Hello everyone. It’s been a hell of a 2013 in films with more good films released than in a number of years and 2014 looks set to be all about the domination of the sequels. Here are the ten films that I’m looking forward to the most in 2014. Some of these films may have appeared in 2013 to some but here in the UK/Ireland, we’re late to the party. Pity us.
20. Veronica Mars
It’s been a long time coming for more adventures of our favourite small screen teenage private eye and thanks to the generous fanbase providing the funds (and then some) for Rob Thomas’ Kickstarter campaign for the film, Veronica Mars is coming to the big screen…in selective cinemas. Now a lawyer in New York, Veronica is pulled back to her hometown of Neptune as her old flame Logan is a murder suspect. All this and just in time for the high school reunion. It will be interesting to see how many of the old cast members will appear and hopefully for us over here, we won’t be waiting too long for a DVD appearance, which is more than likely the best we’re going to get in order to see this film.
19. The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie follows Emmet, is recruited as he’s thought to be the special, to join a quest to stop Lord Business plans to end the world. Yeah, I know. Originally I wasn’t sold on this, until I saw the trailer and now I’m actually thinking it could be really good. Good voice cast and I mean Will Arnett as Batman alone has me sold.
18. Sin City: A Dame to Die For
It’s been a long time coming, 9 years to be exact for the sequel to Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Die For. In that time Robert Rodriguez has been working on the Grindhouse flick Planet Terror and the Machete films, while Frank Miller…directed The Spirit. This time the sequel will be set primarily to ‘A Dame to Kill For’ featuring Dwight (now played by Josh Brolin), while also including ‘Just Another Saturday Night’ featuring Marv and two original stories focusing on Johnny and Nancy. A stellar cast with a good number reprising their roles, I am looking forward to this film, but not as much as I would’ve been three or four years ago when I was more patiently waiting for it. Even yet we’re still waiting for even a teaser trailer at this point to get us excited.
17. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson is back and this time he’s brought, well, everyone. The film tells us of the Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European Hotel between the wars and a lobby boy, named Zero Moustafa, who becomes his most trusted friend. The film looks about as Wes Anderson as you can get with several big name appearances that were in previous Anderson flicks and from the trailer, Fiennes in particular looks like he’s having a blast in the role.
April 1945, and the Allies are making their final push into Germany against the remnants of the Wehrmacht. A sergeant named Wardaddy and his five-man crew head on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines in their Sherman tank. So far the filmed is being referred to as either a Brad Pitt/David Ayer Untitled project or also known as Fury. The film has an interesting premise and a soilid cast, that happens to include Shia LaBeouf. I enjoy David Ayer’s style in directing and could follow suit with the scenes inside the tank as riveting as the scenes in the cop car in End of Watch. No other details released other than the image above and the premise, so no trailer so far.
15. Gone Girl
Nick and Amy Dunne seem to be the perfect couple, so when she disappears on their fifth anniversary, there is shock before suspicion falls on Nick. It gradually becomes clear that their perfect marriage had hidden flaws under the pressure of the police and a growing media frenzy, and the investigating detectives have to look harder for the truth. Mainly I’m excited for this film as it is a David Fincher film and I’m a huge fan of his. I’m sorry I haven’t read the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name the film’s based on but I’ll get round to it. It’s a question of whether I’ll do it before or after the film. Plus it’ll give us time to digest the fact that Ben Affleck is a good actor before he takes the Batman role, right? No trailer as of yet for the film.
14. Lone Survivor
Lone Survivor (based on the novel of the same name) is based on a true story of a US Navy Seal’s mission, Operation Red Wings, where a time of four men are sent out to capture or kill al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd in June 2005. After being spotted by mountain herders and capturing them, they are left with a decision that will leave them in dire consequences. As the film title suggests, you already know how this film will go, especially if you know the Marcus Luttrell story already. With the delicate story in the hands of director Peter Berg (For every Battleship/Hancock he makes, he comes out with Friday Night Lights/The Kingdom) and four talented men as the Navy Seal team and judging from the trailer, this will be a brutal take on the events that happened.
13. The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Roll on December so we can FINALLY get through the end of The Hobbit. First one I wasn’t a fan of, the second was a big improvement (mainly due to Smaug) and especially after that cliffhanger of an ending, the third should literally pick up where we left off. Now I’ve got to get hyped up for the Battle of Five Armies to appear and wait till December. Cheers Peter Jackson.
12. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Steve Rodgers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world working with SHIELD and battles a new threat: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. Honestly I wasn’t that much of a fan of the first film (though it was okay) but the trailer has me pumped up for this. With SHIELD having a bigger presence here than the other Phase 2 marvel films and Natasha Romanoff partnered up with Cap, the Winter Soldier storyline alone could make this the best of out the Phase 2 films yet.
11. Inside Llewyn Davis
Folk singer Llewyn Davis is effectively homeless, penniless and struggling to get by in 1960s New York. His own worst enemy, he crashes with friends like Jean and Jim and travels to Chicago for an audition with jazz musician Roland Turner. Primarily watching this because I like most of the Coen Brother’s films, I’ve already heard the mixed reviews on this film with people either loving it or people just not thinking it’s as good as most of their stuff. Could I spend my time listening to a lot of folk music? Not really, but I want to see this film.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy
In the far reaches of spaice, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Studio’s biggest risk to date and they’ve assembled some cast for it. With James Gunn directing, I’m expecting them to knock it out of the park and surprise many film goers. Hopefully we’ll get an actual clip or trailer for the film during the Superbowl rather than wait for potentially a full trailer whenever Captain America: The Winter Soldier gets screened. I mean Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon? Chris Pratt as Pete/Star-Lord? Vin Diesel as Groot? I’m bloody well in!
Set in the future, Theodore is a man in the final stages of his divorce, who decides to purchase the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system known as the OS1 and starts to fall for the voice behind his OS1 called Samantha. Sounds bonkers but in the hands of Spike Jonze and with Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha, this film could be one of the best of the year.
There needs to be no premise description as the film title tells you what to expect, a giant monster and a ton of destruction. The Monsters director Gareth Edwards is at the helm with Aaron Taylor-Johnson as one of the soldiers attempting to take down Godzilla with Heinsenberg himself, Bryan Cranston, lurking around.
Insterstellar. There’s not much to go on so far about it other than the brief premise that it’s about a group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Yep. Oh, and Christopher Nolan is directing and The McConnaissance is in it. Expect it to be a cinematic experience none the less. Could do with an actual better trailer though.
6. 12 Years A Slave
Based on a true Story, Solomon Northup, a free black man, is abducted in New York and sold into slavery. For 12 years he is forced to labour in the antebellum South, all the while hoping to escape home to his family, all the while under the control of a range of slave owners. This film is nominated for several Academy Awards and with the subject matter and the acting cast involved makes this one of the most must see films of 2014. This sees director Steve McQueen collaborating with Michael Fassbender for the third time.
5. The Raid 2: Berandal
Two words – Fuck Yes! Set immediately after the events of the first one, Officer Rama is pessured to join an anti-corruption task force to guarantee protection for his wife and child. His mission – get close close to mob boss, Bangun, through his son, Uco and get any information linking Bangun with corruption in the Jakarta Police Department. But Rama has a personal vendetta that threatens to consume him and bring his mission and the organised crime syndicate down around him. From the trailer alone the sequel has expanded in scope and scale and I’m looking forward to what fight sequences they will come up next as the first film is one of the best films I’ve seen in the last decade.
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of war. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprisingly very good film and the trailer has me excited for the next installment, especially including Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Jason Clarke in the cast. Hopefully as well Kevin Rankin will have good screen time as he is underrated, in my opinion.
3. Dallas Buyers Club
Another film that we’ve been waiting for months to show over here after it was released in the States in November and heavily nominated in the main categories at the Academy Awards. The film centers on drug-addicted cowboy Ron Woodroof, who is diagnosed with AIDS and given a month to live. With the FDA medications ineffective, he starts smuggling in anti-viral drugs from all over the world for a group of fellow patients as the government begins to crack down. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this film, especially with the acting on screen from both McConaughey and Leto. Just wish it was February already.
2. The Wolf of Wall Street
Released in the middle of January, The Wolf of Wall Street tells the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the FBI. The events alone of Belfort’s live have to be seen on screen to be believed and if you think that this film glamours the lifestyle he leads, which some have been saying, then they are watching the wrong film. Scorsese and DiCaprio, together once again. Match made in heaven, so this film should be too.
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. Yes, this is my number one, the film I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2014. I’m a huge fan of X-Men and Days of Future Past was one of my favourite story arcs growing up. Now assembling the original X-Men cast and the First Class cast together, it’ll be interesting to see how they balance everyone for screen time. I’m just happy enough to get excited on the trailer alone but still waiting to see actual footage of The Sentinel’s has me wanting to avoid any new clips/trailers and just go in to the cinema for the experience. I’m a stoked for the Apocalypse film in 2016 as well? YES! YES! YES!
So what do you think of the list? What films are you looking forward to most this year?