2016 was pretty good to us geeks. There was tons to watch, read, and discuss. And looking at 2017, things are only getting better. I'm just going to go ahead and call it right now. 2017 will be the The Year of The Geek.
So you can start marking your calendars, as I bring to you 2 comprehensive mega-lists of all things geek in film and TV.
ALL FILMS GEEK AND WONDERFUL
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We had a pretty great year, ranging from Deadpool to Arrival, reboots of classics (I'm looking at you, Independence Day and Ghostbusters and Jungle Book), sequels and prequels - films we've been waiting for, films that surprised us, and films we could have done without really. Now that the year is turning, it's pretty clear that 2017 is going to be ABSO - wait for it - LUTELY INSANE. We wanted to help in any way we could, and bring to you a comprehensive list of next year's who's who, and what's what.
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A MONSTER CALLS
We want to see: Liam Neeson as a live action, fantastical Groot, with a better vocab than Vin Diesel.
THE RED TURTLE
We want to see: A wordless animated film from the legendary Studio Ghibli about a family on a deserted island. Oh, and it's protected by a giant red turtle.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
We want to see: Batman join forces with Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Etrigan and Black Orchid, to fight the supernatural.
We want to see: If Tom's extraordinary powers get affected in areas with poor connection. That would suck in a fight.
We want to see: The end of the zombie carnage. Milla Jovovich has no chill, man.
We want to see: How differently Russians react to meeting aliens from Amy Adams.
We want to see: A horror-musical about mermaids. Don't you?
The SPACE BETWEEN US
We want to see: A boy born on Mars fall in love with a girl on Earth. And I can't even get a date for New Year's, sheesh.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
We want to see: THIS FILM. IN ALL ITS GLORIOUS BEAUTY. Although we wish Lord & Miller were directing this one too.
CURE FOR WELLNESS
We want to see: Gore Verbinski drive Dane DeHaan insane. Also, this poster looks like a vodka ad.
We want to see: What they were really trying to keep out with that wall. This is probably on POTUS Trump's watchlist as well.
We want to see: Matt Smith doing his best Eph.
We want to see: The products of the Russian version of Weapon X program. A Cold War era movie about USSR superheroes is an interesting change.
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
We want to see: Glenn Close make the best of the zombie apocalypse.
BEFORE I FALL
We want to see: The Groundshog Day of deaths. The Groundshog Day of deaths. The Groundshog Day of...dammit, we're stuck in a loop again.
We want to see: Jackman's 9th and supposedly final outing as the original Weapon X, where he must protect a young girl with the same powers as his own.
KONG : SKULL ISLAND
We want to see: The really epic action sequences and insane CGI, Hiddleston channeling his inner Indiana Jones, and John C. Reilly his inner Dr. Steve Brule.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
We want to see: The live action Disney remake - apparently they're all the rage nowadays.
We want to see: The Deadpool writers and Ryan Reynolds coming together to create something more inventive and original than the more-than-slightly familiar trailer.
We want to see: This reboot do better than the Fantastic Four reboot. And, also what the new suits are capable of.
We want to see: Woody Harrelson play the titular role in Daniel Clowes graphic novel adaptation
GHOST IN THE SHELL
We want to see: How far this controversy of Hollywood whitewashing plays out really.
THE BOSS BABY
We want to to see: Alec Baldwin as a baby with a 3 piece suit and a briefcase, on a mission to...end the world of puppies?
We want to see: If we can also gain superpowers by doing card tricks.
We want to see: A monkey, a fox and a warthog try to save their planet from an evil General, and go on an intergalactic road trip in the process.
We want to see: Masterful writer and director Ponsoldt bring together Hanks, Watson, Boyega, Patton and Gillan together on screen in a satirical sci-fi thriller.
BAAHUBALI : THE CONCLUSION
We want to see: Katappa and Shiva have a tearful reunion, or just the most epic battle ever.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
We want to see: JUST SOME MORE JAMES GUNN MAGIC PLEASE (and also Kurt Russell playing a planet, and Stallone as a space cop).
We want to see: Guy Ritchie's version of King Arthur.
We want to see: The blue collar spaceship vibes and the very Ripley-ish heroine Katherine Waterston, which might make this the follow up to the prequel that we deserve.
We want to see: Patty Jenkins helming the first female superhero movie, displaying bravery, heroism, some excellent action sequences, and finally bringing some colour to the DCEU.
We want to see: Ed Helms voice a school principal hypnotised to believe he's a superhero.
TRANSFORMERS : THE LAST KNIGHT
We want to see: Bay introduce the new Megan Fox, Isabella Moner. Or do we?
DESPICABLE ME 3
We want to see: Steve Carell, d'oh! Also the minions, I suppose. Sigh. There's no escaping them.
SPIDERMAN : HOMECOMING
We want to see: How we feel about the 3rd iteration of Spiderman in recent years, and if Stark gets lucky with Aunt May. (Too soon, Uncle Ben?)
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
We want to see: Andy Serkis mo-capture our hearts, as he fights outer and inner demons.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
We want to see: Luc Besson recreating his Fifth Element magic (and Rihanna possibly being related to Ruby Rod)
THE DARK TOWER
We want to see: Idris Elba's Gunslinger pitted against McConaughey's Man in Black, in a long overdue film adaptation of Stephen King's saga.
We want to see: Ricky Gervais as a villainous feline warlord.
We want to see: Mama director Muschietti direct the first (two-part) film adaptation of Stephen King's novel (previously under the direction of Cary Fukunaga)
THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE
We want to see: Jackie Chan voice a Lego movie!
We want to see: Niels Arden Oplev make a sequel to the 1990 film.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
We want to see: Another entertaining spy movie with Firth + Egerton, with the added fun of Moore + Bridges + Berry.
BLADE RUNNER 2049
We want to see: Current fan favourite Denis Villeneuve follow up a cult movie with the passion, fervour and diligence it deserves.
We want to see: A J.J. Abrams-produced addition to the Cloverfield universe, about a team of astronauts at a space station, who make the Earth disappear after a scientific experiment. Whoops.
THOR : RAGNAROK
We want to see: The result when you mix Taika Waititi with the Marvel Universe, throw in a dash of Goldblum and Sam Neill, with a pinch of Blanchett, and sprinkle with Ruffalo's Hulk.
We want to see: Paul King returning with another lovely almost-Pixar-ish animated film about a bear who wants to buy a pop-up book for his gran, and of course, Hugh Grant as a villainous fading actor.
We want to see: The Justice League FINALLY in the theatres in glorious live action and extensive CGI.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
We want to see: Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot. We're reserving judgement till then.
We want to see: Pixar's only novel film in the next few years.
STAR WARS EPISODE VIII
We want to see: What Luke's first words are in 34 years. Are they "'sup yo"? They're probably "'sup yo"
We want to see: A feature-length reboot of a Disney classic short.
We want to see: The talented Alexander Payne combine social satire and science fiction, with a little help from a star studded cast.
We want to see: The Rock being called Dr. Smolder Bravestone in a sort-of sequel to the beloved (by us) Robin Williams film.
We want to see: The first live action adaptation of the manga (and without any of the controversy surrounding Ghost in the Shell)
We want to see: The director of Moon redeem himself after Warcraft, with another near-future noir film, and also be reunited with Sam Rockwell (rumoured to be playing Sam Bell)
IT COMES AT NIGHT
We want to see: Trey Shults (director of Moonlight) create some sci-fi magic with Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough
We want to see: What Robert Redford and Jason Segel will do after the existence of an afterlife is scientifically proven.
We want to see: Our favourite writer, Alex Garland reunited with Oscar Isaac.
THE SHAPE OF WATER
We want to see: Guillermo Del Toro create a fantastical love story.
We want to see: Korean master Bong Joon-Ho teaming up with Netflix.
We want to see: A white boy as Light, an African American as L, and Willem Dafoe as Ryuk. What's up Netflix?
We want to see: Jon Hamm as an AI gigolo. It could happen okay.
HOW TO PARTY WITH GIRLS
We want to see: A Neil Gaiman film adaptation, because there are really too few of those.
We want to see: Netflix's adaptation of Nihei's cyberpunk manga
We want to see: The next film from the studio that made Song of the Sea
That rounds off what we hope is a comprehensive list of science fiction/fantasy films releasing in 2017. We've, of course, taken the liberty of not including some names, such as Smurfs: The Lost Village, which will be ridiculous, Tom Cruise's The Mummy, which you can see on a bored weekend when there's nothing on Netflix - so never, Cars 3, which I don't have time to comment on, Gerard Butler's Geostorm whose release has been pushed back twice now, and been declared a flop from test screenings, and Pirates of the Caribbean: How Many More Adventures?
Don't forget to check out our list of all the new science fiction and fantasy shows premiering in 2017, All Shows Great and Small
Scribe: Basabdatta Dasgupta
Captain's Log: Basabdatta Dasgupta is Dinosaur Supervisor and core member over at Geek Fruit HQ. She spends her time obsessively consuming a higher class of pop culture, and wishing someone would gift her a time turner. Also, she watches Legends of Tomorrow.