With the ever-expanding list of upcoming projects in film, 2015 has some serious muscle to outdo its previous year, assuming all goes well. This is my personal list on the most anticipated films being released in the year 2015.
- 10. Silence: Directed by Martin Scorsese, set in 17th century Japan AND it stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson?? This might be one of the best films no one knows is being made. A movie about Jesuit priests that is based on a true story and a book that is going to end being dark and most likely controversial because it relates to Christianity? Sign me up. #ScorseseForPresident
- 9. Inside Out: Besides some straight to DVD sequels, PIXAR has done no wrong and with the hype surrounding Inside Out saying that this could be their best work….ever, I have to see it! A story about the emotions within a little girl and her parents voiced by great actors and comedians like Lewis Black? Yes please!
- 8. Mad Max: Fury Road: I was never really a fan of the previous Mad Max films with Mel Gibson, not for any reason except they just didn’t click for me, but this? This is going to be a sandy adrenaline ride with acting greats like Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron during a post apocalyptic world of bandits and crazy people and sand for miles! You had my curiosity, now you have my attention.
- 7. In the Heart of the Sea: One of my favorite stories of all time has been the tale of Moby Dick and the endless search for an uncatchable prize. Ron Howard seems to have created what is going to be a visually mind-blowing experience with the crewmen of the Whaleship Essex. It doesn’t hurt Chris Helmsworth and a talented ensemble cast is leading the charge in another film…and between you and me, I didn’t enjoy either Thor films.
- 6. Pitch Perfect 2: There’s no other reasons I’m excited for this film besides the fact that I adored the first film more than I thought I was would. Oh yeah and Anna Kendrick <3.
- 5. Tomorrowland: There is no other reasons I am excited for this movie except for the trailer and the plot surrounding said awesome trailer. George Clooney is hopefully returning to a film that isn’t Monuments Men… Anyway, this film looks highly original and that’s something I can appreciate about a film.
- 4. The H8tful Eight: Quentin Tarantino going back to the west after coming off of one my favorite films, maybe ever in Django Unchained, will be directing a classic Tarantino film that has new faces with the likes of Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Anything this guy makes is going to be top-notch in my book and he always has had the knack for writing some of the best groups of people for films e.i. Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained etc.
- 3. Sea of Trees: No one has been more of a Matthew McConaughey and Ken Wantanabe fan than this guy. Since films like How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days and Reign of Fire being some of the first McConaughey films I saw, I realized his potential. Wantanabe is just one of the actors who does not gain the praise he deserves on the material he has put out, but with a film circling around two men that decide they want to kill themselves in the appropriately named “Suicide Forest” or Sea of Trees, this is going to bring some of the most intense conversations and themes 2015 may have to offer.
- 2. (Tie) The Avengers: Age of Ultron/Star Wars: The Force Awakens: I made this a tie because they are equally as epic and the obvious choices to be either one or two, so why not them both two? These are properties we are all familiar with who have churned out some of the most iconic pop culture visuals, quotes etc. in modern-day and released trailers and teasers that made nearly every fan piss their pants with joy, including myself. We can only hope JJ Abrams hits it out of the park with The Force Awakens. As for Joss Wheden, I think film goers and fans don’t have much to be concerned about.
- 1. The Revenant: Coming off what I believe to be the best film of the year, if not one of my favorite films in the past five years in Birdman, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will be heling a western thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. DiCaprio’s character is a fur trapper in the 1800’s who gets mauled by a bear, but is also robbed by his companions played by the other stars above. He survives and plans to go out and seek his red hot revenge on the men who left him to die….WHY AREN’T YOU SCREAMING WITH JOY?? This sounds so epic that it hurts and no one knows its even in production. I recently heard about it myself and could not resist the good feelings anymore, this is without a doubt the most intriguing film coming out in 2015.