Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Upcoming in 2014

These are just a few the films I'm most looking forward to that are due out at some point in 2014.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release Date: March 7th
As a big Wes Anderson fan, how can I not be excited about his latest film. Plus, as usual, there is a rather large cast of Anderson regulars, but this will be Ralph Fiennes first appearance in an Anderson film, and he seems like a perfect fit.




Interstellar
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release Date: November 7th
This is a big year for big name directors. Interstellar is another original film idea from Nolan not a remake or a hero film.  If this lives up to his last original film idea (Inception), then I'm on board.  Also Matthew McConaughey is the main character, and lately he can do no wrong. He has showed off his acting chops in a number of very good films over the last year or two, so I'm excited to see him work with Nolan.   Also of note, Hoyte Van Hoytema the cinematographer for Spike Jonez's 2013 film Her (which had excellent cinematography) is on board for Interstellar.




Inherent Vice
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Release Date: listed as 2014
I'm not a huge Paul Thomas Anderson fan, but he is a much loved director who makes good films, so I do think his films are worth seeing at least once (but I've never found myself wanting to watch one for a second time).  Inherent Vice brings PTA and Joaquin Phoenix together again (following 2012's The Master) along with a cast of recognizable faces.  It's based on the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name about Private Eye Doc Sportello investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend in the psychedelic 60's.  I'm sure we can expect to describe it using the words, "trip," "groovy," and "bizarre."


Midnight Special
Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Release Date: Listed as 2014
If his first two films are any indication, Jeff Nichols is one of the directors to watch in the coming years.  Take Shelter, and Mud were both good films that keep you intrigued throughout, and they feature good performances from their actors.  Midnight Special will also have a sci-fi element to it that could make it even more intriguing.


Boyhood
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release Date: It's supposedly being seen around the world in various film festivals, but unknown if or when it'll see wider release.

It was previously known as the 12 year project. I'm very fond of Richard Linlater's series of films: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight that offered an interesting look at a couple's relationship when they first meet while travelling (Before Sunrise), when they finally get back together years later (Before Sunset), and another check in on them even more years later after they've been married for some time (Before Midnight).  Boyhood, like the "Before" series is an experiment. We get to spend years watching people grow up.  It's reminiscent of Francois Truffaut's Antoine Doinel series of films with Jean Pierre Leud. Across 4 films starting in 1959, going through 1979, we watch Antoine (Truffaut's alter ego) grow up and try his hand at various relationships.  Boyhood isn't just a series of films with the same actor playing the same character in multiple films however. The film was shot bit by bit across 12 years.  Perhaps a little more reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. A film that took 17 years to shoot, and features comic scenes featuring a variety of well known actors chatting over coffee and cigarettes.  Either way I love the idea of these experimental films that take their time allowing the characters/actors to literally grow up in front of our eyes.

Godzilla
Directed by: Gareth Edwards
Release Date: May 16th
I really want there to be a good Godzilla movie. I don't know why, but I want there to be. 1998's Godzilla film with Matthew Broderick was not it.  This trailer, even if it doesn't really show much, does look promising.  Oh, and it has Bryan Cranston in it.



The Monuments Men
Directed by: George Clooney
Release Date: February 7th
I think George Clooney, aside from being a good actor, is a good director.  He is doing both for this film.  Even if it turns out to be like an Ocean's Eleven set in World War 2, with that cast, I'd be excited to see it, but it's based on a true story so it likely won't be.  I have the book, but haven't read it yet, I'm thinking of waiting till after (don't want to watch the movie thinking of the book the whole time).



Transcendence
Directed by: Wally Pfister
Release Date: April 18
You might recognize the name Wally Pfister. He was a frequent collaborator with Christopher Nolan, serving as his cinematographer on 7 of Nolan's 9 feature films.  Transcendence marks his directorial debut, and features an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall).  Some of those you might recognize as Nolan's regulars, who soon could be Pfister's regulars.  The trailer certainly makes the film look interesting, but also leaves me cautiously optimistic.



Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo
Release Date: April 4
The first Captain America was a pleasant surprise for a summer blockbuster super hero film. It and Iron Man 1 were good films leading up to the avengers.  The Thor, and Hulk movies weren't very good, and I didn't like the second Iron Man film either.  So considering all of that the first Captain America was a very pleasant surprise (as was The Avengers).  It'll be the first Captain America movie (not counting The Avengers) to be set in present day, and the trailer looks promising.



Edge of Tomorrow
Directed by: Doug Liman
Release Date: June 6
Tom Cruise is following up Oblivion, with another sci-fi film.  Tom Cruise's character dies in a battle against an alien race, only to wake up and relive the same battle over and over again.  He learns to be a soldier and how to battle the aliens effectively.  If that sounds like Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day, you're not wrong, but there seems to be a little more to it... hopefully.  It's based on the Japanese book "All You Need Is Kill."   The trailer looks interesting and make it seem like it'll be similar to Oblivion, in that it may not be a great movie, but worth seeing.


Jupiter Ascending
Directed by: The Wachowski's
Release Date: July 18
While I'm not particularly fond of the two main stars (Mila Kunis, and Channing Tatum), I do enjoy the Wachowski's work.  This film seems like it'll be typical Wachowski fare. A futuristic sci-fi setting, and a main character that is, "The One." It has been a common theme through their work in both The Matrix and Cloud Atlas, with a character that despite their standing in life at the beginning of the film, they are fighting against some sort of oppression imposed by evil leadership, and the main character is "The One" that will discover themselves and become a leader in the resistance.  The trailer looks pretty good.