Holding out that 2014 might be an even better year in cinema than 2013 was, so here are some selections of this year’s most attractive releases - in my humble opinion (excluding January):
- RoboCop, February 12th - A reboot/remake of a classic, this one has the potential to go either way. Joel Kinnaman is underrated and could deliver a stellar performance as the titular hero, but we’ll see how it all comes down in two weeks.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel, March 7th - After Moonrise Kingdom, which I found to be a trite affair, I’m hoping this is a full-leap down the Wes Anderson rabbit hole into something so completely seamless, it might already be a classic. Looks promising, but so did the aforementioned Moonrise Kingdom.
- Jodorowsky’s Dune, March 21st - Ever since I learned that Alejandro Jodorowsky was set to produce a cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune back in the 70’s, I’ve been pretty wrapped up in the production of this documentary. Hopefully it will shed light on one of the tragedies of the studio system: that Alejandro Jodorowsky was never able to realize what would’ve probably have been an utter masterwork.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier, April 4th - Cause why not? Everyone hates the uber-Capitalism of the Marvel Universe films, but honestly, there’s nothing more enjoyable than watching a comic book on the big screen.
- The Sacrament, May 1st - Ti West, ‘nuff said.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past, May 23rd - X-Men, for better or worse, has always been my favorite superhero franchise, both in print and on-screen, so I’m very stoked to see one of the better storylines being turned into a feature film. Let’s just hope they do it justice.
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, July 11th - Loved the first, hope the second doesn’t let down.
- Jupiter Ascending, July 18th - Good to see the Wachoski’s working in their best milieu again, but this has the potential to be a huge stinker. All the same, I’m always game for a space opera.
- Guardians of the Galaxy, August 1st - Late summer entry for one of the more minor, less interesting entries of the Marvel Extended Universe. Should be decent.
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, August 22nd - In all likelihood, this will not satisfy like the first did, but again, another I’m game for.
- The Green Inferno, September 5th - Can’t say no to a Eli Roth flick.
- Gone Girl, October 3rd - This has the potential to be just as stilted and wack as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but I’m hoping David Fincher will give us something a little more energetic and memorable that isn’t House of Cards.
- Interstellar, November 7th - Christopher Nolan returns to his best niche and as always, I’m excited to overanalyze it at first, come to the conclusion that I’ll never direct anything as seemingly complex as he can create, then realize it was all a dream within a dream within a dream within a movie theatre within a $12 ticket. In other words, stoked.
- Exodus, December 12th - Another director who’s films I’m always game for. Ridley Scott usually delivers on at least one memorable moment per film, so I can’t complain. Hopefully this will be a step up from The Counselor, which seemed almost too procedural for Scott’s talent.
These are all mainstream flicks, to be sure, but honestly I’m most stoked for The Rover, A Field in England, Only Lovers Left Alive and Zero Theorem for the potential they have to renew my faith in cinema as high art.