Now I know we're already halfway through January but I love a list and unsurprisingly I love films as well. So, I thought I'd do the obvious and give you a rundown of what I'm looking forward to this year, then you can tell me off in the comments about my lack of punctuality.
Now if you live in the US or Canada you're probably thinking, "That came out on Christmas already", but over here in Blighty - the UK if I've confused you - I've still got to wait until February to see this film. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis lead the cast of the film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name - both written by August Wilson. Not only is Washington playing the lead - as he has previously in the play - but he is also directing only his 3rd feature film.
Despite not having seen the play myself this first trailer immediately captured my attention with a familiarly captivating performance by Denzel Washington.
Fences will be released on the 10th of February in the UK and was already released in the US on Christmas Day 2016. Further release dates found here.
Now call me sentimental but the fact this film came about because of the reconciliation between Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle is all rather nice, after 2 decades we get a sequel one of my all time favourite films. Although many may be sceptical of a follow up, I feel as though more than enough time has passed for us to see what has happened to the original characters. I'm also interested to see how the film breaks away from the books sequel Porno, especially with the time difference being over double.
It's going to be very interesting to see how once unknown actors will recapture the magic of the original film, it's more than just an indie film now.
T2: Trainspotting will be released on the 27th of January in the UK and March 10th in the US. Further release dates can be found here.
Now I've always been a big fan of the X-Men franchise and although it's had its ups and downs I'm a sucker for its next release. Logan is the third standalone Wolverine film and is likely to be the last appearance for Hugh Jackman as the lovable, yet complicated mutant. That feeling of finality is certainly translated with the way that they've approached the production of the film. Hugh Jackman even took a pay cut to ensure that the character could fulfil his true persona and receive an R rating the US.
The tone of the film seems dramatically different to any previous X-Men instalments and I'm optimistic this is the solo Wolverine film we've been hoping for.
Logan will be released on the 2nd of March in the UK and March 3rd in the US. Further release dates can be found here.
The excitement for this one is 100% based on Saturday morning nostalgia, to say I enjoyed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a kid would be an understatement. After the blockbuster successes of other 90's kids show icons - Transformers I'm looking at you - Lionsgate has decided to get a piece of the nostalgia pie. Amazingly Michael Bay isn't directing this film, instead, South African Dean Israelite will be taking the helm. As bad as this film could end up being I'm still that hyped little kid on Saturday Morning.
Judging by the trailer Power Rangers will be getting the 'gritty reboot' treatment, many fans may miss the 90's cheese from the series, but the new tone could be refreshing.
Power Rangers will be released on the 24th of March in both the UK and the US. Further release dates can be found here.
The Cars series of movies isn't the most beloved of Pixar's titles, but the original is my favourite Pixar film that doesn't have Toy Story in its name. Part of that comes from the story, part of it comes from the fact I'm a petrol/gear head. Since Cars 3 must convince a lot of people that it's more than just a cash grab - the less said about Cars 2 the better - a very un-Pixar like trailer has been released. Muted colours and a absence of music gives the sense that Cars 3 could also be getting the gritty treatment.
It certainly seems Pixar are determined to redeem their name after some inconsistent levels of quality the past few years, perhaps this change of approach is what's needed.
Cars 3 will be released on the 14th of July in the UK and June 16th in the US. Further release dates can be found here.
Another Spider-Man reboot? Yep, except this time Marvel and their Disney overlords finally get to include it in the MCU. Sony have finally decided that emo characters in Spider-Man isn't what the people want and relented their exclusivity. Fortunately, we won't be made to sit through yet another origin story, instead it will continue from the cameo in Captain America: Civil War and be more of a superhero/coming-of-age film. They even went and found themselves a real teenage actor in Tom Holland.
After the non-event of Sony abandoning their long-term vision to bring the Sinister 6 together in The Amazing Spider-Man, this rebooted-reboot has restored my optimism.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on the 7th of July in both the UK and US. Further release dates can be found here.
'Blade Runner 2049'
Now Trainspotting may have waited 21 years to release its sequel but Blade Runner has one-upped it by waiting 35 years for the follow-up. When the sequel was announced I had the same reaction as many others, it was along the lines of, "Why?". The original film is a classic piece of cinema that over the years has been refined - for the better - so making a sequel is almost blasphemous. However, those clever marketing folk threw together a teaser trailer and suckered me in. Damn.
Ryan Gosling will be taking Harrison Ford's place as the lead and judging by the trailer he's not happy about it, although that could just be Harrison Ford's general expression.
Blade Runner 2049 will be released on the 6th of October in both the UK and US. Further release dates can be found here.
I think it's safe to say that the DCEU hasn't had the same overwhelming success as the rival MCU. A slightly above average start with Man of Steel has only really gone downhill with the critical failures of Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad. It remains to be seen if the Wonder Woman film will improve that record, but if it doesn't Justice League may well be last chance saloon for the DCEU. The retention of Zack Snyder as director is questionable, but perhaps the strong cast can lift expectations.
I'm apprehensive about this film but like many I've waited years for a Justice League blockbuster, just a shame it took too long to include Martian Manhunter.
Justice League will be released on the 17th of November in the UK and US. Further release dates can be found here.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
We don't even know the full title, but it's no secret I'm a Star Wars fan so this is what the whole cinematic year is building up to for me. I may have to wait the full 12 months but having a Star Wars film for Christmas each year is something I could get used to.
The Force Awakens was a solid - albeit safe - start to the re-emergence of the saga and the quality of Rogue One shows that Disney know what they are doing with such a beloved franchise. A point of comfort when considering the recent passing of Carrie Fisher. I've no doubt that this next instalment will treat Princess Leia's character with the utmost respect and conclude her story accordingly. Since there isn't yet a trailer of any kind for this film I will instead leave a small tribute to Carrie Fisher:
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released on the 15th of December in the UK and US. Further release dates can be found here