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Nelson Summerfield

Most Anticipated movies of 2014

300:Rise of an Empire

I have fond memories of the first one as it is one the first R movies I begged my parents to let me see. This depicts the battle after the 300 which did happen in Greek Mythology, but being consistent with the Frank Miller style if he made a graphic novel for this. Not sure how it'll turn out, or how much a sequel was demanded, but for Lena Headey alone I'll check it out.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

I watched the first movie with no knowledge of The Avengers, out of not being a comic book reader. The first one was a great surprise showing Chris Evans versatility outside of the Human torch in Fantastic 4, and how likable he was and how he earned the right to be Captain America. After seeing the trailer, I can't wait to see more Scarlett Johansson, the helicarrier blowing up, and of course The Winter Soldier.

The Amazing Spider Man 2:

I am a HUGE fan of almost every comic book movie that comes out, the first movie that started that was Spider-Man I love all Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movie, yes even 3, don’t judge me. So I wasn’t ready when I heard they were rebooting it so soon, I didn’t even see it in theaters. I rented it and thought it was just okay, and nothing really stood out that was different from the others. I did think Andrew Garfield played his part well, as well as Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, who was an improvement after Raimi wasted her as a brief character, and the talent of Bryce Dallas Howard. I am not concerned with it having a lot of villains this is a story line from the comics. It didn’t bother me in the third movie. Also this new reboot, needs a good villain since Rhys Infran's Lizard wasn’t all that great. Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan (who was great in Chronicle) and Chris Cooper seem to be on their A game to bring to life these villains, particularly the ones we haven't seen yet. I thought the new designs for Electro and Rhino were great, and we dive more into Peter's struggle, this seems promising, and is making me more accepting of this sudden reboot.


I never saw the original films, but from this movies trailer, it seems like a promising reboot of an iconic character. With Walking Dead, Shawshank Redemption writer Frank Darabont aiding the script, a great cast including Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe, a serious tone, and the absence of Roland Emmerich's directing and corny lines "that’s a lot of fish". All it needs is a justified running time that doesn’t rip off Jurassic Park for 7 minutes, and this could be great.

X-Men: Days of Future Past:

so much competition for this month with Godzilla, and fellow comic book movie Amazing Spider Man, but I'm looking most forward to this movie. X-Men is one of the first movies that started this "comic book movie craze", and I enjoy all of them (yes even Origins: Wolverine, though I’m starting to drift from it knowing Will-I-am is in it). I originally wasn’t fond of First Class, feeling it lacked the wow factor and action of the other movies. Watching it again I appreciated how well the story and characters were handled, especially since Bryan Singer returned to produce and was involved in writing the story, and the performances of Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy who is so good that I don’t listen to people who say he's miscast. With this movie it connects the other movies with First Class, and will introduce stuff not seen in live action to people who never read the comics like Bishop, the Sentinels, and Bolivar Trask being played by Tyrion Lannister (GEEKGASM)

How to Train Your Dragon 2:

After hearing how good the first one was as well as the 3d which I hear blows Avatar out of the water, I hope this will be my chance for that missed opportunity. And to see Cate Blanchett's first voice over role, as Hiccup's long lost mother

Guardians of the Galaxy:

Though I have no knowledge of the comics, I like the cast and hope this will introduce me to a new world and new characters in the Marvel universe.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again:

I love the Lord of the Rings movies, I enjoyed the first two so far. I saw both of them in 3d at the midnight showing with my brother and hope to finish it off with him yet again. Even people who didn’t like the Star Wars prequels admit Episode 3 was an improvement, and I hope this does the same for people who didn’t like the other two. I can't wait to see this tale finally finished, along with Billy Connolly as Dain Ironfoot, and of course The Battle of the Five Armies. Among other things.

Movies of 2014 I might not see but have my interest

Jack Ryan:

apparently the books were by the same author of Alex Cross which went from God to Madea (who to his credit at least tried despite having a terrible director). For this it has Captain Kirk who hasn't had the best of luck in other movies ("Unstoppable"), but hopefully can do good with Kenneth Branagh directing who proved me wrong with Chris Hemsworth. With a supporting cast of Elizabeth Swann trying to be American , Jonathan Kent, and Russian Hamlet this could be follow in the lines of Gangster Squad as the first not awful January release.


I haven't seen the original movie, so I'm curious to see if this reboot will be a good thing that introduces a new audience to this character or yet another pathetic attempt to a Batman Begins style reboot. Speaking of Batman Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman are in this, I never noticed that.


When will the sword and sandal Greek/Roman mythology genre come back and be good. Carrie Anne-Moss finally in a movie since The Matrix. Emily Browning when will you be in a good movie, I know you're talented, though I do actually like A Series of Unfortunate Events. Kit Harrington is a great actor, love him as Jon Snow, but he hasn’t had the best of luck on the big screen in the video game adaptation of Silent Hill. Speaking of video game adaptations this movie will be directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Isn't that promising?

3 Days to Kill

A group of actors we don’t see much of Amber Heard, Kevin Costner, Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), and Hailee Steinfeld who you think would have a better career after he debut in True Grit. But this movie is directed by that one guy, who after you’ve watched his movies you think "that was awful who directed this?, oh that explains it." McG, "the poor man's Michael Bay" and he directed another movie that featured Chris Pine.

Wind Rises:

I don’t watch too much Miyazaki, but I respect the man, and remember watching Spirited Away when I was young, and being amazed. I'll consider this since it's his last film, and has a great cast including the always likable Joseph Gordon Levitt.


Is this another Liam Neeson Taken movie?

The Muppets:

I never saw the first movie made by Muppet fan Jason Segel, but I of course like the Muppets they were my childhood. The Muppets and Loki, a weird yet awesome combination you'd expect.


A young adult novel trying to compete with The Hunger Games. With Shailene Woodley a lovely talented actress coming a long way since "Secret Life", has my attention. Maybe like Hunger Games did for Jennifer Lawrence show Woodley is versatile in both big budget and indie films.


I'm interested in what Darren Aronofsky does for this biblical tale with Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson reuniting since Perks of Being a Wallflower. Jennifer Connelly who hasn’t been in anything well known in years.

A Haunted House 2:

Did this god-awful satire film really deserve a sequel?


Jon Favreau returning to Indie films after Iron Man, and the underwhelming disappointment of Cowboys and Aliens.


Adam Sandler hasn’t had the best track record lately, but he's tapping into peoples' nostalgia by reuniting with Drew Barrymore, and director Frank Coraci, to have a 50 First Dates reunion. I won't lie, in spite of it's clichés I have a soft spot for Wedding Singer.


An origin to everyone's favorite Disney villainess, this movie has a lot to live up to and so does Angelina Jolie.

A Million ways to die in the West:

Another movie directed by McFarlane after Ted which turned out better than I thought, and an all star cast.

Edge of Tomorrow:

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt seem well into their roles, more so than the actor in the last movie Doug Liman directed.

Fault in our stars.

Another indie with Shailene Woodley, based on a book.

Transformers: Age of Extinction:

I am more fascinated by Michael Bay then I do hate him. Each movie has a saving grace, this one seems to be that it FINALLY got rid of Shia LaBeouf, and is introducing the Dinobots, and Bay may cut down on stupid jokes (which I doubt). the new cast is promising but will the "characters" be tolerable or just as bad or maybe worse than what we had in the other movies.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

The first movie of the Planet of the Apes prequel was a great surprise, and going further into their takeover, has me beyond curious how this movie will turn out.

Planes: Fire and Rescue:


Jupiter Ascending:

Can the Wachowski sibling make a hit again, since Cloud Atlas became a cult classic.

50 Shades of Grey:

Do I have to say why I wont see this, the first porn to be released for mainstream audiences, only thing to gain is at least maybe the read 50 Shades of Grey in a different voice trend will be popular again, and I'll have my chance.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

I did not grow up with Ninja Turtles, but gained a respect for it after seeing Nostalgia Critic and Blockbuster Buster talk about it, and how they grew up with it, has made me gain respect for it, though the film seems less than promising, but I am curious after Doug Walker hilarious look at this as "Racist Alien Big Boobied Explosions" and hope this won't have a human male teenage a hole as the main focus.

Expendables 3:

I just started getting into action stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and all those guys, so I'll give the first two a chance to see if it'll sway me to see this.

The Giver:

A book I read in Middle School adapted into a movie with Meryl Streep and the Dude, casting Taylor Swift, who though I do like isn't an actress is questionable, maybe they're trying to please the younger crowd, but I'm curious nonetheless.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For:

Why this was pushed from 2013 to 2014 I don’t know, but I'm curious to see how this turns out, I haven't seen the first one yet, but will soon enough, and hope Robert Rodriguez doesn’t follow up with another kids movie after this.

Gone Girl:

I will watch any movie made by David Fincher at least once.

Dracula Untold:

Dracula with Bard the Bowman, let's hope this is better than Frankenstein with Harvey Dent.


I haven't watched any non Batman Christopher Nolan movies in theaters, so I might change that.

Dumb and Dumber To:

I have not yet seen the first one but may check it out since it was made back when the Farrelly Brothers were funny. With Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back and a Jennifer Lawrence cameo, fans of the original definitely have high hopes

Hunger Games: Mockinjay part 1:

I thought the first one was good, the second one I unfortunately haven't seen yet, but will rent when it comes out. This one is using the same formula as Harry Potter and Twilight in having a 2 part final film.


People call Gladiator essentially the "Moses story", and now Ridley Scott is making a Moses movie starring Christian Bale, and Joel Edgerton. In spite of his track record with the Robin Hood bomb, mixed reception to Prometheus, and the critical and financial failure of Counselor, all I can say is if this sucks, I may give up faith in Ridley Scott making a good movie again.

Night at the Museum 3:

Why did THIS get a threequel?

Into the Woods:

An interesting concept, and all star cast including the lovely underappreciated Anna Kendrick who looks gorgeous as Cinderella.


A book adaptation by the Coen brothers directed by Angelina Jolie


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