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, although I did adore Calvary which I ended up seeing in 2014. I did a little better in 2014 – I liked 6 of the films (some liked – some really, really liked) and I haven’t had the chance to see 3 of them yet. How will my 2015 picks go? We’ll see… They’re after the jump.
All of the yet-to-be-released-in-Australia 2014 films – Selma, Top Five, American Sniper, A Most Violent Year, Citzenfour, Inherent Vice, etc.
As always, there are a bunch of US 2014 releases which come out during January and February in Australia (although Inherent Vice has been pushed back to March!!!!! *sob*). I’m looking forward to catching all six of the films mentioned above, particularly Citizenfour, which seems to be the front-runner for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards.
Blackhat (Michael Mann)
Mann’s first film in 6 years, Blackhat stars Chris Hemsworth as man who is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. Also stars the wonderfully talented Viola Davis. Collateral is one of my favourite films, so I am always excited to see what Mann puts out. [Trailer]
Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro)
Del Toro is directing? Sold, that’s all I need to know. The premise for this is quite creepy, so I (an absolute chicken when it comes to horror films) might need some liquid courage to get through. Has an absolutely amazing cast which includes Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska.
Entourage (Doug Ellin)
As a big fan of the tv series (which I recently rewatched), I am really looking forward to seeing the boys back together. Will this be an incredible film? It’s unlikely. But hey, I’m treating it more like a 90 minute episode of a show that I really love. [Trailer]
Jupiter Ascending (Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski)
This film was on this list last year, but due to various reasons the film was pushed back to a 2015 release. I’m not worried about it being pushed – I have absolute faith in the incredible minds of the Wachowski siblings. If the imagery is anything to go by, this is going to be a heck of a beautiful, interesting looking film. [Trailer]
Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow)
Because Chris Pratt and dinosaurs and childhood memories of screaming at a T-Rex eating a guy on the toilet. [Trailer]
Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
I’ve watched this trailer so many times since it was released. It’s utterly Lubezki, so completely Malick. Without knowing who was behind this film, you would surely pick these two names. Just from the trailer it feels like some sort of Tree of Life–Wolf of Wall Street–Spring Breakers mash-up. How great is the music? With a cast that includes Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, what’s not to be excited about? [Trailer]
Masterminds (Jared Hess)
I have to admit that the main reason I am excited for this film is because Erik Wilson (The Double, The Imposter, Paddington) is the cinematographer. However, I’m also a sucker for a good ole heist film. Masterminds is about a night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. who organises one of the biggest bank heists in US history. Stars Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.
Spectre (Sam Mendes)
Bond, James Bond.
Tomorrowland (Brad Bird)
Brad Bird is yet to make a film that isn’t brilliant. From the phenomenal action hit Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol to the hear-tugging The Iron Giant, this guy knows how to tell a story.Staring George Clooney, the film is about the shared destiny of a former boy genius (Clooney) and a science-mad teen (Britt Robertson),who embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. [Trailer]
Other upcoming highlights: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Inside Out, Everest, Silence, The Hateful Eight, Mission Impossible 5, Sisters, Joy, Star Wars 7
What are you excited to see in 2015?
By Sam McCosh