This past year I wasn’t drawn to seeing movies in the theatre like I normally am. I guess there just wasn’t much I was THAT excited about. I did see some gems on the big screen, such as Ex Machina, Mad Max and It Follows, but not too much beyond that. Sorry Oscars, your selection didn’t interest me much. But 2016! You have already got me intrigued!! We are only two months into the year an already a bevy of trailers have come out and I am STOKED. Below are a just a few of the movies I am eager to shell out my $$$ to see. (fingers crossed the tomato meters don’t go to low!) Give it a look!
1. THE LOBSTER
The Lobster is Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, (who made the unnervingly weird yet funny movie Dogtooth), and its already being called an absurdist masterpiece. Staring Colin Farell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, and Lea Seydoux. Sundance describes… “With deadpan conviction and perfect comedic alchemy, The Lobster thrusts us into a darkly satirical world that posits love as a social construct, skewering ritualized coupledom and our base impulses toward romance (loneliness, insecurity, desperation, cruelty) before adopting a more emotional complexion.The Lobster’s debatably ironic conclusion is one of many engaging ambiguities that give it a philosophical allure.” Lets just be real here…. this is the movie I am THE MOST EXCITED TO SEE THIS YEAR. I believe it has already been released across the pond, but will make its way state side on March 11th.
2. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
Hunt for the Wilderpeople has gotten some stellar reviews coming out of Sundance. This hilarious romp staring the wonderful Sam Neil looks like a real good time. Description from the Sundance guide states: “Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.” Hunt for the Wilderpeople is written & directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi. Wilderpeople doesn’t have a release date yet, but should be hitting theaters this year!
3. GREEN ROOM
Green Room is the second film by writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, previously of the beautiful, yet disturbing Blue Ruin (an amazing film currently streaming on Netflix). Staring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat & Patrick Stewart (who looks INTENSE in this). Green Room looks like an extreme thriller, that if Blue Ruin is any indication, will be incredibly shot, crafted, and full of nail biting surprises. You can see Green Room in theaters April 15th.
4. THE HIGHRISE
Although The Highrise is already getting mixed reviews from press screenings, this looks like an absolute visual feast to me. The Highrise is directed by Ben Wheatley based on J.D Ballards novel of the same name. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Elizabeth Moss. The description from Fantastic Fest says when “Laing, a young doctor, joins a community in a luxury building in Thatcher’s England, who exile themselves from society and gradually divide into violent tribes.” Its thought to be in limited theaters by May 13th, and should be on demand in April.
5. Midnight Special
And last, but certainly not least, is Midnight Special, the new film by the writer/director of Mud, Jeff Nichols. Midnight Special stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard and Kristen Dunst. Description from the Berlin Film Festival: “Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. Gradually, we begin to understand why this boy with extraordinary powers has to wear protective glasses. We also learn why religious extremists are interested in him, and why both the local police and high-ranking American government officials are hot on the heels of father and son.” This feels like a throw back to one of my favorite childhood films, Close Encounters of a Third Kind and will be hitting theaters on March 18th.
It’s still early, so there is a chance these will all be duds, but I doubt it (well maybe Highrise won’t be standing tall….) but none-the-less I’m ready to sit my ass in a row and watch! Let me know if any of these trailers intrigued you and if there is anything you else you can’t wait to see