My last post was about the top 5 movies I'm looking forward to this year, but those were all gigantic, blockbuster movies. Movies that are guaranteed to make stacks of cash at the box office, and movies that you all probably know about by now. So here's my list of 7 movies that warrant your attention that probably aren't on your radar yet. Why 7? Because they deserve it, and as much as I tried, I didn't feel like narrowing it down.
7. Everly (January 23rd)
This selection has me a bit worried - it's being released in late January, which means it's either Oscar bait or being dumped, and I'm guessing this one isn't going to be up for any awards. Either way, it looks really, really fun. It centers around Selma Hayek, a woman who faces assassins sent by her ex (a mob boss) while she's in her apartment. It kind of sounds like Dredd, only with Selma Hayek killing bad guys. I saw some stills of this movie, and it looks all kinds of bloody - a hard R. It doesn't star anyone else who's notable, and is directed by Joe Lynch, a guy whose diet growing up was schlocky B-movies. I'm ready.
6. Slow West (early 2015)
Slow West will be director John Maclean's first shot at a full length feature, and he's got some great parts to work with. Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn star alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee, a kid who...if you don't recognize him now, you will in a few years. It's a western, following a 16 year old boy on a journey across 19th century frontier America in search of his love, accompanied by a mysterious traveler named Silas (Fassbender).
5. Grimsby (July 31st)
I'm not the biggest fan of comedy films these days, and it takes a lot to get me excited about one. That being said, anything with Sasha Baron Cohen's name attached gets my attention. Grimsby, written by and starring Cohen (Borat), is about a top spy who teams up with a football hooligan. It also stars Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson and Penelope Cruz.
4. The Martian (November 25th)
The Martian is an adaptation of the Andy Weir book of the same name. The log line is simple - an astronaut, stranded on Mars, struggles to survive. While this sounds basic enough, it's the cast and crew that's got me jazzed. Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down...we'll forgive him for The Counselor) directs. Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods) writes - and get to know him, as he'll be writing and directing the upcoming Marvel Sinister Six movie, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, Donald 'Childish Gambino' Glover, and Sean MOTHERFUCKING Bean? This movie HAS to be good.
3. Demolition (late 2015)
It is my opinion that no one is taking as many risks with their roles as Jake Gyllenhaal. His last four movies (End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy and Nightcrawler) have all been fantastic, and he's been nothing short of amazing in them. I could have cheated and said anything Gyllenhaal is in for 2015, as the upcoming Southpaw and Everest both sound amazing. However, he's paired with director Jean-Marc Vallee here, director of Dallas Buyers Club, which gives me high hopes for Demolition, the story of an investment banker, struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife, meets another woman during a chance encounter. Not much to go on, but if Gyllenhaal is in it, I'm interested.
2. The Revenant (late 2015)
Leonardo DiCaprio needs an Oscar, dammit, and this will be the movie that gets him one. Leo stars as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who's left for dead after he's mauled by a bear. When he recovers, he sets out on his path for vengeance against those who left him there. Sounds insane. Add Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter into the mix, directed by Alejandro Inarritu? If this doesn't get DiCaprio his Oscar, nothing will.
1. Sicario (late 2015)
Sicario follows the story of a young FBI agent who joins a CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that will take her ethical and moral values to the limit. It's directed by Denis Villeneuve, who's last two movies (Prisoners and Enemy) were fantastic and filled to the gills with suspense. It stars Emily Blunt as our FBI agent, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, and Benecio Del Toro. This movie sounds like gold.
Hopefully this shed some light on some movies you hadn't heard much about, and got you even more excited for what's in store for us in 2015. Personally, I can't wait.