Each year, I share my most anticipated movies of the upcoming year. As a refresher, here are the last two years:
2013: Only God Forgives // This is the End // Despicable Me 2 // Pacific Rim // Elysium
2014: X-Men: Days of Future Past // The Raid 2 // 22 Jump Street // Dawn of the Planet of the Apes // Interstellar
Here are the flicks I'm most looking forward to in 2015. This was really tough to narrow down - 2015 is anticipated to be the best movie year of all time, which HUGE blockbusters coming up, especially once we reach May. I'll do a separate list of movies that I don't think many people have heard of that are coming up as well, to shed some light on a few of those.
5. Minions (July 10th)
Dreamworks knew they had something special in Despicable Me. It had heart, it had laughs, it had Steve Carell. However, the Minions clearly stole the show, and now they're on lunch boxes, headphones, and just about anything else you can find...and for good reason: they're hilarious. I can't wait to see an hour and a half of these little runts running around making noises.
4. Jurassic World (June 12th)
When I was growing up, we had 5 VHS tapes. Wayne's World, Twister, Batman, No Escape (taped off of one of those free HBO weekends) and Jurassic Park. I've seen it at least 20 times, and it still holds up today with amazing animatronics and top notch suspense. Confession: I've never seen the sequels (and always heard to avoid them anyway). This time, however, Chris Pratt is involved, and I'll see anything he's in. He's the reason I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy. It's directed by Colin Trevorrow - if you haven't heard of him, I forgive you. The only thing he's directed for mainstream audiences was Safety Not Guaranteed, which I thought was wonderful.
3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1st)
I fully expected The Avengers to be a mess, but it was one of my favorite movies of 2012. It's not often that a director can cram 5 hero personalities on screen and keep it all together (see: Batman & Robin). Joss Wheden did just that, and I'm looking forward to what comes next in the Avengers saga. I'm REALLY looking forward to the third installment, which is hinting at the start of the Marvel Civil War saga.
2. Fast & Furious 7 (April 3rd)
I loved the fifth and sixth installments of this movie. They were over the top, crazy, entirely unrealistic, but they were FUN. Now we've got Paul Walker's last appearance, combined with Jason THE TRANSPORTER Statham in the mix. Cannot wait. There is one thing that has me nervous here - Justin Lin has moved on from the series (director of 5 & 6) to make way for James Wan, who has primarily done low budget horror movies (Saw, The Conjuring). He did direct Death Sentence, however, which had some action scenes, and the parking garage scene (all done in one take) was all kinds of amazing.
1. The Hateful Eight (Q4)
It's Quentin Tarantino, my favorite director of all time. A western, starring Channing Tatum, Bruce Dern, Sam Jackson, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walt Goggins and Kurt Russell. There's no way this isn't amazing.
Like I said, this was tough to narrow down, and these are all movies that most people have probably heard of. I have no interest in Star Wars or Fifty Shades of Gray, which I'm sure a lot of people are waiting for.
Honorable Mentions: Spectre (Bond 24), Fantastic Four, Mission Impossible 5, Inside Out