Hello again and happy new year everyone! I know I'm about a month late, but better late than never right? I've slowly been going in-and-out of writing, but I've been bit by the "New year, new me" bug (specifically by the bug that makes me be a bit more consistent with posting).
I feel the best way to start that off is with actually posting something, so welcome to my first post of 2017! I wanted to do something a bit different than the usual "Top" lists, so I decided to mix it up. Hence forth, I present you the Top 15 films I've yet to see from 2016.
Now I warn you that there may be list some films that may want to make you slap me around and ask, "Why haven't you seen this yet?!" I'll try my best to explain myself for each one, even though some may not have such a great excuse. (Honorable mentions include: Midnight Special, Everybody Wants Some!!, Green Room, Patriots Day, The Lobster, Manchester by the Sea, Kubo and the Two Strings, Silence, Snowden, Lion, The Accountant, Fences)
1. Hail, Caesar! (February 1)
Maybe not the most "You've gotta freakin' see it!" film of the year, from what I've heard, but it has been nominated for a few awards and is among the National Board of Review's top films of 2016. You'd also think that because it was directed by the Coen Brothers, I'd be rushing to the theaters! For some reason it just never caught my attention. (Although to be fair, this was the same month that Deadpool came out and my full attention was set on that.)
Will I be checking it out? - Yup! After checking out the trailer above, it has got my attention now. I have it DVR'd on my TV and will be checking it out shortly after posting this!!
2. Sing Street (April 15)
Definitely one of the films that went under my radar for a long time. To be honest, I hadn't even heard of it until November/December once all the listicles were coming out about the "best films of the year." It seems like a very sweet film and now that I've seen the trailer a couple times, definitely can't wait to check it out. Love me some 80s music! Also noteworthy, the cast includes Game of Throne's Aidan Gillen a.k.a Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
Will I be checking it out? - Well, like I mentioned above, I surely will! Hopefully I can find it on some streaming service. If not, off to a Blockbuster I go. (Ha, yeah right.)
3. The Nice Guys (May 20)
Now this is Stop One of Four in this article where I slap myself for having not seen the film in question. I was so excited for this movie when the first trailer came out that I thought to myself, "I'm totally going opening night for this." It's Crowe and Gosling. It takes place in the 70s. It's a buddy-cop film. It looks funny as heck. And to top it off, it's directed by frickin' Shane Black! I seriously don't know why it has taken me so long to see this damn film, but I'm going to be changing that very very soon.
Will I be checking it out? - Hell yeah I am! Thanks to HBO showing some great movies recently, I now have this film DVR'd as well. I cannot wait to finish this article and go check it out.
4. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (May 24)
This has to be the most surprising one of all the films on the list. And by surprising, I mean that some may actually be wondering why I'm evening mentioning this film or even have it on my list. From what I hear from friends and coworkers, this was actually the sleeper hit of the year. The trailer made it look so inexcusably stupid to me, that I had no urge to see it at all. I pictured it to bomb at the box office and get terrible reviews, but actually saw great buzz from people that took the time to see it. I guess The Lonely Island surprised everyone!
Will I be checking it out? - If I'm surfing through the movie channels and it happens to be on, I'll surely check it out. Other than that, I don't plan on hunting it down.
5. Swiss Army Man (June 24)
Ah, yes. The movie about a man stranded on an island with a flatulating corpse. This sounded so incredibly weird from when it premiered at Sundance to it's attendees that I was unsure of watching it or skipping it. But hey, Harry Potter (or how he prefers to be called Daniel Radcliffe) is in it, so count me in!
Side note: Up until a month ago, I found out why the title is "Swiss Army Man." Because a Swiss army knife can be used for pretty much any situation, so can Radcliffe's body in the movie! Hopefully I'm not the only one that just figured it out and I just blew someone else's mind as well.
Will I be checking it out? - Yup! Another film I need to hunt down on some sort of streaming service.
6. Hell or High Water (August 12)
I have heard so much praise over this movie, that I'm surprised I've yet to give in and see it yet. I hear it's each actors best movie since whatever movie everyone thought they were great in. One of the best of the summer releases in years. Pretty much, a bunch of hoopla over this film. But what really caught my attention is that it's by the same writer from Sicario which was one of my favorite movies of 2015. I also enjoy seeing Ben Foster get some great recognition, since I've always thought he's been an underrated actor and asset to any film! Needless to say, this film has a great amount of hype behind it and has been nominated for quite a few awards that I guess I should kick myself for not checking it out yet.
Will I be checking it out? - Yessir! I actually have the blu-ray sitting on my desk right now. I've had it for a couple months, but just haven't shelled out the time to check it out. Don't worry, I'll get to it.
7. Moonlight (October 21)
From what I've seen on social media and heard from the public, this seems to be one of the most impactful movies from 2016. I don't know too much about the actual story and/or plot from the movie, but this trailer alone sells the heck out of it to me. A story about a black man growing up in poverty and gang-related neighborhoods, who just so happens to be stuggling with the fact that he may or is gay as well. WHY HAVE I NOT SEEN THIS?! This story sounds so incredibly beautiful.
Will I be checking it out? - Oh, most definitely. I'm glad some of the movies among this list have returned to theaters, so I can have a second chance of catching it in the proper setting.
8. Arrival (November 11)
Welcome to Stop Two of Four in this article where I slap myself for having not seen the film in question. I really have no good excuse for checking this film out already. It's been in theaters for months, I get to see movies for free thanks to my job, and yet I still haven't seen it. And the real reason I wanna bang my head against the wall for not seeing it yet? It's a freaking sci-fi movie directed by my favorite director: Denis Villeneuve! Y'know, the guy who directed Prisoners(!!), Sicario (!!!!!), and just so happens to be in post production for the sequel to freakin' Blade Runner (!!!!!!!!!). Yeah, that guy. I'm really f*****g up here, guys.
Will I be checking it out? - DAMN STRAIGHT!!!
9. Moana (November 23)
Hello! This is Stop Three of Four in this article where I slap myself for, yet again, having not seen the film in question. You know that Disney film where they got Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (the badass who used to be a WWF/WWE wrestler and is now an A-List actor/producer) to play an animated... well, mystical "The Rock" pretty much? Yeah, I haven't seen that film yet. "Why the hell not?!" you may ask? I really don't know. Again, no good excuse for not seeing it other than I haven't pushed myself to go see it alone. Maybe because it's an animated movie and if you see a lonely guy in a theater watching cartoons, it may seem a bit weird. Honestly don't know... But it's coming to blu-ray soon and even without seeing it yet, I'm totally purchasing it! Plus, Alan Tudyk (K2-SO from Rogue One and Wash from Firefly) voices a freaking animated chicken in this movie!
Will I be checking it out? - You had me at "mystical 'The Rock.'" Totally watching the hell outta it.
10. Lala Land (December 9)
And finally, welcome to the final stop of Four in this article where I not only slap myself, but totally kick my own a** for having not seen the film in question. The movie everyone is losing all of their stuff over. The one that has tied with Titanic and All About Eve in Oscar nominations. And that also swept the Golden Globes in winning for every category in which it was nominated in. The movie that was directed by the same man who brought us Whiplash (y'know, the one where J.K. Simmons' character throws a f*****g chair at Miles Teller's character because he wasn't drumming at his preferred tempo?). Yup, haven't seen it yet. Although I may not totally want to blame my girlfriend for not wanting to see it with me (I still have to beg her every week. Little-to-no progress there.), I think it may be time to go on a solo adventure to the theater and see what all the hype is about. For the love of music and movies, I must do it.
Will I be checking it out? - You bet your tap-dancing a** I will be. Sorry, girlfriend. I think I'm gonna have to go check it out alone.
Welp there you have it, my people! My top 10 movies of 2016 that I have not seen... yet! I reassure you that I will be checking out all, if not most, of the movies on this list at some point from when I post this up and the end of the month hopefully.
Thank you guys for taking the time to read this listicle of mine! I'm going to be trying my hardest to post up a lot more this year, so I hope you can guys can tune in every now and then when something I write goes live. Again, thanks for stopping by and leave your movie suggestions or WTF-Why-Haven't-You-Seen-It statements in the comments below.