Happy new year! With a new year comes a new slate of movies filled with hope, disappointment, surprises, and who knows what else. What will be the early surprise? When did the summer movie season start in April and May? When did nerd and geek culture so thoroughly infiltrate all of movies?
Movie Preview for 2014
|1. Gimme Shelter|
January 24th- Can Vanessa Hudgens carry a film almost by herself? I guess Gimme Shelter well prove if she can be a real actress or not. After watching the trailer I really hope this is a film that comes along and surprises everyone with how good it is.
|2. The Lego Movie|
February 7th- The LEGO video games have gotten better and better but mostly on the strength of individual franchises. Marrying the quirk, whimsy, and myriad of franchises to pull upon can't be an easy task. Hopefully this isn't just a kid's movie cash in and there is some substance to it all.
|3. The Monuments Men|
February 7th- I already like history, George Clooney, and heist movies so Monuments Men is one of my most anticipated movie of 2014. I was sad to see it delayed from last into into this one but as long as I can finally go see it, I should be happy.
February 12th- OH MAN. DEAD OR ALIVE, YOU'RE COMING WITH ME. I'D BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR. YOUR MOVE, CREEP. COME QUIETLY OR THERE WILL BE...TROUBLE.
|5. 300: Rise of an Empire|
March 7th- It will be around 7 years since the original and only 300 film was released. Despite the legion of memes the first one created you really have wonder if this one is still relevant with audiences.
|6. The Grand Budapest Hotel|
March 7th- Wes Anderson's next film looks like another quirky and fun romp. Do yourself a favor and watch some of the trailers. Anderson is conquering a peculiar style that no one else seems able come close to. Uniqueness is film almost seems hard nowadays and Anderson is alone on unique island.
|7. Need for Speed|
March 14th- What is this film? Is it a thriller with cars? Is it a car action film? Is it just a Fast and Furious ripoff? I was hoping Aaron Paul would have chosen a different film as his launching off point from Breaking Bad. The director, Scott Waugh, is known mainly as a stuntman and only recently as a director so perhaps we'll get just one big fun car stunt movie.
|8. Muppets Most Wanted|
March 21st- I'm a lifelong Muppets fan and was delighted by the revival movie from a few years back. A sequel was something I'd hope was coming in the form of a revived Muppet Show and not another film. With Jason Segel no longer attached I wonder if they same passion and magic still remains.
March 28th- Darren Aronofsky directing a biblical tale with Russel Crowe starring as Noah himself. Any film Aronofsky directs instantly has me interested even though most of them leave me agitated and disturbed. I still enjoy Crowe as an actor and pairing the two leaves me very hopeful this will be something to behold.
|10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier|
April 4th- The Marvel movies continue to march along. I was surprised after the first Captain America film, I actually enjoyed the characters and wanted to see and know more about them. It will have been awhile since we last saw the Captain and I wonder if audiences will care to dive deeper into Cap's background and mythos like they are with Iron Man and Thor.
|11. The Amazing Spider-Man 2|
May 2nd- Another Marvel movie which pretty much kicks off the Summer movie season in earnest. Is this sequel making the same mistakes Spider-Man 3 did? Or can they balance the three villain problem like Sam Raimi couldn't? Hoping this keeps Spider-Man going because I'd hate to see the web head unable to find a footing in a time of so many comic book films.
May 16th- A good, or even great, Godzilla movie is such a wonderful thing. Monster movies just aren't prevalent as a genre anymore and mainly exist only as off chutes we can occasionally enjoy. Maybe this one won't revive an entire genre but if they can pull this one off I'll be the happiest man in the world.
|13. X-Men: Days of Future Past|
May 23rd- X-Men is a notable as the only franchise, among many, to have been around for the beginning of this comic book movie era. In fact you could say they helped start it. And in all that time the franchise hasn't seen a complete reboot or restart which can't be said for Spider-Man or Fantastic Four. It seems Fox did right by these movies, even if they aren't all great, and maybe Marvel should be kept away from this one. But oh man, Avengers and X-Men all in one film would be INSANE.
May 30th- I'm not sure what to make of this one. Jolie seems like a good fit for the Evil Queen and the director has a lot of history as a visual effects man. So at the very least this should be a visual interesting film.
|15. Edge of Tomorrow|
June 6th- Another question mark of hope. The director, Doug Liman, has done good movies like Bourne Identity and bad movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Jumper. While Edge of Tomorrow looks like a terrific video game turned into movie I'm still not sure if I can trust the creative talent around it.
|16. How to Train Your Dragon 2|
June 13th- The first How to Train Your Dragon was a surprise, non-Pixar, CGI film and I never saw it. I really need to, I know. But now that this sequel is impending I'll finally get around to it...hopefully.
|17. Transformers: Age of Extinction|
June 27th- Ugh, this is still going. I was hoping with LaBeouf gone and Bay off making better movies like Pain and Gain, a pretty good film, this franchise would stop, or slow down. Maybe the fresh characters and separation from the previous films will allow it room to be less bad. Or go even crazier, I'd be fine with that.
|18. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|
July 11th- Establishing a new Apes franchise can't be easy and the quality of this sequel will go a long way in doing so. Can they really portray an ape war against humans in a way that doesn't venture into sci-fi B movie? For me this is another "circle on your calendar" release date I can't wait for.
|19. Jupiter Ascending|
July 18th- After the critical success of Cloud Atlas the Wachowski siblings are back with what looks to be a real return to form. Visually interesting with a heap of story telling makes Jupiter Ascending look like one to keep your eye on as we keep more info about it.
|20. Guardians of the Galaxy|
August 1st- For me this is how we really tell is the Marvel domination of comic book films really has hold or not. Will fans who are interested in The Avengers and Iron Man really want to see a film about a squirrel and a talking tree? Will this be the story that pushes non-nerds over the edge of believability?
|21. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
August 8th- Having grown up with the TMNT franchise I've always kept one eye on it as I've aged. Seeing the recent resurgence has made me happy and even the CGI film from 2007 and the recent TV show were enjoyable. But a full feature was something only on my wish list and not a real thing I thought I'd see anytime soon. I'm hoping it can really come together and not be another nostalgia cash in.
|22. Gone Girl|
October 3rd- Based on a novel of the same same, Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosamund Pike, and Tyler Perry. I'm committed to see almost any Fincher film he puts out there even though I still have almost no knowledge of what this will be.
November 7th- Like Fincher, Christopher Nolan is a director I'd go see no matter the film or subject. For now he has enough trust with me that I know I'll get some enjoyment out of something he makes. Interstellar also has something to do with physics, gravity, and wormholes which also has me intently interested.
|24. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1|
November 21st- I'm fine with more Hunger Games movie if it only means I get to see more terrific interviews with Jennifer Lawrence. She's the only actress I can recall who seems entirely herself all the time. While I enjoy the Hunger Games as films I wouldn't consider them must see films for myself.
December 12th- Ridley Scott directs and Christian Bale stars in this retelling of Moses and his conflict with King Ramses. Scott hasn't been doing terrifically as of late, I didn't see The Counselor but Prometheus and Robin Hood weren't great, so I don't have full faith in this film. Here's hoping is comes together.
|26. The Hobbit: There and Back Again|
December 17th- It seems the Hobbit films just aren't the same magic the LOTRs films were. They do seem to be making money so there isn't much chance the third and final installment of the story won't be seen. I doubt by now much can be changed since, like the LOTR films, they were all shot at once.
December 25th- The year ends with Angelina Jolie's second try at directing. This one tells the tale of an Olympic runner who is taken prisoner by the Japanese during WW2. Is it too early to start talking about the 2015 Oscars?