Can you hear that? It's the sound of film season coming!
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year primary because film season is in full swing. From film festivals to Oscar contenders, I love everything about film season. This year I am hoping to be able to experience film season to the max. As I will be living in London come September, I will definitely be attending all BFI film screenings, premieres, and the London Film Festival (eek!)! And I'll make sure to take you all along with me!
That being said, there seems to be some good films heading our way this year. Here are my top seven most anticipated films for the latter half of 2016.
Directed by Ben Wheatley
I am a huge fan of Ben Wheatley. His films are crazy, unique, and satirical, which, in my books, makes for a fantastic film. Wheatley's High Rise is absolutely brilliant and was one of my favorite films so far this year. Wheatley's new film Free Fire, which was just announced as the closing film at this year's BFI London Film Festival, looks to be a huge success this season.
Wheatley is masterful when it comes to the 70's period, as it was expertly displayed in High Rise. This film, set in 1978 Boston, promises another fantastic, stylish turn from Wheatley. But besides a pleasing ascetic, Wheatley has complied an A-List cast, featuring last year's Best Actress winner Brie Larson. The cast list of this film, from Larson to Murphy to Riley, makes me beyond ecstatic to see this sure-to-be Oscar contender.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Directed by David Yates
In Theaters November 18, 2016
I have been waiting a very long time to return to the Wizarding World! And what a better way to return to the Wizarding World than with Eddie Redmayne as the lead. There is no denying that Redmayne is a brilliant actor; his skills are elegant and polished. I think Redmayne is the perfect lead for this new Wizarding film. He embodies Newt's quirkiness and intelligence, and he, quite simply, looks perfect for the part! I know for a fact the Harry Potter Gods were smiling down upon us when he was cast.
But as a self-proclaimed Harry Potter manic, I hold the Harry Potter films very near and dear to my heart. So there could be no one better to helm this new series than David Heyman and David Yates. Since Heyman produced all 8 Potter films and Yates directed the last 4 films, I know they are as devoted and caring for this world as we are. I trust "the Davids" to bring J.K. Rowling's world back to the big screen more magical than ever!
The Girl on the Train
Directed by Tate Taylor
In Theaters October 7, 2016
Reminiscent of 2014's Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train is sure to be this season's best psychological thriller. I love psychological thrillers... When they are done right. The story-- based on the best-selling, critically acclaimed novel-- is sure to be riveting with many twists and turn. I am not familiar with Taylor's work, but the trailer gives a promising look at an exciting and captivating film.
Emily Blunt, of course, is a standout for this project. I have not read the book, so I don't know where her character will go throughout the story, but it looks like Blunt has executed some exciting psychological elements to her performance. I'm sure she will receive the same attention Rosamund Pike received from her trilling turn in Gone Girl.
The Light Between Oceans
Directed by Derek Cianofrance
In Theaters September 2, 2016
A Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander led drama sounds like the perfect casting to me! Not only are they the most beautiful on-screen couple, but they are also both exquisite performers. Both Fassbender and Vikander are known for delivering heartbreaking and impactful dramatic performances. And a drama of this caliber will fit them both perfectly. I am personally a huge fan of both Vikander and Fassbender so I am extremely excited to see them on-screen together.
Cianofrance is already known for making some fantastic "complicated couples" movies, like Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, so this drama seems to fit seamlessly into his filmography. But the stand out from this trailer is the gorgeous cinematography. This trailer shows some excellent and beautiful cinematography from Adam Arkapaw, who has already displayed his masterful DOP skills in Justin Kurzel's Macbeth. I love beautiful films, and this, for sure, is going to be a beautiful tear-jerker.
Directed by Sean Ellis
In Theaters August 12, 2016
I love war dramas; I would live in a British period drama film if I could. What I love most about period pieces is learning something new about history and the people that lived in it. Although Anthropoid is more fiction than fact, the story still addresses a part of WWII that you don't learn in the classroom, which is one of the best reasons to watch films.
But the main appeal of this film for me is it's stars. I am a huge fan of Cillian Murphy's work; I think he is fantastic in Peaky Blinders and I was moved to tears by his performance in The Wind that Shakes the Barley. I think he is a fantastic actor, and I can't wait to see what this film holds from him.
La La Land
Directed by Damien Chapelle
In Theaters December 16, 2016
Damien Chapelle is definitely a filmmaker to watch following his outstanding last film Whiplash. I really enjoy the style and the energy from Chapelle's films; his films tend to be inspired by the creative industry, which is obviously very personal to Chapelle. The subjects and stories of his films find the darkness in the apparently glamorous life of artists. La La Land may seem like a light-hearted musical movie, but underneath there is a darkness brewing.
La La Land holds a completely different tone from Whiplash. From the trailer, it feels like La La Land has the feel of an old Hollywood musical, but with the look of our century's digital cinema. To add to the appeal of this film, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are absolutely infectious on screen together. They are charming and inviting, and I think they are the perfect choice for this quirky industry film.
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