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The Lucky 13: Most Anticipated Films of 2014

December 30, 2013

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2013, the lucky 13 year, has been a fairly good one, I’ll be posting my Lucky 13 Favorite Films of the Year in just a few days, but before we look back on the days past of 2013, I’d like to take this time to look into future of 2014, and what films really have my attention.

So, here they are, my top 13 most anticipated films for 2014!

13. Transcendence – Wally Pfister has graduated into the directors chair, after working along side his long time collaborator and friend, Christopher Nolan, as Nolan’s goto D.P., Pfister debuts with this intense look at how technology will be the all knowing consumption of the human existence. And while this concept may seem familiar, Pfister, as well as [Chris] Nolan & Emma Thomas (producers), promise this film will take film goers on a unique, and terrifying journey into the unknown technological world we’ve yet experienced.

In Theaters April 18th

12. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” – Now that director Marc Webb has successfully rebooted Spidey, the skies the limit for the wall-crawler. And from the looks of this film, the ground work for an expanding Spider-Man universe is at play here. Along side Electro, we have the presence of Goblin, Rhino, and possibly  a few other villainous hints that will very much lead to a “Sinister Six-Movie”.

In Theaters May 2nd

11. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” – No one, not even me, could’ve forseen “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” to be one of the best films of 2011, and probably one of the best sci-fi films of the last decade. Now, the apes have risen and the time has come for them to take over as prophesied in the original 1968 classic. Matt Reeves takes over as director, and his track record has proven to be quite professional/impressive.

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In Theaters May 23rd

10. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”  – It’s not another year without there being another MCU movie! And my boy Cap is back! Taking place a few years after the events of NY, from “Avengers”, Steve Rogers is now working for SHIELD, but what little he knows could be his down fall, as Cap, Black Widow, and Falcon take on traitors in the midst of the spy organization, and face the ruthless Winter Soldier, a foe that is known to be an old ally to Captain America.

In Theaters April 4th

9. “Nymph()maniac, Volume 1 & 2” – Lars von Trier’s latest dark/twisted drama, enters the world of a hyper-sexualized young woman named Joe, chronicling her sexual escapades of her entire womanhood from youth to present time. Von Trier’s epic film has a runtime of 5 and a half hours, as it already premiered in his native country of Denmark. The film will be split into 2 for a March/April release. Very exciting times for fans of his work, or any hardcore cinephile.

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“Vol. 1” In Theaters March 21st

“Vol. 2” In Theaters April 18th

8. “Godzilla” – Man oh man, that ’98 “Godzilla” film is terribly bad, but in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Sure, Roland Emmerich’s take on the classic movie monster was a bit too…fluffy for it’s own good, but I think with Warner Brothers, Legendary Pictures, and the Kings original studio founder, Toho Co. Ltd., all lending a helping hand to give us a true Godzilla reboot fans of the creature deserve. And with “Monsters” helmer, Gareth Edwards behind the camera, I think we’re in for something really special, watch the trailer if you don’t believe me:

In Theaters May 16th

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson! I love me a good Wes Anderson ensemble, and with a cast featuring Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, with many many more, who wouldn’t wanna see this glorious looking corky comedy?

In Theaters March 7th

6. The Hobbit: There And Back Again – I’d feel terrible not including the final chapter of the (unnecessarily extended) “Hobbit trilogy”, I mean, the last two years I’ve included them on my anticipated lists, so why not keep with tradition. The good news, is, I’m SERIOUSLY excited to see this conclusion, after “The Desolation of Smaug” mind-screaming cliffhanger, waiting a whole year to see the continuation reminded me how I felt when I saw “The Two Towers” 11 years ago.

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In Theaters December 17th

5. X-Men: Days of Future Past – The EPIC superhero movie of 2014 is in the form of the 7th X-Men film, this time being directed by series master/commander Bryan Singer, who returns after the beloved “X2” film. In this film, the focus is both generations of X-Men, the Vaughn-First Class meeting the Singer-X-Men. The film is based on the cult comic serial of the same name, using forms of time travel to send Wolverine back to the 1970s from stopping a political assassination from happening which could lead to a darker future if not successful. Singer has also announced he will be directing the 8th film, “X-Men: Apocalypse”, and for hardcore Marvel nerds (like myself), the words Apocalypse, doesn’t completely mean the end of the world, but the name of an infamous mutant many fans have been waiting to see… 

In Theaters May 23rd

4. “Inherent Vice” – P.T. Anderson! YES! P.T.A is BACK! Anderson has always made such unique pieces of dramatic cinema, in my opinion, to this day, his best films tie between “Boogie Nights” and “Punch Drunk Love”, although his last feature, “The Master” came very close in my eyes. Anderson reunited with “The Master” star Joaquin Phoenix playing a 1970s sleuth of sorts, based on the neo-noir novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. If there’s one thing people go to see in a P.T.A film is the amazing cast of actors he fiddles with, along side Phoenix are Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Martin Short and Benicio del Toro.

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In Theaters Fall 2014

3. “Gone Girl” – As you can see the latter of my list are films featuring filmmakers I’m just so giddy to see back in action, and David Fincher doesn’t short change us here. Here Fincher ops to adapt Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, a mystery-thriller about a woman’s mysterious disappearance on the day of her wedding anniversary, and the husband is the prime suspect.  The script is written by Flynn and stars Ben Affleck & Rosamund Pike. With Fincher directing yet another mystery-thriller, fans of his (like me) are expecting something extremely juicy.

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In Theaters October 3rd

2. “Interstellar” – Christopher Nolan launches into space, brining his brothers script to the big screen after a few years of will he wont he time by Spielberg. The films plot, like many of the Nolan brothers films is being kept EXTREMELY tight lipped, all we know is that it has something to do with space travel, worm holes, time travel, string theories, and stars Matthew McConaughey, who’s already living it up in a new cinematic renaissance of his career.

In Theaters November 7th

1. “Guardians of the Galaxy” – And we come down to my number one pick, sure “GOTG” may be another Marvel Movie coming to hit the summer air in early August, but it’s got a few things that makes it totally distinct than all the other Summer movie flare. First, it’s not your typical comic book movie, hell it doesn’t even feature the status quo superhero team, the Guardians aren’t really superheroes. You’ve got a half-alien/half-human leader named Peter Quill, a sexy green huntress named Gamora, a psychotic killer if you ever knew one named Drax the Destroyer, a walking talking tree named Groot, and of course a raccoon who you don’t wanna fuck with. These characters are being brought to life by James “Slither”/”Super” Gunn, and if you’re not on board yet, lemme through this at you, it’s a total space adventure, a-la-“Star Wars” if you will. In a time where an impending “Star Wars Ep. 7” is drawing near, its great to see Marvel making the first move with their space adventure. Adapting this on again off again cult comic series is a big risk for the company, no doubt, Kevin Feige says they’re taking the same risks as when they made the first “Iron Man”, but with a lead like Chris Pratt and a director like Gunn, and cast featuring the likes of Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close? WHY FUCKING NOT!?! I am so fucking stoked for this movie, I love Gunn, and my man crush for Pratt deepens thanks to “Parks and Rec”.  People, we are in for a big treat next August, hell, it comes out just in time for my birthday, that deserves a big win altogether.


In Theaters August 1st

Honorable Mentions: “The Interview”, “22 Jump Street”, “Muppets Most Wanted”, “Tusk”, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”, “The Monument’s Men”, “A Fantastic Fear of Everything”, “Grand Piano”, “Bad Words”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I”, “Noah”, “The Raid 2”, “The LEGO Movie”, “Chef”, “Neighbors”, “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, “Big Hero 6”, “The Green Inferno”, “The Equalizer”, “The Boxtrolls”, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, “Dumb and Dumber To”, and “Horrible Bosses 2”

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