What are The Snooty Ushers looking forward to most in 2017?
2016 is well and truly in the rear view mirror now, and as the New Year haze is slowly clearing we are ready to stride into 2017 with renewed vigour. And what films should you pencil into your brand new calendars and diaries? Dan has already looked at a few films that might fly under the radar in 2017 here, the best upcoming horrors here, and some of this year’s riskier films here, but right here is where you can find our Most Anticipated Films of 2017!
(NB All release dates mentioned are the latest information on the planned UK releases, and are subject to change)
10. Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi)
Release Date: 27th October
James: This is all about the director. Taika Waititi has made two great films in What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople, and the thought of what he could do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is tantalising.
9. Trainspotting 2 (Danny Boyle)
Release Date: 27th January
Dave: As a Scotsman and a product of the 90s, Trainspotting was huge for me. I loved how it took a group of pretty despicable characters and made you care about them. I was 19 when this was in the cinema and I saw 4 times and 100 more since. I have read the book twice and seen it on stage. I can not wait to see what has happened to these characters over the last 20 years. I am happy that Boyle has gone his own way rather that adapt Welsh’s lukewarm follow up novel Porno. We have waited long enough for this, I am positive it will be worth it.
8. Paddington 2 (Paul King)
Release Date: 24th November
James: Paddington is a heart warming family film that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy. The chance to visit the bear from Peru again can’t come soon enough!
No trailer yet for Paddington 2, so here’s the trailer for the first.
7. Star Wars: Episode VIII (Rian Johnson)
Release Date: 15th December
Welshy: People will reminisce in 30 years time and say “it was the best in the series”. Hand to god, this will be our generation’s Empire Strikes Back.
No trailer yer, but here’s a trailer for the joyful The Force Awakens
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming (John Watts)
Release Date: 7th July
Rich: Spider-Man joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe again for his first Marvel Studios solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. The trailer is bursting with classic Spider-man quips and action, but it also shows you just enough of the characters and villains to keep a little bit of mystery about the plot .Directed by Jon Watts who directed hidden gem Cop Car it looks like he’s paid attention to some faults of previous Spidey instalments and is giving us a lot of things we haven’t seen before in this one. Lets hope the franchise can find new heights and stick around for years to come. Also go and watch Cop Car, it’s brilliant!
5. Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)
Release Date: 19th May
Rich: Sir Ridley Scott is reunited with his baby, the Alien franchise which he helped create in 1979. It’s been tough going for this film franchise and its numerous directors and sequels, but I feel none came close to recreating what Sir Ridley Scott had done. Obviously the attempted reboot in Prometheus (2012) was a bit hit or miss with audiences but Scott seems determined to win back our trust with this glorious trailer which is dripping with the Alien style and aesthetic. Scott seems set on still fleshing out the universe but also returning to his roots of bloody and terrifying. Check out the trailer below and see what I mean.
4. John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski)
Release Date: 10th February
Dan: Good lord was John Wick one of the best action films released in the past 10 years, and one that pretty much came out of nowhere. Who would have thought a film, starring Keanu Reeves, about a former hitman and his dog would be such an entertaining action packed watch. Not only did Reeves do brilliantly, the first brought us fresh directing talent, one of whom has been rewarded with Deadpool 2. John Wick only scratched the surface of this potentially massive underworld of criminals, assassins and hotels, and I for one can’t wait to see how they follow it up.
3. Logan (James Mangold)
Release Date: 2nd March
Welshy: So here we are at the end of the line for the Ol’ Canucklehead. Well, for Hugh Jackman anyway. Having had a rocky start with his abysmal first solo outing, then gaining great momentum in his second we reach the third and final chapter. Now oh sweet Mary the source material this is based on is one of the most glorious narratives ever put to seven panels and thirteen pages. It looks like they are going all out with this final instalment, James Mangold has learned from The Wolverine and now will showcase the best there is at what he does. Just Watch.
2. Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villenuve)
Release Date: 6th Ocotber
Dave: Forget Star Wars and Superheroes, this is what 2017 is about for me. Blade Runner is one of my favourite films of all time. Now, normally I would be sceptical about a belated sequel and when it was first mooted I dismissed it out of hand, then along came Denis Villenueve, he is one of the most exciting and promising directors working today. Ryan Gosling most definitely has the talent to carry any film and then there is the returning Harrison Ford. The teaser looks like they have nailed the feel of the original. Here is hoping.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (James Gunn)
Release Date: 28th April
Dan: As a fan of James Gunn with his work on Super, and Slither, I was intrigued by the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Then the trailer hit and I just knew it would be special. Watching it in the cinema was the best experience I’ve had watching a Sci-Fi film since my mother took me to see the re-releases of Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI when I was younger, if not better. I’ve never been this excited for a film for as long as I can remember, I’m actually more excited than I was for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
And that is our Top 10 – let us know what you are looking forward to in 2017! For more upcoming 2017 releases, check out the upcoming horrors of 2017, the 10 films to keep you eye on in 2017, and the riskiest films of 2017.
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS As a special treat for reading all the way to the end, here are our individual Top 10 lists:
1. Blade Runner 2049 – Come on. I was looking forward to this before I saw Sicario. Then Arrival was amazing. In Villeneuve we trust.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Can they capture lightning in a bottle again?
3. Paddington 2 – One of the most charming films in years gets a sequel.
4. War For the Planet Of The Apes – After two amazing films I’m pumped for another!
5. Logan –His scene in X Men: Apocolypse was the best thing in it, and the trailer looks epic. Time to say goodbye to one of the best characters we have seen
6. John Wick: Chapter 2 – Will this be a Raid 2 style upgrade or a Taken 2 style retread? I imagine a bigger budget, but will it work again?
7. Thor: Ragnorak – Man, I just love What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople
8. Dark Tower – Years of expectation means I can’t get my hopes up too much. But still…
9. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Manners. Maketh. Man.
10. The LEGO Batman Movie – Yes, I AM still a 7 year old, so what?
Split – M. Night Shymalan’s comeback?
Alien: Covenant – Prometheus has dulled my expectations of being blown away by this, but on re-watches that is an interesting movie.
Kong: Skull Island – Godzilla?
Justice League/Wonder Woman
Star Wars: Episode VIII: Pressure is on, will need to stand on it own (can’t rely on nostalgia like The Force Awakens) but Looper is a great movie (and those episodes of Breaking Bad), so I have faith in Rian Johnson
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
- Alien: Covenant –
- John Wick 2
- Blade Runner 2049
- The Dark Tower
- Star Wars: Episode VIII
- Ghost in the Shell
- Blade Runner 2049 – Best director working today, a classic in waiting
- Trainspotting 2 – cant’t wait to see these characters again
- Guardians of The Galaxy 2 – More of the same please…
- John Wick 2 – I could watch Keanu play this character all day long
- Murder on The Orient Express – I love a murder mystery, just check the cast
- Logan – Old Man Logan! Or as close as we will ever get on the big screen
- Soldado – just watch Sicario and you will see why this is on the list
- Alien Covenant – back to its horror roots? Can’t be as bad as Prometheus right?
- Paddington 2 – First one was a delight, Whishaw’s vocal performance was spot on
- Despicable Me 3 – These movies are just fun. Trey Parker’s villain looks a hoot.
The Mummy, Live By Night, Episode VIII, The Six Million Dollar Man, Lego Batman, Sing, King Arthur, Baywatch, Pitch Perfect 3
Welshy – Mine is very comic heavy
- Star Wars episode 8
- Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
- Spiderman Homecoming
- Power Rangers
- Thor 3 Ragnarok
- Wonder Woman
- Justice League
- Blade Runner 2049
- The Coldest City
- Alien: Covenant – come on… seems like its going back to its roots which is great
- Spider-man: Homecoming – lets hope it skips the origin story
- Eyes of the Mother – artsy, moody horror flick
- Bladerunner 2049 – Trailer is dripping with style
- Ghost in the Shell – big fan of the original anime
- John Wick Chapter 2 – more shooty shooty
- Baywatch – The Rock and Zac Efron!
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
- Justice League – It has to succeed, right?
- Dark Tower – Will this even release in 2017?