, so I wanted to put together a post of some of the most exciting movies I am looking forward to in 2017/2018. There are SO many movies I could mention, but so little time! Here are eight guaranteed hits worth clearing your schedule for. (Note: Dates are speculative and might change)
1. “Ocean’s Eight” – June 8, 2018
The virgins who got upset over the “Ghostbusters” reboot aren’t going to be happy: Warner Bros. is releasing an all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” spinoff. It follows on from the stylish “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen” and is called “Ocean’s Eight”. Why “Ocean’s Eight”? Couldn’t they afford fourteen women? Women in Hollywood are so overpaid! J/K :P. The cast is pretty great, though. Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean from the originals, and she’s joined by Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna. Not much is known, except that there’s a heist during the Met Gala, and at some point they take the subway while looking fabulous. As you do.
2. “Blade Runner 2049” – October 6, 2017
If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of millions of “Blade Runner” fans quietly muttering, “Please don’t fuck this up.” “Prometheus”, a prequel to Ridley Scott’s “Alien” franchise, was a disappointment, and his original “Blade Runner” is an even tougher act to follow. Its grungy aesthetic has influenced just about every science fiction film since, and the plot about the nature of artificial intelligence keeps getting more relevant. It’s directed by Denis Villeneuve, whose stylish, cerebral “Arrival” should give fans hope. This sequel is set 30 years later and stars Ryan Gosling as a blade runner searching for the original’s Rick Deckard. And who better to play an old Harrison Ford than Harrison Ford, who seems to be specializing in old Harrison Ford roles these days?
3. “Mary Poppins Returns” – December 25, 2018
“Mary Poppins” is one of the most beloved movies of all time, so it’s a miracle that Hollywood hadn’t already desecrated it with a remake or sequel. Still, the Julie Andrews version was based on a series of books by P.L. Travers, who is known to have hated it, so perhaps there’s room for improvement. Anne Hathaway was clearly born for the role, but it’s Emily Blunt who’s picking up the umbrella, with Dick Van Dyke returning to play a banker. He’s had fifty years to work on his English accent, so fingers crossed on that.
4. “Baywatch” – May 26, 2017
The popular 80s TV show this movie is based on is mainly remembered for slow motion shots of buxom babes running in red swimsuits. From the trailers, it looks like the movie wants to have its tits and eat them too: there are lots of tits on show, but also self-aware references to looking at tits, which makes it all right then. Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, who play the lead lifeguards, have both been doing solid comedy work recently, and the trailers deliver some real laughs, so this should be an entertaining summer movie. Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra and Kelly Rohrbach, who has some big bras to fill in Pamela Anderson’s former role, provide the tits and maybe some character development too.
5. “Dunkirk” – July 21, 2017
In June of 1940, the Nazis advanced across northern France, trapping the British army in the port of Dunkirk. Under heavy fire, a ragtag fleet that included ferries, pleasure cruisers and fishing boats evacuated the army across the English Channel. Over 68,000 British were killed, but over 332,000 were rescued. It’s a harrowing but ultimately uplifting story of heroism, and Christopher Nolan, best known for “The Dark Knight” trilogy, certainly has the directorial weight to do it justice.
6. “Ready Player One” – March 30, 2018
Stephen Spielberg directs this adaptation of Ernest Cline’s bestselling book about a virtual reality game. Yes, it’s a film of a book about a game, so readers can complain that it gets the book wrong, gamers can complain that it gets gaming wrong, and everyone can feel smug. The book was a thoroughly enjoyable page turner, even if you weren’t normally into science fiction, and Spielberg should have no problem capturing its escapist fun. After his great work with near-future tech in “The Minority Report”, it will be interesting to see what he does with the game world; hopefully, he keeps in some of the book’s nerdy details.
7. “The Circle” – April 28, 2017
Another book adaptation! How many books can there possibly be?! Dave Eggers wrote the screenplay based on his own novel about a big company that wants to control all your data and make privacy a thing of the past. It’s barely fiction. Tom Hanks plays a nice Steve Jobs who, if the trailer is anything to go by, turns out to be a not-so-nice Steve Jobs. That’s right, it seems Tom Hanks is the bad guy! The world really is turning to crap. Emma Watson is the heroine who gets her dream job at The Circle but soon regrets it.
8. “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” – May 12, 2017
At this point, director Guy Richie just seems to be trolling the British. First, there was his “Sherlock Holmes”, which turned their classic cerebral detective into a brash action hero. Now, from the looks of the trailer, he’s giving one of their most beloved legends the Guy Richie treatment. There’s some “Game of Thrones” in there and a couple of shots stolen from “The Lord of the Rings”. It will be ridiculous but probably a lot of fun.