Wednesday 1 January 2014

Hello 2014!

With a new year, we have a whole set of new films to look forward to. Of course, if you are like me, you still have a huge number of 2013 to get over with. But as it is becoming a tradition on this blog, I give you my most anticipated films of the coming year on 1st January (even though I'm failing my exams for writing this).

Honorable MentionsJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Sils Maria, The Monuments Men, Beauty and the Beast, The Boxtrolls, Cuban Fury, Fury, Chef, 22 Jump Street, Tammy, The Interview, Dark Places, Madame Bovary,  The Imitation Game, Tom at the Farm, Maps to the Stars, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Unbroken, The Cobbler, Noah (still not sure on this one, but then, Aronofsky), Life Itself, Jupiter Ascending (again, for the directors), Jane Got a Gun, untitled Cameron Crowe, Neighbours, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Stretch, The Maze Runner, Under the Skin, Annie, Get On It, The Search, Dumb and Dumber To, Horrible Bosses 2, Veronica Mars, Exodus, Cymbeline, Every Thing Will Be Fine, Happy Christmas, Frank, Brooklyn, Midnight Special, Need for Speed and any Terrence Malick film if he decides to release one this year.

The 25:

25) X-Men: Days of Future Past
This would have been higher on my list were it not for that gargantuan cast. Seriously, too many characters. There is big chance of this film not working, but I'm still quite excited. Also, that picture is hilarious.

24) Far From the Madding Crowd
Thomas Vinterberg made one of the most acclaimed movies of last year, The Hunt. This will be his English language debut. The material is great and so is the cast. I'm happy to see Tom Sturridge bagging such roles.

23) The Lobster
The concept is kind of genius- people forced to find their soulmates or else they turn into animals. The cast is exciting and I have become quite a fan of Yorgos Lanthimos over last year.

22) Muppets Most Wanted
The Muppets was one of the biggest surprises of 2011 for me. It was the happiest movie of the year and so I have high hopes for its sequel.

21) Nymphomaniac
I don't think any film has me equally intrigued and scared like this one. It is going to be something.

20) The Trip to Italy
I thought the first one was totally brilliant and super hilarious and I have a feeling this one will be too. And I love Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon!

19) Maleficient
Though the teaser did little for me, I have been excited for this film since day 1. Angelina Jolie is PERFECT for a role like this. And gotta love Elle Fanning.

18) Godzilla
Talking of teasers/trailers, Godzilla's absolutely rocked! Plus the cast and the visuals have my attention completely.

17) Transcendence
The trailer was absorbing enough and that cast is quite amazing. Curious to see how Wally Pfister fares as a director. Also, so nice to see Johnny Depp looking normal in a film... sorta...

16) Into the Woods
I love Chicago. That alone guarantees my interest in this film. But then we have fantastic actors like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, James Corden (!), Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick in big and small roles playing fairy tale characters- oooooooooooo!!

15) Gone Girl
I'm sorry, David Fincher. I just hate Ben Affleck's chin so much! Otherwise your film would have been higher on the list, I swear on Jack's everything! I do love Rosamund Pike though.

14) How to Train Your Dragon 2
I regret not having watched How to Train Your Dragon in the theatres in 3D. Not making that mistake with its sequel, which looks quite breathtaking too.

13) Foxcatcher
Love it when an actor tries something different. Steve Carell looks set to wow us in this and, having read up on the whole incident, I think this might be a helluva movie.

12) The Fault in Our Stars
I absolutely loved the novel and Shailene Woodley has been fantastic in everything I've seen her in. I seriously hope and pray the film does John Green's beautiful, hilarious and heartbreaking book justice.

11) Guardians of the Galaxy
I think this is going to be a very atypical superhero movie, and we need some of those now. And wowsers Lee Pace, Chris Pratt and Karen Gillan in a movie together!

10) Magic in the Moonlight
Statistically, observing the trend in Woody Allen's recent films, this *should* be a dud. But I absolutely adore the idea of Emma Stone being in one of his films and this looks and sounds quite lovely.

9) Inherent Vice
It's probably a lazy reason but it's a Paul Thomas Anderson film. It's bound to be good if not great. Joaquin Phoenix is also in top-form right now and the story is very interesting.

8) The Raid 2: Berandal
Because The Raid is a perfect film. 'Nuff said.

7) The Double
Submarine is one of my most favourite films ever. This looks v.v.v.v.v. different, but that's not a bad thing, especially with some people talking about its similarities with Fight Club. Also, bless Richard Ayoade for bringing Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska together in this film!

6) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I am a huge fan of the first one and I like the fact that it seems to be merging superheroes with spies. Chris Evans is so great in this role too.

5) Only Lovers Left Alive
I like vampires. I like vampire romances. I like off-beat romances. I like John Hurt. I like Anton Yelchin. I like rockstars. I love Mia Wasikowska. I looove Tilda Swinton. I looooove vampire Tilda Swinton. I looooooove Tom Hiddleston. I looooooooove vampire Tom Hiddleston. I looooooooooove vampire rockstar Tom Hiddleston.
I think I will like this film.

4) Interstellar
I love a smart blockbuster and Christopher Nolan is just about the king of those. Excited to see what he does now, with the Dark Knight trilogy behind him. And then there is that cast which includes Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and like a million other amazing people and basically, this might be brilliant.

3) Carol
Todd Haynes directing Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in a film based on a Patricia Highsmith novel about two women in a relationship in the 50s on the run- YES PLEASE!

2) How to Catch A Monster
I *did* call this my most anticipated film of all time, but I am a bit scared about the surreal aspects of the film and obviously, how good the Gos will be as a director. Still, that's a picture of Ryan Gosling directing a shirtless Matt Smith. I'm ready to sell my soul to be able to attend the premiere.

1) The Grand Budapest Hotel
Look at that poster! This film is going to be gold. Don't you just wish that Wes Anderson was God so that the whole world would be as pretty as his films and everyone would be as fun as Ralph Fiennes's Gustav H. seems to be? Jokes (existential jokes? Idk) aside, my favourite thing about Wes Anderson's films are the darker layers hidden beneath their gorgeous exteriors and as delightfully screwball-like as The Grand Budapest Hotel's trailer seems to be, I think the film will have much more to offer. Cannot wait!

And there you have it. I hope all of us have a fantabulous 2014 :D


  1. "vampire rockstar Tom Hiddleston." - there is seriously a very good chance I'll require medical assistance during this film.

  2. I actually had the chance of seeing Only Lovers Left Alive, I even reviewed it. It's a pretty good film, great performances and music and a vampire film like I've never seen before.
    I am very excited to see Gone Girl after reading the book. Inherent Vice will be a fantastic film, that's for sure. Nymphomaniac, so unusual, it's weird that this film got me so intrigued about it. I will be seeing it in a couple of weeks.
    Good list overall, looks like it's gonna be another great year in film.

    1. Oooo awesome!
      Lucky you get to see Nymphomaniac so soon. I'll probably watch it next year now :/

      Yes it will :)

  3. This year looks awesome, doesn't it? I'm looking forward to sooo many movies. Ok maybe that's because I used to not have a clue about upcoming movies.
    Anyway, my #1 is The LEGO movie - should I be worried about that? My #2 is How to Catch a Monster as well - yay :D

    1. Haha no it's fine. I'm not as intrigued by it, but then maybe I'm wrong. Eitherways, it will be nice to be surprised :)

  4. Such an awesome list, oh my god, I'm so excited for the upcoming film year now!! Can't wait for Hiddles as a vampire rockstar and Gone Girl, too. And so many others.

  5. This list scares me a bit.. so much good in it.. it's going to be a hell of a year if all of these movies turn out to be amazing!

    1. Hahaha well, the only scary thing will be if the films don't turn out to be as good as they seem. Let's just hope for the best now.

  6. Damn, I didn't know about many of these!

  7. I like your list. Not a bad one in the bunch.

    1. And I liked yours! Helped me a lot actually :)

  8. Great list! Can't wait to see most of them!

  9. Awesome list - I'm now even more excited for 2014. I didn't know a lot of these were made/being released next year like Carol and Magic in the Moonlight. Happy new years Nikhat!

    1. I'm not a 100% sure on Carol since it hasn't been in many other lists, but here's hoping.
      Happy new year to you too, Katy :)

  10. Ahh, thank you for reminding me that I need to add a few more films to my 'Must see 2014" list. Totally forgot about Gone Girl!

  11. Terrific list! We have a lot of films in common, like Interstellar, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inherent Vice and The Trip to Italy.

    Oh, I forgot about The Lobster, Carol, The Double and The Raid 2. I can't wait to see them as well.

    I think Far from the Madding Crowd might get bumped to 2015, but I hope I'm wrong.

    1. Thanks! I can't wait either.

      Aww nooo. Well, it seems like a pretty full year still.

  12. There are a lot of good ones I am looking forward to one this list but what's more important is you gave me quite a few I didn't know to be excited about. That's Great!

    But what I really want to say here is I really want to put an anonymous comment here - No Amazing Spider Man -2?? :D

    1. Awesome :)

      As for The Amazing Shit-man, it was supposed to be on a list that I deleted at the last moment- Awful Films that I will Inevitably Watch because of Hot Actors :)