Cinecast Episode 425 – Most Anticipated Films of 2016 or: The Naomi Theme Park Ride of Thrills

We always sort of like this episode because it’s all positive. It’s like preparing for your first day of college and having the whole world in front of you. Everything has possibility. Sure Andrew doesn’t love Enemy and Kurt’s not always on board with Pixar, but basically all of the cynicism and shit of the world is still an unknown… for now. So with that, we’re giddy with all of the possibilities 2016 has to offer us in the cinemas (and at home on the small screen). From blockbusters to indie art-house fare, to animated films to foreign docs, there’s a lot to look forward to. We also read off some listeners’ most anticipated films of the year as well. Is it the year of Keanu and Naomi or do they just tangentially fall into the conversation by pure coincidence? Either way, like I said it’s all positive.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!







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25. Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar!
24. Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper
23. Werner Herzog’s Lo & Behold
22. Shane Black’s The Nice Guys
21. Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaid
20. Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women
19. Damian Chazelle’s La La Land
18. Paul Verhoeven’s Elle
17. Jeff Nichol’s Midnight Special
16. Ben Wheatley’s Freefire
15. Laika’s Kubo & the Two Strings
14. Matt Johnson’s Operation Avalanche
13. Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon
12. Kore-Eda’s After the Storm and Our Little Sister*
11. David Michod’s War Machine
10. Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall
9. Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King
8. Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls
7. Morden Tyldum’s Passengers
6. Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness
5. Spielberg’s BFG
4. Robert Eggers The Witch*
3. S.S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion
2. Joaquin Trier’s Louder than Bombs*
1. Boy and the World

10. Stephen Gaghan’s Gold
9. John Hillcoat’s Triple 9
8. Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal
7. Ana Lily Amirpour The Bad Batch
6. Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan and It’s Only the End of the World
5. Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals
4. Shane Black’s The Nice Guys
3. Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper
2. Pedro Almodóvar Julieta
1. The Coen’s Hail, Caesar!

Derek Cianfrance’ The Light Between Oceans
Damien Chazelle’s La La Land
Denis Villeneuve’s The Story Of Your Life
Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall
John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone
Todd Solondz’ Wiener-Dog

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Director: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love and Focus)
Cast: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton

10. Warcraft (only because it’s Duncan Jones)
9. X-Men: Apocalypse
8. Bourne 5
7. Star Trek (Justin Lin)
6. Finding Dory
5. The BFG (Spielberg)
4. John Wick 2
3. Zoolander 2
2. Star Wars
1. Independence Day: Resurgence

10. “The OA”
9. “The Night Manager”
8. “The X-Files”
7. “Roadies” (Cameron Crowe)
6. “Vinyl” (Scorsese and Mark Romanek)
5. “Underground”
4. “Westworld”
3. “11.22.63”
2. “The Get Down” (Baz Luhrman)
1. “The Girlfriend Experience” (Soderbergh)



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Remembering Alan Rickman: 00:11
TV vs Cinema/Upcoming TV: 16:45
2016 Most Anticipated: 32:38
Next Week: 2:13:58
End: 2:18:36
I’d have a Top 10 most anticipated list but being in Britain i’m still waiting for stuff that came out last year, that’s mixed in with things that will actually be shown in a cinema this year and stuff that will probably only be at festivals (THERE’S TOO MANY FILMS) it’s all here anyway

The Hirokazu Koreeda samurai film you were thinking of was Hana, Still Walking is his family drama which for me is his best.

Mads Mikkelsen will be doing nothing interesting for awhile he’s in the next Star Wars and Dr Strange.

The Scorsese film is a remake of Masahiro Shinoda’s 1971 film Silence

By the way, Koreada’s masterpiece is After life. Hopefully, 2016 is another 2007 or 1999. The upcoming films look good.

John Cena Sucks

Even some of the network TV out there is quite good. I though Last Man on Earth, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat were better than any movie comedies I recall seeing last year. If only Selfie got a second season…

I have no idea how you guys would feel about it, but I liked Flowers of War. It doesn’t touch 2009’s City of Life and Death, another movie about the Rape of Nanking, but i still found it striking and moving.

Just curious, have any of you seen City of Life and Death?

Matt Gamble

Last Man on Earth and Black-ish stepped it up huge this year. Reminded me of the jump in quality Parks & Rec made in its second season.

Andrew James

I’d maybe go back to Blackish, but those first couple episodes were brutal.

It’s OK, we can say these cliché black jokes because we’re black. It was offensive in its laziness and its perpetuation and reconciliation of stereotypes.

Andrew James

I didn’t see City of Life and Death because I think that same year was the movie “Nanking” which I saw in theaters. Which is probably why I skipped the Christian Bale one too.

Andrew James

It was not the same year. Nanking was 2 years earlier.


Good stuff. Just padded my watchlist on letterboxd.

Andrew James

Watched the first episode of 11-22-63. It feels like a 90s Stephen King adaptation. I think it’s probably not going to be that good, but because I read the book it’s interesting and entertaining to see it from someone else’s point of view and how they handle the plot structure.

I like the way they do the narration with the flashbacks to Chris Cooper. Anyone else watch this show/read the book?

mike rot

I wasn’t a big fan of the book but I did love what it added conceptually to time travel fiction. I’m interested to see if the JFK stuff deviates from King’s conclusions (I suspect it won’t and that is why Demme couldn’t make it work as a movie).

Andrew James

I thought you were a fan of the book. Oh well. The JFK stuff in the book is almost less interesting than the world the main character has to get used to. I also like the side plot stuff involving murder and relationships more than the main theist of the plot.

mike rot

it was the least terrible of a terrible run of King books. I think he should have retired when he said he would.

Andrew James

My “dead of March” pick is looking good. I’m a Fey Fan and I’m also totally sold on Margot Robbie at this point. Freeman/Molina/Thornton. Yup.