Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films… Yup 2015 is going to be a BIG year.
Most Excited: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Er of course. What else could it be? Well probably the Avengers. or Mad max. But actually it was always going toe Star Wars. Even after the prequels tanked and Star Trek Into Darkness ended up being a bit of a let down, an intriguing teaser trailer and a promise of film more like the original trilogy has gotten my excitement levels peaking. It could all still go very wrong BUT right now the signs look very good.
2. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Come on did you REALLY expect anything else??? Avengers was blockbuster cinema at it’s best and so far Marvel haven’t put a foot wrong (even the ‘risky’ Guardians turned out to be a massive hit). So the returning Joss Whedon, the additional of the excellent Elizabeth Olson, James Spader and Andy Sirkis, the fact it’s coming after probably the strongest run of Marvel film yet (Iron Man 3, Capt 2, Guardian’s) well it all means this one has VERY hight expectations attached. Oh and judging by the trailer… it’s shouldn’t disappoint.
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
This is an odd one. The trailer looks amazing. Tom Hardy is about as good as you can get in terms of replacing a peak Mel Gibson. And Miller has always been at his best with the Max films. There is a BUT. And that But is it’s been forever since the last great Miller film. And even longer since the last good Mad Max film. BUT (again) the trailer is amazing and it IS Mad Max… so fingers (and toes) crossed.
4. Pitch Perfect 2
Oh fuck it. Come on Pitch Perfect was awesome fun. And if they go in with even a 10th of the same spirit and sense fun as they did with that film, this should be a winner. The Pitch Is back.
5. Bond 24
No trailer. No story. Pretty much no idea other than Mendes and Craig returning, alongside Skyfall alumni Whishaw, Fiennes and Harris. Oh and Lea Seydoux. And Christoph Waltz. And… okay to be honest I was sold with Mendes. Look Skyfall was probably one of the best Bond films ever. And whilst it’s going to be hard to follow up, you kinda get the feeling if Mendes is back he has an idea. And THAT should make this well worth a watch. Oh and did I mention that pesky Blofeld rumour…
Bubbling Under: Mission Impossible 5 (At worst the last two MI films have been bloody good blockbusters), Ant Man (Could this be Marvels first flop… no), Minions Movie (It’s got Minions… ), American Sniper (Clint! Cooper! Guns!), Kingsmen The Secret Service (Great trailer! Great Cast! Great Director! ), Fast & Furious 7 (It’s still got lets), Magic Mike XXL (Magic Mike was ace), London has Fallen (Butler is back! If it’s half as mad as part 1 it should be a hoot)
Stinker Of The Year (Part 1): Terminator: Genisys
It pains me to say it but this just looks terrible. A terrible title. Those horrid Entertainment Weekly cast shots. A reboot story. An old Arnie T-800. There’s just nothing that excited me about this film. At all.
Stinker Of The Year (Part 2): Point Break
Fuck you Hollywood. Point Break is about on of the most perfect action crimes films ever made. And you want to reboot it. In the wold of ‘Extreme Sports’. Yup Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and this is the proof.
Jupiter Ascending (They haven’t made a good film since The Matrix), Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Ugh… really?), The Fantastic Four (Good director, bad cast), Fifty Shades Of Grey (Shooting fish in a barrel) , Jurassic World (Trailer didn’t grab me. ), Hunger Games, Insurgent, Maze Runner Sequels (The Teen Angst thing has dramatically run out of steam)
So how did I do last year?
This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2014 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!)…
For the Best: I tipped X Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Interstellar, The Raid 2 and The Monuments Men as my Most Anticipated of 2014. Well X-Men was a bit of a let down for me (although critically it was very well received). Godzilla, Interstellar & The Raid 2 were all very good, but with only Interstellar ending up near my top 5 films of the year. The Monuments Men flopped critically and commercially and whilst it wasn’t quite as bad as everyone thought it was a let down.
As for the Stinkers? Well Transformers: Age Of Extinction ended up being one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. But we all knew that even before the film was made. So that was spot on then! Jupiter Ascending slipped to 2015 so is back on that list for next year and whilst Need For Speed was bad Robocop wasn’tthe cluster fuck we all expected (although totally forgotten about by the time end of year rolled around), Expendables 3 was great fun probably the best of the 3 films (and the unrated cut delivered all the action the PG13 cut missed) and Noah ended up being EXACTLY as expected – dull, stupid and far too long.
So here’s to 2014… see you again next year!