As per tradition, each year I write down the 50 or so films to see in my Moleksine, and just pray that some of my more anticipated releases live up to their glorious trailer or preview coverage. Admittedly, there are a couple of films from last year which I've just caught and would have raised the bar all round - Short Term 12 and Rush are both ace films, grown-up, emotional and multi-stranded.
We're one month down in 2014, and so far not so good. The Wolf of Wall Street, Jack Ryan and Out of the Furnace haven't lived up to the hype, and for me, all fell short of what was expected. However, I won't write off anything yet, as this year sure has some tricks up its sleeve, and looks to be a strong year for crime and science-fiction.
Anyhow, without further ado, here's my most anticipated films of 2014:
American Hustle - great cast, great director, great subject matter. Loved it.
Wolf of Wall Street - Scorsese & DiCaprio pair up again. Too much aesthetic, not enough substance.
Out of the Furnace - solid cast of Hollywood men's men; great potential let down by weak script.
Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson. Amazing Cast. Need I say more...
The Rover - David Michod's much-anticipated follow-up to the brilliant Animal Kingdom (Guy Pearce pic below)
Godzilla - Gareth Edwards' amazing Monsters was the perfect practice for this monster classic.
Interstellar - Chris Nolan returns post Dark Knight with this (moody) sci-fi.
Sin City 2 - finally!
Inherent Vice - PT Anderson pairs with Joaquim Phoenix once again. Hurrah!
Fury - WWII tank drama; if it's anywhere near as good as Lebanon, bring it on.
Foxcatcher - Carrell, Tatum and Ruffalo stretch their acting chops in this wrestling drama.
The Raid: Berandal - the first was epic, the trailer for this looks epic, can't wait.
Ex Machina - Alex Garland is a proven hand at scriptwriting, and here's his writer-director debut.
Labor Day - Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, awards-bait. Looks like a great character study.
Sabotage - corrupt cop movies are just the best. Plus, this one has Arnie. End of.
A Most Wanted Man - latest LeCarre adaptation with Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Gone Girl - great novel; curious to see how Fincher can adapt it.
Bypass - a morality tale set in the gritty north of England.
Jane Got a Gun - a black list script, curious to see the finished article after a troubled production.
Calvary - McDonagh. Gleeson. Ireland. Perfect combo.
The Dallas Buyer's Club - long live the McRenaissance (Paperboy, Mud, Wolf of Wall Street)
Edge of Tomorrow - Cruise is enigmatic if nothing else, and this looks exciting enough.
Lucy - Luc Besson has Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule who develops special powers.
Her - the wonderful tale of a man who falls in love with his computer's female persona.