A lot later than I had hoped, but here is the list of movies for you to look forward to this year. Here we go:
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (November 21st)
The third book, for me, was a big letdown. Dragged on in places and didn’t seem as grounded as the first two, but I hold out hope for the last two movies. As Catching Fire was a vast improvement on the first film, I have hope that this film will continue to be upgraded to the audience’s great pleasure. It will be odd to watch the first part of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last role, but as usual for him, I expect greatness and will not be disappointed. The bad thing? How glaring it will be that this splitting of the last book will be unneeded.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st)
I had never heard of this comic book series before this movie started filming. Since I have liked practically all of the recent Marvel movies, I really want to see this as a huge fan of Christ Pratt. Who knows if he is as nice as he seems in his role as Andy in Parks and Rec. but I like to think he is so I want to see him succeed. I’m sure this will be a fun summer movie where the brain can be checked at the door and that isn’t always bad.
8. The Expendables 3 (August 15th)
What self respecting man wouldn’t look forward to what could be the last film in the series that was made specifically for men who loved eighties action films? The addition of Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Kelsey Grammer are all just icing on the cake. The only bad thing is the group of unneeded younger characters to play the more “tech savvy” roles. Forget that, should have just added more Chuck Norris and find a way to bring back Van Damme!
7. Unbroken (December 25th)
The book is one of the best biographies I have ever read. Couldn’t put it down! I hope that my fears of Angelina Jolie doing her first directorial effort to bring the awesome story of Olympic track star turned WWII POW Louis Zamperini are unfounded. If she messes up what could be one of the best movies of the year…I just…I just can’t imagine.
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23rd)
I am still holding out enough hope that this won’t be a far cry from the awesome reboot that was X-Men: First Class because Singer is back in the director’s chair that it is on this list. The idea sounds great on paper, but who knows about the execution. First trailer was good enough and some of the new stills that have come out show promise, but even though it is number six here, who knows what I will think come the end of May. Here’s to hoping!
5. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August 22nd)
The first Sin City was in my top ten list for best comic book adaptations because of its creativity and adherence to the source material. This was even on my list of movies to look forward to last year when it was originally schedueled to be released. I expect this one to live up to the previous and hold out hope that it could exceed it. Not much has been released on it except for a still here and there, but I have been waiting for this one for years.
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11th)
The first one on this reboot/prequel was one of my favorite films of 2011. It was one of the better sci-fi films in the last few years not only because of its premise but because the characters and the story drew us in as audience members in a great way. I am hoping for more of that here and it’s got Gary Oldman in it, huge plus in my book.
3. The Lego Movie (February 7th)
The movie that the original directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs left that franchise for. I love that movie and its humor and it looks like it transferred well here. Why has it taken so long for this to happen, it seems like it should have happened over a decade ago, but better late than never. The voice cast sounds great and the previews have shown that there will be a lot of laughs just like Cloudy.
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (March 7th)
Wes Anderson is awesome and so far can only do one bad movie…that borefest set on a train in India. 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom was awesome as was most of his films and this one seems to keep the new streak going. A great all star cast and a newbie to the Anderson crew in Ralph Fiennes looks genius. I am expecting some great quirky humor surrounded by an even quirkier story.
1. Interstellar (November 7th)
Yes, the first teaser trailer left something to be desired, but that in no way hastened my excitement for this film. As a hug fan of Christopher Nolan’s, a man who has to date not made a bad film should be set for another big hit. Add to that that Matthew Mcconaughey and a story that we may not be fully aware of but nonetheless seems intriguing, I am set to enjoy this one to the hilt. Expect great cinematography, acting and pacing. November can’t get here fast enough.
Honorable Mentions: Draft Day (April 11th), The Amazing Spider- Man 2 (May 2nd), The Edge of Tomorrow (June 6th)
That’s it for this year. What are you looking forward to?