The days of pumpkin spice and cinema for grown-ups are upon us! The year in film so far has been incredibly disappointing, but we've found some cautious optimism when looking ahead to the remainder of 2017. Below you'll find the twenty movies we're most eager to see - for better (Call Me By Your Name) or worse (Happy Death Day). Titles link to the film's trailer where available. To see what we were looking forward to in past years (as a basis for our judgment), click here, here, or here. The three most recent Best Picture winners were all featured on those lists, so perhaps one of the twenty below will join that esteemed group (looking at you, Geostorm!).
Now on with the lists, and happy movie-going!
Matt's Top 10 Most Anticipated
Happy Death Day (10/13)
One of 2017's few (only?) cinematic bright spots so far has been Jordan Peele's Get Out. If that was the highbrow, acclaimed horror film of the year, then let's think of this as its decidedly less polished reject cousin (where certainly the comedy will be unintentional). It's basically Groundhog Day, but a girl has to figure out the identity of her murderer with a creepy mask in order to break the cycle? And it's called Happy Death Day, fer chrissakes? I'm into it.
God's Own Country (10/27)
I'll never be able to quit Brokeback Mountain. This British indie features the unlikely blossoming of love between rural laborers and a closeted lead character who barely speaks, but that's where the comparisons to Brokeback end. Fantastic reviews have more than piqued my interest.
The Square (10/27)
Director Ruben Östlund's last film, Force Majeure, was a darkly comedic and brilliant film (and one of my favorites of 2014) that just missed Oscar's foreign film list. His latest takes on the art world, features reigning Emmy champ Elisabeth Moss, and won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Lady Bird (11/3)
After penning or co-writing several projects, including the incredible Frances Ha (one of 2013's best), writer-director Greta Gerwig makes her debut behind the camera with this vaguely autobiographical coming-of-age story. The word of mouth on this one is very positive, but I'd be there opening weekend even if it wasn't. Plus: that cast!
The inimitable Frances McDormand in a Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) picture? A match made in heaven.
Call Me By Your Name (11/24)
We were able to catch this at the New York Film Festival and are ecstatic to report that it is phenomenal. It still makes this list, because I'm itching to see it again. And again. And again. Expect to hear more about this masterpiece over the next several months...
I, Tonya (12/8)
As a young gay in the 90's, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were major figures in my pop culture upbringing. Margot Robbie will bring the drama as Harding while living goddess Allison Janney gets to chew all the scenery as her mother (and is already picking up some Oscar buzz). This is my catnip.
The Post (12/22)
Steven Spielberg. Meryl Streep. Tom Hanks. Carrie Coon. Sarah Paulson. Matthew Rhys. Jesse Plemons. Zach Woods. Michael Stuhlbarg. Allison Brie. David Cross. Bruce Greenwood. Bob Odenkirk. Bradley Whitford. I mean...
Phantom Thread (12/25)
Director Paul Thomas Anderson re-teams with actor Daniel Day-Lewis after the near-perfect There Will Be Blood. Not much is known about this project, but it's "Daniel Day-Lewis's final film" (quotation marks necessary, says me) and also features Another Year standout Lesley Manville.
Nathan's Top 10 Most Anticipated
Loving Vincent (9/22)
I maintain that some movies would have been better off as paintings (Whiplash), but are some paintings better off as movies? Doubtful, but an oil-painted animated film scored by Clint Mansell and starring Chris O'Dowd and Saoirse Ronan makes me interested to find out.
BPM (Beats per Minute) (10/20)
As a gay man I'm naturally interested in AIDS-related stories, but part of the draw for me is their aura of dystopia and apocalypse. A scientifically advanced society undone by its many human failures? Check.
Speaking of the apocalypse...
The trailer is... suspect. But Todd Haynes' last film was Carol, so what could go wrong?
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (10/27)
Distributor A24 can do no wrong, and my new-found appreciation for Nicole Kidman (sorry it took some of us so long) cannot be assuaged. Also, I'm still finding it hard to shake director Yorgos Lanthimos' last feature, The Lobster.
A Fantastic Woman (11/17)
Any follow-up to Gloria would have made my list. My only worry is my expectations are too high.
Director Dee Rees' is a voice we need now and always, particularly in the realm of historical epics, which has been too-long ruled by the Spielbergs and Scorseses of the world.
The Shape of Water (12/8)
Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer in a Guillermo del Toro fairy tale? Yes, please.