My Most Anticipated Movies of 2014
Welcome to the list of my most anticipated movies of 2014. When I first came up with this list I had about 30 movies on it. I wanted to narrow it down to about 10 movies that I essentially couldn't go throughout 2014 without seeing, but I didn't realize how hard that would actually be. My first go over the list to eliminate movies that, in my eyes, weren't essential to see, I was only able to get about 4 or 5 off the list. It took me a few more passes, and some real thought before I was able to come up with my final list of my 10 most anticipated movies of 2014. The movies are in order by their release date.
Release date: March 14th 2014
Written and Directed by Rob Thomas
As a huge fan of the Veronica Mars television show, and Kickstarter backer for the film, I am truly excited for it's release. The fact that the movie releases 3 days before my birthday makes it even better. Now, while I do remember seeing the show way back when it first aired on television, when they announced the Kickstarter for it I decided to re-watch it because I didn't really remember that much. I finished all three seasons in about a week. I guess it took a second viewing of the series for the show to really hook me in. The fact that they were able to get almost all of the original cast back for the movie is impressive, and makes me that much more excited to see it. Plus, the trailer looks fantastic!
Veronica Mars Movie Trailer
The Raid 2: Berandal
Release date: March 28th 2014
Written and Directed by Gareth Evans
The first film in the Indonesian martial arts action series, The Raid: Redemption, completely blew me away. My expectations going into that film were high due to the fantastic word of mouth and reviews that the film was getting, but I was still not prepared for what I saw. It easily became one of the craziest, and best action films I had ever seen. The action was brutal, and fast paced. If you haven't see the film, I highly recommend that you do. Before The Raid, I had never even heard of Gareth Evans, but now I'll see anything he does. When they announced the sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, and that Gareth Evans would in fact be back behind the camera I was ecstatic. The trailer for the sequel looks amazing. Is it possible that Evans will out do himself? I sure hope so.
The Raid 2: Berandal Movie Trailer
Release date: May 16th 2014
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Written by Max Borenstein
I have always been a fan of the Japanese Godzilla films ever since my dad showed me King Kong vs. Godzilla when I was a child. He was this nearly unstoppable creature of destruction. Even through all its flaws I found the 1998 version of Godzilla to be entertaining, but it left you with the feeling of "what could have been". What if they tried a darker, more serious approach to Godzilla? When Legendary Pictures announced that they wanted to do just this I was on board. As long as they found a director who would be able to pull off this large scale monster movie I was all for it. They announced Gareth Edwards as the director just weeks after I had finished watching his first movie Monsters. While Monsters was less about the action and the monsters themselves, but more about the people, I felt that he had exactly what it takes to bring Godzilla to life. What has me even more excited is that they actually looked back at the design of the original Godzilla to create the look of this new one.
Godzilla Movie Teaser Trailer
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Release date: May 23rd 2014
Directed by Bryan Singer
Written by Simon Kinberg
The X-Men series, and it's related movies, have been somewhat up and down. The first two X-Men movies were fantastic, then they made the mistake of handing over the reigns of the third film to Brett Ratner which ended up being a pretty terrible movie. Then they created X-Men Origins: Wolverine which I hated. X-Men: First Class was great way to reinvigorate the franchise by created a prequel showing how the X-Men became the X-Men that we now know. The newest film The Wolverine was pretty damn awesome, and at the end sets up Days of Future Past. Days of Future Past brings back Bryan Singer at them helm, the director of the first two X-Men movies, and reunites the cast from those films as well as bringing in the cast of X-Men: First Class. The film is set to deal with time travel, with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) again being the main star. Trailer looks awesome and the film had the potential to be great.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Movie Trailer
Release date: June 6th 2014 (VOD May 5th 2014)
Written and Directed by Ti West
House of the Devil and The Innkeepers are two favorites of mine, and I don't blame West for the disaster that was Cabin Fever 2, studio intervention is what ruined that film. West has also directed the "Second Honeymoon" segment of V/H/S which I thought was really well done. He is one of the best indie horror directors out there, and The Sacrament, based on the infamous Jonestown Massacre, is going to be his first attempt at a more mainstream horror film. Although no trailer or poster have been released yet for the film, the movie has been screened at film festivals and has gotten some pretty positive reviews.
22 Jump Street
Release date: June 13th 2014
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Written by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, and Rodney Rothman
21 Jump Street was, possible aside from Ted, the funniest movie of 2012, and proved that the pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum equals comedy gold. The movie was both grounded and ridiculous, which also sending home a great message about friendship. Now, take these two out of high-school and throw them into a college setting? The comedic possibilities are nearly endless. Rumor has it that there is going to be a couple of awesome surprise cameos just like the first film. The trailer looks promising. I'm all in.
22 Jump Street Movie Trailer
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Release date: June 27th 2014
Directed by Michael Bay
Written by Ehren Kruger
Let me say this first. I am a die-hard Transformers fan-boy so I have a bit of a bias towards these live action Transformers movies. I know some people absolutely despise Michael Bay and hate what he has done with the Transformers movies. I, on the other hand, really enjoyed the Transformers movies. Yes, I know the second one was a terrible mess, but it was still quite entertaining. Age of Extinction is supposed to be some kind of reboot, while still keeping the events of the past three movies as movie verse history. The Autobots are all getting redesigns, there will be new Decepticons, they signed Mark Wahlberg as the lead, and will be FINALLY introducing the Dinobots. My guess is, by the end of the movie they will either introduce or hint at the arrival of Unicron, a giant planet eating planet.
Deliver Us from Evil
Release date: July 2nd 2014
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman
Originally titled Beware the Night, based on the book of the same name, the movie will follow a New York City cop as he works along side a priest to solve cases of demonic activity. The book is supposedly the real life account of this New York City cop. Scott Derrickson impressed the horror community when he wrote and directed Sinister, which received high praise and made nearly 90 million on a 3 million dollar budget. Sinister was one of, if not the, scariest movie of 2012. While I'm not too familiar with the book, so I don't know much about the film outside of the vague plot synopsis, I will say that if this movie turns out to be anything like what Derrickson gave us with Sinister then I'll be there opening night.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Release date: November 21st 2014
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Written by Danny Strong
I read through all three Hunger Games books in 2 1/2 days. I never wanted to put the books down. They grabbed me, pulling me in, and never wanted to let go. Same things goes for the movies. Everyone behind the first two Hunger Games movies set out to create the best they could deliver, and they did. These movies are going to be some of the best of this generation. Now, while I was a bit skeptical about splitting the third book into two movies at first, looking at the way they have masterfully handled the first two movies I believe that, if done correctly, they can be just as good, if not better, than the first two in the series. The third book has a lot of material, so, fingers crossed they do it right.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Release date: December 17th 2014
Directed by Peter Jackson
Written by Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo Del Toro
I'm still not sure how I feel about them splitting The Hobbit into three movies. On one hand I think they should have left it at two films because the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was too slow, too long, and at times too boring. I understand they wanted to set up these characters, but that dinner scene was WAY too long. But, then after watching the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I feel like maybe three films is necessary. I found the Desolation of Smaug to be fast paced, fun, funny, and full of action and story. It felt just the right length. The third film still leaves us with a lot to see (Kill Smaug, the Battle of the Five Armies, finish setting up the events that occur in The Lord of the Rings, etc), which I am truly excited for. I absolutely love The Lord of the Rings and would love nothing more than to see Peter Jackson pump out more movies about Middle Earth. I just wish he made the first Hobbit film a bit shorter. No matter how I look at it, I know for a fact that I will be there for the first showing of this third Hobbit film.