I’m really going to try and follow up on that promise i made in the TYTL movie awards about posting more, so in effort to do so i will do more editorials and other opinion pieces instead of strictly movie reviews. So whenever i feel the need to talk about something related to pop culture (movies and video games mostly) i will try and get something out (although this is ten years too late after all).
When i actually sat down to write the TYTL Awards and figured out how many movies i had seen in theaters last year i was very surprised and a bit saddened that i had only watched 7 movies the whole year. I’m going to honestly try and get out to see more current movies this year (and write more reviews), so let’s take this opportunity to see what’s coming down the pipe line.
I’m using IMDB’s most popular feature films and just going down the list providing my initial thoughts and it’s position on the list. So lets look at the top ten.
Here we go!
I’m kinda sick of smarmy witty dialog, so a character built around it as well as being played by the annoying Ryan Reynolds is not going to be on my list of most anticipated releases for 2016. Frankly i don’t care about Deadpool, it wouldn’t matter to me if he wasn’t getting a movie or if he didn’t exist at all.
Release Date: 12 February
Verdict: I’ll Pass Thanks
#2 ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
My interest in seeing a proper Star Wars episode was at an all time low, so a spin off of the series is right there at the bottom. It’s curious and hilarious though that the release of this film has been completely eclipsed by The Force Awakens. In fact i’m curious to know how many people even know it’s coming out who aren’t hardcore Star Wars fans to begin with. In the end, i don’t care that this is coming out (nor the adventures of Han Solo movie either) and will only watch the proper episodes.
Release Date: 16th December
Verdict: Not Interested in the Slightest
#3 SUICIDE SQUAD
2016 isn’t shaping up to be a very interesting year for me. I will admit this had a very eye catching teaser but over all i couldn’t shake the overwhelming feeling of meh at the thought of another superhero team being marketed in hopes of draining my wallet for years on end. As for Jared Leto as the Joker, well he wouldn’t have been my first pick (he isn’t my first pick in anything really) but he looks creepy at least.
Release Date: 5th August
Verdict: The Meh is Strong in This
#4 XMEN: APOCALYPSE
It’s an old and worn out internet joke to point out that they made one of the most dangerous super villains in the marvel universe look like Ivan Ooze from the Power Rangers movie, but frankly it’s true. I’m not excited for this release, just like i wasn’t overly excited for Days of the Future Past, but i am curious. Singer knows how to get decent results from the material, so at least i can trust it’s in good hands.
Release Date: 27th May
Verdict: I Won’t See it Opening Day, But i Will Go Eventually
#5 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
You know despite me not having the best opinion of Man of Steel it was decent enough for me to want to see what came next. Then the announcement that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman came up and i couldn’t check out harder. Look, i know it’s been a long time since Daredevil and Gigli, a long time since BenLo and People Magazine giving him the “Sexiest Man Alive” award, but it’s torn between me and him. Torn. I refuse to see anything he is in or directed. I might go to this if i’m bored out of my skull, but all i have to do is look at any poster or trailer and see Affleck to remember why i don’t want to see it.
Release Date: 25th March
I don’t know why this particular movie has such a rabid fan base, but i suspect it has less to do with the movie and more to do with the fact that it had a successful Saturday morning cartoon show and tons of toys (i had some too). In the end i’m interested in a third film coming out, i’m interested that the cast is all women, and i’m interested if anything unique will come of it. But i’m not interested in watching a film that has the irritatingly foul Melissa Mccarthy in it.
Release Date: 15th July
Verdict: Why Couldn’t They Have Gotten Schumer?
#7 CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
It’s very kind for Marvel/Disney to give us another Avenger’s movie so soon after the release of a rather lackluster outing. It’s also nice that this is part of the build up to Thanos that i wanted to see since his reveal at the end of The Avenger’s. But in the 4 or so years since that came out just about all my enthusiasm has dried up. Of the ten movies planned for phase three i’m only interested in seeing 2, and already my expectations have been deflated by having Josh Brolin take up the mantle of Thanos. Pro tip here Marvel i see through it all, i know you just want to pad it out to drain as much as you can out of my wallet before people stop caring, well i stopped caring a looooong time ago.
Release Date: 6th May
Verdict: A Solid Maybe, if i Can Work up the Motivation to Drive to a Theatre
2016 doesn’t look to be my year for movies, i know at the start of the list i said i would do the top ten but numbers 8-20 can be summed up by either a meh or a flat out no. Number 21 is Star Trek Beyond which i will go and see to determine if it is either the last nail in the coffin of the rebooted series, or yet another drip feed to entice me to see another.
As for other releases i’m sad to say nothing really catches my eye. We’ll just have to see what the future holds i suppose.