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Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Posted by Velox , in Other Jan 03 2015 · 426 views

So after writing up my favorite films of 2014, I thought I'd make a list of the films I'm most excited for this year.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2015

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens. By far, the film I’m most excited for, no question. The trailer was fantastic, and I love how JJ Abrams captured the look of the original trilogy, while it’s still recognizably Abrams. Cannot wait.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not much needs to be said. I loved the first Avengers (and most of Marvel’s films overall), it’s Joss Whedon again, and the trailer was one of the best trailers I’ve seen.
  • American Sniper. This just looks very emotionally powerful. I’ve loved the trailers I’ve seen, and it’s Clint Eastwood. I'm hoping it becomes the next Saving Private Ryan or Black Hawk Down.
  • The Hateful Eight. Quentin Tarantino. Another Western. What more needs to be said?
  • The Martian. I can only be (cautiously) hopeful for this film. It’s got Ridley Scott (who, while maybe not directing as great of things recently, has directed masterpieces like Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Alien, etc.); Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matt Damon, and others as the cast; and Drew Goddard writing. Plus, the novel sounds amazing, and is the #1 most anticipated book for me to read in 2015—I ordered it from B&N a little while ago, and just can't wait (which will of course also affect my anticipation of the film, depending on how much I like it).
  • Untitled Cold War Thriller by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg and Hanks team up again for a Cold War spy thriller? Count me in.
  • Jurassic World. This could be amazing. Or it could be less so. But I'm hoping it's amazing, and I enjoyed the trailer (though I wish there was less CGI).
  • Crimson Peak. I mean, it’s Guillermo del Toro. And Tom Hiddleston/Jessica Chastain. Not a huge horror person, but this looks really good.
  • Ant-Man. It’s Marvel. They’ve proven themselves, and while this had a few missteps (losing Edgar Wright, etc.), I’m still excited for it.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road. Before the trailer, this wouldn’t’ve been on my list at all, even as an honorable mention. But that trailer blew me away, and this just looks epic. Plus, I love Tom Hardy.

Honorable Mentions (no particular order):
  • Silence, by Martin Scorsese (this would probably be much higher on the list if there were a trailer or anything, but since it’s Scorsese, it should be good);
  • Spectre, by Sam Mendes (honestly the thing that I'm most excited about for this is that it has Andrew Scott);
  • Tomorrowland, by Brad Bird (trailer was great, and I'm a fan of Bird);
  • Inside Out, by Pete Doctor (hey, it's Pixar, and the trailers look good--I'm also a little excited for their dinosaur film);
  • Kingsman: Secret Service, by Matthew Vaughn (the trailers have me sold on this, plus Vaughn is a good director);
  • The Walk, by Robert Zemeckis (trailer was pretty good, Zemeckis+Gordon-Levitt...);
  • Chappie, by Neill Blomkamp;
  • Pan, by Joe Wright (besides Hugh Jackman, probably the reason I want to see this most is apparently the screenwriter is also going to write the upcoming Wonder Woman film, and I haven't seen anything he's written yet);
  • Midnight Special, by Jeff Nichols (loved Mud);
  • Fantastic Four, by Josh Trank (kind of? I'm just hoping it's good);
  • Mission: Impossible 5, by Christopher McQuarrie;
  • Peanuts, by Steve Martino (just out of a small hope it'll live up to some of the original strips/films);
  • Mockingjay Part 2, by Francis Lawrence (I suppose. I need to see Part 1 first though);
  • Jupiter Ascending, by The Wachowskis (tbh I'm not that excited for it, but there's always the chance it could be just as good as the original Matrix);
  • Terminator: Genisys, by Alan Taylor.
And there's my top 25 picks. Anyone else excited for some of these?

(I think I'm actually more excited for 2016 haha…Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Civil War, Dr. Strange, Deadpool, probably a new Nolan film [as he’s been doing one every other year], a Star Wars standalone film, X-Men Apocalypse, A Monster Calls, Jungle Book: Origins, maybe the upcoming Sandman film…)

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Ta-metru_defender
Jan 03 2015 09:03 PM

Dude, Jupiter Ascending, first totally original project from the Wachoskiws since The Matrix. That is a very good reason to be excited and hopeful.

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Vorahk1Panrahk2
Jan 03 2015 09:08 PM

+1 for mentioning Jeff Nichols. He does not get nearly enough accolades as he deserves. I also share your aniticpation for Spielberg, Crimson Peak, Inside Out, and The Good Dinosaur (Pixar's dinosaur film).

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@ TMD--Yeah, I guess it's a mix of just not being a huge fan of the second two Matrix films, and not being completely blown away from the trailer (plus it having to be pushed back and whatnot just makes me worry slightly, but that could be nothing). I mean, the trailer looks good, but just not amazing (it does look visually stunning, though, and Eddie Redmayne is awesome). So I am excited and hopeful, just not as much as I wish I was. =P But you're right, given the fact it's their first completely original project since The Matrix is a really good sign.

 

@V1P2--I really need to see his other two films, but yeah, Mud was just amazing. There's also a rumor going around that he could potentially direct the upcoming Aquaman film with Jason Momoa, which I think would be great because one thing I loved about Mud was the atmosphere and setting (very visually poetic), which makes me think he could do an amazing job with an underwater setting. 

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Vorahk1Panrahk2
Jan 04 2015 01:18 AM

I did hear the rumor of him directing the Aquaman film. He's tackled genre before with Take Shelter (and presumably Midnight Special will as well), but Take Shelter worked so well because his script balanced the apocalypse premise with a more grounded story. I'm not sure if whoever writes the Aquaman script is going to do so with that balance in mind. But you're right in that it would be a visually impressive film regardless.

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Ta-metru_defender
Jan 04 2015 02:46 AM

I enjoyed Revolutions well enough, just found Neo's path boring and the human defense of Zion to be much more cool. Of course, this was nearing on six years ago. May rewatch sometime. What gets me about the trailer is a) it's so darn cool, and 2) their fingerprints are all over it, what with bits of philosophy and such being mixed in. So I'm psyched. But then, I get excited about many movies.

 

I didn't see Mud, which kinda nags at me. Maybe I'll get around to it soon.

 

Would also like to say that I am super pumped for Kingsman. I got an invite to a screening last month but the girlfriend and I weren't sure if we could make it and by the time we knew we could they we out of space. Alas. But seriously, film feels like teenage wish fulfilment come true (hey you, you gotta save the world by kicking [butt]) in a very good way. And Sam Jackson as a villain is always wonderful.

 

Other shoutouts to your Others: Inside Out, Chappie, and Tomorrowland have me excited too.

 

And do see Mockingjay.

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oh waitaminute

 

did you just say what I think you just said

 

*googles it*

 

oh my goodness there is going to be a movie based on A Monster Calls?

 

oh boy my level of excite for 2016 just shot up dramatically and can we just skip 2015 maybe?

 

oh boyyyyy

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@Protalgift--Yep! I've been so excited ever since I heard it was in production a few months ago. I'm most excited for Liam Neeson voicing the Monster, which I think is perfect. It'll be really interesting to see how they do it, regardless...the art is so fantastic I can't imagine seeing it another way, so here's hoping it looks all right.

 

@TMD--After watching the trailer a few more times I'm actually a little more excited for it. Not sure if I'll see it in theaters or not (just because I really don't see all that many films in theaters), but I'll definitely see it at some point. Agreed about Sam Jackson and Kingsman--tbh it'd probably be worth it just to see it for him haha, but the rest looks really great too.

 

@V1P2--Yeah I'm definitely interested to see what they do with Aquaman regardless, story-wise. 

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