Sorry for the lack of posts these past few days, I’ve been busy with all those new year kinds of stuff. So basically, it’s (kinda) the start of 2015, and that means a whole new year of film ahead of us! Of course, that means that I’ll have to share with you what my most anticipated films for this year are!
Oh yea, you might be wondering why I haven’t yet uploaded my list of Favourite films of 2014. I DEEPLY apologize for that, but it’s because I haven’t watched so many films that I”m sure would make my Top Ten list, and intend to watch them in the next few days (incl. Birdman, Still Alice, The Imitation Game)
But that aside, let’s get started with this list!
10. (tie) Cinderella and Spectre
Ok the reason why there’s a tie is because there are just so many huge films in 2015. Disney’s live-action classic fairytale remake of the year and Bond 24 are my tenth most anticipated films of the year for various reasons. In Cinderella’s case, it’s probably my favourite fairytale of all time, and the trailer looked pretty good, with Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter looking awesome as the Wicket Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother respectively, so I have to say I’m pretty excited! It would probably have been higher if not for the disappointment of Maleficent last year, which kind of tainted my view of these Disney remakes.
As for Bond 24, well, I haven’t really followed any Bond films except Skyfall, and that was pretty awesome, I must say. With director Sam Mendes returning to direct, I’m expecting this to be equally thrilling, though I might miss Judi Dench a little haha.
I studied Macbeth 1-2 years ago, and while that experience wasn’t exactly thrilling, I’m super excited for this, because a retelling of this story has not been done on this scale before (basically I heard it’s pretty big), and Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth sounds like such an amazing amount of acting power. While it’s way too early to say anything, I’m smelling Oscar on this one, especially for Best Actor/Actress. And I mean, I guess the story is really exciting (even though cramming line after line of Shakespeare is not) and if they get this right I’m pretty sure I’ll be gripping the arms of the cinema seat throughout.
8. Star Wars – The Force Awakens
It’s kind of hard to believe that Star Wars would end up only 8th, but after the disastrous prequel series, and the dubious-looking trailer, I guess I’m not hyping myself as much as many others might, and will keep my expectations lower for this one first. Here’s to hoping this will surprise and be totally awesome.
7. Suite Francaise
A more arthouse-ish option amidst a year of blockbusters. This lands in No. 7 for me because I just love period dramas surrounding Germany/France in WW2 for some reason (The Book Thief is one of my favourite books of all time). Add in an element of romance, Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas and I’m expecting some rather powerful performances as well. The trailer looked a little muted, so I’m not sure if this will be as good as I hope it will be, but if they get this right I’m pretty sure it could be an epic tale of romance.
6. Mission Impossible 5
Mission Impossible 4 was by far my favourite of the MI series starring Tom Cruise, so as expected, I’m pretty excited for the next instalment in this series. Sadly, Brad Bird is not returning as director, but I’m kind of seeing this go the way the Fast&Furious series went: exploding in popularity after a highly successful 5th instalment, where an even more successful 6th one followed. Once again, I’m unable to tell anything as of now (no trailer etc) but I sure am anticipating this.
4/5. Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur
It’s hard to believe it, but Pixar is releasing not one, but two films this year! If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of their work, even if their quality seems to have dipped a little in recent years (Cars 2, Brave). However, these 2 new movies seem to be returning to the kind of fun and original material Pixar pushed out in its heyday, with Inside Out bringing to mind Monsters Inc for some reason. Technically they’re both tied for me at 4/5th place, but The Good Dinosaur might be slightly more towards the 5th spot but that’s only because the team behind Inside Out seems more solid (Pete Docter [director of Up] is directing), and a trailer hasn’t been released for The Good Dinosaur yet. Either way, I’m hoping this is Pixar’s huge comeback because I’ve loooved some of their films way more than you can imagine. Maybe we’ll see TGD and IO battle it out at the 2016 Oscars for Best Animated Feature as frontrunners? :O Let’s wait and see.
3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
This is probably every teenage girl’s most anticipated film of the year, since it’s the final instalment in the Hunger Games franchise. The franchise is no doubt humongous, and the previous films were really good, except maybe dipping a little in standards in Mockingjay Part 1, though in general, it seems to be following the same kind of trend Harry Potter did (very solid reviews throughout, powerful/strong acting by many decorated actors/actresses, Pt. 1 of final book dipped a little in standards), and HP7Pt2 was easily my favourite film of 2011. I can already sense the hopeless amount of tension and drama in the moment Katniss shoots Coin (I’m seeing it in slow-mo), and… yea, I think you’ll be able to understand the amount of hype for this by asking any teenage girl. (stereotypes, sorry)
You might have read my random talk on this here, and if you have, you’ll know how excited I am. The trailer was one of few in recent memory that actually gave me chills, and as I’ve mentioned in that previous post, the team behind this just makes me so excited for this (incl:Brad Bird directing), plus also, I haven’t really seen George Clooney star in anything recently that hasn’t been a success (okay, maybe except The Monuments Men), so that tells me the quality of this films is most likely intact. All in all, this is easily my most anticipated original film of the year.
And now, before I reveal my No. 1 pick, here are some films that I’m also super excited for this year, but just didn’t make it into the Top 10 for me:
Fifty Shades of Grey
…. and maybe Insurgent.
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
In a year choked full with adaptations, sequels, prequels and another other types of -quels possible, this one easily rises above the rest, not just for me, but probably for half the world out there. The trailer was awesome, you can see my original “review” here, and I mean, I think this is pretty self-explanatory, just look at the amount of hype for the first Avengers, add in some extremely successful following Marvel films after that (Capt 2, GOTG), add in new characters like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and have a villain like Ultron and you have $20 out of my wallet for an IMAX 3D showing and the recipe for the next Avatar-sized film come May.
Well, those are my most anticipated films of 2015! Tell me about your picks for the year, and don’t forget to share this and follow me if you’re interested in seeing more film-related stuff in 2015 🙂