After seeing Joe’s list, I got jealous and realised that this year is chock-full of enticing TV and movies. Peep a few choice cuts after the break.
Director: Cary Fukunaga. Released: 12th Jan.
Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey link up for an 8 hour anthological series spanning a 17 year hunt for a serial killer. With HBO behind it and it’s The Wire-esque narrative that will tackle a new case and feature a new cast each season, this is guaranteed to be incredible.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer. Released: 22nd May (UK)
2011’s First Class was a surprisingly slick movie, Bondian and intelligent. I’m a person predicated to hating on superhero movies so I was pleasantly surprised. Bringing the casts of both sets of X-Franchises via time travel to make the biggest X-Film in the series so far is something to look forward to very much.
Director: Lars Von Trier. Released: 21st Feb (UK)
I’ve yet to see a Von Trier that I’ve enjoyed but the run up to each one usually gets me excited. He always seems to tackle huge subjects with upmost mercilessness. Here we follow Joe, the titular nymphomaniac, spanning her sexual explorations over the decades. It has the potential to be revelatory & poignant or bloated and horrendously exploitative. The likelihood is that it will divide critics as much as every other film in his oeuvre. (WARNING – TRAILER VERY NSFW!)
Director: Gareth Edwards. Released: 16th May.
Godzilla has serious social commentary behind him, a creation designed to analogise the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and Gareth Edward’s rereboot promises to bring it back to that dynamic. The trailer shows none of the 1998 Godzilla’s cheese, looking rather operatic and amazingly, even bigger in scope. A cast featuring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe adds further promise.
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Director: Matt Reeves. Released: 17th July (UK)
Rise of The Planet of The Apes was an excellent, visceral and highly intelligent Science Fiction that I enjoyed very much. This looks to carry on that legacy and expand it, more apes, more evolution, more Gary Oldman. And it’s out on my bloody birthday no less. Stoked, to say the least.
Under The Skin
Director: Jonathan Glazer. Released: 16th Mar (UK)
An indie Sci-Fi in which Scarlett Johansson plays a seductive alien? Sign me up. That it’s directed by Jonathan Glazer of Sexy Beast fame just adds to the excitement, that being one of my most beloved films ever.
Directors: The Wachowski’s. Released: 25th July (UK)
When the Wachowskis get behind a movie you know it’s going to yield massive results no matter how well rounded the execution may be. Another giganto-Sci-Fi, guaranteed to at least be thought provoking. (Despite Channing Tatum and his ridiculous get-up.)
The Zero Theorem
Director: Terry Gilliam. Released: 14th May (UK)
Another heady Sci-Fi picture, see a theme forming? What entices me to this one is that a bald Christoph Waltz takes the lead. That man turns everything he touches to gold and I’m sure this will be no different.
The Grand Budapest Hotel/Inherent Vice/Inside Llewyn Davis
Director(s): Wes Anderson/Paul Thomas Anderson/The Coen Brothers Released: 7th March/TBC/24th Jan (UK) (Respectively)
The 3(4) greatest directors living today are all releasing movies this year. I couldn’t be more excited.
(No Inherent Vice trailer yet unfortunately)
Director: Christopher Nolan/Wally Pfister. Released: 7th Nov/25th Apr (UK) (Respectively)
When Nolan’s protege and faithful cinematographer take on his master releasing his directorial debut who will win? The audience of course. 2 more intelligent Sci-Fi’s if we weren’t spoiled enough on that front this year already.
– Oliver Drew