Reasons To Be Excited In 2017

By all accounts, 2016 was a rough year. Fortunately, 2017 promises to be a lot better – or at the very least that’s what people are saying and blind faith is currently preferable to painful realism.

At the very least, in our geeky, little bubble, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the forthcoming year – so many, in fact, that narrowing it down to 17 was a challenge but that is what has happened. Here are 17 things to get excited about this year.

Wonder Woman (2 June)

This is the first time that I’ve truly been excited for a project by the DCEU and I’m really hoping that they don’t screw it up. Just give us a female hero and let her be as bad-ass as she was originally written to be.

Beauty & The Beast (17 March)

Disney classic, music from my childhood, Emma Watson: what isn’t there to love about this movie? Even Gaston looks good (in a he-seems-to-be-a-more-well-rounded-character kind of way, don’t worry – it looks like he’s still a total bastard).

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Sense8 (5 May)

After the Christmas special at the end of December, I’m absolutely buzzing for this new season. Sense8 is hope and light but it’s also painful and terribly, terribly sad at times. Essentially, it’s the best thing being broadcast at the moment.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (7 July)

Sure, it’s the third reboot of this hero’s franchise but he’s still my favourite and I still can’t wait to see him again.

Cars 3 (14 July)

Never in a million years would I have thought that any member of the Cars franchise would be making it onto a list like this but… never say never. The first teaser trailer got me hooked and now I absolutely have to see it.

Coco (8 December)

I can’t talk about Cars 3 and miss out the other Pixar release for this year. Not a lot of people are talking about Coco at the moment but it’s about the Mexican Day of the Dead and that alone has me very interested. Plus, it’s Pixar – it’s going to be fantastic.

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Orange Is The New Black, Season 5 (June)

The last two episodes of the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black were viewed behind a curtain of tears which is basically the highest praise from me. They ended on a cliffhanger that I couldn’t stop thinking about for days. Dammit, now I’m thinking about it again.

Star Trek: Discovery (May)

I am a part of a new generation of Star Trek fans that jumped onboard after the Pine movies. That huge market is probably one of the main reasons that they decided to launch a new series and I am very grateful for that.

The Oscars (26/2)

Th glitz, the glamour, the terrible jokes: I live for this award ceremony. It’s the one night of the year that I can successfully pull an all-nighter so that I can watch the entire show all the way from England.

Stranger Things (TBC)

I don’t know where they’re going to go from the first season but I am more than happy to find out.

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Justice League (17 November)

My hopes for this movie are slightly lower than those for Wonder Woman but I’m trying to stay optimistic. Most of the characters seem great (with the exception of Batfleck) and if Warner Bros. can get their act together, this could be something amazing.

Hamilton, London (21/11)

I’ve adored this musical for the last year and it is finally coming to London! I won’t be able to afford tickets but at least I’ll be able to walk past the theatre…

Iron Fist (17 March)

Judging by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this show is going to be amazing. What’s more, it’s the final piece of the puzzle before we get to…

The Defenders (TBC)

I love what Marvel are doing with their Netflix series and this seems like it’s going to be beyond amazing.

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Star Wars VIII (15 December)

My appreciation for the Star Wars franchise is an even more recent development than my enjoyment of Star Trek. For the first time, I will be waiting with anticipation alongside the other fanboys and fangirls.

Fast & Furious 8 (14 April)

I’m not going to pretend that these movies mean anything more to me than 2 hours of ridiculous stunts and cheesy one-liners but sometimes the world needs crazy stunts and cheesy one-liners.

Logan (2 March)

Is it weird that I feel a little bit scared of this movie? Like I know it’s going to be brilliant but I think that if Logan dies, a little part of my heart may also die.

So those are the 17 things that I am most looking forward to in 2017.

What are you looking forward to? Is there anything on my list that has you pointedly unenthused? Let me know in the comments.

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A Week Of Previews || Trailer Review

Last week was an explosion of new trailers and it was impossible to choose just one to talk about today. Truly, I tried but I was starting to get a migraine. Instead, we’re just going to look at all of them – maybe you saw all of them, maybe you didn’t, but every single one of these is worth re-watching.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

I’ve never been a fan of the xXx franchise – mainly because it’s ridiculous – but something about this trailer was just the perfect amount of ridiculous. The stunts are insane, the lines are cheesy but this movie seems to embrace what it is and I can only celebrate that.

Wonder Woman

I feel like I’ve been waiting my entire life for this trailer. This is it: my last little bit of hope that the DCEU can become something great and it came at the perfect time after more terrible news with The Flash movie. It looks beautiful and dramatic. I wasn’t the biggest supporter of Gal Gadot’s casting but after Batman v Superman and seeing her here, I take it all back: she’s fantastic.

La La Land

I’m going to love any film with Emma Stone. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling? Even better. This is a new musical and that’s such a rare thing for cinema, it’s already being called an Oscar contender. Damien Chazelle is the same man that brought us Whiplash and it looks like he’s just going to keep making world-class films.

T2: Trainspotting 2

I never saw Trainspotting but there’s no getting past the fact that it was a huge movie. The trailer for the sequel is a huge trip (and possibly one of the best anti-drug videos I have ever watched). I love how stylistic it is and I will certainly be watching the first film in the near future so I can head out to the cinema and see this one.

The Lego Batman Movie

Finally, The Lego Batman Movie. Could this be the best Batman movie ever made? I think it’s a contender. This film takes all of the jokes that people make about Batman and it’s very self-aware. Plus, there’s Robin – it’s been too long since we had Robin on screen. I love The Lego Movie and I know that I’m going to love this.

Were there trailers that came out last week that you think I should have included? Which of these films are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Thursday and Happy Birthday to Jackie Chan. It’s been an interesting couple of days so let’s just dive right into it:

New The BFG Trailer

Disney released the first full-length trailer for their upcoming film, The BFG. We get to have our first look at Giant Country and actually hear some dialogue between Sophie and the BFG but I’m still kind of disappointed. When the teaser came out, it was brilliant and it raised my expectations a lot more than the trailer. Take a look:

New Harry Potter Theme Park Opens

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and what an opening it was. Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch and the Phelps twins were some of the Hogwarts alums that attended. The night was a beautiful spectacle of fireworks and magic and I’m in England where all of this awesomeness is entirely unavailable to me. *sigh*

Luke Cage Actress Also In Captain America: Civil War

It appears Marvel have now hired everybody in Hollywood and they’re having to recycle actors. Either that, or there was some lazy casting over at Marvel Studios. Alfre Woodard has been revealed to have a minor role in Captain America: Civil War after already being cast in a main role in Luke Cage. Apparently the two characters that she will play are different and completely unrelated.

Wonder Woman Release Date Moved Forward

Warner Bros. have shifted their release calendar so Wonder Woman will be released June 2 2017 instead of June 23. Additionally, Jungle Book which had been set to be released in October of next year will come out in 2018. Personally I think that the Jungle Book news is great as we’re already getting a new The Jungle Book in a matter of days (yay!) so at least there will be a bit more time between them.

That’s all today but let me know what you think about everything that’s going on:

Are you less-than-enthused about the The BFG trailer? Is geography keeping you from all your wizarding dreams? Are you more interested in Disney’s Jungle Book or Warner Bros.? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Merry Tuesday everybody, I’m trying to not constantly talk about Deadpool this month but they’re making it so hard. That said, I just want to slip in that Deadpool is now the highest grossing X-Men film of all time. And now everything else from the last few days:

Wonder Woman Set Photos

Wonder Woman Set PhotosI have to say that seeing Wonder Woman in action is what I’m most looking forward to in Batman v Superman. Production is still going on for her solo outing (to be released in Summer 2017) and whilst we still have to wait over a year for the actual movie, we have some pretty cool set photos to keep us going. To see all 29, check out the gallery I posted yesterday.

 

New Jungle Book TV Spot

As much as Marvel and DC are coming out with amazing films this year, the movie I’m most excited about in 2016 is The Jungle Book. Maybe it’s nostalgia but from what I’ve seen so far in trailers, I just love it so much and this new TV spot is no different. There’s a bit of Bagheera/Baloo interaction in this one, check it out:

First Look At Star Wars Experience

On Sunday, Disney offered the first look at their Star Wars experience that will open at Walt Disney Resort (Orlando) and Disneyland (Anaheim). It looks beyond amazing and amongst the many things that they’re promising of this park, you’ll be able to sit behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon. I mean, that’s pretty cool.

Justice League To Begin Filming

Zack Snyder has confirmed that Justice League – Part 1 will begin shooting on April 11. Unfortunately, the rumours were not true and the film is still going ahead. Maybe that’s not fair and the film will be great but every instinct is telling me that this is just a huge money-grab as opposed to a good film. Personally, I don’t think DC has done anything great, in terms of movies, since the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Vanessa Hudgens To Star In DC Pilot

Whilst the DC cinematic universe isn’t exactly winning me over, their shows are some of my favourites currently on television. They are adding a new show to their collection called Powerless, all about an insurance firm within the DC world whose job is only made more difficult by all the superheroes flying around, breaking things. It has now been confirmed the Vanessa Hudgens will star as Emily Locke, an insurance adjuster.

That’s all today, come back for more Geek News on Thursday but until then:

Any thoughts on Wonder Woman? How are you feeling about the Jungle Book marketing? Are you hopeful for Justice League? Let me know in the comments.