Most Anticipated 2014


This is usually James’ area, and I don’t have access to his command center, but I saw a list of films being released this year and jotted down those I’m most looking forward to. Please feel free to add your own.

In no particular order:

Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Birdman (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)
A Most Violent Year (J. C. Chandor)
Exodus (Ridley Scott)
Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
Gone Girl (David Fincher)
Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols)
Big Eyes (Tim Burton)
Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
The Skeleton Twins (Craig Johnson)
Life Itself (Steve James)
True Story (Ruper Goold)
Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
Far From the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg)
Magic in the Moonlight (Woody Allen)
Suite Francaise (Saul Dibb)
Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)
The Cobbler (Thomas McCarthy)
A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn)
Macbeth (Justin Kurzel)
Untitled Cameron Crowe
Noah (Darren Aronofsky)
Transcendence (Wally Pfister)
Jupiter Asceding (The Wachowskis)



About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

4 responses »

  1. 22 Jump Street
    A Most Violent Year
    Big Hero 6
    Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
    The Double
    Dumb and Dumber To
    The Equalizer
    Gone Girl
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Hunger Games: Mockingjay
    I Origins
    Inherent Vice
    The Interview
    Jodorowsky’s Dune
    Magic in the Moonlight
    Maps to the Stars
    Nymphomaniac 1 & 2
    Seventh Code
    Tokyo Tribe
    Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    My top choices would probably be: A Most Violent Year, The Double, Inherent Vice, Interstellar, The Interview, Grand Budapest and X-Men.

    Have to say: Summer looks particularly dire this year. The only movies I’m guaranteed to see theatrically from June-August are X-Men and Guardians. Maybe Godzilla if the reviews are good. Everything else can wait for video.

  2. I know it’s all the rage now on film sites, I’ve never really been one to look too far ahead into what upcoming films there are in the following period. It’s almost doomed to lead to disappointment as they hype fails to reach the reality or even worse, the film never even gets to cinema screens (happens quite a bit in Oz if the film flops in America).

    I guess I’m somebody who looks more to the past instead of the future as there’s so much cinema that I haven’t seen in the recent past (let alone the overall history of cinema) that I tend to focus more on that.

  3. What are the 5 biggest films recently that you were aware of, Marco, that you didn’t see in Australia, that didn’t make it there?

  4. To give one recent example, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring (and debut directing) feature ‘Don Jon’ doesn’t seem to have a release date here in Australia (and presumably go direct to DVD). Odd, as it has some star power and got decent reviews.

    There are more obvious examples of films never getting a cinematic release, such as films that are perceived to be directed towards the African-American market and not economically viable here. Pretty certain no Tyler Perry film has ever gotten a cinema release in Oz.

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