You won’t find films like Justice League, Alien Covenant, Star Wars, etc. in this article. It’s safe to assume that most of us are excited for these fun, Hollywood blockbusters, but every year there are movies that just appear out of no where and they turn out to be hidden gems. Last year, films like Moonlight, Swiss Army Man, & Sing Street, made it’s way into our hearts, by being small, independent, & self contained stories that just follow the characters. Here are just a small few to come out in 2017.
The nerdy and comedic director Edgar Wright will being switching genres into a fun, action film about a getaway driver with a hearing a problem and the only way for him to focus his through his music. The film stars Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Kevin Spacey, and many more. Edgar Wright has stated that the film will be driven by music and has said, “There’s about 35 songs in the movie and they range from very famous to more obscure. It’s supposed to reflect the character’s extremely eclectic taste in music.” Without even seeing a trailer, the film promises to have fun action, yet slow character moments. Be sure to check it out August 11, 2017.
The Big Sick
Lets be honest to ourselves, who doesn’t love a good romcom? Now, when was the last time you saw a brown, Pakistani, as the romantic lead? Chances are you haven’t unless you watch Bollywood films. The Big Sick is a romantic comedy film, written by Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and his wife Emily V. Gordon about their early relationship. Kumail’s Muslim family don’t approve of Emily who wants him to marry a traditional Muslim woman. Kumail is very hesitant to introduce Emily to his family, but when she gets seriously ill he decides it’s time to take charge. Kumail has proven to be a talented actor and comedian; he’s showing us a perspective we rarely see on film. Expect the film to come out around the fall.
Dee Rees, the director of Pariah, latest film is a period piece set in 1946 about a comfortable family who move into a farm in Mississippi and face racism and family returning from the war. For anyone who has seen the intimate and beautiful film Pariah, you know Dee Rees’s film rely on character driven story, with some gut wrenching scenes and that’s exactly what we’re gonna get with Mudbound. The film premiered in the Sundance Film Festival, where it received great reviews, and was bought by Netflix for $12.5m, so expect the film to come out later in the year.
Again, there are always a ton of small, intimate films that manage to capture our hearts and attention the same way big Hollywood films do. These are just a small few of independent films we should be looking forward to.