Monday, December 29, 2014

Movies of 2015: The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe

Can you believe it's already time to look forward to the new year in movies? This past year just went by too fast. Each year at about this time I've done this yearly movie preview, but I did it differently each year. After much experimentation that way, I decided that I liked the way I did it last year, so I'm going to do it again this year. If you didn't read my post from last year, what I did is split the movies of the year into three categories: the movies I think look good, the movies I think look bad, and the movies that I'm on the fence about. This isn't an all inclusive list. A lot of my favorite movies from 2014 weren't even on my radar at this point last year. These are just a lot of the major titles that are on the radar that will give us a taste of what we can look forward to this year. I also won't go into too much depth. A few sentences is all. That way I can look at a lot more movies. The order in each category is done by release date. So without further ado, let's dive in and see what 2015 has to offer!

The Good:
This year is a year in movies that I've been looking forward to for a while now. So many great movies to look forward to.

Blackhat- 1/16
This movie is about a cyber criminal that the government is trying to take down. And they turn to Thor for help. I mean, Chris Hemsworth. Given recent circumstances, this feels oddly relevant and looks rather intense.

Paddington- 1/16
This was supposed to come out on Christmas, but it wisely chickened out due to high competition. It did come out in the UK and they loved it. It just looks like a really fun family movie.

In the Heart of the Sea- 3/13
Here we have the Ron Howard directed movie that tells the true story that inspired the legend of Moby Dick. I knew nothing about this until the trailer showed up in the theaters and it also looks amazing. And it has my boy Chris Hemsworth on triple duty in the first half of this year.

Furious 7- 4/3
A dumb, but fun franchise turned extremely awesome when the fifth installment arrived. That doesn't happen very often. With the death of Paul Walker delaying this movie, this became a must see.

Avengers: Age of Ultron- 5/1
Oh heck yes! The Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to disappoint me and this sequel to one of the biggest box office hits ever as well as one of my favorite movies ever looks like it could be even bigger and badder than the first.

Jurassic World- 6/12
I really don't know why people in this Jurassic Park universe keep thinking that living with dinosaurs is a good idea, but they sure make for great movies! Or, um, most of them do. I try to forget that Jurassic Park III exists, but this one sure looks awesome!

Inside Out- 6/19
Pixar took the year off in 2014 due to a lot of production issues with the movie The Good Dinosaur. But they're back! After three lackluster movies (Cars 3, Brave, Monsters University), it looks like they are going to get back on track with this one. The teaser filled me with all kinds of nostalgia and the first trailer had me laughing hysterically.

Minions- 7/10
Millions of kids all over the world are ecstatic for this spin-off movie and I'm probably more excited then all of them! I love both Despicable Me movies and the minions made me laugh like crazy in both movies. Of course I can't wait for them to get their own movie.

Ant-Man- 7/17
After delivering Age of Ultron earlier in the Summer, Marvel now goes for their risky movie of the year. Ant-Man? Really? OF COURSE!!! Remember when Marvel tried to adapt this unknown comic book group that included a raccoon and a tree? That worked out really well, right? Now it's time for Marvel to blow us away again. The cast of this is amazing and the premise actually sounds really interesting.

Pixels- 7/24
1980's video game characters are attacking New York and the military turns to a bunch of video game experts to save the day? Haha! That premise sounds hilarious!

Everest- 9/18
The end of the year is drama time and as a part of that we are going to go with Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, and Michael Kelly right up the tallest mountain on earth. I guess I don't know how many of those are hiking with us, but I'm ready!

The Jungle Book- 10/9
We were going to get two live action Jungle Book movies in two years. Both had amazing casts. But the second one wimped out and is coming in 2017 instead of 2016. But this first one is staying put. This adaption has Jon Favreau at the helm and stars Scarlett Johannson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Lupita Nyong'o. I hope it's as epic as that cast.

The Peanuts Movie- 11/6
The first trailer for this movie came out early in 2014. That means by the time this movie actually comes out, Blue Sky will have been advertising it for almost two years. I don't know why they felt they needed to get the word out so early, but I'm totally down with a Peanuts movie.

Spectre- 11/6
That's a recently revealed title. If you didn't hear the news, this is the newest James Bond movie. And I guess they're allowed to have a very British title if they want. I thought Skyfall was great, so I'm way excited for this.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2- 11/20
The end is here. This franchise has hit a grand slam with all three previous movies so far and there's no reason to believe this will be any different. In fact, they've done so good that I know this finale will pull all my emotional strings and thus potentially be the best of the series.

The Martian- 11/25
The end of the year always throws out a bunch of Oscar contending movies that I usually don't hear of until the middle of the year. I'm not sure if this is one of those Oscar contenders, but this sounds interesting nonetheless. We have Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Sean Bean, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a Ridley Scott directed movie about an astronaut stuck on Mars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens- 12/18
Oh my goodness. OH. MY. GOODNESS. I just did a movie preview where Star Wars: Episode VII was mentioned. And it doesn't even have "Episode VII" officially in the title, but who cares! STAR WARS IS COMING OUT THIS YEAR!!!!! WAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Mission Impossible 5- 12/18
And after Star Wars hits theaters, we'll end the year with another Mission Impossible movie. I loved Ghost Protocol, so I'm totally down for this one! I'm sure we'll also get a whole slew of Oscar contenders that I'll love, but I don't know what those are yet, so this is how I'm going to end this part of the list!

The Bad:
With all the good movies coming out, there's also a slew of movies coming out that I'm really wishing wouldn't come out. And a lot of them are in the beginning of the year, so we're getting a lot of crap before we hit the real gems.

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death- 1/2
Ok, the subtitle "Angel of Death" sounds cool I suppose. But did The Woman in Black really need a sequel? It doesn't even have Daniel Radcliffe in it, so what's the point?

Taken 3- 1/9
I'm usually down for brainless action movies and I am a huge fan of Liam Neeson. However, I thought Taken was a really stupid movie and Taken 3 makes me want to hunt Liam Neeson down and ask him what in the heck he was thinking.

The Boy Next Door- 1/23
The Boy Next Door. Really? Are you serious? Anything that has to do with the boy or girl next door just sounds like a dumb idea.

Mortdecai- 1/23
I'm usually one who defends Johnny Depp. He's a good actor that can actually perform good roles. But I got no defense for this one.

Strange Magic- 1/23
You would think an animated movie done by Lucasfilm would be a good idea, right? Or at least there was a point in time where Lucas' name on something was a good thing. Not anymore. And I'm not one to hate on a project just because it says Lucas or Lucasfilm, but go watch this trailer. One of the worst trailers I've seen in a long time. This movie looks downright awful.

Fifty Shades of Grey- 2/13
This risky Valentine's Day soon-to-be hit has lose/lose written all over it. If it's not NC-17 or a strong R, fans of the book will be mad. If it is, most everyone else will be mad. Given the content of the book, I don't understand the point of doing this if it is PG-13 and I have zero interest if it's not. Moral of the story is that I really don't think this should've ever been done.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension- 3/13
What happens when a horror movie that costs only a few thousand dollars to make earns nearly $200 million worldwide? The answer is you have a sixth one six years later. Everyone wants this franchise to die. But I don't think it ever will.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent- 3/20
Here's a controversial pick for this list. I thought Divergent was a complete rip-off of every other young adult book-to-movie adaption of it's kind. Zero originality. And the trailer for Insurgent looks like it's going to take a huge step down from that pile of garbage.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2- 4/17
Yup. Paul Blart: Mall Cop is getting a sequel this year. I guess if the kids like it, then fine. But I really question Kevin James' choices at this point.

Pitch Perfect 2- 5/15
Let the war cries begin. Get your torch and pitchfork everyone and head on over to Adam's place, because I know I'll lose friends over this one. I hated Pitch Perfect with a fiery passion. And the trailer for this sequel makes it look so bad that I can hardly stand to watch the two minute trailer when it shows up in the theater.

Terminator: Genisys- 7/1
I wasn't necessarily opposed to another Terminator movie. But then the trailer came out. And it looked terrible. Poor Arnold. He's tried so hard to make a comeback after his stint as Governator, but it's just failed.

Hotel Transylvania 2- 9/25
I like animated movies. I was looking forward to Hotel Transylvania leading up to it. But then I saw it and it was so bad that it wasn't funny. It had a lot of followers and it made a lot of money, so of course we have this. I'm sure a lot of people are excited for this. But I'm not.

Scouts vs. Zombies- 10/30
How 'bout this for a Halloween movie? No? Sounds too weird just by reading the title? Yeah, I can agree with you on that one.

Friday the 13th- 11/13
Why are we trying again with this franchise? The original is an 80's classic horror movie. I get it. But can't we leave certain franchises alone? I think fans were sick of this after only a few sequels. But we're in double digits now.

Alvin and the Chipmunks 4- 12/25
There are times to be excited when a franchise of movies makes a fourth movie. But those moments are few and far between. And this franchise is not one of them that deserves excitement. The chipmunks are fun. But stop it please.

The Maybe:
Now for the category where I am on the fence. These movies could be good. Or they could be terrible. I'm just not ready to make the call yet.

Project Almanac- 1/30
A time-travelling found footage movie? It sounded really interesting when the trailer first premiered. Then it got postponed for a year. Then they changed the name from Welcome to Yesterday to Project Almanac. All that made me nervous. And a January release date doesn't exude confidence from the studio.

Jupiter Ascending- 2/6
Another movie that I was excited for, but now I'm nervous because they postponed it and gave it an early February release date. This could be awesome. Or it could be a complete disaster. We'll found out soon!

Seventh Son- 2/6
A random fantasy movie in February? Ok, cool. The marketing on this has been like non-existent and I think it will come and go without people realizing it came out. But it kinda looks cool.

SpongeBob: Sponge out of Water- 2/6
I've never been a big fan of SpongeBob. I think it looks fun for little kids, but I've never understood how or why adults my age can love it so much. But I'm putting it on this list because I'm willing to give it a shot. Although I can't help but notice that some scenes in the trailer look inappropriate for kids, which is not good in a movie directed towards kids.

Kingsman: The Secret Service- 2/13
As you can tell already, January is a dumping ground and February is often not much better, but there's always a surprise or two from February which is why I've included so many titles from February on this list. I'm hoping this movie is that surprise, but I'm not going to bet on it.

McFarland, USA- 2/20
It's Kevin Costner doing what Kevin Costner does best. Starring in sports movies. But the question is this going to be a sports movie that stands out or is it going to be another generic, cliched sports movie? I'm not sure.

Cinderella- 3/13
If you haven't noticed, we've been on quite a fetish recently with creating live-action remakes of classic Disney movies. And it's not just Disney doing it. Several studios have joined the party. The odd thing, though, is that every time Disney has done it in the last few years, it's been a disaster. And this Cinderella adaption is Disney, so I'm not crossing my fingers.

Home- 3/20
It's Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory voicing an alien for Dreamworks. And no, I don't mean Jim Parsons. I mean Sheldon Cooper. Go watch the trailer. It could be fun. But Dreamworks has been hit and miss for me lately, so I'm not getting too excited for anything they do.

Mad Max: Fury Road- 3/27
Another Mad Max movie? I'm down! I think. I need to go catch up on my Mad Max before this hits theaters, though.

Tomorrowland- 5/22
This is going to sound really weird coming from me, but I know absolutely nothing about this. All I know is that the really vague teaser came out and suddenly half the world starting freaking out, making me feel like I've missed something. But hey, if everyone else is ecstatic, that means I can be ecstatic? Maybe?

San Andreas- 5/29
Movies about natural disasters have the potential to be really awesome. But some of them can be disasters in and of themselves. We'll see what happens here as we go back and revisit what this deadly fault has done to California in the past.

B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations- 6/5
Dreamworks is up again! And I don't know why they switched this from Halloween time to June, because this sounds like a good Halloween movie based on that title. But like I said above, I never know what to be excited for and nervous about when it comes to Dreamworks animation.

Pan- 7/24
Peter Pan is a character that we've adapted to film many, many times. This time around, Edgar Wright has gone where no one has gone before with Peter Pan. This is a MUCH different world than we're used to when it comes to Peter. On one hand, you can commend them for doing something different and not making the same movie over again. But on the other hand, you gotta wonder if they took things too far.

The Fantastic Four- 8/7
Why are we getting a Fantastic Four remake? I mean, the other movies aren't that old. Oh yeah. Fox needs to keep their rights. And with Marvel taking off, all the other studios are trying their best to keep up. Fox has done well with their X-Men franchise recently, but I don't know about this one.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials- 9/18
This is almost the same story as Divergent. Except I actually enjoyed the first two-thirds of The Maze Runner, even though the ending left something to be desired. I'm crossing my fingers that this sequel impresses me.

Victor Frankenstein- 10/2
Recently we've been trying to remake the old classic Halloween characters. Last year we got weird versions of Frankenstein and Dracula. Now we are going back to Frankenstein again by telling the original story from the point of the monster. I hope this is good. James McAvoy seems like a great choice for Victor Frankenstein, but I really don't know why Daniel Radcliffe is Igor. Seems like an odd choice.

The Good Dinosaur- 11/25
Pixar is making up for missing 2014 by having two titles in 2015, something that will become a trend for them in the next several years at least. Normally I'd be excited for a Pixar movie, but this specific one has gone through so many issues that I can't help but be a bit nervous.

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