2017 will hopefully be a better year than 2016. One way it looks like it’ll be an improvement is in the movies and TV shows, and 2016 was hardly bad in that respect. So here we have my most anticipated list for 2017. This is a Top 15 instead of the usual 10 and I’m going to mix TV and Films together here to make things a little more interesting. So go ahead and have a look:
Honourable Mentions (#15 – #11):
15. Atlanta Season 2
Donald Glover certainly impressed me with the first season of his FX show. After the showing getting more abstract towards the end of the season, I’m very intrigued with what he’ll do with it this year.
14. Spider-Man: Homecoming
I’m not a massive fan of the MCU and I’ve always preferred Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man films over anything Marvel Studios have produced. That being said, I was actually very impressed by the trailer for this film. It feels like a John Hughes movie and that’s what I want.
13. War For the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was one of the best summer blockbusters in years and the first trailer for the follow up is very promising indeed. It looks like it’ll be another stunningly gorgeous film filled with emotion and depth.
12. Personal Shopper
Kristen Stewart has been on fire recently in the indie world with one particular film being Clouds of Sils Maria with Juliette Binoche. Stewart is reuniting with director Olivia Assayas for this critically acclaimed horror about ghosts haunting her. It’s sounds odd but the trailer sure excited me.
11. Vox Lux
This film stars Rooney Mara as a pop star. I don’t think they’ve even started shooting it yet. All I needed to know was that Rooney is in it and that Sia is doing the music.
10. Game of Thrones Season 7
Season 6 was maybe the best Game of Thrones has ever given to us and the final two episodes were monumental achievements in the realm of TV. It’s a shorter season this year and that actually makes me more excited. No room for filler now.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely my favourite MCU movie with comedy that doesn’t feel forced, characters that are well defined and well performed, and a directorial vision that is clear and well realised. And it is STANDALONE! Vol. 2 looks like it’ll probably be even better.
Any new Jake Gyllenhaal film is going to get me excited but this one also stars Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Lily Collins and is directed by Joon-ho Bong of Snowpiercer. That is an insanely large amount of talent.
7. Blade Runner 2049
It’s a big risk making a sequel to an 80s cult classic sci-fi film by Ridley Scott but the first trailer promised we’ll at least be blown away visually and Denis Villeneuve is yet to fail yet. This might just be a worthy sequel.
6. Baby Driver
Edgar Wright hasn’t made anything since 2013’s The World’s End and I think we’ve all missed him. Baby Driver is his return and it’s a crime thriller (that’s sure to be pretty funny too) with a crazy cast including Jamie Foxx, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal and Ansel Elgort. I am very excited.
I’ve always been a big fan of the X-Men films and I was excited for the final outing for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Then I saw the trailer and I was absolutely blown away. I was not expecting it to look that good. This film has the potential to be one of the best comic book movies of all time.
4. Fargo Season 3
Fargo took a year off in 2016 but it’s back this year with Ewan McGregor (playing twins), Carrie Coon, Scoot McNairy and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The first season was great and the second season was even better. This show is on fire and I am struggling to contain my excitement for this one.
3. The Leftovers Season 3
And now we have another show that took a break last year. The first season of The Leftovers was good albeit flawed and meandering. The second season was truly brilliant, providing us with the biggest improvement between seasons I’ve ever seen. The final season is set in Australia and the showrunner has said it’s influences are The Godfather and Mad Max. That enough to get you interested?
2. Star Wars: Episode VIII
The only surprise here is that it isn’t number 1. The Force Awakens had a lot wrong with it but that isn’t what’s holding it back for me, after all it is still my most anticipated movie of 2017. I trust Rian Johnson and everything I’ve heard indicates us actually getting a new film that will bring back some originality to the saga. And we’ll finally get an actual film with Luke Skywalker again. The farewell to Carrie Fisher will be tough though.
1. Twin Peaks Season 3
And here’s the usurper of Star Wars’ throne. I recently explored David Lynch’s filmography and was blown away. Then I went into his TV show with Mark Frost and it instantly became my favourite series of all time. It’s surreal, funny and truly terrifying and its final episode before cancellation was a mind blowing exploration into the abstract unknown that ended on the biggest cliffhanger I can think of. But now it’s returning 25 years later, they’ve released a full cast list (including plenty of new cast members like Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Cera and Tim Roth) and I am bursting at the seems waiting for even a trailer to this very mysterious show. I am very happy it is happening again.
What do you think? What TV Shows and Movies are you looking forward to in 2017? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!