Movies You Should Be Watching Out For in the Second Half of 2016

Judging from the quality of the movies I’ve seen in the first half of 2016, I’d say that the rest of the year will continue to deliver some really good ones. There’ve been occasional disappointments as some films didn’t quite rise to the hypes. But I’ve been fairly pleased with my picks of movies in the past months. For the second half of the year, here are some of the films I’m looking forward to watching:

JULY

The Legend Of Tarzan

This movie will follow John Clayton III formerly known as Tarzan as he goes back to the Congo on an official assignment in the British Parliament. Unbeknownst to him, he’s just become part of a dangerous game that Captain Leon Rom orchestrated.

Ghostbusters

The latest edition of the Ghostbusters has been through some controversies even before its release. It seems that some Ghostbusters fans took issue that the latest installment will showcase an all-female ensemble. I’m not sure about the critics, but I feel that this one holds promise and I wouldn’t even dream of missing it.

Ice Age: Collision Course

I’ve been an Ice Age film fan since the first movie came out. I love Scrat’s adventures with the acorn. Sid, Manny, and Diego also never fail to deliver the laughs and the seriousness that makes the Ice Age movies worth my time.

Star Trek Beyond

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will be up against an unknown opponent that would put them and everything they stand for to what might be the biggest test they have to face.

Jason Bourne

Matt Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne in the fifth installment of the series. The former CIA operative will be pitted against this films villains.

AUGUST

Suicide Squad

How will villains handle lethal assignments that not even superheroes seem to want to do? I can’t wait to find out how Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and King Shark can do the job.

NOVEMBER

Doctor Strange

This movie revolves around Dr. Strange, a surgeon whose life has changed after a vehicular accident and how he learned to use psychic powers to fight evil.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

As a Harry Potter fan, I’m thrilled with the prospect of watching this movie. The story follows Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne as he travels and creates a record of magical creatures.

Moana

Moana is touted to be as epic, if not more spectacular than, Frozen which was released in 2013. The story is about the adventures of Moana as she looks for a mythical place.

DECEMBER

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

What happens if you try to steal sensitive information about the Death Star? There are probably a lot of things that could go wrong. The Rogue One would be interesting to watch if only for how the resistance fighters will set about to accomplishing this feat.

TV series to watch this 2016

I’m a sucker for TV shows. I find it sad that I have a long list of them that I don’t seem to have enough time to watch. But no matter now busy I get, I try to watch or at least catch-up on some of my personal favorites. They may not be the best ones by other people’s standards. They’re mostly the ones that got me hooked enough to make time to watch them when I can. This 2016, here’s the list of my must-watch shows in order of release month:

The Walking Dead – February

Watching this AMC TV show since its first season has been an emotional roller coaster ride. To say that I’m too invested on it already to stop would be an understatement. There have been several frustrating twists and turns that made me question the wisdom suffering from all the emotional upheavals I seem to go though when watching it. But I’m still hooked. And with the promise of finally seeing an evil character in the comic-books come to TV screen life this season it would be fair to say that I’d be watching every episode with bated breath.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – March

I’m a Marvel Universe fan. Despite its somewhat disappointing first run, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still had enough of interesting points in it that got me hooked. I like the characters and their special abilities as well as the problems they need to resolve in the process.

The Night Manager – April

I’ve heard so much about The Night Manager from a UK-based friend. It’s good to know that it has finally reached our shores. It stars Tom Hiddleston as a soldier who’s tasked with a covert mission and Hugh Laurie who takes on the role of an arms dealer. I absolutely love the latter and I’m also a fan of the former so I’ll definitely be following this spy series.

Game of Thrones – April

Watching the series is like reliving all the drama I’ve lived through when reading the books. I’ve become jaded in watching this show at some point. But I kept coming back because there seems to be enough intrigues to keep me hooked. I’m also looking forward to finally watching how things I haven’t read about yet will unfold.

Person of Interest – May

I like crime dramas and Person of Interest dishes it out in equal measure with the science fiction angle. I’m somewhat concerned about the possibility of having a surveillance system similar to The Machine out there and what that would mean on people’s privacy. This TV show hasn’t been as popular as it deserves to be although I have to say that I’m admitted biased about my views on this. Needless to say, I’ll be sure to watch every episode this season.

5 Reasons Why Going Out for a Movie is Still a Thing

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I’ve been asked in several occasions why I still got out to the movies when I could sign-up for a movie streamlining service. To which I answer that I actually have a subscription. And that yes I watch a lot of films at home too. But for me, there’s nothing quite like heading to the movie theater and spending a few hours there. I wouldn’t replace the experiences I have from watching every film for anything in the world. It’s one of the things that I’d probably be doing even when I get into my old age.

If I think about the reasons why I think going out for a movie is still a thing, at least for me, they would be these:

1. Shared experience. This may sound like a cliché but as an introvert I prefer spending more time alone. The movies are probably the last place you’d imagine I’d want to be when I can watch anything I want alone in room. But I like how the cinema is one of those few places where anyone gets to enjoy a shared experience with people without the burden of having to get into conversation with them. I get to enjoy films in peace while still being around likeminded individuals who’re watching the same movies I like.

2. The movie screen. Many home entertainment systems nowadays come with huge TV screens. But unless you have your own movie theater at home, you probably won’t be able to watch films on screens as big as the ones they have in cinemas out there. It’s the big screen that’s one of the biggest draws for me.

3. Not worrying about the volume. Have you ever watched a movie with the volume turned up only to be told off by a family member or neighbor to keep the noise down? I find this frustrating at times, especially when it gets in the way of my enjoying the movie to the fullest. In cinemas, I can watch any film I want to see without worrying about disturbing the people around me with the “noise”.

4. The snacks. Eating popcorn is part of the movie-watching experience for me. It’s an indulgence that I look forward to almost as much as the prospect of finally seeing the film I’ve been looking forward to. Preparing popcorn is not rocket science. I could do it quickly at home if I want to. So why would I want to go out for a movie and eat popcorn at the cinema? It’s because I like movie theater popcorns more not to mention the anticipation of watching a movie’s story unfold on the big screen in front of me.

5. Moviegoers’ reactions (or non-reactions). I may not know the people sitting next to me or around me. But the feeling of kinship’s there, especially when I notice how their reactions mirror mine. I feel a special affinity with people who are moved to tears or laughter the same way I do. Other people’s presence also makes me less afraid of horror movies that could scare me out of my wits if I’m watching it alone.