Top 10 Upcoming Films of 2017

After taking a quick look at the films that are coming out over the next 9 months or so, I realised the huge amount of blockbusters that are still to be released. 3 Marvel films, a Justice League movie, a handful of animated movies and the cash cow that will be Fate of the Furious.
However, where should your time go?

10. War for the Planet of the Apes

I loved the first two films in this trilogy, so I’m super excited for this one. With Woody Harrelson joining the cast, this will be a summer film not to be missed.

9. Baby Driver

Edgar Wright is one of my favourite directors, and the trailer for this film makes it seem like it’s going to be up there with his best. His use of music is always on point. You can watch the international trailer (in my opinion, the better one) here.

8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I hope this movie continues on from the excellent work in the first, both in terms of good action scenes and a total sense of unpredictability. At this stage, we know almost nothing about the plot other than the Kingsmen will be teaming up with their American counterparts, the Statesmen; but this is all I need to know to be seeing this film very soon after release.

7. Alien: Covenant

Aliens is one of my favourite films of all time, so I immediately have a soft spot for this franchise. With a welcome return to a more ‘slasher horror-in-space’ film, Alien: Covenant should be the addition to the Alien saga that fans have been waiting for.

6. Thor: Ragnarok

The previous two Thor films have been good, but not amazing. However, with the current synopsis we have, this film definitely excites me. That, along with the fact that Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by another of my favourite directors, Taika Waititi, cements this films place on the list.

5. Dunkirk

I want Christopher Nolan’s new film to be the Saving Private Ryan of the 2010s, and the trailer is every bit as tense and beautiful as I could want.

4. It

I was scared this movie would suck. Now with the first trailer being released, I’m just scared.

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming

With Spider-Man finally getting his standalone film within the MCU, and with a trailer that ticks all the Spider-Man boxes, this is a summer film that I can’t wait for.

2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I just love Star Wars. That is all.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

The first Guardians of the Galaxy  is possibly my favourite Marvel movie and I can’t wait for the sequel. It’s a film that I could watch every day and still enjoy it, and I’m hoping that the sequel will be the same.


Honourable Mentions

The Dark Tower – This is a film that I think could go one of two ways: it’ll be great; or it’ll suck majorly.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Once again, the trailer really hyped me up for this film. I feel as though Dane DeHaan is one well received film away from cementing his position as a leading actor, and this could be it. With this being a film that Luc Besson, director, has been wanting to make for years, it should definitely be worth keeping an eye on.

Blade Runner 2049

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Wonder Woman – This would be higher on the list, but I’m concerned it could be almost a Captain America: The First Avenger rip off. That, accompanied by DC’s fantastic track record with live action films, means that Wonder Woman will have to settle for a mention.

Justice League – Again, this film is being hampered by the past releases by DC; but the recently released trailer made me grow hopeful. You can watch it here.


So what do you think of my list? I know, I know, it’s very sci-fi based but what can I say? I’m a sucker for a super powered guy in spandex.
Let me know if there’s any movies you’d like to see this year, I’m sure there’s some I’ve missed entirely.

David /


Rogue One : Empire Nil

This week saw the release of one of my most anticipated movies of 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

Set between Episodes 3 and 4, the film tells the tale of how the Rebel Alliance managed to steal the plans for the Death Star, as well as the growth of the rebellion against the Empire. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla; Monsters) and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk and Donnie Yen; this film is up there with the Star Wars greats. 

The casting is amazing. Each character plays their role very well, with Yen and Tudyk being very memorable characters. Chirrut Imwe (Yen) played a warrior monk style character, who seemed to have some sort of connection to the Force. This character was very well written, as was Tudyk’s K2SO, providing much of the comic relief for the movie. This droid was a drastic change from C3PO, being a much more practical member of the team. Darth Vader’s cameo was epic, really showing off the strength and power of the character in a way that we haven’t seen before. 

Rogue One contains many memorable scenes; scenes that will remain up there with classic Star Wars scenes. This space battles are well shot, as are the ground battles; and CGI and practical effects blend effortlessly. 

This movie was engaging the whole way though, although at two hours and fifteen minutes, it was quite long.

Rogue One was another step in the right direction for Star Wars films. Bring on Episode VIII. 

Flight so far…

So my movies of choice were:

  • Ghostbusters (2016) – this is a movie I had yet to see, and felt I had to watch. It was alright. Don’t get me wrong, it held nothing against the original; but there were moments that were funny and moments that were actually good. Kate McKinnon stood out from the cast, as did Chris Hemsworth; however Leslie Mann and Melissa McCarthy seemed exaggerated and a lot of their humour seemed forced. I’d say this is worth a watch if it’s on and you have nothing to do, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy it or go out of my way to watch it. Don’t expect anything incredible either. Rating: 5/10
  • Lethal Weapon ( ) – this movie is great. The acting is great, the action is great. Everything. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are both really impressive as Riggs and Murtagh. This film is almost as good as the It’s Always Sunny version. Rating: 8/10
  • Morgan (2016) – This movie was also good, I knew next to nothing about it so everything was a surprise. I liked the storyline, and the acting was pretty good. Toby Jones and Paul Giamatti are two of my favourite actors, and both of them perform in this film. The ending is interesting, but also seems rushed, with the build up being my favourite part of the film. Rating: 6/10

Furthermore, I managed to cram in possible the very best Game of Thrones episode to date: Battle of the Bastards. From start to finish, this episode just blows me away no matter how many times I watch it. The initial Battle for Mereen is a CGI masterpiece, with the dragons and Danaerys finally showing how much they kick ass. Then we get to the main event. The showdown between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton. This is one of the best battle sequences I’ve seen, definitely the best on TV. The manic nature of battle as well as the claustrophobia of close quarters combat is conveyed in such a great way. This episode cements Game of Thrones status as one of the greatest television shows of all time. 

Lunch was surprisingly good. The options were pasta bolognese or turkey, I went for the former. It tasted good; not amazing, but very good for airplane food. 

One small point. Nut allergies. Before take off, we received an announcement that a lady had asked that all passengers not eat any nuts during the flight, as there was a passenger with a serious nut allergy. I don’t know how I feel about this? I understand the concern, and I understand the reason; but banning nuts on an entire flight for one person? It takes me back to secondary school where similar circumstances occurred. Snickers were outlawed. Kinder Buenos were contraband. Carrying a bag of KP nuts risked the removal of a hand for disobedience. 

But alas, my M&Ms were just chocolate this time, so I didn’t care too much. 

4 hours until my flight from Boston to DC… Let’s find some food. 

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Movie Review

With the trailer for the upcoming film, Transformers: The Last Knight dropping this week, I felt it was time to revisit this movie as I didn’t get a chance to go and see any new films this week due to uni commitments.

Age of Extinction is a 2014 film directing by Mr. Explosion himself, Michael Bay. Starring Mark Wahlberg, with Peter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots; the film follows on from the previous three, while starting fresh with a new set of human characters. In case you need a recap, the last film saw Megatron and his Decepticons attempt to take over Earth while Optimus and his Autobots move to stop them and protect the human population.Humans and Autobots teamed up to stop Megatron’s nefarious plot, saving the world, as expected.

However, even though this is a sequal, none of this matters. Humans are hunting down Autobots and Decepticons alike, led by Kelsey Grammer’s Harold Attinger and helped by Lockdown, a rogue Transformer. Didn’t we already to get rid of the Autobots in Dark of the Moon, before needing them to save the day in the end?

The latest jaunt into the Transformers universe is a drag. Coming in at around 160 minutes, with a trailing plot and scenes that we could really do without, this movie is a tough watch, even for someone who has enjoyed all previous Transformer films. I mean, from the outset we’re treated to a scene that’s no different to a “Previously on Transformers” scene. There’s a scene where Wahlberg punches the ground in slow-motion. Not only that, we get this scene twice. Why? Why, why, why, why? The more I remember about this movie, the more worked up I get. Someone needs to tell Michael Bay to chill out.

This movie is exactly what you expect. Explosions within explosions within explosions, and you know what? They look great. The Transformers, they look great. Everything in this movie looks crisp. You don’t go to a Transformers movie in the search of masterful storytelling, but everything about this seems forced. The acting is shallow, if you could even call it acting. We’re supposed to care about the human characters, these movies focus on that; but even after spending the guts of three hours with Wahlberg and his buddies, I can’t even remember most of their names. The main star himself isn’t terrible, I feel as though he does what he can with a lacking script. The same can be said for Stanley Tucci. These two are saving graces in a film filled with incredibly dismal dialogue.

Transformers Age of Extinction is a difficult movie. Sure, there are good scenes. There are scenes that are exciting, funny and actually make you pay attention; but there is so much drivel in between. This movie was edited by three people. THREE PEOPLE and it’s still a mess. Age of Extinction tries, but the franchise needs some big changes before TF5 comes our way.