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My 2017 Most Anticipated Movies

​​Though four months have passed, 2017 seems to still hold a number of great films yet to be released. Of course, January, February especially March and April have offered some powerful films to kick-start the year, mostly in the Horror/Thriller genre, and despite the fact that 2016 may have raised the bar for movies generally, it appears that 2017 may become an even bigger year for movie fans everywhere. However this list will not be limited to any specific movie genre, as various movies have grabbed the attention of many cinema goers and managed to land on everyone’s 2017 watch-list. From already released trailer and soundtracks accredited to these movies, in no particular order here are my top anticipated movies for the year: 

Thor: Ragnarok 

With his slight disappearance and appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron and a cameo in Doctor Strange, we are excited to see what the Norse God of Thunder has been up to since his departure from earth. Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as Thor,  Tom Hiddleston (Loki),  Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Jamie Alexander (Lady Sif), and the Three warriors and an all new set of cast members with Cate Blanchett as Hela (villain), Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum. Thor Ragnarok will definitely be an exciting superhero movie to watch out for. 

Release Date: November 3rd 

Spiderman: Homecoming 

After his debut in Captain America: Civil Wars, Tom Holland was introduced to the World as the new Spiderman/Peter Parker. With Sony and MCU finally cutting a deal and Spiderman finally under the Marvel umbrella, it’s safe to say Tom Holland might just be the best version of Spiderman to date, with Robert Downey Jr taking on his role as Tony Stark (Iron Man), a mentor and benefactor to Tom Holland Spiderman character stuck between the life and hurdles of a teenager and becoming a superhero. The film’s plot looks plenty fun. Michael Keaton will be playing the villain and bad guy (Adrian Toomes/The Vulture).

Release Date: July 7th

Wonder Woman

One thing I agreed with in DC’s Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was Gal Godot’s role as Wonder Woman  as she stole every scene she appeared in, with its official solo movie and Wonder Woman making history as the first solo female superhero movie. From the first look at the trailer, Wonder Woman promises to be plenty exciting.

Release Date : June 2nd 

Justice League

So for all DC comic fans and all superhero fans, Justice League looks to be an interesting film. The movie premise is set after the BVS: Dawn of Justice with events and many of the characters set Post-BVS. We’ll finally see DC’s Justice League match its power with Marvel’s Avengers. It is safe to say (regardless of the backlash towards BVS and Suicide Squad) that Cinema goers, Movie fans and Superhero fans will definitely be checking this movie out once it is released.

Release Date: November 17th

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

In 2014, the Guardians of the galaxy took the world by storm, it was inevitable that a sequel would be released eventually. The Galaxy’s misfits are ready to save the galaxy yet again in this upcoming sequel, with an incredible trailer released, I can’t wait to watch this particular movie (my #1 must see for the year). Oh!  and Groot!!

Release Date: May 5th

Blade Runner 2049

The first Blade Runner (1982) is one of the best science fiction films ever to be made by Ridley Scott, after almost three decades Ridley Scott and Denis Villeneuve (Director of the Arrival and Sicario) partner together in this upcoming sequel. Harrison Ford will be back as Deckard and all new cast members that include Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright. This sequel promises to be just as good as the first.

Release Date: October 6th

The Dark Tower

Just like all Stephen King’s  novels turned films, which has produced some of cinema’s greatest films. The Dark Tower is the latest of one to come out, seeing Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in lead roles on their quest. This is a definite must watch for me.

Release Date: July 28th

Isoken


Isoken is a Nollywood feature film, written, produced and directed by Jade Osiberu. The movie tells the story of self discovery that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and bonds that unites families in touching, dramatic and sometimes funny ways. It stars Dakore Akande, Funke Akindele-Bello, Joseph Benjamin, Damilola Adegbite, Tina Mba, Patrick Doyle.
Release date : June 16th

10 Days in Sun City 

10 Days in Sun City is a Nollywood movie written and produced by Ayo “AY” Makun. It is a story of love, passion, drama and culture with a generous dose of comedy. This time around Akpos takes us on an exciting adventure to the Sun City, South Africa. With an impressive set of cast members that include Nollywood’s A-list actors like RMD,  Adesua Etomi, Mercy Johnson, Ayo Makun, Uti Nwachukwu, Gbenro Ajibade, Alex Ekubo and Yvonne Jegede. From Hollywood, Miguel Nunez Jnr. And the sensational Amanda DuPont and Celeste Ntuli from South Africa to name a few.
Release date: June (TBD) 

The Mummy

 We all know Tom Cruise is big on Action movies, big personalities, and amazing stunts.. I personally can’t wait to see how this movie turns out,  since we know Cruise personally demanded that some scenes be shot in actual zero gravity, it’s safe to say “The Mummy” might just have us gripping our seats in theatres worldwide.

Release Date: June 9th 

Dunkirk 

Acclaimed Director of The Dark Night, Interstellar and Inception Christopher Nolan returns with his latest film “Dunkirk” set in WWII, I can’t wait to see what Christopher Nolan brings to the bring screen with this one. 

Release Date: July 21st
War for the Planet of the Apes 

Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and the apes are embroiled in a war against an army of humans. As the apes suffer heavy losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts as he resolves to avenge his kind. The war pits Caesar against the humans’  leader, a ruthless Colonel, in an encounter that will determine the fate of their species and Earth’s future.

Release date: July 14th 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men tell no tales 

Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by an old rival,Armando Salazar, who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle, and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack seeks the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar.

Release date: May 26th

 

Transformers: The Last Knight 

It will be the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series, and a direct sequel to 2014’sTransformers: Age of Extinction. The film is being directed by Michael Bay, with Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles from Age of Extinction alongside Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro from the first three movies. This film marks the final picture in the franchise directed by Bay. 

    In the absence of Optimus Prime, a battle for survival has commenced between the human race and the Transformers. Cade Yeager forms an alliance with Bumblebee, an English lord, and an Oxford professor to learn why the Transformers keep coming back to Earth.

Release date: June 23rd

There you have it,  Those are my most anticipated movies for 2017. What movies do you think will garner a lot of attention this year? And what movies can you not wait to watch?! 



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2017 Oscar Nominations

On Tuesday 24/01/2017, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of 2017 Oscar Nominees. 

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land led with 14 nominations, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight with Eight, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival with Eight nominations as well, both getting nominated for Best Picture. Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge and Lion all got Six nominations each. The winners will be revealed when the Oscar takes place February 26th.

Best Picture

*Arrival

*Fences

*Hacksaw Ridge

*Hell or High Water

*Hidden Figures

*La La Land

*Lion

*Manchester by the Sea

*Moonlight

Best Actress

*Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

*Ruth Negga (Loving)

*Natalie Portman (Jackie)

*Emma Stone (La La Land)

*Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best Actor

*Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

*Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

*Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

*Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

*Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Supporting Actress

*Viola Davis (Fences)

*Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

*Nicole Kidman (Lion)

*Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

*Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actor

*Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

*Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

*Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

*Dev Patel (Lion)

*Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Director

*Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

*Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

*Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

*Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

*Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best Adapted Screenplay

*Eric Heisserer (Arrival)

*August Wilson (Fences)

*Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)

*Luke Davies (Lion)

*Barry Jenkins and Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)

Best Original Screenplay

*Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)

*Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

*Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou (The Lobster)

*Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

*Mike Mills (20th Century Women)

Best Animated Feature

*Kubo and the Two Strings

*Moana

*My Life as a Zucchini

*The Red Turtle

*Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film

*A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

*Land of Mine (Denmark)

*The Salesman (Iran)

*Tanna (Australia)

*Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Documentary Feature

*Fire At Sea

*I Am Not Your Negro

*Life, Animated

*OJ: Made in America

*13th

Best Original Song

*La La Land – Audition by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

*La La Land – City of Stars by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

*Moana – How Far I’ll Go by Lin-Manuel Miranda

*Trolls – Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

*Jim: The James Foley Story – The Empty Chair by J.Ralph and Sting

Best Original Score

*Jackie by Mica Levi

*La La Land by Justin Hurwitz

*Lion by Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

*Moonlight by Nicholas Britell

*Passengers by Thomas Newton

Best Cinematography

*Arrival

*La La Land

*Lion

*Moonlight

*Silence

Best Costume Design

*Allied

*Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

*Florence Foster Jenkins

*Jackie

*La La Land

Best Make-up and Hairstyling

*A Man Called Ove

*Star Trek Beyond

*Suicide Squad

Best Live Action Short

*Ennemis Interieurs

*La Femme et le TGV

*Silent Nights

*Sing

*Timecode

Best Sound Editing

*Arrival

*Deepwater Horizon

*Hacksaw Ridge

*La La Land

*Sully

Best sound mixing

*Arrival

*Hacksaw Ridge

*La La Land

*Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

*13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Documentary Short

*4.1 Miles

*Extremis

*Joe’s Violin

*Watani: My Homeland

*The White Helmets

Best Production Design

*Arrival

*Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

*Hail, Caesar!

*La La Land

*Passengers

Best Visual Effects

*Deepwater Horizon

*Doctor Strange

*The Jungle Book

*Kubo and the Two Strings

*Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Animated Short

*Blind Vaysha

*Borrowed Time

*Pear Cider and Cigarettes

*Pearl

*Piper

Best Film Editing

*Arrival

*Hacksaw Ridge

*Hell or High Water

*La La Land

*Moonlight


2017: The Year of Movies!

2016 kickstarted with cool movies ranging from action movies like Deadpool, London has Fallen, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, to romantic comedies like Me Before You and The Dressmaker as well as animations like Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootopia to name a few. There was no shortage of amazing plots and the perfect cast crew to deliver, either in funny bloopers to dead scary makeovers and amazing dialogues, 2016 proved to have kept movie junkies and cinema fans hooked to screens around the world. As 2017 rolls in with some already released amazing trailers to clips from on-site shoot scenes with movie sequels and remakes in the works, it is safe to say that this year will yet be another amazing year in film with great movies in the making and those yet to be released. Here are just a few highlights on what we can’t wait for in film for the year 2017:

SEQUELS:

   2017 promises to be filled with a lot of sequels, with more than 20 sequels to be released throughout the year, cinema theatres are sure to get movie junkies and fans filing and trooping in for these. The Fast and Furious franchise will be back with their eighth installment of the Fast and Furious, Transformers’ Autobots and the evil Decepticons will be back to battle it again and the Pirates of the Carribean crew will all return during the first half of the year. Other sequels returning include War for the Planet of the Apes, Resident Evil: the Final Chapter, Underworld: Blood Wars, xXx 3: the return of Xander Cage, Fifty Shades Darker (who doesn’t love an alpha male with a dark past), Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, Annabelle 2, Thor: Ragnarok, John Wick: Chapter 2 and of course the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII.

THE BATTLE OF THE SUPERHEROES:

This is my personal favourite. Year in and out, DC Extended Universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe never fail to wow fans and make us grip our seats with their comic characters and jaw dropping combat scenes to amazing dialogues between villains and heroes. That being said, 2017 will obviously be no different as MCU and DCEU will once again battle for superhero supremacy. In 2016, DC Entertainment delivered with Batman and Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad while Marvel Studios delivered with Deadpool, Xmen: Apocalypse and Captain America: Civil War. 2017 promises to even be better with DC’s launch of Wonder Woman and Justice League in June and November respectively. Marvel Cinematic Universe continues with a third installment of Thor (Ragnarok) and a second installment of Guardians of the Galaxy (Volume 2) and the possibly last comeback of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the movie Logan. Sony and Marvel team up for a remake of Spiderman (with Tom Holland reprising the role of Peter Parker, the same role he played in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War). What’s not to love about 2017? 

THE REMAKE TREND A.K.A REBOOTS:

This is my second favourite! Remember The Mummy? Jumanji? Power Rangers? (Go Go Power Rangers!), these are a few of the reboots that will grace our screens this year, with added plots to re-imagined takes on established movies and franchises. Past movies like Baywatch will also be remade/rebooted on screens worldwide. Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. the rock) leads the cast of the new Baywatch feature film, a new Jumanji film which is set 20 years after the 1995 Robin Williams starred film will be released, expect to see an all new cast for the Power Rangers for all power rangers fans ( I, especially) and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) teams up with Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) in Blade Runner 2049. Universal Studios makes an all new attempt at establishing a classic “monsters” franchise with the launch of The Mummy (starring Tom Cruise) which will have a possibly different take than the 1999 film of the same name, these and more will be seen throughout the year.

So guys, what do you think?  What movies do you feel will garner a lot of attention this year? And what movie can you not wait to watch? 

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