It’s 2016 now, and while we sludge through the large crap piles the studios put out in January, there’s still a lot to look forward to down the road. The rankings on this list are pretty arbitrary and mainly reflect on my excitement levels for each film at the moment. Some of these films are slated for 2016, but don’t have release dates and a lot of these films don’t even have trailers. All these different factors definitely influenced my decision on the rankings, however “unfair” that may be. I also implore you to complain in the comment section, and to me personally on Facebook so I can tell you why your opinion is terrible. Now onto the list!
15. Batman v. Superman
When the announcement of this film came out, I was ecstatic! My favorite hero, Batman, squaring off against wonderbread, Superman. Then the first trailer came out and everything clicked. It felt real, personal, dark, and really captured the essence of Batman and his philosophy.
Then they released the second trailer, which I now call, “The Worst Trailer I’ve Ever Seen.” Everything built up in the marketing with the ads and trailers were just flushed down the shitter. Lex Luthor Jr.’s dialogue is cringe worthy, the editing is just downright amateur, and they show Batman and Superman teaming up with Wonder Woman to fight Doomsday, who looks like a mentally disabled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Not only does it feel like they spoiled the film, but the things they show don’t even look good. This trailer just killed the hype for me, but it still has the potential to be good. I’m also a Batman fanboy, so it’s still on the list.
Please be good…
14. Captain America: Civil War
“Why is Civil War so low on the list?” you ask. Marvel movies are just over saturating the market with constant superhero movies. Most of them are at least decent, but very few are great. They’re usually enjoyable, but not very special or memorable. I do expect this to be a good movie, even very good. Winter Soldier is the best Marvel film to date, and it seems like they’re continuing to give Captain America the more interesting storylines. I’m definitely excited for this film, and hope it leads into Marvel being less bland with their story arcs. I’m actually slightly more excited for the Black Panther movie to be honest.
If they kill Captain in this movie I will applaud Marvel for growing some balls though.
13. Story of Your Life
Here’s all you need to know about this film you probably haven’t heard of, it’s directed by Denis Villenueve. If you don’t know who that is, just go and watch all of his movies and then you’ll understand why its on this list.
From IMDB: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.
If the story can match Villenueve’s directing talents, much like with his film Prisoners and Enemy, then this has the potential to be one of next year’s best films.
12. The Jungle Book
Why? Cause it’s the fricken JUNGLE BOOK. A remake I’m actually excited for! Call me crazy, but it looks great, the cast is great, and if they sing “The Bare Necessities” I can die a happy man.
Deadpool’s marketing is crazy good, Deadpool is one of Marvel’s most unique and well liked characters, and Ryan Reynolds love for this project is a great sign that it won’t be bad. It still could be bad, but it doesn’t look like it so far. I’m not completely sold yet so I’m hesitant to rank this higher. Hopefully it’s as insane and fun as everyone hopes.
10. La La Land
From the director of Whiplash, Damien Chazelle brings us his next film, La La Land. A musical dramedy that involves a jazz pianist falling in love with an actress. Sounds pretty mundane right? Luckily I have faith in this director, and it also happens to be starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, and John Legend which helps it’s credibility a lot. If it’s even half as good as Whiplash I’ll have gotten my money’s worth.
9. Neon Demon
Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks star in this horror thriller set in L.A. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, I’m expecting a bizarre surrealist movie with some extreme graphic violence. Hopefully it’ll be more like Drive and less like Only God Forgives. Either way it’ll definitely be something to talk about.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in a movie where he plays a pretty weird dude who loses his wife in an accident and attempts to rebuild his life by tearing it down. Gyllenhaal, who’s basically the American Tom Hardy, is usually brilliant in all of his roles even if the film doesn’t live up the same kind of standard.
I also sort of thought this was a Demolition Man remake. It’s not, but it still has potential.
7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Where’d this movie come from? A Cloverfield “sequel?” Holy shit this is exciting even though I hardly know anything about it. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman trapped in an underground shelter while there are monsters outside. I’m solely excited for another Cloverfield movie, since I really enjoyed the first one and am also a sucker for giant monster movies.
Some of you might be saying, “But Alex, the first Cloverfield sucked!” Well that’s just your opinion, and it’s stupid and you should feel bad.
6. Rogue One
STAR WARS MOVIE NOT NUMBER ONE???
Hold off on smashing your computer with that hammer crazy person, I’ll explain.
After the latest Star Wars installment I’ve overdosed on hype for the franchise and need to reel it back in. I’m also concerned that Star Wars might turn into Marvel and oversaturate theaters with films coming out every year. Star Wars is special, and too much of it could eventually make it stale and boring. That along with the last film being good, not great, keep it out of my top five.
I will say the cast makes me want to rub my nipples in joy though. Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, and Riz Ahmed!!!
5. Hail, Caesar!
Coen Brothers film.
4. The Witch
A horror movie that’s been generating some buzz at festivals, and that people are calling actually good? What a glorious day indeed. The Witch is set in 1630’s New England, where a family is plagued by witchcraft. It looks atmospheric, and seems more interested in characters and story than inducing cheap scares. Being a huge fan of horror, I can’t wait to see this one.
3. Suicide Squad
This would’ve been a lot lower had the latest trailer not come out today. After watching it, I think this deserves all the hype you can throw at it. Everyone loves a good villain, so why not make a movie with a bunch comic villains as the main protagonists? Brilliant idea, the cast is surprisingly amazing for a superhero movie, and David Ayer is probably the most competent person to direct any of these movies EVER.
This is the dude who wrote and directed End of Watch and Fury. Oh, and he also wrote Training Day.
It also helps that the trailer is as good as Batman v. Superman’s is bad.
2. The Nice Guys
Trailers are important in marketing your movie to the general public and letting them know what they’re in for. No trailer for any of the other films on this list made me laugh as hard as the one for this movie. That’s the basic reasoning for this movie’s no. 2 ranking.
Ryan Gosling, Russel Crowe, and Shane Black might’ve had something to do with that too.
1. Green Room
What the **** is this? This is the next film from director Jeremy Saulnier, who made the phenomenal Blue Ruin (which is on Netflix by the way). The story follows a punk band that run into a violent group of neo-nazis led by Patrick Stewart. Expect it to be tense, expect it to be violent, and expect it be awesome.
Why is this my no. 1 most anticipated film of 2016? Because for some reason I’m most excited for it. Call me crazy I suppose.
Thanks for reading, let me know what films you’re most excited for in 2016. Also, don’t forget to tell my why my list is awesome/sucks! Comment, like, and share, or at least tell your mom to.
Other notable 2016 films to be excited for are Midnight Special, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Ghostbusters, Assassin’s Creed, Finding Dory, and Zoolander 2.
Now lets get excited for 2016!