Let me just say that this past weekend was horrible when it came to interesting movies coming out. The big release were Getaway and the One Direction movie. That is far from a stellar line up. That being said the rest of the year is not a lost cause. There are still some very promising movies coming out this year and here are the 10 I am most looking forward to.
10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Release: December 25th)
Ben Stiller stars and directs this film about a guy who seems to be lost in a fantasy world only to decide and make it a reality. Interesting concept, I am a little worried about the execution, but based on the trailer the film will at least be a visual marvel.
9. Ender’s Game (Release: November 1)
One of the most renowned sci-fi books finally makes an appearance on the silver screen. Having never read the books I do not have to worry about the film ruining my interpretation of the story. However, I am aware that will be a major concern of fans of the books and I hope for the films sake that it keeps the story intact, even at the expense of visuals and action sequences.
8. Thor: The Dark World (Release: November 8)
Thor returns, adding another film to the already impressive amount of Marvel/Avenger films. The first film really surprised me with how well it was done, but part of that was due to low expectations on my part. Thor will no longer have that and instead must continue the incredible success of the Avengers franchise. The film does return all the main cast members which is great for continuity which has a been a huge part of the franchises success.
7. Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Release: November 22)
Jennifer Lawrence fresh off her Oscar worthy performance in The Silver Linings Playbook reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen. Unlike Ender’s Game, I have read the Hunger Games and therefore am very interested in not having the story that I enjoyed ruined. That being said, I thought that the second and third books were much more action oriented and less plot driven. This will definitely be an advantage for the second and third films.
6. Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Release: December 20)
The sequel is finally here. Anchorman is arguably one of the most influential comedies of my generation. It spawned movies such as the 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. However, the success of the film came from all of the characters originality. Some comedies do not led themselves to sequels and instead are better stand alone films (think The Hangover). Regardless as someone who grew up with Anchorman and the comedy genre it created it is hard not to look forward to a sequel.
5. Don Jon (Release September 27)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson take a stab at one of the most taboo subjects in the 21st century, porn. Not only porn but its effects on relationships between men and women. The movie looks funny, biting and is even going to take a stab at social commentary. JGL also directs and the concern has to be is the American public ready for such a film and has JGL bitten off more than he can chew.
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Release: December 13)
Peter Jackson is back with the second of the three Hobbit movies. The first one was good but felt very long. However the second film has us now meeting Smaug, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, so there will definitely be a lot of cool visuals. Jackson doesn’t usually disappoint but 3, 3 hour movies, from a 100 page book seems excessive. I worry that the films are going to start to drag in the upcoming second and third installments.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street (Release: November 15)
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up again, this time to tackle the story of Jordan Belfort, a highly successful and crooked banker. This is one of those films that on paper does not seem very new or exciting to me. Basically it is a new Wall Street. My opinion of the film drastically changed after seeing the preview. It was the combination of humor, excitement and soundtrack that really made this preview standout to me and made me want to see the film.
2. Captain Phillips (Release: October 11)
Tom Hanks plays the titular character in this film with what seems like very other stars. However if there ever was an actor who could carry a film by himself it was Tom Hanks, the man made a volleyball one of the most recognizable characters of all time. The film delves into the capture of a US ship by Somali pirates. While it is easy to turn this into a glory film about the skills and prowess of the US military this film appears to be looking at the inherent problems within Somalia and what would cause people to turn to piracy. Tom Hanks very rarely is bad in a film and I have very high hopes for this one.
1. Gravity (Release: October 4)
Trailers are supposed to make you want to see a film. Every once in awhile a trailer will make you believe that this might be one of the best films you will ever see. This is one of those films. The film looks at two astronauts, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, while they are out on a routine space walk until they are hit by space debris and everything goes wrong. There have been plenty of space disaster films but they all have a sci-fi element to them, comets or aliens or black holes. This film looks amazing due to its simplicity and how it all seems so possible. Not only is this my top film yet to come out this year, it is the film I have been looking forward to most all year, not just in the next 3 months.