Friday, January 16, 2015

My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

I haven't done this before, but I've seen some other people do it and it's a fun idea. Here are the 10 movies I'm most looking forward to seeing in 2015. It'll be interesting to look back at the end of the year and see which were worth the wait.

I had a hard time not making this a Top 20, because there are several other films I'm looking forward to, but I'll just include them as Honorable Mentions. Black Sea and In the Heart of the Sea are both sea adventures, so I'll be wanting to see them. And I'm a big fan of the Fast and Furious movies, so Furious 7 is something I'm looking forward to, but the death of Paul Walker looms over it. That and Justin Lin's not directing it makes me uneasy about how it's going to hold together. I hope it's great, but I have enough worry around it that it didn't crack the Top 10. Mad Max: Fury Road also promises to be great, as does Match starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, and Matthew Lillard. They just got nudged out by the following:

10. Victor Frankenstein

James McAvoy plays Victor Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor, through whose eyes the story is told. It's my favorite monster story with a couple of actors I really like. 20th Century Fox is distributing it, so it's not part of Universal's coming set of interconnected monster movies, but I think that makes me even more interested. I'm looking forward to the Universal flicks, but strictly as fun, B-movie fare. I'm hoping that Victor Frankenstein is able to transcend that.

9. Jupiter Ascending

I still have a lot of faith in the Wachowski Siblings. Like everyone else, I didn't enjoy how the Matrix trilogy ended, but I absolutely love Speed Racer. I haven't seen Cloud Atlas yet, but even so I admire its ambition. And I admire the ambition of starting a whole new space opera series from scratch. I'm hoping it's really awesome and am heartened that Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum are involved. I dig both of those guys.

8. Ant-Man

This wasn't going to make my Top 10 until I saw the trailer. Before that, I figured it was going to be a disposable, fringe entry in the Marvel catalog, but the trailer totally found my Marvel Kid switch and flipped it on.

7. What We Do in the Shadows

It's MTV's Real World with vampires by the folks behind Flight of the Conchords. Looks hilarious and I'll let the trailer speak for itself.

6. Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro and I obviously love the same stuff, so it's no surprise that he's also a fan of gothic romance. Crimson Peak is set in a crumbling castle in the mountains of northern England and features Mia Wasikowska as a 19th century author who marries a charming, but darkly mysterious man played by Tom Hiddleston. And there's Jessica Chastain. Could not be more in my wheelhouse.

5. Jurassic World

I like them Jurassic Park movies almost as much as I like Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. But I also love theme parks and I think I'm most excited about finally seeing this one open and functioning on screen.

4. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Cannot wait to see these characters back together again.





Starting next week, this blog is going to be getting a lot more Bondy and it's all leading up to this movie. I'm a little nervous that my expectations for it are too high, but it's in the right hands.

2. Tomorrowland

I recently saw The Iron Giant again and it reminded me how much I love Brad Bird. He's my favorite writer/director and he's all I need to know about this thing.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I have lots of nerves about this movie. I tend to like JJ Abrams, but he's disappointed me about as often as he's thrilled me. Some of the trailer looked really awesome, but some of it reminded me of the prequels. I'm trying very hard to avoid spoilers, so I don't expect my anxiousness to go away until I actually see the movie, but I've been waiting for the post-Jedi story to continue on screen for 32 years. It's not just my most anticipated movie of the year, it's my most anticipated movie of probably my lifetime.

But enough about me. What are you looking forward to?


Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

I'm not putting a whole lot of stock in this alleged Universal monsters shared universe.

I want to be excited about Jupiter Ascending because its one of the few original property to make this list, but it just looks like fluff with big sci fi action for the guys and the rags to riches romance for the girls and not much else.

Age of Ultron tops my list because it looks like we're building on whats come before and raising the stakes, plus the new trailer shows Cap and Tony looking to compromise their different ways of thinking but respect each other as friends and not just butt heads again. It reminds me a lot of Han and Luke's friendship in "Empire".

While I am interested in new Star Wars, I just can't be as excited as this guy:

Wings1295 said...

Some of these I haven't heard of til now! I am looking forward to the new Star Wars film, as well as Jurassic World. I was hoping for a new Friday the 13th in November, but that is looking less and less likely. :(

Paxton said...

You nailed a lot of my BIG anticipated movies. Star Wars, Avengers 2, Tomorrowland, Spectre and Victor Frankenstein (why ISN'T that part of the shared monster-verse?!).

I was going to do my own anticipated article, but I'll give you a sneak peak. I want to see in 2015: Fast 7, Tarantino's Hateful Eight and Mission: Impossible 5 dir by Chris McQuarrie.

We'll see if I actually get around to finishing my own article.


Siskoid said...

Daniel Radcliffe is having a very good run, so that Frankenstein flick looks keen.

I've already heard from the detractors, but I too am deeply interested in Jupiter Ascending. I hope it's as good as it looks (and no, detractors, I don't think it looks like video game cut scenes).

I thought Ant-Man's trailer was on the generic side - it certainly downplays the comedic aspects - but I'm totally on board anyway.

Avengers, Spectre, Tomorrowland. Yes, yes, yes.

A new Del Toro? Maybe this time I won't wait for it to come out on DVD years later. Pacific Rim is, I think, the only one of his movies I've seen in theaters. I know. Shame on me.

As you know, I'm not a Star Wars fan, something many geeks would call a fatal flaw, so I'm not particularly excited about The Force Awakens. I'll see it though, and in George Lucas' absence, I may end up loving it.

Otherwise, hm, I'm intrigued by Chappie even if I hate the name - Short Circuit for a new generation? Mad Max for sure, I also need to watch all the old Road Warrior flicks before then. No love for Terminator: Genesys? Haha I'm only kidding. Then again, it could turn out to be a good time travel mind bender. Crouching Tiger 2 w/Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh? You've just named my two favorite modern kung fu stars. I'm not missing Tintin either, or Doctor Strange, and probably not MI5. Intrigued by Doc Savage and the possibility of a big screen Day of the Triffids.

Anyway, lots of cool genre fare in 2015, it looks like.

Michael May said...

Mission Impossible 5 should have been in my Honorable Mentions list for sure. I like most of those movies and have loved the last two.

I'm mildly curious about Terminator: Genesys, but am burned out by all the reboots and how convoluted that continuity has become. On the other hand, I kind of like the premise of Genesys as a sort of "what if" episode, but it's going to take some great reviews to get me into the theater.

Totally forgot about Crouching Tiger 2. Loved the first one and I'm definitely up for that.


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