Mister Cinecal

Mister Cinecal

Saturday, 4 January 2014

2014 Movies I Look Forward To Reviewing

It's difficult for me to write up a list of the best movies of 2013 because the honest truth is that I just didn't see enough of them to give a reasonable list. Yes, this is me on my movie blog telling you that I did not see enough movies for my opinion on movies to be seen as reasonably definitive. So my most ardent New Year's resolution for 2014 is to see as many new films as possible and to ensure that my opinions on them are scattered across the Internet for you all 20 of you an average per post to see. With that in mind, here are some movies I am interested to review in the year ahead, whether they look like potential hits or delicious recipes for disaster.
1) Guardians of the Galaxy
Remember a couple of years ago when people were worried that Thor's was a risk for Marvel and was too alienating a premise for audiences? Well a few trillions of sweet Avengers dollars later and Marvel is set to test those limits again with a movie about the space adventures of a team that includes a raccoon, a tree and a WWE wrestler. Guardians of the Galaxy lacks name-brand recognition and crossover hype that helped make other Marvel movies a success, but it does boast an interesting mix in its casting, with television actors like Chris Pratt, Lee Pace and Karen Gillan in the forefront and Academy Award nominees like Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Djimon Hounsou lurking in the background. It also has the manic mind of James Gunn (Slither, Super) directing. Many of Marvel comics most interesting stuff has historically come from the low profile, low selling titles, freed from restraint while all eyes (from fans and editors) were on the big names. If the same goes for their movies as well then Guardians of the Galaxy has big potential.

2) X-Men: Days of Future Past
While it's true to say that the trailer for the movie did get my hyped it's hard not to have some glaring reservations when looking at Days of Future Past. Some of the fan-service in the build up-loosely adapting a fan favourite story, the constant cast announcements on Twitter from returning director Bryan Singer-come across as a studio that's trying too hard. Fox desperately wants this one to be a big hot, both to protect their rights to the characters from Marvel and to boost their own attempts to get some intermovie continuity going. There has been talk about Fox having a shared movie universe between X-Men and their other superhero franchise, Fantastic Four, which would be an odd pairing to say the least. My concerns for Days of Future Past are a return to the days of over-reliance on Wolverine, than an attempt to do too much in one film (that cast list is huge) while still shining the majority of the focus on Hugh Jackman is going to make the story a mess and that the shine has gone off Singer compared to his last involvement in the franchise. It's going to be very interesting to see where the precariously balanced X-Men: Days of Future Past ends up falling.

3) Interstellar
Very little is known so far about Interstellar but since it stars Matthew McConaughey and the title seems to be some kind of astronaut reference I'm assuming it's the long-awaited sequel to Failure to Launch.

4) I, Frankenstein

Everything about I, Frankenstein throws up more red flags for me than Fox News anchors see when they look at Barack Obama. It has been delayed over and over and over again. It's one of those movies that's based on a comic book that was only written to be adapted into a movie (see also, Cowboys and Aliens). It stars Aaron Eckhart, who while not a bad actor is usually a bad omen for box office in the lead role and whose roles are so eclectic that it seems he doesn't so much have an agent as he has a dart board with movie titles stuck to it. And then there's the fact that it's about Frankenstein's fucking monster "becoming involved in a war between two immortal clans in an ancient city", it is obviously going to be terrible and I can't wait to tear into it.

5) How to Catch a Monster
2013 saw two famous young actors turn their hands to writing and directing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature length directorial debut Don Jon was a hit with audiences and critics. Shia LaBeouf's short film HowardCantour.com was completely plagiarised, because Shia LaBeouf. This year will see the release of a film written and directed by Mr Facial Expression himself, Ryan Gosling. Gosling has certainly worked with some talented, visually minded directors, one can only hope he's picked up some of their skills. With a fantasy neo-noir premise and Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith and Saoirse Ronan among the cast, How to Catch a Monster may be under the radar right now but could turn out to be very intriguing indeed.

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