Cinecast Episode 468 – Most Anticipated Films of 2017 or: How We Learned to Stop Whining and Love the Arthouse

For those of you claiming that 2016 was a bummer of a year – a notion we don’t subscribe to on this show – looking at the 12 months in front of us, from a cinematic point of view, looks to be rather promising. A hodge-podge of lists assembled here and spoken out of order (or with no order at all) in the messy fashion that we’ve become accustomed to, get us actually pretty amped up for the next ~365 days. Boyle and Polanski and horror and genre and westerns and robots and Koreans and Scandinavians… oh and Star Wars. There’s a lot to be hopeful about!

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





Opening: 0:00 – 3:16
2017 Most Anticipated: 3:17 – 1:29:33
Outro: 1:29:34 – 1:33:25
Closing Music: 1:30:28 – 1:34:07



10. Destin Daniel Cretton, The Glass Castle
9. James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
8. Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant
7. Jordan Peele, Get Out
6. Joon-ho Bong, Okja
5. John Cameron Mitchell, How to Talk to Girls at Parties
4. Alex Garland, Annihilation
3. Edgar Wright, Baby Driver
2. Armando Iannucci, The Death of Stalin
1. Chad Stahelski, John Wick 2: The Wickening


(in no particular order)
Michael Almereyda, Marjorie Prime
John Carrol Lynch, Lucky
Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, The Endless
John Lee Hancock, The Founder
Edgar Wright, Baby Driver
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Loveless
Craig Johnson, Wilson
E.L. Katz, Small Crimes
Michael Haneke, Happy End
Duncan Jones, Mute
Brady Corbet, Vox Lux
Joaquin Trier, Thelma
Lyn Ramsey, You Were Never Really Here
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Steve McQueen, Mr. Burberry
Gore Verbinski, A Cure for Wellness
Tomas Alfredson, The Snowman
Rupert Sanders, Ghost in the Shell


10. Noah Baumbach, Yeh Din Ka Kissa (aka The Meyerowitz Stories)
9. S. Craig Zahler, Brawl In Cell Block 99
8. Luc Besson, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
7. Alexander Payne, Downsizing
6. Darren Aronofsky, Mother
5. Todd Haynes, Wonderstruck
4. Joe Wright, Darkest Hour
3. Danny Boyle, Trainspotting 2
2. Roman Polanski, Based On A True Story
1. Steven Soderbergh, Logan Lucky

HM: The Death Of Stalin, Annihilation

Paul King, Paddington 2
Charlie McDowell, The Discovery
Taylor Sheridan, Wind River
Garth Davis, Mary Magdalene
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game
Ruben Ostlund, The Square
George Clooney, Suburbicon
Dean Israelite, Power Rangers

10. Blade Runner 2049
9. Beauty and the Beast
8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
7. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. II
6. Alien: Covenant
5. Kong: Skull Island
4. John Wick 2
3. American Made
2. Fate of the Furious
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII

HM: War for The Planet of The Apes, Dunkirk, The Great Wall

6. “The Young Pope”
5. “Godless”
4. “The Deuce”
3. “Mindhunter”
2. “American Gods”
1. “Twin Peaks”


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I’m pretty much have everything mentioned on Letterboxd watch list for this year, so very much in line with what I’m looking forward. Only thing on my Top 10 that I didn’t see here is:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [dir. Martin McDonagh] – Love both In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Look forward to another.

A few others I don’t think I saw mentioned:
The Beguiled [dir. Sofia Coppola]
The Circle [dir. James Ponsoldt]
The Devil in the White City [dir. Martin Scorsese]
The Shape of Water [dir. Guillermo Del Toro]
The Trap [dir. Harmony Korine]

Andrew James

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a great title. And wow Rockwell and Harrelson are in a lot of stuff this year!

Andrew James

How did I not mention the BAYWATCH: THE MOVIE in my top ten blockbusters!? That’s gotta be in there.


Would you bump off Blade Runner: 2049 for Baywatch? Blade Runner would be in my Top 10 overall, not just blockbuster, and I’m not even a huge Blade Runner fan. New Villeneuve will always rank high for me.

Andrew James

Maybe. Blade Runner 2049 will likely be a real film that’s quality and obviously “better” than Baywatch. But Baywatch looks like big, stupid fun with actors I like (e.g. 21 Jump Street). For some reason though I’m not looking that forward to Blade Runner 2049. I’m sure it will be good but it’s just another one of these sequels I didn’t ask for (Indiana Jones, Alien, Ghostbusters, etc.). Villeneuve is the wild card, but I’m not holding my breath for anything great… especially since, like you, I’m not really that big of a Blade Runner fan in the first place – which obviously puts me in a minority.

Andrew James

Heck, Trainspotting 2 is only high on my list because of the Boyle factor. And even with that, I wish he was doing something original rather than an unneeded sequel we didn’t ask for.

Sean Kelly

The sequel has actually been development for at least 15 year now. It was originally going to be a direct adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s 2002 follow-up novel PORNO, but Danny Boyle’s falling out with Ewan McGregor prevented it from happening.

From what I’ve heard, TRAINSPOTTING 2 is mostly an original story, though it still credits the sequel novel.

Sean Kelly

On a slightly related note, I went to a screening of TRAINSPOTTING a couple years ago, which was introduced by Irving Welsh and I got a copy of the novel signed (which I have not yet attempted to read)


Kenneth Brannaugh –Murder on the Orient Express
James Gray –The Lost City of Z
Nicolaj Arcel –The Dark Tower
Argentine Andrés Muschietti –It – though it’ll probably turn out badly.
Julius Onah –God Particle (Cloverfield)

I’d add The Tom Cruise Mummy reboot but I’m so tired of this franchise.


I came to post about the new James Gray, it’s getting very good buzz as well.


One more I forgot to mention that I don’t see mentioned is Call Me By Your Name directed by Luca Guadagnino who previously directed I Am Love and A Bigger Splash.

It’s getting some very early Sundance buzz and appears to be based on beloved novel that I’m not familiar with. Stars Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Same director actually has another movie that is a curiosity for me in 2017 which is the Suspiria remake. Normally, a horror remake would cause me to stay away, but I could see a remake of Suspiria in the hands of Guadagnino to be at least worth a shot. It stars Dakota Johnson who was actually solid in A Bigger Splash, and he’s reunited also again with Tilda Swinton, and also includes Chloe Grace Moretz and Jessica Harper who was the star in the original seems to be part of the cast. Actually shows some potential.