|A rough sketch of me celebrating getting near the end of this list|
Now we're getting down to it! Honestly, these next 15 movies could all be interchangeable. I'm about as anxious as you can get for all of these movies. Sure, I've ranked them, but I think I ranked them based on buzz from the internet - so any list you see on the internet about next year, if it doesn't contain most of these 15 movies, then they're not a legit source. I'm a legit source - I'm too legit to quit, baby. But before I divulge the next five movies, I'd like to present a trailer for number 28, Inside Out:
Oh yes, this will be a opening weekend movie for me. No doubt about it.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writers: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Release Date: March 6
Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene five years ago with his first movie, District 9, landing an Oscar nomination and turning Sharlto Copley, a South African television producer, into a legitimate Hollywood actor. His second film, Elysium, was pretty good, it just didn't reach the lofty heights and expectations I and other critics had heaped upon Blomkamp and the movie. Blomkamp's back with what seems a more intimate film about artificial intelligence and being human. Chappie is a robot who gets kidnapped by a local gang and used for their own nefarious plans. I think the cast is fantastic - Copley is being motion captured for Chappie and Hugh Jackman goes against type to play the villain. And what's a science fiction movie without Sigourney Weaver? Make no mistake, this is not Short Circuit Redux, this film looks way more serious, but not at the expense of having a fun time. The look of this film and the look of Chappie just gets me sucked in - he just feels real and believable as a true robot that can think and feel on its own. I believe the cast and crew are going to make this fun and exciting but also adding a level of intelligence and sophistication beyond just a regular sci-fi action flick.
Starring: Paul Rudd, Judy Greer, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Garbriel Ferrari, Andrew Barrer, Adam McKay
Release Date: July 17
After the much publicized break-up between Marvel and Edgar Wright, Ant-Man seemed poised to be the first Marvel movie in their Cinematic Universe that would end up being a bust. I love Edgar Wright - he had been involved with Ant-Man since 2006 and had his own vision for the superhero. But then Kevin Feige - the man driving the tank that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the first Iron Man movie, has his own vision for how Ant-Man should fit in. So of course there's going to be creative differences and I have to side with Marvel on this one - they haven't had a bad film so far after 10 of them. So while I think we'll all mourn the loss of a Wright-infused take on this oddball superhero, the film should still be just as good as the rest of the other Marvel films. And landing Paul Rudd as Scott Lang as the Ant-Man is perfect. The story is that Scott Lang must aid his mentor (and original Ant-Man) Dr. Hank Pym in keeping secret the technology behind Ant-Man and plot a caper to defend the Earth from menacing forces. While vague, I'm excited that the movie is already establishing that Ant-Man has been around since the 60s and Scott Lang must don the suit. Peyton Reed, director of Yes Man and The Break-Up, took the role as director after Wright's departure and from what I read in his interviews I think he'll end up being a good choice for this film. It is walking more closely to the line of comedy than action - they hired Adam McKay to re-write parts of the script. McKay is best known for directing almost all of Will Ferrell's comedies. And this is important, because Kevin Feige has said time and time again that they're focused on creating genre films first and foremost before making a superhero film. It's worked so far - Captain America: The Winter Soldier worked so well because it was first and foremost a political thriller that just so happened to have a superhero and some awesome action. I wouldn't be surprised if this movie has the same beats as a comedy sprinkled with a heavy doses of action. While some may see this movie as a disappointment and a missed opportunity because of Wright's absence, I see a movie from a studio that's confident it can carry on without it's first creative voice.
Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer
Director: Brad Bird
Writers: Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof
Release Date: May 22
I've been itching to see this movie since it was first announced over two years ago. Tomorrowland derives its name from the futuristic-themed section of Disney theme parks. The inclusion of Brad Bird is what got me excited about this movie in the first place - the director of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Incredibles is a perfect fit for this story. While there's very little known about the actual story - George Clooney and Britt Robertson travel to a secret place known only as Tomorrowland where their actions direcly affect their world and themselves. I just think the potential for this movie is limitless - this should be a fun adventure movie that only Disney could make. Disney has a good track record of making great adventure movies - Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Flight of the Navigator. I think this movie could be special and not the eat-the-paste kind! With Brad Bird and the hunky Clooney this movie could start a new franchise for Disney. As much as people complain about how unoriginal Hollywood is, here comes a big-budget movie that screams original. So take that haters. I'm going to be first in line for this epic story.
Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph
Director: Jason Moore
Writer: Paula Pell
Release Date: December 18
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back again! This comedy duo was last scene in the funny Baby Mama. This time they're playing sisters who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. The talent behind this movie is exceptional - the cast, which includes a ton of SNL alums like Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon. The film is written by a long-time SNL writer, Paula Pell and the director from 2012's comedy hit Pitch Perfect, Jason Moore, is on board to direct. So for sure this movie is going to bring the funny. No doubt about it - I'd love to see more and more from Fey and Poehler, hopefully this will be just the beginning for these two.
11. Mission: Impossible 5
Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writers: Drew Pearce, Will Staples
Release Date: December 25
After being DOA with the third Mission: Impossible (which actually was pretty good - J.J. Abrams is the go-to guy for reviving franchises, it just so happens that no one was paying attention with this one), Ghost Protocol changed everything. I credit Brad Bird for directing and the smart script from Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum. Essentially rebooting the series with Ghost Protocol. the fifth M:I movie has some big shoes to fill. Nothing is known about the plot for the fifth movie, but who cares? This franchise is built on great action and chase scenes and cool tech that enables Tom Cruise to scale skyscrapers. So I think the writers will be just fine. And Christopher McQuarrie will direct, who's last film, Jack Reacher was not exactly the greatest. The sum will be greater than the parts when it comes to this franchise. Maybe I'm placing too much faith in this series, but I can't help getting excited about seeing more of Ethan Hunt running for his life and chasing people down. If there's one thing Cruise can do is a great running scene. That dude can run.