It's film season! Hip Hip Hooray! As well all know, the latter half of the year brings with it amazing films vying for their place in the Best Motion Picture category. Film festivals are in full swing (I'm experiencing major FOMO not being at the London Film Festival) and award shows will be just around the corner. But my real question here is where are all the good films this year? Perhaps it's too early to make any assumptions, but it seems like this year's films aren't on par with previous years. But nonetheless, I've compiled my list of most anticipated films for the end of 2017.
Blade Runner 2049
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
In Cinemas Now
I'm not a fan of this boom in franchise reboots. Instead of creating original and creative new films, studios are relying on the attraction of classic hits to sell their movie (well, we know that doesn't work in this particular case... Those box office numbers are unbelievable for a film with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. #Yikes). With that being said, Blade Runner 2049 looks like a well crafted, thrilling sequel to Ridley Scott's iconic film. Denis Villeneuve has created one of the most stunning films this year - the coloring actually brings me back to life and the cinematography is on a new level. Villeneuve has crafted a gorgeous, stylish, and captivating sci-fi blockbuster that transcends the genre (and that's coming from me, Miss. Anti-Blockbuster).
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
In Cinemas 20 October
Yorgos Lanthimos has created some of the most disturbing and frightening hyper-realism films in the past decade. His last film The Lobster (which I made the mistake of watching with my mother) had me (and my mom) shook for days. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is Lanthimos's next installment in his series of bringing your bizarre social nightmares to life. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is reminiscent of Kubrick-ian filmmaking and creates stunning horror purely through cinematic psychology. Lanthimos's films are not for everyone - I would say they are probably only for a very, very small selection of cinephiles - but if you can appreciate the abstract styling and lyrical metaphors of his work, then you'll find something incredibly surreal and slightly stunning in his work.
God's Own Country
Directed by Francis Lee
In Cinemas 25 October
God's Own Country captures the quiet stillness of a budding romance and the stifling repression of longing. Unlike the other films on this list, God's Own Country reflects the stark realism of today's Britain. It hits on many social issues that are present in Britain's society, and Francis Lee creates a beautiful journey of two characters to comment on these issues. Lee has crafted a beautiful and sensational picture that captures the modern romance. Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu are exquisite on screen together; they capture the heart of the issues and the heart of each other. God's Own Country is a quiet, soft, and beautiful film that captures a world of issues at its core.
Directed by Joe Wright
In Cinemas 22 November
Oh boy, just when I think I'm over my British costume drama obsession, another film comes along that sucks me right back in. Darkest Hour has the styling and atmosphere of the classic British costume drama that we all know and love, with a cast of characters that were so iconic to that era. The film is directed by the glorious Joe Wright, who brought us one of the most stunning British costume dramas, Atonement. From Wright's previous work, I can comfortably put my confidence in Wright's ability to make a stunning costume drama. But the biggest draw of the Darkest Hour is Gary Oldman's completely unrecognizable performance as Britain's great Prime Minister. Oldman gives a powerful and compelling performance of one of the most recognizable men in history. Darkest Hour is a triumph and reflects the best of British cinema. I think it's safe to assume that this film will find its place as one of the best pictures of the year. I know it will be one of mine.
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Directed by Paul McGuigan
In Cinemas 29 December
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is a fun, original, and intriguing film. It's reminiscent of classic British period dramadies, and effortlessly captures the romanticism of the age. It challenges the traditional standards of Hollywood stereotypes and brings to life an unconventional relationship. Paul McGuigan finds a wonderful lightness and charm in this picture and brings together a stunning cast of performers. Annette Bening and Jamie Bell are a charming pairing and their on-screen chemistry brings a vibrant and lively tone to the picture. I can't wait to see this film and experience the melancholy of the past, which I never lived. (Isn't that the only reason to watch period dramas?)
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