As the new year starts to set in & we start to go about our business-as-usual… I have put together a Pop-Culture Watch – Movie List for 2017. This is something we always wanted to do as movie fans since back in the day, when the most of us chilled out at the MySciFiFan Outpost Cafe in the mid 2000’s located at the former Cineleisure Damansara… now know as e@Curve. Nowadays, it’s not only the movies that we are looking forward too. TV / Cable channels like Astro, Hypp TV, Iflix and Netflix also have many of our pop culture icons like Marvel & DC Comic characters! So here is my Pop Culture picks or to watch list 2017 in the CINEMA & on CABLE! I present to you The Pop Watch List 2017!!
12 Jan – Arrival*
19 Jan – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
26 Jan – xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage
*Whats ‘Arrival‘? Well in short, this is a Sci-Fi movie directed by Mr. Denis Villeneuve previously known for his gritty hardcore drama Sicario (2015), starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin. He did so well here & the above mentioned Arrival that the trustees of Sci-Fi icon movie Blade Runner (1982) have given him the Director duties for the up coming sequel Blade Runner 2049. Hollywood already has rumours that Mr. Denis is also being considered to take on yet another Sci-Fi movie icon – Dune (1984). Sicario (2015) was a really gripping, intense & brutal take on a common theme – “US border war on drugs”. Arrival was released in the USA on 11 November and think it was a definitive movie in which convinced the powers that be to hand him Blade Runner 2049. So The Captain is really looking forward to watching this!! 😀
9 Feb – Lego Batman Movie
9 Feb – John Wick 2: Chapter Two**
9 Feb, 9pm FOX HD [Astro Channel 724] – Legion (8 Episode TV Series)*
18 Feb – Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale
23 Feb – Guardians (Zashchitniki)#
*What is Legion? Legion is the FOX (2oth Century Fox) mutant entry into the TV series genre. This is a mile stone achievement as this is show will be the first collaboration between Marvel & FOX! So far it’s the closest Marvel will get to their mutants on an screen! So the story follows a guy named David Haller… aka Legion, who has many different powers, commanded by different personalities. In the comics he is also know as Professor Charles Xavier’s son and a member of the the X-Men. Legion is an Omega Level mutant, who can bend time & space at will if made whole with all his powers!
**What is John Wick 2? Have you not seen the first one? To quote http://www.imdb.com – John Wick is a story about an ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Sounds familiar, common and “we’ve seen it before”??? But wait…. it’s much more about how he dispatches his enemies and the cinematography it was caught in that is the highlight. The director is a highly aclaimed stuntman, Chad Stahelski, which makes him have a different eye for fight scenes! And the irony of Keanu Reeves… who performed the all new ultra stylistic fighting sequences from the Matrix Trilogy movies is now in this role! Class act! I have not seen such cool fighting gun play since the ‘Cleric gun kata’ style from the movie Equilibrium (2002). Enjoy!!
#What is Guardians? No this is not related to Guardians of the Galaxy in any way. Guardians is a Russian movie called Zashchitniki. Basically it’s a story of the Russian government putting together a team combatants… enhancing them to super hero levels… to battle super villains! Sound familiar? Well I like to call it Russian Super Soldiers which also sounds like the Marvel’s Soviet Super Soldiers consisting of the Red Guardian, Darkstar, Vanguard, Ursa Major & Crimson Dynamo. There were the equivalent of the Russian Avengers haha Well, this one is totally original… though I’m sure there will be a lot of borrowed ideas but I’m still looking forward to it. That character that is a mix of Ursa Major & King (Tekken) sold me! So typical Russian liking towards bears huhu! Also I enjoyed Night Watch (2004) & Day Watch (2006) so why not this movie!
2 Mar – Logan
9 Mar – Kong: Skull Island
17 Mar on Netflix – Marvel’s Iron Fist (13 Episode Series)
23 Mar – Power Rangers
30 Mar – Ghost in the Shell
13 Apr – The Fate of the Furious (Fast 8)
27 Apr – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
10 May – Alien: Covenant
10 May – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
25 May – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
27 May – Resident Evil Vendetta
*What is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword? Well in short it’s Mr. Guy Ritchie doing a medival tale of England’s greatest knight movie! Mr. Ritchie is the Englishman Writer / Director famous for producing great crime genre stories from Locked, Stocked and 2 Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2 (soon to be 3) then did a 50’s spy style Man from U.N.C.L.E and now this! All in all I like his directorial style, his cast & his story telling so I’m in!!
1 Jun – Wonder Woman
1 June – Baywatch*
8 Jun – The Mummy
15 Jun – Kingsman: The Golden Circle
22 Jun – Transformers: The Last Knight
*What is Baywatch? Well seriously if you don’t know what this is then you may not be at the legal age to watch those 18 above movies xD hahaha Baywatch is a TV cult classic… ICON! It opened the eyes of guys all around the world to what really was THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD. If it’s today… it would be Ryan Seacrest job! hehe pun (he often confesses this about his job). Anyways, this movie will attempt to reboot that TV series that ran from 1989 – 2001 in a movie format. Let’s see how it goes!
6 Jul – Spider-Man: Homecoming
13 Jul – War for the Planet of the Apes
20 Jul – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets*
*What is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets? Well in short, this is Mr. Luc Besson’s return to directing a Sci-Fi genre movie. This movie is based on the iconic French anthology comic Valérian and Laureline that later became the landmark in European comics / pop culture. This graphic novel has influenced many elements & alien designs in the Star Wars saga & The Fifth Element. The Frenchman is famous for writing (occasionally directing) some great crime action movies with exciting car chases… with the occasional Sci-Fi movie. His previous works you may have heard of are Taxi 1 – 3, The Transporter 1 – 3, Taken 1 – 3, Lucy and his most famous Sci-Fi outing The Fifth Element (1997) staring Bruce Willis & Milla Jovovich. With all said above we have a good feeling going! With the primary roles being Mr. Green Goblin (Amazing Spiderman 2) & Ms. Enchantress (Suicide Squad), I think they have the range to deliver a good one here! Am looking forward!
24 Aug – Gintama (Japanese Live Action of the popular anime)
TBA on Netflix – Marvel’s The Defenders
TBA Sept in selected IMAX – Marvel’s Inhumans (and on ABC America) [We hope to get it on FOX HD Astro Channel 724]
5 Oct – Blade Runner 2049
2 Nov – Thor: Ragnarok
16 Nov – Justice League
15 Dec – Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Thanks for reading! If you like it please share! More details or titles could be added to the list as time goes by. Having list like this in front of us, definitely gives us something to look forward to in the days to come. Have a good time in the CINEMA & on the COUCH watching your CABLE series!! This is The Captain signing off!!
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