By Chris Campo
Last year, around this time, I joined the Director's Cut Movies team. My first article was a list of 10 films that were coming out in 2016 that people weren't yet talking about, or haven't even heard of. It was a fun article and it is fun to look back on to see which films I actually enjoyed, disliked, never got around to seeing, or some that didn't even get released for one reason or another. So, naturally, I wanted to do it for 2017. This year is going to make it even more difficult for smaller films to get buzz as some of the biggest films of all time are releasing this year. I mean, we have three Marvel films, two DC films, and Episode VIII of Star Wars all coming out this year. So without further ado, here are the films you should look forward to that you haven't heard of, in no particular order.
Note: Any film on last year's list that wasn't released will not be included on this year's list (The Circle, The Disaster Artist, etc.)
So one of the films on last year's list was a small action comedy from online production company Rooster Teeth. Although it received a mixed critical response, the film was met with a loyal cult following, giving the film an impressive box office return of $1.1 million from less than 100 theatres in just one weekend. After the success, Rooster Teeth responded with the announcement that the sequel set up at the end of the first film will become a reality in 2017. All that is known about the plot is that the titular Lazer Team is heading to space. If the film is anything like the original, we have a self-aware, laugh-filled movie to look forward to this year.
This is probably the most well known film on this list, and that is because of every film geek's favourite film geek, Edgar Wright. However, Wright may be popular, but he is not a household name quite yet. Most people are not familiar with his latest film, which he both wrote and directed, Baby Driver. I feel like once we get a trailer and word spreads, this will be a huge hit. The cast alone is incredible, with Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal all lending their talents to the film, which revolves around a getaway driver who falls for the woman of his dreams.
Speaking of Edgar Wright, his frequent collaborator, Simon Pegg, is in a starring role in a new action drama from writer director Vaughn Stein, titled The Terminal. Sure, Vaughn Stein is a name you've probably never heard of, which is why the film isn't that talked about yet, however Stein has an impressive resume as a second unit director on several huge films. This film, also starring Margot Robbie and Mike Myers, follows two assassins whose sinister plans prove to have huge consequences when a criminal mastermind wants revenge.
No, this is not a biopic about Donald Trump. The Wall is a film where a soldier is trapped behind a wall, an Iraqi soldier pointing a gun at him from the opposite side. Not only does the film star Arron Taylor-Johnson, but surprisingly enough John Cena, who may be a meme legend, but someone who has legit acting chops. To top it off, the film is directed by Doug Liman, the man behind the incredible Edge of Tomorrow. If you have not already, watch the trailer for the film, it's just a taste of the harrowing experience this film will be.
Yes, I shit on Suicide Squad, it was my worst film of last year, but there were talented people behind and in front of the camera. Two of those people, David Ayer and Will Smith, reunite in Bright, the new film written by Max Landis, who doesn't necessarily write masterpieces, but all of his films are great fun. Little is known about the plot, but that is a plus for me. I don't really want to know much about this, and because it's a Netflix original movie it will be easy to avoid marketing and go in blind, and hopefully be impressed.
Okay, here's a weird one. From the writer/director of the Oscar winning The Desendants comes an odd little film with a star studded cast. The film stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wigg, Neil Patrick Harris, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudekis and Alec Baldwin, to name a few. Sure, the cast and director is enough to get excited about, but what intrigues me the most is the plot. It's a social satire that follows a therapist who shrinks himself to be four inches tall so that he can save the world, or something. I love when films with a big cast and an Oscar season release date can take risks and deliver a unique experience, and this certainly is shaping up to be just that.
If you have not seen Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, stop reading this now and watch it, then come back so you can learn about that film's director's new project, The Current War. The film follows historic figures Thomas Edison and George Washington as they compete to create an electrical system to market to the American people, featuring another impressive cast including Michael Shannon, Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch. It's not listed as a comedy on IMDb, but given the director and the concept, I'm sure this will be a more light approach to the story it is telling.
Little is known about Jonah Hill's directorial debut. It's not even listed on IMDB, however Hill has stated that the film is planned to be released in 2017 by studio A24. The reason to be excited is that Jonah Hill has proved himself to be a huge talent in hollywood, whether it's in front of camera or behind a pen, but he has never directed anything. The film is reportedly about a kid growing up along side hip-hop music in the mid 90's. If Jonah can pull this off, we could be seeing the 2017 equivalent to 2015's amazing little film Dope.
When a disaster happens, there is no doubt that there will be a handful of films about the incident. We have already seen Patriots Day, which was very good, but in 2017 we will get another film about the Boston Marathon bombing, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. This is a more personal story than Patriots Day, as it follows one survivor not only dealing with his injuries but how he provided information that helped the police catch the bombers. It's directed by a frequent comedy director, David Gordon Green, but I'm sure that he will take a mature approach to the film and deliver a must see film. JACK NOTE: A lot of Green's earlier films, and even a few of his newer ones, are drama's, such as George Washington, Snow Angels and Joe.
From James Gunn... That's all. You're going to see it now. Okay, as funny as it would be to leave it at that, I wont. James Gunn has a very unique filmography, and even though he only wrote this film, it looks to be another crazy and fun addition to his filmography. Taking place in a corporate office, 80 workers are forced to kill each other, with mind games and a bloodbath sure to ensue. This could be one of those insanely twisted films that sneaks up on you and provides an incredible theatre experience. It's also the return of production company Orion, which is hilarious.
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