The landscape for 2016 doesn’t look that interesting to me, if I’m being completely honest, but maybe it’s the best to not have much to look forward to, as the suppositions will only lead to disappointments, while having nothing to really look forward to, it achieves more importance. So, here I leave you with a list of 10 films that I look forward to seeing this year.
1. The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)
I’m not what you’d call a fan of the work of Fuqua, but I’m a sucker for big ensembles of films that try to capture the brilliance of what is a genre that tries hard to come back to the mainstream. As a remake of the good western, it’s also a remake of the wonderful Kurosawa film, so it remains as an awaited good time at the movies more than anything else, specially after the wonders that Tarantino made in a western like the one he made with ‘The Hateful Eight’ (2015).
2. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee)
Based on an award-winning novel, much like his earlier film ‘Life of Pi’ (2012), Ang Lee here wants to make a visual spectacle out of mundane events, like in this case which is the winning leap that a bunch of Iraq soldiers do in Texas, only later to find out that they have to return to the war. It’ll be curious to see how many Oscars this one gets. Ha ha.
3. A Hologram for the King (Tom Tykwer)
So, for second year in a row, this movie makes it into my list of the most awaited, as it wasn’t finally released in 2015. I don’t know why, I just know that this year it should be released. Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, a novel I’ve read, it’s a supposedly quiet movie that takes place in a not-so-quiet place of the world. Besides, Tom Hanks and Tykwer working together again after ‘Cloud Atlas’ (2012) sounds heavenly.
4. Agassi (Chan-wook Park)
One of my favorite directors working today, and maybe the most consistent in terms of quality, as he seems to churn out complete masterpieces from time to time, and every time that he has gone to new territory it has become more and more interesting by the minute. This time he’s adapting a classic in literature, but adapting it to modern audiences and to the Korean reality. It should be a blast, amazing stuff.
5. The Ferryman (Jiajia Zhang)
Also a second time that this movie has made it into this list, but this time with a slight change, as Wong Kar Wai is no longer directing, but only producing. Apparently WKW is directing his own film but we may never know when it’ll be due. This film is still awaited as it’s the debut of the writer that inspired WKW to make his new film, and it’s directing an adaptation of one of his own short stories. With the Wong touch, who knows what we will have here?
6. La fille inconnue (Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne)
The Dardennes, whenever they have a new coming out, have made it into their list, and it’s because of how much good they are at creating that sort of humanism that makes them compelling while still heartwarming and hurtful towards the reality of the people around them. In this film we follow a female doctor that wants to know the identity of a girl that was denied surgery in the hospital she works at. I bet we see this appear at Cannes.
7. Inhebek Hedi (Mohamed Ben Attia)
A planned wedding and a love at first sight clash in this movie from Tunisia that is produced by the Dardenne Brothers. I think we can expect some mighty fine work here.
8. Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (Kevin Macdonald)
A documentary about the artist Cai Guo-Qiang who is famous for his work with fireworks, it should be interesting specially regarding his state as an artist in mainland China and its history with these fiery instruments. The director, Macdonald, has managed well enough to transition from fiction to documentary, so I have some hopes for the incredible images that this film could have.
9. The Puppet Man (Jacqueline Castel)
Inspired by John Carpenter imagery, starring John Carpenter and using a John Carpenter score, this short film might be the closest experience we might have to a new John Carpenter film.
10. Hallucinaut (Daniel Auber)
Directed by a visual artist-special effects magician-art director who has worked with the best directors, and produced by Terry Gilliam, this short film is keen on surprising everyone with its surreal imagery and wonderful visuals. One to look forward to.
And that’s all, I leave you with 10 more films that could’ve been on the list but didn’t, and that I won’t review necessarily if I see them, but that I will probably be looking forward to, somewhat. In alphabetical order.
478 (Elliot Lester)
A Man in the Dark (Fede Álvarez)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder)
La femme de la plaque argentine (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Henchmen (Adam Wood)
Kurîpî (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Poesía Sin Fin (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit)
Sadako vs. Kayako (Kôji Shiraishi)
Shin Gojira (Hideaki Anno/Shinji Higuchi)