Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd looks promising.

I haven't even done my year-end posts for 2014, but it's 2015, so here are some of the films I'm looking forward to seeing this year.

Note: I left off films that were in my post last year, like Knight of Cups (dir. Terrence Malick), Black Sea (dir. Kevin Macdonald), Lost River (dir. Ryan Gosling), and Jane Got a Gun (dir. Gavin O'Connor).

20 Extra Films:

Pan (dir. Joe Wright), St. James Place (dir. Steven Spielberg), The Light Between Oceans (dir. Derek Cianfrance), Midnight Special (dir. Jeff Nichols), Far from the Madding Crowd (dir. Thomas Vinterberg), The Sea of Trees (dir. Gus Van Sant), Carol (dir. Todd Haynes), The Lobster (dir. Giorgos Lanthimos), Jurassic World (dir. Colin Trevorrow), Labor of Love (dir. M. Night Shyamalan), Untitled Woody Allen Film (dir. Woody Allen), Money Master (dir. Jodie Foster), Black Mass (dir. Scott Cooper), Mad Max: Fury Road (dir. George Miller), Tomorrowland (dir. Brad Bird), The Secret Scripture (dir. Jim Sheridan), Pitch Perfect 2 (dir. Elizabeth Banks), The Water Diviner (dir. Russell Crowe), Paper Towns (dir. Jake Schreier), and Victor Frankenstein (dir. Paul McGuigan)

Special Mention:
Wait (dir. Alex Withrow)

Learn more about Alex's film here.

10. Mission: Impossible 5 (dir. Christopher McQuarrie)

9. Sing Street (dir. John Carney)

8. The Hateful Eight (dir. Quentin Tarantino)

7. Silence (dir. Martin Scorsese)

6. The Martian (dir. Ridley Scott)

5. '71 (dir. Yann Demange)

4. Macbeth (dir. Justin Kurzel)

3. The Revenant (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu)

2. Spectre (dir. Sam Mendes)

1. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (dir. J.J. Abrams)

28 comments:

  1. Ooo nice list. I've watched '71 and it's really good. Very gritty. I hadn't heard of Sing Street before this but sounds good :)

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    1. Thanks! Can't wait for those two!

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  2. I'm definitely hoping Tarantino brings his best to The Hateful Eight! Great list...reminded me that we have much to look forward to this year :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm not sure what to expect, but Tarantino has my attention.

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  3. Correction.... It's All About Love starring Sean Penn, Joaquin Phoenix, and Claire Danes is Thomas Vinterberg's first English-language film as Far from the Madding Crowd is actually his third.

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  4. Of those, I'm not interested in Star Wars, Spectre, and The Light Between Oceans(Cianfrance's Place Beyond the Pines was my #1 of 2012)
    I'm intrigued by Michael Haneke's Flashmob (2015), even though it has no release date yet. Dark Places based on Gillian Flynn's novel might be worth a look.

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    1. Think you meant "most interested", right? Know you loved the Star Wars teaser. ;)

      Flashmob is looking like a 2016 release. I almost mentioned it, along with other possible '16 releases like The Lost City of Z (James Gray), Love (Gaspar Noe), and The Ferryman (Wong Kar-Wai). Overlooked Dark Places, but I'm not sure I would've included it. Still, I do want to check it out.

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    2. oops!!! MOST interested of course :)

      I hope Haneke's is ready in time for Cannes, although I prefer him not to rush the production, so I'm also fine with 2016.
      Gaspar Noe's previous film Enter The Void is very innovative and for me among the best of the decade. As usual, I think his latest "Love" won't be for everyone.

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    3. Haha, I'm used to listing films that get bumped to the following year, so I'm surprised I decided to leave Flashmob out.

      Enter the Void was bold filmmaking, even if I'd only give it an A-. (I should rewatch it.) It does get a couple of CinSpec nods though. Really interested in how Love turns out.

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  5. Nice list! A few of these are on mine too. My list is already huge and it's only January. I like the special mention of Wait, I'm certainly looking forward to that one too.

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    1. Thanks! I always have tons of films I'm anticipating. Oh, I'm anxious to see Wait.

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  6. Interesting list, I didn't even know about Sing Street!

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    1. Thanks! I have a feeling Sing Street will get bumped to 2016, but I'm dying to see it!

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  7. SING STREET!!!!!

    The End.

    Like, I just heard about that the other day and I CAN'T WAIT!!!

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    1. YES. Carney. Music. Sold. I want to watch this NOW!

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  8. Great list! Even though it isn't technically on the list, I am looking forward to Far from the Madding Crowd. Hardy's novels seem to adapt to screen well (Tess, Jude). I am also looking forward to The Martian, but I want to read the novel first.

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    1. Thanks! Far from the Madding Crowd was very close to cracking my top 10. It might have, if I hadn't rediscovered the Mission: Impossible films recently. (Forgot how awesome that franchise is.) I'm a fan of the 1967 film version with Julie Christie, so I can't wait to see Vinterberg's version. The Martian seems like Scott's comeback (finally), but I wonder...

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  9. Great list! My most anticipated film of this year is by far Knight of Cups, Malick is amazing. The trailer for Far from the Madding Crowd looked great, and Spectre and Macbeth are also high up for me. I completely forgot Marty had a film coming out this year! I need to find out more about it now.

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    1. Thanks! Knight of Cups was my #2 on last year's list, so I left it off my 2015 one. Silence might be bumped to 2016, but I'm always game for a new Scorsese film.

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  10. DUDE thank you so much for the special mention of Wait. What an honor to be included among these other films. Thanks again buddy!

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    1. You're very welcome man! So excited to see your film!

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  11. Looks like a good year, I need to trim down my own list, I have like 100 movies in it. These seem like the highlights, I'm really very excited to see most of them. Like Scorsese's (always), 007, DiCaprio with Iñárritu, Tarantino's, and Macbeth.

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    1. Haha. Trimming down the list was the hardest part. I had a lot of films as well. I suspect we won't get Scorsese's film until 2016, but I hope I'm wrong.

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  12. Great list Josh. I've seen '71 over here in the UK and I really enjoyed it. Hope it lives up to your expectations. The biggest blockbuster for me this year is Jurassic World!

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    1. Thanks. '71 looks amazing. I'm really looking forward to it, since I loved O'Connell in Starred Up. Jurassic World looks like a fun time, for sure.

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  13. I'm REALLY getting old, somehow I thought I had commented here before. Great list here Josh! Far from the Madding Crowd looks good, I like Carey Mulligan! Also looking forward to Macbeth and of course, SPECTRE!

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    1. Haha, thanks Ruth! Oh, Carey Mulligan will also be in Suffragette with Meryl Streep this year. :) Spectre and Macbeth can't come soon enough!

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