Here Comes 2014

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Here Comes 2014

2014 has only just arrived, and already feels like a year that movie history is gearing up to overlook. Nonetheless, 2014 is here for now and contains a good number of releases that at least have my interest piqued.

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Going by this list, 2014 is going to be boring, but i'll wait for Mark Kermodes list before i pass judgment, he usually finds some of the niche stuff that makes me a bit more excited about the coming year. Can't say i'm looking forward to 2015 either if that's the best it has to offer. Luckily movies like Saving Mr Banks, American Hustle and other oscar contenders from 2013 won't arrive in danisj cinemas until February-March, so there will atleast be some stuff to watch. Aside from those, i don't really know what to look forward to, X-men looks pretty cool and Robocop is going to be awful, but it might be fun to watch it fail.

Usually i don't really follow upcoming movies in the beginning of the year, i'm often more occupied catching up with the previous year and it looks like this year will be the same, cause fuck you it's january! Featuring a movie with Vince Vaughn and yet another Paranormal Activity movie. I'll be headed for the Art Cinema (A smaller cinema in my town that shows indie movies, acclaimed dramas and stuff) until february i think. Just needs to see The Wolf On Wall Street as soon as possible.

Neither 2014 or 2015 look to be interesting to me. I used to look forward to the comic book adaptation movies, but now I avoid them and with more and more movies becoming a paint by numbers experience I can normally guess what is going to happen in the movie before I watch it.

no more Shia LaBeouf, a promise to be "less goofy" from Michael Bay...

Ok, might be interesting.

...The freakin' DINOBOTS

Aaaaand, you lost me there, Bob.

Sorry, but "less goofy" doesn't sit well with the Dinobots concept in the same phrase. At this point I would rather take a) A movie that drops the Dinobots (or any other series exclusively made to sell toys on top of all the other series exclusively made to sell toys built on top of 3 movies) entirely, or b) Micheal Bay fully embracing goofy, just not his version of goofy. His is just bad.

For the sake of playing Devil's Advocate, here's my prediction:

2015 is the year we realize 2014 was a surprising watershed in pop-culture as "Lego" proves insightful and moving, "Transformers," "Robocop," "Ninja Turtles," and "Spiderman 2" reinvigorate their respective franchises with bold ideas and stunning character turns, "Welcome to Yesterday" and "X-Men" turn their respective directors into superstars, "Intersteller" wins Academy Award for best picture, and "Guardians" gets annihilated at the box office by "50 Shades of Grey" (coming out around the same time, I think even the same day!), signaling the end of the Marvel juggernaut as Avengers 2 and (the honestly weirdly timed) Ant-Man fail to meet predictions and implode under their hype and budget and sex-focused women's films, led by the "50 Shades" sequels, become the new gold standard.

Of course, I could be wrong...

Yeah, I feel like this year is going to be a really weak year for blockbusters. From this list, only the new X-men movie and Godzilla excite me. Luckily there seem to be a good handful of interesting "smaller" movies coming into theaters this year, so all hope is not lost.

I'm not really sure what to think about the Interstellar yet. The Inception was very disappointing and so was The Dark Knight Rises, so I'm interested to see if Nolan's next film works better (hopefully there is less mind numbing exposition than in Inception).

EDIT: Oh, and the Robocop trailer looked awful! Ughh!

I have no idea why anyone would be excited about Guardians of the Galaxy. This feels like an Emperor's New Clothes situation here. I mean, you all saw how freaking ridiculous Benecio del Toro looked at the end of Thor: The Dark World. A whole movie of that crap isn't going to be Farscape, it's going to be awful.

--Morology!

I know it's not the final movie poster, but let us not forget that Marvel did give us an official 'almost finalized' concept art photo for Guardians:

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Some of those could be interesting. I've never heard about the lego movie but your description begs the question, is there some advantage to using cgi to recreate stop motion over just using stop motion? Also, while I am willing to concede theoretically that it is possible to not have liked Monsters, how the hell can you not like monsters?

I'm adding How To Train Your Dragon 2 to the mix. I really enjoyed the first one, and the trailers for the sequel look promising. Call me cautiously optimistic.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES IS GOING TO BE THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME EVER.

That is all.

For the sake of argument, I'm gonna break down my opinion of the upcoming 2014 movies into brackets. Some of these I'll see in theaters, some I'll wait until DVD/Blu-ray, a couple I'm praying they don't suck, and there are those that make me want to run screaming for the foot hills. Depending on what news comes down the pipe, this list is subject to change. Also, there are some movies Bob missed like Hobbit: There and Back Again so there are definitely many other movies coming this year that need a full inspection.

Must Watch List: The Lego Movie, Muppets Most Wanted, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

I feel very positive about Lego Movie, Captain America 2, and Muppets Most Wanted. The ones on this list I have some concerns about are Godzilla, Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy. I'm hoping the King of the Monsters makes a comeback with this new version but, then again, anything has to be better than the 1998 abomination. X-Men:DoFP is hard to judge with only a teaser trailer. I'm praying it will be as good as First Class and not another Last Stand. Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely one of Marvel Studios biggest gambles but I'm game for a sci-fi action/comedy made by James Gunn.

Approach with Caution List: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I wasn't too keen on the rebooted Spider-Man movie, mostly due to the mistakes it made during its production. I want to feel good about this but the fact that its got 3 villains in the movie along with signs its leading to a Sinister Six event and the claims Sony is making spin-offs to expand the Spidey universe, this feels like its putting all its eggs in one basket. TMNT would be fine if it wasn't produced by Bay's Platinum Dunes, the suspicious leaked script abusing the cannon, and its casting choices. I so want this to NOT be another Transformers fiasco but I get the nagging feeling that this will be another reason for me to beat Michael Bay senseless with a cricket bat.

Wait until Netflix or RedBox List: RAZE, The Monuments Men, Noah, Jupiter Ascending, The Green Inferno, and Interstellar.

Some of these movies I've barely heard of, so I can't make a full judgement on them. I would need more info in order to make the leap to pay for a full price ticket and, assuming, my local theaters will play them. I'd like to go see Jupiter Ascending and Interstellar in theaters but, so far, none of them seem to tickle my fancy like Inception did. But we shall see.

Avoid like the Plague List: Robocop, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The first one is pretty obvious. Unless it has something new to offer in terms of story, the Robocop remake looks like another nostalgia cash grab that fails to live up to the original like the Total Recall and Carrie remakes. 300: Rise of the Empire can be summed up in 4 words; too little, too late. If this was made a year or two after 300 hit big, then maybe. But, given that its been 8 years since the first one, Zack Snyder is not at the helm, and anything associated with Frank Miller is treated with disdain due to his increasingly infuriating antics, this is one sequel that should have never been given the green light. As for Transformers 4, I have been burned too many times by Bay to waste my time and money. Part 1 was ok, but seeing it again makes its flaws that more irritating. Part 2 was too painful to endure and I passed on part 3 entirely. It may be boasting a new cast, new direction, Dinobots, and so on, but its being run by the same pack of mental midgets that wiped their asses with the last 3 entries. Unless the director and writers come to my doorstep and commit seppuku on my front lawn to atone for their past sins, this is one franchise I want to see go back into cold storage.

So hears hoping we get a good batch of movies in 2014.

The only thing I wait for in this list is Interstellar, and that's mainly because I'm Chris Nolan's fanboy, Memento and Inception are still on my top 5 movie list of all time. I guess, I'll go see the new Captain America and other Avengers related movies, because they'll probably be fun as always. The rest - meh. Either not my cup of coffee, or scream "CRAP" from a mile (Robocop, TMNT, Godzilla), or sound and look completely retarded (I'm sorry, but no matter how much I like Aronofsky, the trailer for Noah is effing ridiculous).

Oh well, at least I won't spend much money on the cinema this year.

SecondPrize:
Is there some advantage to using cgi to recreate stop motion over just using stop motion?

You can have things flying around and falling to pieces more easily. If you find out something's wrong with one of the images you can just fix it instead of having to find and perhaps rebuild the Lego. I imagine it's also quicker to change the faces in CG.

Oh man. That LEGO movie looks like fun :)

I am looking forward to a lot of those movies most of all Godzilla on the hopes that the US can make a movie with a monster rampaging and not it being a movie about how the US is so bad ass even giant monsters should beware.

That TMNT movie is a no go for me though, love the turtles but damn it I don't feel like paying money for Bay to shit on my childhood.

Can't understand some of the hate for Guardians, Marvel is testing waters for other things beyond avengers and people complain about them trying when they also complain about people playing it safe too. So far they can expect at least one viewing (if not two) from me when it comes out.

Sorry Bob but audiences disagree with you about how the direction of the X-men films should go with "first Class" being the 2nd lowest grossing (after the first) and least profitable X-men film while "The Wolverine" is both 2nd highest grossing (after "The Last Stand") and 2nd most profitable (after X2).

In the end for summer blockbusters only the majority matter.

For 2014

Captain America 2
Spiderman 2
X-men 7
Godzilla

are what I'm most looking forward too at least until more is revealed about the other movies coming out.

Guardians of the Galaxy this years Lone Ranger at least in regards to how much money it's going to lose :)

Most of those sound neat, but...

No "The Raid 2"??

I thought you liked the Raid: Redemption and the second one looks almost... even better...

That's the one I'm waiting to see!!
And a few others of course :P

Guffe:
No "The Raid 2"??

I thought you liked the Raid: Redemption and the second one looks almost... even better...

That's the one I'm waiting to see!!
And a few others of course :P

+1 for the Raid: Berandal. I'm on the hype train for this one and there is no getting off :P. 17 individual fight scenes over 148 minutes with a bigger cast and more than one location. As someone on IGN pointes out, The Raid : Redemption was Arkham Asylum and the new one is Arkham City. I honestly can't wait.

Monument's Men, Noah and Interstellar sound good/interesting. All the bullshit superhero sequels should be fun to watch/criticize.

Hadn't heard of "Guardians of the Galaxy" until the past week or so when I saw a picture on Reddit and well I were sold in about 2 sek aliens, raccoon, Marvel... This is going to be good... unless they screw up completely...

It seems to be at least a few good movies in the coming year...

hermes200:

no more Shia LaBeouf, a promise to be "less goofy" from Michael Bay...

Ok, might be interesting.

...The freakin' DINOBOTS

Aaaaand, you lost me there, Bob.

Sorry, but "less goofy" doesn't sit well with the Dinobots concept in the same phrase. At this point I would rather take a) A movie that drops the Dinobots (or any other series exclusively made to sell toys on top of all the other series exclusively made to sell toys built on top of 3 movies) entirely, or b) Micheal Bay fully embracing goofy, just not his version of goofy. His is just bad.

Hey now, I can totally see a gritty Grimlok. A genius autobot who by some accident or nefarious Decepticon scheme loses his intelligence and yet retains memory of who he used to be, forced into a shell of his former self? What pathos, what catharsis... Of course Michael Bay may not pull that off unless he decides to secretly hire Christopher Nolan to write his script under a pen-name...

Bob, I'm confused how you can be excited for ANY movie with the name Michael Bay attached to it. Yeah, Pain and Gain was alright, but Bay's record with the Transformers is not impressive.

The Marvel movies could be fun and I'm going out on the crazy limb to hope this time they can do Godzilla right. But honestly it feels like Hollywood is playing it too safe which will result in some bland forgettable films.

Although come on Bob. Transformers is the same production team that gave us the last three crappy Transformers films. I just don't think a change in the human cast will be enough to fix everything wrong with the live action franchise. They haven't even "announce leaked" anything about the Decepticons so once again the heroes will easily roll over the bad guys for a film with zero tension. Ouch and with Megan Fox having zero acting ability combined with the train wreck track record of Platinum Dunes gives me zero hope for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Turtles will not even be worth a free rental.

RTK1576:
I'm adding How To Train Your Dragon 2 to the mix. I really enjoyed the first one, and the trailers for the sequel look promising. Call me cautiously optimistic.

Realistically that should be a terrifying movie, I mean they're Vikings. The world was safe while they were focused on their war against the dragons, but now that threat is gone and they all have flying dragon mounts... the rest of the world is totally going to get raped & pillaged all to hell.

For the movies I'm interested in seeing what Interstellar will be, and am totally pumped for Guardians of the Galaxy. I've never been familiar with them from the comics but it looks like it could be a hell of a lot of fun. Especially when you already have people coming out to trash it for looking ridiculous, I'm guessing they're more Dark Knight than Avengers fans!

vid87:
"Guardians" gets annihilated at the box office by "50 Shades of Grey" (coming out around the same time, I think even the same day!)

Setting aside the complexities of movie scheduling, I would not view the two as competing any more than Sex and the City versus Iron Man. One will be aimed primarily at older women (Grey) while the other is likely to be regarded as more family fare, attracting younger and more male audiences.

Also, call me on the fence about Robocop. Yes, I'm disappointed in the PG-13 rating essentially getting rid of the ultraviolence that the series is partially known for, but the trailers have made me less worried over time about the movie itself, particularly the "unpainted" versions that very similar to the original and a storyline that appears centered around the same kind of "evil corporation v. Robocop" that I particularly enjoyed. Plus, the past few years have shown just how violent you can really get with a PG-13 rating.

RTK1576:
I'm adding How To Train Your Dragon 2 to the mix. I really enjoyed the first one, and the trailers for the sequel look promising. Call me cautiously optimistic.

Oh man, I totally forgot about that movie. MovieBob rarely does the kid movies it seems, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised it wasn't on his list. But yeah, I'm looking forward to that one.

I couldn't agree more with X-Men First Class. I was so excited when I saw a trailer for it. Legions of mutants are going to be in it. Is that Bishop? Oh yes! Wait, what are you doing? Wolverine is once again going to be in charge of saving the day? No, please don't. You have all these other characters that you've barely touched. Stop. Please stop. No, don't make him the one to go back and...damn.
I am so tired of the X-Men movies (and many of the cartoon series) being about Wolverine and the others just being supporting cast. Sigh.

Kumagawa Misogi:
Sorry Bob but audiences disagree with you about how the direction of the X-men films should go with "first Class" being the 2nd lowest grossing (after the first) and least profitable X-men film while "The Wolverine" is both 2nd highest grossing (after "The Last Stand") and 2nd most profitable (after X2).

Guardians of the Galaxy this years Lone Ranger at least in regards to how much money it's going to lose :)

The Wolverine did that good? Man that is dissapointing.

I'm hoping Guardians will be interesting to see, at the very least.

Transformers......i really really wish for it to be worth my time and price of ticket but...... :(

Transformers 1 i could forgive for its setting the stage blah blah blah. Then they just took a big steaming shit on the source material. How can a movie called THE TRANSFORMERS be more focused on some dumbass love story and human cliche's then a fucking giant robot civil war spanning 100's of years. The fuck.The Fuck.

X-men i have high hopes for as its Days of Future past. BUT then when i was reading and it said it'll prob focus more of wolverine, yeeeeeaah i really hope it does not, im sick of him now and his 2 origin movies sucked ass. What happend to that Maginto Origins movie ? Did they not have a plan at some point to start a origins thing.

300, yeh no need really but i guess with spartacus being so popular its time to milk that era abit more. 1st was not bad, it was a graphic novel. Was fun, and over the time. Did not get stupid.

I just want a warhammer 40k movie ^.^ Ultramarines sucked so much ass but what do you really think will happen from the people who make lego movies lol. Here hopes Lord Inquisitor comes out this year.

SecondPrize:
Some of those could be interesting. I've never heard about the lego movie but your description begs the question, is there some advantage to using cgi to recreate stop motion over just using stop motion? Also, while I am willing to concede theoretically that it is possible to not have liked Monsters, how the hell can you not like monsters?

The only thing I can think of is that it's likely CGI animation skills don't quite carry over to stop-motion, and they'd have to get a completely different team if they'd want real stop-motion. Or they just really like their (non)stop-motion style.

AstaresPanda:

300, yeh no need really but i guess with spartacus being so popular its time to milk that era abit more. 1st was not bad, it was a graphic novel. Was fun, and over the time. Did not get stupid.

I really enjoyed 300 for brazenly cranking everything up to eleven, but its ending really reminds me of The Matrix - mostly in just how much it doesn't need a sequel.

I don't get out much these days but there are two films I will see in the cinema this year. One is Muppets Most Wanted, hey it's a Muppet film, and the last one was a serious return to form. The other is The Lego Movie, what really sold me on this was Ninteen Eighty Something Space Guy and the crack in the chin piece of his helmet. These guys know Lego. Also Will Arnett should be Batman in all media from now on.

Interstellar is the only thing I'm looking forward to. All I know about it is that it seems to be actually science fiction and not just a western with spaceships.

The Gentleman:

vid87:
"Guardians" gets annihilated at the box office by "50 Shades of Grey" (coming out around the same time, I think even the same day!)

Setting aside the complexities of movie scheduling, I would not view the two as competing any more than Sex and the City versus Iron Man. One will be aimed primarily at older women (Grey) while the other is likely to be regarded as more family fare, attracting younger and more male audiences.

I'd like to point out first, and with no snark or meanness intended, that what I posted was semi-sarcastic just for fun - I just thought it'd be pretty cool if a somewhat wild prediction came true (granted the Intersteller one might not be that far-fetched - should've said it would be god-awful). That said, Iron Man 3 may have "won" 2013, but Hunger Games 2 posted the 3rd largest box office worldwide ($400 million difference, sure, but there it is) and is set ot surpass IM3 in the domestic box office. I'm not disagreeing with you at all, but I get the feeling, however slight, that between "Guardians" being the "risky" venture and the buzz around "50" including an internet meltdown that the cast was changed, I imagine we're in for a few surprises, even if it doesn't go as far as I "predicted."

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