With 2015 in our rear view, we have picked our Top 10, chosen our 5 worst and it is now all about the future. The Snooty Ushers have had a look at the slate for the coming year and have picked out a few things that we are looking forward to, so have a look and see what is coming your way on the big screen in 2016.
Which film are you looking forward to most in 2016?
Dave: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
I have had my reservations about this since it was first announced. I have never been a fan of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns (I am in the minority), so the passage read at comic con to reveal the movie left me pretty indifferent. Then came Ben Affleck’s casting, and while this sent the internet crazy with many people hating the casting, I, however was not one of them. The more I see of this film the more excited I get. I still hate the ‘Dawn Of Justice’ subtitle and still fear that they are trying to do too much in the one film, but if it fails, it is going to do it in style. “Nobody cares about Clark Kent taking on The Batman” I do!
Dan: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Check out that cast! Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelson, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whittaker and Felicity Jones amongst others, it’s phenomenal. As a huge Donnie Yen fan I’m ecstatic to see him in something like this. Gareth Edwards is a fresh new talent to the directors chair, Monsters is a beautiful film and Godzilla was a superbly directed film only let down by a grim colour palette, a wooden lead, and not enough Bryan Cranston. Combine that cast with that director and have it be a Star Wars film? I’m going weak at the knees just thinking about it.
Welshy: Captain America: Civil War
I love the story from the comics, I think it is one of Marvel’s best. The main reason is you can see both sides of the argument. It’s all about belief and personal philosophy. More interesting is how they have used Bucky as the match to ignite the political powder keg, good continuation of the story after Winter Soldier. This will end on a down note. Civil War will rip the team apart and it will be the arrival of Thanos, that acts as the balm to heal them. As they will all need to band together to defeat him in the next Avengers instalments. Plus Black Panther and Spiderman…Boom.
James: X-Men: Apocalypse
Apart from Last Stand and the first solo Wolverine movie, I’ve enjoyed all of the X-Men films. This has been rumoured as the last film to feature this cast (or casts!), so it will be good to see them one last time before the spin-off single character films and there is a reboot in about 2 years time. I’m confident that Bryan Singer can hold it all together for one more movie.
5 other picks?
Dave: Bourne 5 (Damon is back, Greengrass is Back, Bourne is Back!), Hail, Caesar! (Coen Brothers back with a stellar cast, trailer is brilliant, can not wait!) The Nice Guys (Shane Black writes and directs, buddy action comedy, Crowe and Gosling look great together) Star Trek Beyond (50th anniversary of Star Trek, Pegg writing the script, don’t love the trailer but it can’t fail, can it?) Zoolander No. 2 (looks like more of the same, happy)
Dan: The Revenant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Anomolisa, The Nice Guys, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
Welshy: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange Deadpool, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
James: Batman v Superman (obviously); The Hateful Eight (although for some reason I’ve got a feeling Tarantino might not be able to reign himself in and reference too many Westerns); Deadpool (that “test footage” clip with him on the bridge made me laugh the first time I saw it); The BFG (the warmest of childhood memories); and Star Trek Beyond (from the trailer it looks like a Star Trek film based on a planet like an original series episode)
What are you worried about?
Dave: Independence Day: Resurgence
I just don’t see the point. If ever a film didn’t need a sequel it was Independence Day, let alone one 20 years later. I just cant see it riding the same wave of nostalgia that Jurassic World did and Warcraft, I just don’t see the audience outside those who play the game. I hope I am wrong on both.
Dan: The Magnificent Seven
This remake is something that concerns me slightly, not because I’m worried it will be rubbish (We’ll always have the original and Seven Samurai if it is) but because in this day and age we don’t get big Westerns with big names. Antoine Fuqua directs, with a cast that includes Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, and Byung-Hun Lee. If this stumbles it makes an already fragile genre a more risky proposition for studios, and quite simply we don’t get enough Westerns!
While Gambit is still a very popular X Man, I find it difficult how Fox would do a stand alone film with him. Wolverine is a huge character with a wealth of back story and that does not tread on the X men cannon. Gambit, though blessed with a devout group of fans, still lacks some of the key ingredients that would make him a great standalone. Not only this Gambit fans are devout and are incredibly critical especially since Taylor Kitsch.
His back story of a mutant thief going straight is good, but where could you take it. I worry they are going to fall into the trap where they start throwing in X Men characters to help push it along. I foresee another Wolverine Origins or worse a Fantastic Four. FYI. both times his solo comics series’ were released they have ben cancelled in 8-10 issues………yeah.
James: Captain America: Civil War
There is a possibility that this is too weighed down by contractual obligations to actually have any threat to any of the characters and too short to tell the story properly. Having to introduce the characters that will be on each side, then wrap up to such a point that sets up the rest of the stand alone movies for Phase 3 is a big task. Also, unfortunately Now You See Me Too almost certainly won’t be any good. Now You See Me caught lightning in a bottle, it was entertaining and light but thoroughly enjoyable. This is a needless sequel that will only spoil the memory of the first film.
Can you pick a sleeper?
Dave: This is almost impossible, given that the actual nature of the term, but my money is on either Bridget Jones’s Baby or My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, both are building on huge box office busting previous installments, but enough time has pasted that they both might fly under the radar. I would like to see The Nice Guys, Hail, Caesar! or Triple 9 breakout, but it is unlikely
Dan: A sleeper? Probably not, but one that I think you should keep an eye on…Triple 9. John Hillcoat, the man behind Lawless, The Road, and The Proposition returns with this heist drama that features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jnr, and freaking Michael Kenneth Williams. The thought is just salivating.
Welshy: Whiskey, Foxtrot, Tango. a comedy war film based on the memoirs of a reporter during Afghanistan. The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina. This comes from Focus and Crazy Stupid Love directors Glenn Ficara and John Requa. Something else that might just surprise given popularity of his previous work is Grimsby, Sacha Baron Cohen usually does pretty well for one reason or another.
James: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – I’m not sure if this counts as a sleeper?!? Unless it is boycotted by the Potter fans it will do very well, and if it crosses over (which will need some clever marketing) it could be huge.
What will 2016s Highest Grossing film be?
Dave: Finding Dory
No question. Pixar had a great year in 2015, giving us 2 wonderful films and with this long-awaited sequel to the massive Finding Nemo, I think there will be no stopping Dory and Co. Think this will run through the summer and beyond.
Dan: Captain America: Civil War
Not only is this a landmark film where our Avengers are going to be torn apart before the Infinity War but it’s based on one of the biggest events in Marvel comic history. For obvious reasons it will not be on as grand a scale, but this is going to be a monster in its own right. Why? We already know Black Panther is making an appearance, Spider-Man also, but you have a whole bunch of recent Avengers recruits that will fight off against each other against a back drop of Captain America Vs Iron Man. The third instalment of Iron Man was unexpectedly a box office phenom, I think the 3rd instalment of Captain America will be as well. If a major character is killed off as well…well it could be significant.
Welshy: Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
The name says it all, it is two of pop cultures biggest icons fighting it out, people will flock, even if they have never heard the term DCU or Justice League. For good or for ill this movie will make an impact.
James: Finding Dory
It’s a punt, but it’s been 13 years since Finding Nemo came along and made every kid in the world fall in love with clownfish. Finding Dory will pack them in throughout the summer holidays. Also… Finding Nemo is THE biggest selling DVD of all time. With only Kung Fu Panda 3, Secret Life Of Pets, The BFG, and Alice Through The Looking Glass (which could come close, as the first film took over a billion) catering for the kids this year, I predict Finding Dory will do Frozen numbers if it’s actually any good.
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage: Cage appears in this true story about the ship that delivered the atomic bomb that would end WWII, the film is directed by erm, Mario Van Peebles and co-starring Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane…from the poster, unlikely to appear in cinemas
Snowden: Oliver Stone directs Jospeh Gordon Levitt in the title role of this biopic about Edward Snowden, the American who leaked classified NSA information to a British newspaper, Cage is set to appear in an unspecified role. Should be coming to a cinema near you.
The Trust: Starring along side Elijah Wood, this is the story of a pair of cops who discover a mysterious bank vault. unlikely to appear in cinemas
Army of One: Cage stars as a man who sets off on his own to find Osama Bin Laden. Could go either way, but unlikely to feature in cinemas
Well, that is our thoughts, what are yours, let us know!
Thanks for reading and enjoy the year in film