Remember back in the day when a movie trailer would surprise you in the theatre?
“Wait…what is this? WHAT?! They’re making a Transformers movie?! I can’t wait to roll out for that one!”
“Hold on…(stops munching popcorn in suspense)…is that…is that Batman?! OMG, a new Batman is coming out!!!”
“Oh…another reboot of Spiderman…nice…I guess. I wish Marvel took over the franchise.”
These days, there are no surprises because of articles like this one that gleefully can’t shut up about all the cool new movies coming out this year. So spoiler alert begins…now…
10. Fast & Furious 7
Everyone is hoping that this movie is a fitting tribute to the late Paul Walker. However, let’s not forget that the plot features Jason Statham as the bad guy. That in itself is pretty cool. Will Statham be playing Frank Martin in the series? That would be awesome if the top drivers in Fast & Furious and The Transporter were somehow connected. All that’s known is that he’s playing the brother of the now-dead Owen Shaw. (Release Date: April 3rd, 2015)
9. Pitch Perfect 2
The first film was a pleasant surprise, like discovering a new song by a new artist on the radio. Will they be able to recreate or even exceed the original? Or will it seem like a bad cover song? It all depends on Elizabeth Banks, who moves from Producer of the first movie to Director and maestro of this ensemble comedy. (Release Date: May 15, 2015)
8. Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight
I have to admit two things here:
1) I put this film at #8 because it seemed like a perfect fit.
2) I would not know or care about this Western if Tarantino was not directing.
Love or hate Tarantino films, at least you know you’re never going to be bored. And although this film has been described as a “talky Western”, you know the hallmarks of Tarantino films will be in here: great acting, some quirky comedy, and gasp-worthy cinematic violence. (Release Date: November 13, 2015)
7. Disney’s Tomorrow land
A Disney movie directed by the great Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Iron Giant, Mission Impossible) and starring George Clooney?! I’m there tomorrow, before even needing to know the plot! But if you are a stickler for details, here’s the mysteriously simple plot summary so far: Frank (George Clooney) and Casey (Britt Robertson) travel to a place somewhere in time and space only known as Tomorrowland where their actions directly affect the world and themselves. Sounds a lot more fun than Interstellar at least. (Release Date: May 22, 2015)
6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend
This movie already has three things working against it:
1) The great Chow Yun Fat isn’t returning.
2) The original was released over 15 years ago!
3) The original director Ang Lee isn’t returning.
On the bright side, Chow Yun Fat’s (Yes, we will spell out his full name every single time!) absence will be offset by the almost as awesome Donnie Yen. And the director of this new chapter will be Yuen Wo-Ping, the martial arts choreographer of The Matrix and Kill Bill. An interesting note is that Netflix will be releasing the movie online…the same day it hits theaters. (Release Date: August 28, 2015)
5. Jurassic World
Every time a new commercial for a Jurassic Park sequel comes out, I sort of go “meh” because of the same old plot: dinosaurs go rampaging and eat people. But then I find myself in theatres and my mind is screaming with glee: “Dinosaurs go rampaging and eat people! Yay!”
This time, the dinos are rampaging in an amusement park in San Diego and Chris Platt has to stop them…without the help of his Guardians of the Galaxy. Keep in mind that Spielberg didn’t have much to do with this sequel. (Release Date: June 12, 2015)
Will Marvel’s cinematic winning streak finally come to an end with Ant-Man? Probably not. Guardians of the Galaxy showed that audiences love a superhero movie with large doses of comedy on the side, and that’s what Ant-Man seems to offer. And it’s always interesting to see how each new Marvel movie release connects into the carefully crafted Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Release Date: July 17, 2015)
3. James Bond: Spectre
If a James Bond movie is on TV, I will stop whatever I am doing (using flipping channels on the TV) and watch it. That is especially true for Casino Royale (and even Quantum of Solace). So when we have Daniel Craig’s Bond finally facing off against the infamously evil organization SPECTRE, count me in. And throw in Christopher Waltz as the main baddie, then you have the perfect mix…just like a martini, shaken, not stirred. (Release Date: November 6, 2015)
TIE FOR FIRST: Avengers 2 & Star Wars
1A: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Release Date: May 1, 2015)
1B: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Release Date: December 18, 2015)
Okay, I know I’m cheating here. But these two big films deserve to share first place. On one hand, you have the return of the Avengers, which still amazes me to this day that Marvel was able to build up each major hero in their own film and then team them up on the big screen. I am still in awe. Then there are those trailer shots of Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor and I was just salivating. My only concern is that Ultron isn’t the most deadly super villain to take on this super line up of heroes.
On the other hand, you have a brand new Star Wars that continues where the Original Star Wars left off decades ago. This is a lifetime event for many people. However, George Lucas isn’t involved (take that as good or bad) and Disney has taken over, handing over the X-Wing reins to J.J. Abrams – a director who obviously loves sci-fi (and lens flares) and makes very competent films, yet always comes just short of making a totally enthralling, emotional, and timeless film (Star Trek, Super 8, etc.)