Wrapping Up 2016: Most Anticipated Films of 2017 With a Special Guest Writer

The following article is the transcript of a previously recorded exchange between main writer Nate and special guest writer Rob, as they talk about their top 10 most anticipated films of 2017. 

Nate: Hello and welcome to The Movie Paradise's top 10 most anticipated films of 2017. I am the main writer, Nate, and I've got a special guest writer, Rob, here with me today.
Rob: Hey. 
Nate: So here's how this is going to work. We're each going to say our honorable mentions. Then we're each going to list our numbers ten through seven, then six through two, then we'll both say what our most anticipated film of next year is. 
Rob: Yep.
Nate: So I'll go first. 

Nate's Honorable Mentions

Nate: My first honorable mention is Beauty and the Beast. I really liked the animated film as a kid, and, you know, seeing the trailer and the pictures for Beauty and the Beast-- it really feels like they're capturing the feel and aesthetics and the look of the animated film. It has such a great cast, so I'm really looking forward to seeing Beauty and the Beast. Kingsman: The Golden Circle-- we haven't seen a trailer for it, but I liked the first Kingsman enough... I loved it a lot, actually... enough to, without having a trailer or even knowing anything about this next movie, I liked the first one enough that I can justify it being one of my honorable mentions. Fast 8-- I didn't love the trailer, but I loved Five, liked Six, and I really liked Seven. So, I have a lot of anticipation for Fast 8 even though I wasn't a fan of the trailer. John Wick 2-- loved John Wick 1. We get Keanu Reeves back. We've Laurence Fishburne in there. Some Common flavor. 
Rob: Don't say that.
Nate: [Laughs] I think John Wick 2 is going to be a pretty good film. So I'll throw it over to Rob now for his honorable mentions. 

Rob's Honorable Mentions

Rob: Alright. Great. One of my honorable mentions is Wonder Woman. The reason it's in the honorable mentions is because I don't really know what Gal Gadot can do in a leading role yet. We haven't really seen her in one yet. She's got the look. You know, she's hot. But I don't know if I trust her or the DC universe yet. I mean, I like their movies, but I don't think they're great. The next one is Power Rangers. I'm pretty damn excited. Not as excited as the top ten, but I thought that trailer was kick ass!
Nate: It's going to suck. This movie is going to suck.
Rob: It looks super cool. I think it's going to be a lot of fun. Another one is Thor: Ragnarok. I'm just not a fan of the Thor franchise, but it is a Marvel universe movie, so I will be looking forward to it. I think Thor 2 [The Dark World] is the worst Marvel movie...
Nate: Worse than Iron Man 2?
Rob: Yes. It's just boring. Hopefully, they got that director Taika Waititi. I like that movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Did you see it?
Nate: No, I didn't.
Rob: It was pretty good. So hopefully [Thor: Ragnarok] is good. I've also got John Wick 2. I didn't get to catch John Wick in theaters, but when I saw it on Blu-Ray, it was just a kickass action movie. I loved it from start to finish, and I can't wait to see how they spin off this movie and bring it to Italy and out new villains in there and all sorts of stuff. It's going to be cool. And my last one is Alien: Covenant. I really wasn't excited for it, but with the trailer that dropped, it looks awesome. So, I'm pretty damn excited to go see it now. But not top ten worthy. 
Nate: So now we're going to list our ten through seven. 

Nate's #10-7

Nate: My number ten is Alien: Covenant. I'm a huge fan of the Alien franchise. Prometheus, I liked it better than most, but I will say it's not the best of movies. I've been hesitant about Alien: Covenant because I'm hoping it's a return to the Alien franchise, but I'm not positive. And then the trailer came out, and it looks really good. So I'm really excited for that. My number nine is Kong: Skull Island. I loved Peter Jackson's King Kong movie. Some people say it's a bloated film, but I really enjoy it. I wasn't the biggest fan of Godzilla, but I think there's a lot of potential for a Godzilla vs. King Kong movie. And the trailers for Kong: Skull Island have been really good. I love the cast for this movie. So I think there's a lot of potential for this movie. Number eight is Logan. It's Hugh Jackman's supposed last film as Wolverine...
Rob: That's bullsh*t.
Nate: You've got James Mangold back to direct. You've got this Western feel. It feels like a drama. You've got the trailer with the Johnny Cash music, which is really Nine Inch Nails, he just did a cover of it. Everyone's giving Johnny Cash credit for that song, but it's really Nine Inch Nails. Everyone remember that.
Rob: Yeah, but the Nine Inch Nails song sucks though.
Nate: F*ck you. So, anyways, I think there's a lot of potential for Logan and I'm really excited to see it. And my number seven will be Wonder Woman. I do have hesitations. Like you said, Gal Gadot hasn't led a film before. She hasn't proven herself to be the most capable of actresses. But, I have loved the two trailers that have come out. I think the action looks awesome. I think Patty Jenkins is a great director. And I really like the supporting cast, especially Chris Pine. I think they're really going in the right direction. I haven't been a huge fan of DC movie that have come out [in this new universe], except for Man of Steel, but, with Wonder Woman, I have faith that they're actually going to turn the ship around. So we'll throw it over to Rob now for his ten through seven. 

Rob's #10-7

Rob: I had to make a couple changes to my list. Originally, Dunkirk was my number ten, but I had to bump it, so I guess it can be another honorable mention. My number ten is going to be Justice League, mainly because we've never seen a Justice League movie before.
Nate: Yeah, I had to bump it myself. Probably for the same reason you bumped Dunkirk.
Rob: We've never seen Justice League before. We've seen a war movie before. Number nine is Fast 8. Me and Nate have been big fans of the [Fast and Furious] franchise ever since we watched Five and Six.
Nate: F*ck yeah!
Rob: I cried at the end of Seven, the tragedy of Paul Walker leaving and all of that. But honestly, if they take this new one the way I hope they take it, I think it will be a great move for the movie. And I can't wait to see Jason Statham and the Rock [Dwayne Johnson] team up. 
Nate: I want to see them fight again.
Rob: Yeah, I like [in the trailer] when the Rock is just like "I will beat you like a Cherokee drum!" [Laughs] That's my favorite line! Because he says it so funny. 
Nate: He says it the way only the Rock could say that line. No one else could say that line. If Daniel Day-Lewis said that line... can you imagine him saying that in Lincoln
Rob: Alright, anyhow, my number eight is Spider-Man: Homecoming. I mean, we've seen a bunch of Spider-Man movies and I like a bunch of them, and there's one that I absolutely hate. But the trailer looks awesome, and I can't wait to see Michael Keaton in a villainous role. I love all the actors portraying [Peter Parker's] schoolmates, they all look pretty good. So, that's my number eight. My number seven is Kong: Skull Island. I wasn't a big fan of the other King Kong movie we got, the Peter Jackson one. This one... I like how it's a prequel kind of film. What, does it take place in the 70's?
Nate: Yeah, the 70's.
Rob: I think this has the best cast of 2017. You've got Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson...
Nate: Dude, dude. Beauty and the Beast, man. That's the best cast.
Rob: I don't give a f*ck about that movie. Thomas Mann. You've got Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) from Straight Outta Compton
Nate: If they're not rapping with King Kong...
Rob: Anyways, I think that looks awesome. Strictly cause of the cast.
Nate: Straight Outta Skull Island. 
Rob: And Toby Kebbell has a role in it. 
Nate: Awesome. So we'll now do six through two. 

Nate's #6-2

Nate: My number six is Dunkirk. It's this high in my list because Christopher Nolan is my favorite director working today. I've loved his films. I'd say most of his films, I would consider to be masterpieces, and just fantastic movies. Dunkirk really shows a departure for him stylistically. He is venturing away from science fiction and action, and is really going more for-- this is his Saving Private Ryan. This is his war film. And I'm really excited to see what he does with this movie. My number five is War for the Planet of the Apes. I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Loved it. I really liked Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And I'm hopeful that War for the Planet of the Apes will make a great trilogy. I loved the trailer. I love Andy Serkis. Woody Harrelson could make a great villain, so I have a lot of hope for the film. My number four is Thor: Ragnarok. I think I'm more excited for this than most people, especially more than Rob...
Rob: Yep.
Nate: ...mainly because of the Hulk's (Mark Ruffalo) inclusion. First of all, I think they made a great choice. They're deviating away from Natalie Portman. She didn't really work, and now they got Tesse Thompson in there to be the love interest now, and she's playing Valkyrie, who's a great character. Cate Blanchett is the villain. That's going to be awesome. You've got Karl Urban in there. Jeff Goldblum in there. Plus you've got the Hulk. The Planet Hulk storyline is my favorite Hulk comic book. I love that story, and I'm so glad that it's finally going to be in the movies. So I'm really excited for that. My number three is Star Wars Episode VIII.
Rob: Booo!! Should be higher.
Nate: I'll explain why I have the other two higher than it, but mainly because I've seen trailers for those movies. I would say I am more of a comic book fan than a Star Wars fan.
Rob: Lame.
Nate: But I can't wait for Episode VIII. We get to see Luke (Mark Hamill) speak, hopefully. We don't know for sure.
Rob: Oh, he will.
Nate: Ehh. We don't know. Maybe he's mute. So I'm really looking forward to Episode VIII. And my number two is Spider-Man: Homecoming. As a kid, Spider-Man was my favorite superhero. I read all the comics...
Rob: You wanted to be Spider-Man.
Nate: I did, actually. I wish I could've. You know, Tom Holland was so great in Captain America: Civil War. We're seeing Spider-Man come back to Marvel. We're seeing a Spider-Man story that Marvel is telling for once, and I have so much hope for this franchise. I have hope that this film could be the best Spider-Man movie we've had since Spider-Man 2. So, I have really high expectations for this film. Alright, and what are your six through two?

Rob's #6-2

Rob: Six is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I was a huge fan of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think this new one looks like it could be funnier and have a better soundtrack and have better action. It has Kurt Russell. Doesn't Sylvester Stallone have a part in this movie?
Nate: Oh yeah, I think he has a role.
Rob: Yeah, I'm excited to see all of these small roles. I wish we would see the Collector (Benicio del Toro), but whatever. Anyways, that's number six. Number five is Kingsman 2. Kingsman is my favorite movie of the year that it came out. I just thought it breathed fresh air into the comic book movies. Well, it's not really--- isn't it based off a comic book?
Nate: Yeah. 
Rob: It's not superhero, though. Well, anyways. I think they've added a lot of people. They have Elton John, Jeff Bridges.
Nate: I completely forgot Elton John was in it.
Rob: ...Vinnie Jones, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry...
Nate: I forgot all of these people are in there.
Rob: Yep, Taron Egerton's the main star. Mark Strong... 
Nate: And Colin Firth is back.
Rob: Yeah, I'm very curious to see what they do with that. I really hope they don't bring him back to life.
Nate: No, he got shot in the f*cking head! 
Rob: I mean, you never know what they're going to do. Alright, my number four is Logan. It looks really cool just because of that trailer, and I'm excited to get an R-rated Wolverine instead of the PG-13 thing we saw.
Nate: Yeah, I'm excited to see beserker rage.
Rob: Yeah, I don't know who that is.
Nate: That's when he pops the claws and he goes f*cking nuts. 
Rob: Oh, cool. Three is, you're probably going to be like "Why?"... Split
Nate: Why?
Rob: I cannot wait to see Split. That trailer is so awesome. I think it's going to be funny and scary. James McAvoy looks perfect for this. Did you know Joaquin Phoenix was originally supposed to be in that role though?
Nate: I don't f*cking care.
Rob: It's going to be awesome.
Nate: Okay, let me just say this about Split. The first trailer I wasn't sold. 
Rob: I loved it.
Nate: The second trailer, I bought in. 
Rob: Loved it too.
Nate: I'm interested. I want to see the movie. But it's not anywhere near my top ten list or honorable mentions. 
Rob: Okay, enough of you. Anyways, and my number two is War for the Planet of the Apes. I loved the first one. The second one I didn't love as much as the first one. I know most people like the second one, but I like the first one better.
Nate: I would agree.
Rob: Mainly because of James Franco's performance in that. In the second one, I know the movie's about the apes, but none of the human performances stood out to me. 
Nate: I think Rise is a much more personal movie, whereas Dawn is more like a bigger scope action movie. Which I still really like Dawn, but...
Rob: I also really liked Koba (Toby Kebbell) too. But Woody Harrelson as a villain? Awesome. It looks awesome. And Steve Zahn's in it. We haven't seen him yet [in the trailers]. And yeah, that's my number two. 
Nate: Alright. Now we'll get into our number ones.

Nate's #1

Nate: My number one is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy was going to be my number one of the year, but then I saw Whiplash, and that ended up overtaking it. Guardians of the Galaxy was a movie that nobody thought was going to work. You had faith because it was Marvel, but no one knew for sure that it was going to work. And it worked beautifully. 
Rob: This was like, the first risk Marvel took.
Nate: Yeah, it was the first risk, aside from Iron Man. It was their first huge risk.
Rob: Yeah, cause nobody knew who they were, really, except if you read comic books.
Nate: I read comic books and I had no idea who they were, really.
Rob: Oh really?
Nate: Yeah, I had no idea who they were. James Gunn just nailed it. And I was hopeful for the sequel, when I heard that James Gunn was returning and all that, was hopeful that the second one was going to be good. Then we saw the trailer, and I think Vol. 2 is going to be better than the first one. I honestly do. I think Gunn is back. He has nailed these characters. Not physically, but you know. He's nailed the writing for these characters. He's created this perfect ensemble which, with this movie, I like could rival The Avengers in terms of their dynamics and the scope of the action. I have a lot of anticipation for Vol. 2 and I can't f*cking wait to see this movie. And Rob, what's your number one most anticipated of next year?

Rob's #1

Rob: Ba, ba. Ba ba ba duh duh. Ba ba ba duh duh. Episode VIII! I'm so excited! I love Star Wars! It's so awesome! I can't wait for Episode VIII! Is it confirmed that we're going to find out who Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parents are in this one?
Nate: I'm pretty sure. Or at least we'll learn more in this one.
Rob: Yeah, cause with Episode VII...
Nate: She's a Solo!
Rob: Yeah, I could see that happening. I didn't really know what to expect walking into Episode VII. I didn't know any of these characters names, except for the old ones. I didn't know who the actors were, except for Oscar Isaac, but I fell in love with them instantly. They're honestly some of my favorite characters in like all of Star Wars now. Can't wait to see what happens when Finn (John Boyega) wakes up out of that coma. 
Nate: Benicio del Toro's in it.
Rob: Oh, I forgot about that! That'll be cool. Maybe we'll learn more about Snoke (Andy Serkis) too.
Nate: Like I said, I have a lot of anticipation for Episode VIII. But, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians are just a little bit higher.
Rob: And Rian Johnson is [directing Episode VIII] as well.
Nate: That's true. 

Nate: Alright. Well, Rob, I want to thank you for helping me out with this most anticipated of 2017 list. 
Rob: Oh, it was no problem.
Nate: Everyone who reads this site, I'm sure, love to hear from you.
Rob: Oh, I bet.
Nate: We'll be back with more Wrapping Up 2016 a little bit later. Thank you for reading.

What do you think? Do you agree with our most anticipated films of 2017? What are some films you're looking forward to? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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