(Don’t worry internet, Fifty Shades of Grey won’t be on this list. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the cinematography in the trailers look nice)
Hello folks, it’s been a little while since I’ve reviewed anything new. And since we have a couple more weeks until 2015, I thought it would be nice to put together a list of ten films that I’m very much looking forward to in the next year. There are a lot of films that I’m really excited for in 2015, but I can only condense them to a list of ten films. I won’t beat around the bush too much. Here are the ten films that I can’t wait to see in 2015.
I’m kicking my list off with the new film from Judd Apatow. Apatow tends to usually direct scripts that he’s written, but this time around he’s directing a script written by comedian Amy Schmuer, who also plays the lead in the film. Trainwreck’s plot details are under wraps at this time, but the cast is very impressive. Schmuer, along with Bill Hader (pictured on Schumer’s right) Daniel Radcliffe, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, even Lebron James has a role in the film. Schmuer is one of the smartest and funniest comedians of her time, as shown on her brilliant Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schmuer. Trainwreck opens on July 24th, 2015.
9. That’s What I’m Talking About
Richard Linklater, my personal favorite filmmaker, is about to win the Academy Award for Boyhood, his masterpiece that has taken him 12 years to make. Mr. Linklater is following up his tiny independent epic with That’s What I’m Talking About. Details of the plot are not widely known, but we do know that it is a spiritual sequel to Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, and it’s about a group of baseball players living in a house together in college in 1980’s Texas. Linklater knows what he’s doing here, and I don’t really need to stress my excitement for this film, because it’s probably gonna rock. I hope that Linklater uses what made Dazed and Confused so memorable with its setting, it’s costumes and characters, and the soundtrack of the era. The film is consisted of unknown actors, so if the film is as great as it probably will be, a few careers could be cemented with this one. That’s What I’m Talking About is slated for release sometime in 2015.
8. Black Mass
Black Mass is based on the book of the same name, and tells the story of Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious gangsters in American history, who ruled the streets of Boston for decades up until his arrest a few years back. Johnny Depp, in dire need of a comeback vehicle, plays Bulger in the film, as well as a massive ensemble that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, and Adam Scott just to name a few. The film was written and directed by Scott Cooper, whose previous work includes the great Crazy Heart, and last years not so great film Out of the Furnace. I have faith that Cooper can deliver a very solid and exciting true crime epic, since Bulger was the inspiration for Frank Costello in The Departed, who was played wonderfully by Jack Nicholson. Black Mass will be released on September 18, 2015.
Tomorrowland is a film that caught my curiosity when Brad Bird announced that he would pass on doing the new Star Wars in order to make this film (which that film may or may not make an appearance on this list). The script is by Damon Lindelof, who is admittedly very hit or miss at times, but Tomorrowland looks like it could be a very cool movie. Like all of Lindelof’s work, plot details are under wraps, but rumors are that it has something to do about the creation of the legendary Disney theme park, and so forth. It was very tough to tell in the very cryptic teaser that was released a few months ago. George Clooney stars in the film, and Hugh Laurie plays the films antagonist. Tomorrowland will be released on May 22, 2015.
After Entourage, one of HBO’s best television shows, called it quits in 2011, many wondered if there would be a movie. Cut to a few years later and the Entourage movie will be released in theaters in the summer of 2015. I loved Entourage because it was a witty and smart look inside the world of Hollywood. The show was hilarious as much as it was just enjoyable and a good time to watch. Series creator Doug Ellin writes and directs the feature film adaptation of the film, with Vincent Chase and company all set to return for the film (even Ari Gold himself, Jeremy Piven, will be featured prominently). The film could suck majorally, but I was a big fan of the show (I even liked it when Entourage quit being as fun) so I’m hoping Ellin and company have come up with a story that’s worthy of the big screen. Entourage opens on June 5th, 2015.
5. Mission: Impossible 5
As many of you have guessed by now, I’m a huge Tom Cruise fan, and I was a huge fan of the last Mission: Impossible film, Ghost Protocol, which was one of the great surprises of 2011. That film took the franchise to heights never seen before, and brought in a team that included Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg to prominent roles. Paula Patton doesn’t appear to be back for the sequel, but Renner and Pegg are, as well as Ving Rhames, and frequent Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie is writing and directing the film. There were already photos surfacing of Cruise on the side of a moving airplane flying 5,000 feet off the ground. I think its safe to say that Mission: Impossible 5 is bigger than the last film, but let’s hope that it’s better. Mission: Impossible 5 opens on Christmas Day 2015.
4. Jurassic World
They finally did a forth Jurassic Park film, but this one actually looks really, really cool. Colin Trevorrow, whose last film was the brilliant Safety Not Guaranteed (it’s also the one film where Aubrey Plaza plays it straight-laced and is magnificent in it), co-writes and directs this massive sequel that will finally show the world what Jurassic Park would look like if its fully operational. The teaser trailer looked incredible, and with a cast that includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and many more, Jurassic World could be the runaway hit of Summer 2015. Or it couldn’t, but I like to be optimistic about things. Jurassic World opens on June 12th, 2015.
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
I’ve been very impressed as of recently with the films that Marvel Studios has put out. We had two great films this year in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and a brilliant space opera in Guardians of the Galaxy, with the latter probably going to make an appearance on my top ten list in a few weeks. Next summer, Marvel gives us the long-awaited sequel to their smash 2012 hit, The Avengers. Age of Ultron seems to be a bit of turn for the worst in the franchise, as the team seems to be facing the threat of Ultron, and it looks like it may get ugly. The original cast from the original film is back, and James Spader will be voicing the robot of Ultron. Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer on May 1st, 2015, and let’s hope it does it with a bang.
It was announced earlier this week that the new Bond film would be called Spectre. I’m a big James Bond fan, and I was head over heels for the last Bond film, Skyfall, which I think is the best James Bond film ever made. Sam Mendes is back to direct Spectre with Daniel Craig back as Bond. What makes me really excited about Spectre is that we finally get to see what Ian Fleming’s fictitious evil organization will look like in Craig’s contemporary, gritty Bond world. Christoph Waltz will be playing the Bond villain, Dave Bautista will be playing a villain as well, and Monica Bellocci and Léa Seydoux will be our Bond girls. I hope that Mendes and everyone at EON has come up with a story and a film that is worthy of being the successor to the brilliant Skyfall. Spectre begins principal photography this week and will be released here in the United States on November 6th.
The Press Conference announcing Spectre:
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
How the hell could I not put Star Wars: The Force Awakens as my most anticipated film of 2015? Star Wars is quite honestly the reason why I really got into movies in the first place. This isn’t a stupid, god damn prequel (pardon the french kids, I let the cursing slide when its about the prequels), this is the sequel to Return of Jedi that we’ve been waiting for years now! J.J. Abrams, the perfect man for this film, is writing and directing the film, which features the original cast of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, as well as the new cast that consists of Oscar Issac, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and many more. The teaser trailer that Disney was so kind enough to release after Thanksgiving was the perfect Christmas present, the wait for December 18th, 2015 can’t get here any quicker. I have very little cynicism for this film. I have nothing but faith in J.J. Abrams in making this film, and Godspeed to the man that he has made a Star Wars film for a new generation that is worthy of this generation, and not the thrown together crap that was the prequels. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on December 18th, 2015, and yes, I will be seeing this at midnight, and yes, I will have my plastic lightsaber (hopefully the cross lightsaber like the one on top)
So those are my ten most anticipated films of 2015. What films are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.