Here is part two of what I deem to be the most anticipated films of this year. Since we are going on the second half most either have no trailers or even posters to go along with. So I hope my description of these will be enough to make you wanna go out and watch them. The studios are counting on it…
Release Date: July 1st
-Right off the bat the title makes me want to avoid at all cost. Second reason? The god awful trailer that has recently come out to showcase what could be one of the biggest mistakes of the year. Arnold Schwarzenegger looks way too old to play as the titular android and the CGI that accompanies his segments is laughable. Then you have the plot which is needlessly confusing for what should be a preview to make you WANT to see this. This normally wouldn’t be the case but I will more than likely see this just to witness what could be a slow motion car crash. Paramount Studios certainly is working uphill from now till July 1st to make people think this isn’t a relic considering the other films being released for the summer.
-The summer of 2015 ends in a whimper in my opinion. The only thing that could be remotely entertaining is the Fantastic Four reboot. But unlike Terminator: Genisys I have no plans to watch this train wreck. Trust me, nothing good has come out to the lead up to this reboot and I would not even bother.
Release Date: September 11th
-A complicated murder plot that is also a heist? With an all star cast including Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie, and Gal Gadot? Plus an underrated Director at the helm in John Hillcoat (The Road and Lawless)? While nothing has come forth yet apart from the bare bones I am curious to see how this is going to play out.
Release Date: September 18th
-Jake Gyllenhaal continues his reinvention as an actor by doing another extreme role. This time as a mountain climber who, along with the rest of the expedition, suffers tragedy while climbing Mt. Everest. Based on a real incident in 1996 expect this to be on the levels of Cast Away or All is Lost to witness the extremes one person will go to survive. While not based specifically on him, author Jon Krakauer was involved during this incident and I recommend reading his book Into Thin Air to get an idea of what to expect. (Krakauer will also be shown in this movie played by Michael Kelly.)
The Jungle Book
Release Date: October 9th
-Jon Favreau has been hit or miss since the first Iron Man movie but that isn’t why I bring this adaptation up. The cast alone is worth a try with Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Kahn, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Christopher Walken (of all people) as King Louie. Most of this is perfect casting to play the iconic characters from Rudyard Kipling’s novel. The Disney version wasn’t my favorite as a child but if we are going to get Bill Murray sing the ‘Bear Necessities’ then I am already on board.
Release: October 16th
-It’s Guillermo del Toro going back to what got him famous in the first place. A horror movie that involves a haunted house. If you have seen The Devil’s Backbone then you know why this is a great thing for del Toro to go back to. And if you haven’t then go get the Criterion release DVD of said film. It’s a goodie.
St. James Place
Release October 16th
-So this is a Steven Spielberg directed Cold War thriller….with the Coen Brothers as writers….AND Tom Hanks as the lead? Hold on everybody because I think I need to change my pants out of excitement.
Release Date: November 6th
-Not only do we have the return of Daniel Craig as 007 but the group known as Spectre has returned. Who could lead such an iconic group of villains? Why Christoph Waltz of course who will play the cat stroking Blofeld. Even as a casual fan of James Bond all of this really excites me because it’ll be a modern take on the 1960s era Bond that made this such a cultural icon. If Spectre is anything remotely as entertaining as Skyfall then we are in for some good times.
The Peanuts Movie
Release Date: November 6th
-When they first announced a new, CGI Peanuts movie was in the works I was a little disappointed. When I think the classic comic strip I do not think of modern, computer graphics. But the first teaser certainly shows I shouldn’t worry. Not only does it look charming and pretty but it certainly feels like a Peanuts production. Snoopy is fighting the Red Baron, Woodstock and his pals are cute as anything, and Charlie Brown….well he’s good old Charlie Brown. As long as there is no stupid, pop culture related material to this then The Peanuts Movie could be a timeless entry for kids.
Release Date: November 25th
-Note: I have not read a single word of Andy Weir’s book of the same name. Yet when I read up on the synopsis I can see why it became one of the hottest pieces of literary fiction last year. One part Cast Away and the other part Gravity we are going to see Matt Damon try and survive the alien landscape of Mars. This material is perfect for Ridley Scott as it is the right amount of adventure and science fiction that fits in his wheelhouse. Come holiday season this could be one of the biggest films to hit theaters.
In the Heart of the Sea
Release Date: December 11th
-The plight of the Essex crew in 1820 is one of the biggest tragedies in marine time history. It is curious that it took so long for it to become a film as virtually ANY aspect of this story could be a film itself. Based on a book by Nathaniel Philbrick (which I highly recommend as it is a riveting account) we witness this crew virtually go to hell as things get worse after fighting a big white whale. As the trailer indicates this did help shape Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick so obviously ‘happiness’ doesn’t equate to this story. With Ron Howard on helm I expect this to stay very close to the actual incident although we’ll see if he sticks to the more horrifying aspects. Cause I don’t know about you but I doubt we are going to see Chris Hemsworth munching on a leg and asking for seconds.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Release: December 18th
-Yes, the prequels burned us quite badly. But even with that it is just too hard not to have a smile watching the initial teaser trailer. With J.J. Abrams and original series creator Lawrence Kasdan on board I am more than confident that this will be a much better outing than what came before. With all the mystery going into next holiday season we are sure as hell going to be puzzled about this until release.
Release: December 25th
-A movie about a media mogul from QVC/HSN doesn’t sound interesting. But then again this is now going to be the 3rd film from David O. Russell with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro starring. Never before have flame-less candles and vacuum cleaners been so intriguing.
Release: December 25th
-You liked Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman right? Well how about watching his next film which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy? Oh I forgot to mention it takes place in the 1800s and it involves DiCaprio’s character being mauled by a bear. Yup, that is seriously the plot. Yes I am totally looking forward to that and why wouldn’t I? Who knows if it’ll be up to par as Birdman but that isn’t fair. What is fair is that the plot to this sounds amazing and maybe it will take a bear mauling to give Leo his Oscar….Probably not but I’m sure a man (specifically Leo) can dream.