On today’s “Pat & JT in the Morning” (podcast starts at 23:46), we talked about a few of the most anticipated movies of 2015. So now, I’ve got my full list of movies I’m looking forward to this year. Take a look at these upcoming films, and we can discuss in the comments!
10. Crimson Peak
The horror genre isn’t my favorite because it’s been dumbed down by thoughtless torture porn and shock-value tactics. But Crimson Peak sounds right up my alley. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (of Pan’s Labyrinth), this gothic horror romance hybrid stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston (YESSSSS), and Jessica Chastain.
Least Anticipated Alternative: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. What in the actual hell at this point, guys. Did we really need FIVE of these films? Also, what’s with the title? Sooooo lame.
9. Jupiter Ascending
Funnily enough, Jupiter Ascending made my 2014 most anticipated list because it was supposed to be released in the summer of 2014. But it got pushed back to February 2015. Nevertheless, I’m curious about this movie. Made by the Wachowskis (of The Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas), this sci-fi adventure starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, and Eddie Redmayne looks like a visual blast.
Least Anticipated Alternative: The Martian. It’s Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi starring Matt Damon, which sounds good in principle, but it’s described as a cross between Gravity and Cast Away, which sounds less innovative. It could change my mind, but I’m not convinced.
8. Mad Max: Fury Road
The trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road sold me immediately on this film. It looks batshit crazy in all of the right ways. Combine that with Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult, and we’ve got a big-budget clusterf**k with explosions and desert car races. Somehow, I’m totally okay with this despite ragging on other movies (*cough* Transformers) for doing it. Hey, at least Mad Max knows it’s nuts.
Least Anticipated Alternative: Furious 7. I know Paul Walker died, but I’m so tired of this franchise that I can’t even fake interest in it.
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was disappointing in terms of not actually accomplishing anything (Quit splitting movies into unnecessary two-parters, Hollywood), Part 2 should be better. In Part 2 of the final Hunger Games chapter, Katniss Everdeen and the rebels from District 13 head to the Capitol to kill President Snow and stop the war in Panem. In other words, shit goes down.
Least Anticipated Alternative: Insurgent. A follow-up to the just okay Divergent, it’s hard to get excited about this series. It’s better than Twilight, but it pales in comparison to The Hunger Games.
I don’t know a lot about Bond 24 (a.k.a. Spectre) because it’s been largely kept under wraps. But Daniel Craig’s James Bond is back with M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) to take on an evil organization called SPECTRE. New characters will be played by Christoph Waltz (the perfect villain), Monica Bellucci (oldest Bond Girl to date), and Lea Seydoux.
Least Anticipated Alternative: Mission Impossible 5. How do these goddamn movies keep getting made? Sit down, Tom Cruise!
5. Inside Out
Pixar’s new film Inside Out is all about a young girl’s emotions as she moves from the Midwest to San Francisco with her family and starts at a new school. It looks adorable and also seems like it could bring up interesting discussions about children’s emotional health. As for the emotions, there’s Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).
Least Anticipated Alternative: Minions. While I enjoy Despicable Me‘s minions, I don’t think they need their own movie.
4. Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect was SO good, and that made me nervous when I heard it had a sequel in the works because sequels rarely live up to the first. But then Elizabeth Banks stepped in as director, Kay Cannon (of 30 Rock) stuck around to write, and Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and the rest of the Bellas/Treblemakers are back. If the trailer is any consolation, it’s going to be awesome (and I can’t wait to sing along).
Least Anticipated Alternative: The Last Five Years. It’s another Anna Kendrick singing movie. I admit it looks good, but it also looks sad as hell, and I’m really not in the mood for that kind of movie.
3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Following The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Avengers take a break from saving the world, using Tony Stark’s artificially-intelligent creation Ultron to stand in for them in keeping the peace. Naturally, Ultron becomes so intelligent that he turns on the Avengers and the human race. We’ll also meet Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
Least Anticipated Alternative: Ant-Man. I’m worried that this movie will be Marvel’s first lame superhero film. I love Paul Rudd, but this movie had a ton of production issues that might lead to a “meh.”
2. Jurassic World
Jurassic World looks awesome, and not just because Chris Pratt plays a hunky velociraptor researcher. It’s been 22 years since the original park was destroyed, and now there’s a bigger and better version. Of course, the creators of this new park try to play God, too, which leads to the creation of a dinosaur hybrid (one that possibly has the ability to turn invisible) that escapes and terrorizes the visitors.
Least Anticipated Alternative: Tomorrowland. Sure, the trailer is intriguing, but it also looks like straight-up Disney propaganda. They should’ve just called it “Our Plans for a Futuristic Disney World.”
1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Duh. The most anticipated movie on my list is Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens because we haven’t seen a new Star Wars in years (The shitshow that was Episodes I-III doesn’t count). Though I was apprehensive about Disney and J.J. Abrams taking over, the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford as their original characters makes this worthwhile, as does the addition of Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, and Lupita Nyong’o.
Least Anticipated Alternative: Terminator Genysis. Unlike new Star Wars, this new movie completely undoes the story in the other Terminator films (pulling an X-Men: Days of Future Past, if you will). That, and the Governator really needs to stop making movies.