The sun has disappeared. The cold is creeping in. The movies are making less money. Yes, summer 2014 is definitely dead and gone. Therefore I could not think of a more perfect time than the present to list MY most anticipated movies for the rest of this year. Now this is purely opinion, I could not care less about box office figure projections or Oscar buzz, this list has been devised of solely the films I am looking forward to the most this year. I’m basing my judgement on teasers, trailers, word-of-mouth, story premise and star power amongst other things and while I’m not completely indicative of the average movie-goer (I am a film student after all), I do enjoy a big blockbuster just as much as the next guy, so don’t expect it to be a completely indie affair here!
Side note: I am only counting movies released on or after the 10th of October 2014 and before December 31st 2014 - so whilst [Gone Girl](movie:833123) was fantastic it will not be included in this list. All dates are in US.
Anyway, on with the list!
10: VHS: VIRAL Friday November 21st
Ok, so the first two VHS movies were not masterpieces, there is no denying that fact. However that doesn’t mean they weren’t a hell of a lot of fun, especially the second addition to the franchise (supposedly it is one now?) VHS was released in 2012 and was met with moderate praise from critics, citing it as a better attempt at a horror anthology movie than the dreadful The ABC’s of Death but still not able to quite hit the mark. VHS 2 was released in early 2013 and saw much higher praise than its predecessors and rightly so. The second film was just so much fun- it was scary, thrilling, gory, camp and funny- what more could you possibly want? Yes, not all the segments are of the same standard but that is expected in this sort of movie. The ones that were of a higher standard however- FUCK ME they were good. I’m looking at you Gareth Evans. So all of this has been to demonstrate that this series just seems to be going from strength to strength- and while the trailer for the third installment doesn’t look quite as good I am still definitely going to be watching.
9: Horrible Bosses 2 Wednesday November 26th
The first Horrible Bosses was OK. Not great, just OK. It had a few good laughs, decent acting and an alright story line- nothing special. So why then am I this excited for the sequel? Maybe it’s the marketing campaign which so far has utilized Lil’ Jon's “Turn down for what” to great use. Or maybe it’s the return of all of the principal actors from the first film including the amazing Kevin Spacey. Even the return of Jennifer Aniston is exciting- she isn’t the best of actresses that Hollywood can offer but her role as a psychotic nymphomaniac dentist in the original was most definitely one of her best. The concept of the new film also looks very interesting, it’s nice to see the screenwriters didn’t go to the Hangover school for sequels and basically remake the original. I’m quietly optimistic about this one.
8: Fury Friday October 17th.
The only thing that is stopping me from moving Fury further up the list is the fact that Shia La’Beouf is a part of the movie. I can’t stand him as an actor or as a person. His overacting in those god-awful Transformers movies is truly painful to watch, and I know that I don’t know him personally so in reality I can’t really say whether I like him as a person or not but his recent antics just scream douchebag. Despite that the emotional core of Fury is being heralded as the male version of The Notebook - I’m not too sure how I feel about that statement but it does seem to point to the idea that this movie will be an emotional tear-jerker. This in turn gives credence to the prospect that the story of this movie will live up to its star power and WWII setting – this could be one to watch out for.
7: Whiplash Friday October 10th.
I know very little about Whiplash aside from what you see in the trailers. I know that it is getting a lot of Oscar buzz for Miles Teller as well as Best Picture buzz. Aside from that I know very little. Why am I so excited about this then? I don’t actually even know. The trailers have engaged me, yes, but no more so than any other trailer of late. I think you can only go for so long ignoring review after review coming from left, right and center praising a film before you give in to the excitement and hype. I will make my decision about the film once I’ve seen it, but make no mistake- I will be seeing it.
6: Exodus: Gods and Kings Friday December 12th.
Aside from some poor CGI during the battle sequences between two walls of water, the trailer for this film really enticed me. However it wasn’t the CGI that has caused my concern about this movie, it isn’t even the ludcirous 3 hour 20 minutes run time, it’s something entirely different. For those who do not know this film gives us an interpretation of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt as led by Moses. However despite this four main actors in this movie, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver, are white playing non-white roles despite the plethora of black and mixed race talent in Hollywood. To add to this, a lot of black actors in this movie are playing slaves and servants. This does come across as slightly racist, however everyone getting all bent out of shape about it does seem slightly hypocritical. It’s not as if this is the first time this has happened, and basically all interpretations of Jesus in Western culture are of a white man, when anyone with half a brain will know that Jesus would have been middle-eastern looking. Either way, this movie looks epic, and I am definitely going to see it. Also Ridley Scott went to my high-school so there’s that.
5: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Friday November 21st.
I liked the first Hunger Games back in 2012. I loved the second Hunger Games back in 2013. I enjoy the books- what more can I say? One issue I have with this new release is the fact that it is only half of the final book. This seems to be a trend that Harry Potter started- splitting the final book into multiple parts- and while I genuinely believe Harry Potter benefited from this split I have heard from several sources that the third book in the series is in fact the worst. This does give me some cause for concern. However I have been enjoying the movies since their inception as a means of filling a HP hole in my heart (although that hole will never be completely filled,) so I do have hope. If I have one worry about the upcoming installment into the Young Adult dystopian franchise, aside from the splitting, is that it has an incredible amount of hype around it. Can it live up to it? Who cares, I’m going to see it anyway.
4: A Most Violent Year Wednesday December 31st.
This little movie seems to have passed by the movie going masses, but for movie-geeks like myself this one is highly anticipated. Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE fan of Oscar Isaac, I think he is an incredible actor and Inside Llewyn Davis was one of my favourite movies of this year. I also enjoy Jessica Chastain’s acting. I absolutely love character driven movies- and this is set to be just that. The performances are very strong if the trailer is anything to go by. I also really like the tone that the movie is taking, it feels gritty and real, I love movies that have a bit of meat on them, something to hold on- which is how I describe movies with a certain dramatic core that I can’t quite define. I am very excited about this one, I really believe that it will be a shining gem among the movies this quarter. Of course this is all speculation and in reality this might be the total opposite to what I have written above, but I guess only time will tell…
3: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Wednesday December 17th.
You either love or hate The Hobbit. I, personally, love it. But that’s a weird statement thought isn’t it? Imagine if you said that about The Lord of the Rings in the early 2000’s? You’d be shot on sight. Yes, there was no need to split them into three movies. Yes, they are milking that cow for all it is worth. And yes, they aren’t as good as the LOTR movies, but don’t you just love them? I do. I loved both Hobbit movies, especially The Desolation of Smaug, they are so much fun. I genuinely came out of that movie feeling like I was 8 years old again. They are silly and aimed at a younger audience but I find them equally as engaging. I feel like it is also pointless to compare LOTR and The Hobbit - they are completely separate entities- Peter Jackson decided to add characters and story into the films that weren’t in the book, but so what? Just enjoy the films for what they are- a HELL of a lot of fun.
2: Foxcatcher Friday November 14th.
I cannot contain my anticipation for this film. The amount of excitement and thrill I got whenever I watched one of the [Foxcatcher](movie:264060) trailers was insane. There is also a substantial amount of Oscar buzz surrounding this feature, with Steve Carell topping many peoples lists of top picks for a Best Actor nod. And that’s why I am just seriously so excited for this- I’m probably the world’s biggest Steve Carell fan . I not only appreciate his comic talent which is, in my opinion, fairly unparalleled but also his dramatic talent which I think is mostly overlooked. The tone, visuals, acting and story of this movie have me so excited that I can barely wait. The relationship between the three main characters seems electric and I am highly anticipating how the filmmakers will bring this tragic true story to the big screen. Lucky for you Americans out there, us British don’t get this one until January of next year. Maybe I’ll be moving out there soon…
1. Interstellar Friday November 7th.
Christopher Nolan is a genius. Every single one of his films are amazing. I dare you to tell me one of his films that is not so. A lot of people will reply to that with The Dark Knight Rises , but to those people I say this: Shut it. Yes it was flawed, but it was insane nontheless- plus think of the immense pressure on the all the cast and crew after the incredible Dark Knight. I know very little about Interstellar, apart from the obvious fact that it will deal with interstellar travel, and that’s the way I like it. I remember knowing very little about Inception before I walked into the cinema, and I left a very happy man. Hopefully history will repeat itself. Will this be another notch in the legacy of the recent McConaissance or turd amongst the diamonds? If I was a betting man I would go all in on the former.
So there it is, my top 10 most anticipated movies of the rest of this year. This is obviously an opinion piece and there will be a lot of people out there who disagree me- but honestly I do not care- I think the world would be a very boring place if everyone agrees with each other.
What do you think about my list? Comment below and tell me!