Over the next 12 months, we will be bombarded with all manner of proposed cinematic spectacle. Here are the 20 films we are most looking forward to.
<i>Mission: Impossible V</i> to <i>The Walk</i>
Mission: Impossible V
With Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise and his hand-picked director of choice, Brad Bird, returned to the good old-fashioned, well staged and photographed action sequence as the cornerstone to her big budget thriller. Now, with Jack Reacher's Christopher McQuarrie on tap to helm this latest installment, one imagines we will see more of the same, and that's a very good thing indeed. While Cruise's star may not shine as brightly, he is still excellent in this franchise, and his choices behind the lens are equally intriguing.
The Peanuts Movie
While we worry that any update of Charles Shultz's beloved characters will resort to infantile antics and fart jokes -- the late cartoonist exercised extreme control over his characters when he was alive -- we have faith in producer Paul Fieg's promise to stay true to their creator's aims. Shultz's family is also involved, and director Steve Martino is not the worst choice to helm this project, though his Ice Age film and his adaptation of Horton Hears a Who left many in want. Still, we love Charlie Brown and his merry gang, so here's to hoping.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Talk about pressure. If director J.J. Abrams pulls this off, if he manages to make old fans swoon while converting those "irretrievably" harmed by the horrid prequels, he will be seen as nothing short of a Nerd God. He's already brought Star Trek into cinema's 21st century. If he can bring George Lucas' limited dogfights in space into same, he will truly be King of the Geeks. For us, it's either a no-win or win-win situation, nothing else. A good film will be glorious, but a classic, perhaps? Watch out!
First of all, yes: the title is terrible. The spelling issue alone makes one wary of the rest of the approach. We do like the notion of messing with the previous mythos, however, especially if the end result is a Back to the Future Part II-like intermingling of the new with the known. Of course, the last time we were all jacked up about a return to James Cameron's classic, we ended up with Christian Bale screaming at members of the crew, so... we will have to wait and see.
That's What I'm Talking About
While he continues to rake in the awards for Boyhood, Richard Linklater is going back to his past to offer up what he calls a "spiritual" sequel to his stoner gem Dazed and Confused. This time around, the setting is the '80s, and the story centers on a group of college freshman basketball players. One instantly imagines a killer soundtrack surrounded by enough recognizable nostalgia to keep moviegoer members of said demo delighted for days. Oh yeah, and the drug use -- can't forget the drug use.
Amy Schumer may not be everyone's cup of eccentric stand-up, but how can you no be eager to see her teamed up with King of the Dick Jokes, Judd Apatow, and Tilda Swinton? That single co-star alone is enough to have us salivating over the gender specific scatology that should be on display here. However, Schumer is also really smart about her feminism-tinged freak outs, so we're hoping that there's just as many genuine insights as genitalia jokes here.
We love George Clooney. We also love Brad Bird. So this should be a no-brainer, right? Well, since we know so very little of the project, and the initial glimpses so far have been more than ambiguous, we will call ourselves eager if cautious. Disney does have a weird track record with turning its various corporate properties into motion pictures. Pirates of the Caribbean? Ok. Anything else. Well...
Untitled Cameron Crowe Project
Though his track record of late -- Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, and We Bought a Zoo -- has paled in comparison to what he's achieved before (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, and Say Anything), there's no denying that whenever the beloved populist puts pen to paper (and later, script to celluloid), film fans get excited. On the other hand, the concept here sounds very Joe vs. the Volcano, and Crowe is not known for his flights of magic realism.
With Man on Wire still fresh in film fans' memories, it seems surreal that director Robert Zemeckis would feel compelled to tell a fictionalized version of the same story. On the other hand, the teaser trailer (check it out below) informs the doubting Thomas on how dramatization can trump a documentary. Those with vertigo may want to avoid this take on the famed tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers by the high-wire dynamo Philippe Petit.
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