It’s not the films you are anticipating that are usually exciting, it’s the ones you don’t know about yet. The ones that pop up at festivals, that sneak into cinemas in limited release, or go direct to VOD and get everyone talking. From my 2013 anticipated films list I ended up absolutely loving only one, The Place Beyond the Pines. What fruit will come from my 2014 picks? I guess I’ll find out next year. My 10 most anticipated 2014 films are after the jump.
All of the yet-to-be-released-in-Australia 2013 films – Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Beauty, Dallas Buyers Club, Blue is the Warmest Colour, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Wind Rises etc
While I am lucky enough to have seen Her, Nebraska and 12 Years a Slave which all release in Australia in early 2014, I am yet to see any of the titles listed above. This is actually a very good thing. It’s nice to string the big year-end films out a bit and have a little more time to appreciate each one. Watching too much awesomeness at one time can give you a stomach ache.
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Do I even need to say why? Anderson teams up with The Master lead Joaquin Phoenix, in a 1970s crime-drama about a less than perfect cop (played by Phoenix) who investigates the disappearance of a former lover. Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro also star.
Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
Moneyball director Bennett Miller returns with a biopic of John Eleuthère du Pont, a somewhat eccentric millionaire who was convicted of murdering his closest friend, Olympic wrestler Dave Shutlz. I like Steve Carell in more serious roles, so I’m looking forward to seeing him step outside the kooky box and into the full on weirdo one. Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave also star.
Life Itself (Steve James)
Roger Ebert was a pioneer, an inspiration, and a gentleman. Life Itself is a documentary based on Ebert’s memoir of the same name. The book tells the incredible story of Ebert’s life, from sports reporter, to critic, to family man and early adapter in the online world. The film is set to première at Sundance, where it is likely to cause more than a few critics to leak from their eyes.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
To be honest I don’t love Anderson’s films, I find they’re often drawn from the same odd palette of screwball characters and dysfunctional families. But I do love aesthetic of his films, they’re always a feast the eyes, and quite often the ears too. The impressive cast in Anderson’s upcoming film includes: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum and so many more.
St Vincent de Van Nuys (Theodore Melfi)
Bill Murray playing a “misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran”.
Jupiter Ascending (Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski)
While I have a hard time believing that Mila Kunis could play a convincing janitor (I mean ,come on!) I am so on board with anything that the brilliant and original minds, the Wachowski siblings can come up with. Cloud Atlas ranks #1 for 2013 cinema releases in Australia for me and The Matrix is still one of my favourite films. This should be something spectacular.
How to Catch a Monster (Ryan Gosling)
Gosling is a talent in front of the camera, but does he have the skills to direct? We’ll soon find out when his directorial début hits cinemas in 2014. The mysterious sounding film involves secret underground towns and dark , hidden underworlds. Eva Mendes, Christina Hendricks and Saoirse Ronan star.
Laggies (Lynne Shelton)
While Touchy Feely was a massive miss for me, Your Sister’s Sister was so good that I’ll pretty much watch anything Shelton puts out for some time. Laggies sees Megan (Keira Knightly) lie to her fiancé about going on a business retreat so she can spend time with her new friend, 16 year-old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz). Sam Rockwell (yes!!!!) and Kaitlyn Dever also star.
Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)
Nolan created Inception, one of the greatest science fiction films I have ever seen. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, one of the most on form actors of the last 2 years. Then, there is the teaser trailer, which is everything a teaser should be. Bring it Nolan.
What are you looking forward to in 2014?
By Sam McCosh