Brandon's Corner: The Dozen Films I'll Die If I Don't See Next Year

It is time to talk about the future, more specifically 2016, because I said so. Sure, we have some great projects still in 2015 as my awakened hunger isn't fully satiated yet. With that out of the way, next year has a few fan-freakin'-tastic film for us. I can't help and look ahead, and ask that age old question: will I die if I don't see this film? Who knows? Let's not risk it. Without further adieu, here are the films I NEED to see in 2016.

 12. Untitled Matt Damon/Bourne Sequel

This is a continuation of the Jason Bourne Movies with the guy who made Bourne Ultimatum, and Bourne Supremacy directing. I don't really need to say anything more. Sure, I might have been much more excited if this film came out say four or five years ago. That being said, the "American James Bond" is entertaining for a reason. It has all the intelligence, action, and substance you could want from anything in the genre. Plus we've added the under recognized Vincent Cassel and the lovely Alicia Vikander to the mix. Now that I think about it, this could be much better than where I have it placed.


11. The Magnificent Seven

This sure is going to be a great year for ensemble casts. This film personifies this. Read em' and weep: Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, and Asian star Byung-hun Lee. As for remakes go, it is hard to go wrong with this one. The simple premise of having an eclectic group of warriors protecting a town from those who are going to ravage it, historically has made great films. This might not be great, but it sure looks entertaining.


10. The Free State of Jones

Gary Ross is on another level of brilliance when it comes to storytelling ability. This is shown with his screenplays for Big, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, and more recently with his cinematic adaptation of Hunger Games. He might be the best out there at providing an outside perspective and showing how it can provide a ripple effect to all those exposed to it. This should be the same case here as The Free State of Jones is about an anti-slavery confederate soldier deserter who fights back against his side. Having one of the better actors in the world, Matthew McConaughey, to spearhead this talent driven project gives me loads anticipation, though not enough to place it higher.


9. Suicide Squad

Jared Leto. . . That is why this is here. Sure, Suicide Squad looks like a lot of fun, and I wouldn't be lying if I said I said I am slightly enamored by the delicate rose, Margot Robbie. Though, don't get me wrong, Jared Leto is why this movie is here. Everything I have seen the guy in whether it be Requiem for a Dream, Mr. Nobody, Fight Club, to Dallas Buyer's club solidifies that this man can be the best in the world. Having that level of talent taking over the Joker - regardless of overzealous direction or over the top tatoos - gives me chills.


8. The Circle

The cast is what does it for me here. First off, Tom Hanks is my favorite actor of all time. I could say more, but if you don't understand why I like the guy, I'm not even sure what to say. The Circle will also star Emma Watson whom I also love; but more than that, it is the gorgeous ginger, Karen Gillan whom I am infatuated with. She is so crazy beautiful, and even more talented. Seeing her here, even if it is small role, brings a smile to my face. Though, The Circle is obviously more than great actors. The premise of thriller revolving around a corrupt, enigmatic business, possibly more reminiscent of a cult definitely peaks my interest.


7. La La Land

Damien Chazelle, creator of Whiplash and screenwriter for Grand Piano, is the main reason I have any interest in the project. Seeing him reteam with Oscar Winning J.K. Simmons, and  editor Tom Cross brings warm feelings to my heart. Having the electric lead duo of the ever talented Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling also is something to be excited about. The two certainly have chemistry. Seeing them in a film that is musical in nature - something that is delicious treat when Chazelle has his hands in its creation - hopefully will be as good as it sounds.


6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The title - yeah, it's just just the title. This might be the most awesome premise I have ever seen. This comedy, horror, romance will be all the more sweet with Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who) in it. Even if he is only a supporting character, having him in such a project hits me in just the right place. I keep waiting for this phenomenal talent to be in something awesome. Matt Smith was utterly fantastic and completely wasted in the abomination, Terminator: Genisys. Seeing him here with his girlfriend Lilly James should be so much fun. Isn't that enough reason to flock to the theatres for it?


5. Passengers

Surprise, surprise. . . Once again you need not look any further than the cast to see why I am interested in a project. J-Law, you are Love; you are Life. Mr. Pratt, I like you too. I don't really need to say it, but this pairing appears utterly irresistible. And if that is not enough, Passengers has possibly the most talented actor in the world that nobody knows about as a supporting character, Michael Sheen. Sure, the project might seem like gratuitous cash grab, which is keeping from putting it higher on the list. That being said, there actually is real talent behind the camera to go along with a killer premise.


4. X-Men: Apocalypse

At one time this may have been my most anticipated film of 2016. Some less than appealing pictures of the project have surfaced, leaving many of us skeptical. That being said, Bryan Singer is king when it comes to X-Men films. I trust him. His view of these mistreated and misunderstood super-beings continually is as insightful as it is entertaining. Furthermore, it is hard to go wrong when you have my favorite superhero of all time, Nightcrawler, joining one of the most talented superhero casts put to screen.


3. Captain America: Civil War

Speaking of talented superhero casts, Captain America: Civil War is going to be loaded. I could name off all the names, though that would be exhausting. The name that really sticks out and should have all of us leaping out of our seats with excitement is our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Spider-freakin'-Man in the MCU! Sure, he'll only be on screen for a short while, if only a cameo, but seeing him in his rightful place with the other A-Listers from Marvel is such a delicious idea. Not to mention, the Civil War storyline written by Mark Millar in the comics is one of the best stories to come along in Marvel; plus we have the guys who directed Captain America: Winter Soldier helming the film. Yeah, this is going to be awesome.


2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Just knowing cinematographers from Zero Dark Thirty, Black Hawk Down, And Saving Private Ryan are working on the film should get one excited. Oh, and I guess it being Star Wars war epic also is another reason. . .  The story just makes it so enticing. The whole idea of honing in on rebels who will lay their lives down to get the Death Star plans is just brilliant. Having stellar actors as well as a director, Gareth Edwards, who knows how to emulate the structural beauty of previous greats to go with it, put this project over the top.


1. Star Trek Beyond

You know you have a trekkie on your hands, when this tops a Star Wars film for anticipation. Even with the brilliant J.J. Abrams not coming back as the director and only a producer due to Star Wars: Force Awakens, this still had to come in at number one. Star Trek holds a special place in my heart. Brilliant character development, philosophical ideas that often go where no man has gone before, and killer story arcs are some of the many reasons I love this franchise. Yes, Star Trek has seen its low moments, but the past two films have brought the legacy roaring back to life. Basically it's all of my favorite characters and actors all in one movie. Now, to the question of whether it can keep the same level of excellence. We know that this is going to retain the high flying action of the last two movies with Justin Lin, director of four of the fast and furious films taking over the reins of the film. It also should have just as great of a humor and wit, with Simon Pegg penning the script. That being said, can Star Trek Beyond retain the same level of heart? Only time will tell. Let's hope it will be able to live up to my otherworldly anticipation.


Honorable Mentions:

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice



Sausage Party

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist


Questionable/Possibly Great:

Rachet and Clank

Free Fire

In a Valley of Violence

The Big Short

Arms and Dudes

The Founder

Hail, Caesar!

Doctor Strange


Triple 9

Kung Fu Panda 3


The Bad Batch