Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Look Ahead at 2014



Sometimes I get asked what movies I'm looking forward to, and often I don't have an answer because I try to avoid knowing much about what I'm going to be seeing.  I always preach to steer clear of trailers of movies you already know you want to see.  That kind of discipline and restraint pays off in the end.  Of course, I can't help but have an expectations for any sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots on the slate.  And I often know the names and genres of upcoming films from some of my favorite directors, writers, and actors, but I avoid knowing the plot.  (So please don't tell me!)  Of course, many of the best films of any year come out of film festivals and may not even be on IMDB's radar yet.  But here are the films I am most and least looking forward to in 2014 based on purposely limited research.


Films I Am Most Looking Forward To in 2014
(Generally I most look forward to genre stuff like sci-fi, detective, and westerns that are targeted to adults and not based off of comic books, toys, and board games.)
  1. I Origins - Premiering at Sundance - Release date TBD
  2. True Detective (Not a movie, but a new show on HBO premiering 1/12/14)
  3. Interstellar - 11/7/14
  4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - 11/21/14
  5. Transcendence - 4/18/14
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past - 5/23/14
  7. Godzilla - 5/16/14
  8. I, Frankenstein - 1/24/14
  9. Robocop - 2/12/14
  10. The Hobbit: There and Back Again - 12/17/14
  11. Edge of Tomorrow - 6/6/14
  12. The Monuments Men - 2/7/14
  13. Gone Girl - 10/3/14
  14. Magic in the Moonlight - TBD
  15. The Trip to Italy - Premiering at Sundance - Release date TBD
  16. Dom Hemingway - 4/4/14
  17. Winter's Tale - 2/14/14
  18. Guardians of the Galaxy - 8/1/14

Sequels, Prequels, Remakes, Reboots, and Franchises That I Could Do Without in 2014
(Any one of these could be great.  But I'm keeping my expectations low.)
  1. Transformers: Age of Extinction - 6/27/14
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 4/4/14
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 5/2/14
  4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 7/11/14
  5. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - 1/3/14
  6. Paranormal Activity 5 - 10/24/14
  7. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - 6/13/14
  8. Rio 2 - 4/11/14
  9. Muppets Most Wanted - 3/21/14
  10. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - 8/22/14
  11. Think Like a Man Too - 6/20/14
  12. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 1/17/14

Films I am Least Looking Forward to in 2014
(This list generally includes animation and family fare, 'guy films' with lots of tough guys in tight deep v-neck shirts fighting, shooting, punching, and kicking, ultra-stupid comedies (i.e. Adam Sandler's bread and butter) and, of course, the vastly overrated auteur Wes Anderson.)
  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 8/8/14
  2. Planes: Fire & Rescue - 7/18/14
  3. The Nut Job - 1/17/14
  4. The Lego Movie - 2/7/14
  5. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - 3/7/14
  6. A Dolphin Tale 2 - 9/19/14
  7. 300: Rise of an Empire - 3/7/14
  8. The Expendables 3 - 8/15/14
  9. Blended - 5/23/14
  10. 22 Jump Street - 6/13/14
  11. A Haunted House 2 - 3/28/14
  12. The Grand Budapest Hotel - 3/7/14

1 comment:

  1. Those are some good ones to look forward to, hopefully they don't disappoint. Some others that I hope to see are Foxcatcher, Divergent, Oculus, The F Word, Bad Words, Neighbors, Chef, Fury, Sunshine on Leith, Lucky Them and A Field in England

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