I watched the first Mission: Impossible (1996) movie last night. I had not seen it since I saw it in the theaters back when it was released. I didn't care for it too much back then, I thought it was okay, but actually when I watched it a second time last night I enjoyed it quite a bit more. It's full of twist and turns, and then the finale with the bullet train sequence was just a blast. It's funny how your perception changes, but now I'm caught up with the Mission: Impossible franchise except for Rogue Nation, which I'm looking forward to watching pretty soon. I didn't even mind Mission: Impossible 2 once you get past the mountain climbing opening, which was over-the-top and ridiculous.
So for me personally, looking forward to 2016, I'll be watching a lot of the films from 2015 that I haven't seen yet, but I can see the fun in the anticipation and why some people enjoy doing that. The only thing I saw (and I haven't kept up with it honestly) is the new Tarzan trailer.
There are a lot of action and comic-inspired movies slated to come out in 2016. Quite frankly I don't mind that too much. I know they are money makers for Hollywood, here in the states and abroad. I don't know how excited I am for many of them however. At times I feel the comic book-inspired adaptations are getting a bit worn for me, but then when I see one that's good and I have a fun experience, and think heck yeah.
I've been watching a series on Netflix about great directors. Last night I watched the segments on Barry Levinson, George Lucas, and Rob Reiner. Reiner stated that if you'll choose the right cast, and you have the right script, your job is 90% done. I can see that to a degree. Have you ever seen a film that might have been a good idea, but was just miscast badly, and you wondered why the director or the executives chose to go with those actors? Boy I have. The same holds true for the scripts and story. Have you even seen a movie and thought: How did that get the green light? So if the script is either written poorly or reedited wrongly, or directed badly, and the cast doesn't fit, you already have two strikes against you.
At any rate, I think Batman vs. Superman might be fun. I expect the Steven Spielberg/Disney film The BFG will do well. It's an adaption of a Ronald Dahl book, about a giant. I can't see it doing too badly. Most of Spielberg's films are received well, as well as Disney. If I were to put my money on it, I'd say it's a win, and since I do own some Disney stock I guess I do have some money on it. Ditto for the ongoing Star Wars franchise and the anticipation for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But there are also some films like Howard Lovecraft and the Hidden Kingdom, which might be interesting, a new Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Doctor Strange, yeah, this one is just seems a natural for the big screen, I hope they do it well, and it is scary and creepy, Star Trek Beyond--woo hoo, I don't know why the rebooted Star Trek franchise have gotten such indifference, but I love them. A new X-Men: Apocalypse film is in the works. I hope it's great fun. By and large I enjoy that franchise. There's a new Kung Fu Panda 3 slated. There really is just a bunch of fun movies coming out next year, and it already looks like it is going to be a great year for fans of films no matter where your interest lies.
Here's a discussion of it from the reviewers of Schmoesknow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAI4iiGq_JM
And here's a list of the upcoming films for 2016.
Happy Healthy New Year 2016.