If I had posted my list last year it would’ve looked like this: Ghostbusters, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Moana, X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange, Star Wars: Rogue One, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in that order. I enjoyed Ghostbusters, Fantastic Beasts, Moana, Rogue One. Thought Doctor Strange, Deadpool and Civil War were outstanding. I heard Apocalypse was meh. Suicide Squad and BvsS certainly were. Remember when all sequels used to suck? I'm happy to know they've cracked the code but then as now I wish there were more original films and less sequels.
10) War For The Planet Of The Apes
Rare for a franchise reboot to take off the way this one has, pushing how technology can tell stories. Where will Cesar's story take us next?
9) Justice League
Suicide Squad was masterful marketing. Wish it had paid off. Cool concept, good cast, but characters didn’t add up and story was confusing as hell. Hope they learn from their mistakes or I’m done with DC movies. Surely this one is took big to fail...?
8) Blade Runner 2049
Denis Villeneuve is one of the most exciting directors alive. After attracting attention with Arrival, he dove right back into sci-fi with a sequel to one of the most renowned of all time. Hopefully it works out better than Tron: Legacy.
7) Thor: Ragnarok
It wasn’t until I saw Thor that I truly felt what was Marvel was trying to do. The last sequel wasn’t bad by any means but it felt a little "safe." Hopefully, this can continue their high level of quality while upping the stakes.
6) The Dark Tower
This has been in development hell for a while, with a long list of great filmmakers trying to adapt it. I started reading the fantasy series by Stephen King last year. In case you haven’t heard of it, I definitely recommend it! The casting choices are awesome. Lord of the Rings Western? Sign me up!
5) Transformers: The Last Knight
Transformers were part of my childhood. There’s something quite guilty about watching these movies but they have their moments, sometimes screaming gloriously back to those days. Apparently, they're investing a lot more into writing the mythology from here on out with a bunch more movies already planned. Since people will see these no matter, a little more risks would welcome.
4) The Lego Batman Movie
I’m first to admit I was wrong about my expectations for The Lego Movie. It turned out to be one of the funniest and best films of the year, one of the most originals movies in years. It killed on all levels and was robbed of an Oscar. With how dismal the current DC franchise is, the humour and crazy colourful creativity is all the more welcome.
3) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
The first was a lot of fun. It tested what Marvel could do with a concept a little more out there and fresh and it paid off. Hope this delivers more but continues to push characters we’ve come to love.
The trailers are awesome! But how often have we been burned by good-looking trailers? I was lucky to see the first act of this and if the rest is HALF as good, it could seriously be the best of the X-MEN franchise. I don’t think most people are going to expect the darker tone.
1) Star Wars Episode VIII
It doesn’t get any bigger! I don’t envy the task for those involved. The expectations are massive. JJ Abrams set up a decent foundation for the new trilogy. But now its time to spread its swings. May the force be with them.