9 Films I can't wait for this year

02 Jan

As I confessed in my first post I am an entertainment junkie. So it should come as no surprise I have a few films that I am looking forward to this year as well as the shows I listed in my previous post.

Now the last few posts have unfortunately been a bit listy (Is that a word? If not it is now) and I swear this will be the last of these types of posts for a while as lists can get to be just a tad boring!

Plus I want to start delving deeper on some subjects that I touched on in my earlier posts and have some special ones planned that should drum up some discussion.

I have quite the list of films I want to watch this year and it is constantly growing but I have narrowed it down to 9 films that excite me as much a teenage girl is by One Direction.

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Okay, my excitement isn't quite to that level in reality. When hearing about some of these it was probably a little more like the above gif but...yeah I can't wait for these films!!!

So here's the 9 films I can't wait to see this year in order of them being released.

Her

This is film is probably a bit quirky for those of you who like to stay in your comfort zone with films. Storyline is as follows:

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

via IMDB

From what I've seen of it in the trailer it seems like it will be an amazing film commenting on our growing attachment on technology as a society and the growing lack of human interaction wherein we will start to become more emotionally connected to our machines than we are to our significant others.

Hell it's probably not a far off posibility with the likes of Siri who for all intents is a PA in your pocket just lacking the little quirks of a personality that an AI (as seen in this film) would bring.

Her comes to the UK just in time for Valentines day so be sure to creep your date out by asking that oh so special question:
"Would you still love me if I was just a non-corporeal voice?" (The answer will probably be no. I would not ask that question....or do and video tape it for my enjoyment)

Check out the trailer.


The wind rises

As most people aren't fans of Japanese anime for some unknown reason (it's pretty awesome when not ruined by horrendous dub actors) I will keep this short.

The Wind Rises or "Kaze tachinu" is famed writer and director Hayao Miyazaki's final ever film. He is most commonly known for Spirited Away by those who don't watch anime but he has probably been a huge inspiration to a generation of artists, directors, writers and animators.

I'm not sure when this will be released in the UK (hopefully original voice actors) but the storyline is follows:

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

If the reviews are anything to go by it is another creative masterpiece. For those wanting to see it the original trailer can be seen here.

Welcome to yesterday

For the most part I like found footage type films. One of my most recent favourites is Chronicle which features some great acting talent. If you ever get a chance you should have a look. Hopefully you'll have seen it already and know why it's one of my favourites.

Welcome to yesterday is a film which explores time travel and how it can all go wrong. This will likely give anyone who watches it a headache much less when they try to explain it! I however can not wait to see how the story progresses and what the ending is.

I am highly skepical at the premise of teens finding secret plans of a time machine much less being stupid enough to build it or smart enough. But again this is why I want to see what the writers have put into the story to explain this.

Watch the trailer below if this sounds like something you'd like to see. Comes out end of Febuary


Transcendence

It's been a long while since I've openly admitted to being excited for a Johnny Depp film. I hate the guy for some unknown reason, can't explain it I just do. Maybe it's because he has the same birthday as me. Maybe it's because he's stranger than me. I have no idea why but I usually avoid his films.

This one however calls out to the geek in me. The storyline for Transendence is as follows:

A terminally ill scientist downloads his body into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.

via IMDB

A nightmare scenario for what could happen if technology goes wrong. As much as I hate to say it Johnny Depp is probably made for this role. I'm looking forward to this film but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted it to fail deep down in a little corner of my heart. We can watch it in the UK from 25th April.


Godzilla

Since the travesty that was the previous incarnation of Godzilla back in 1998 (Jesus that's making me feel a bit old there!) there has been a long gap between the next incarnation.

I will admit now that as a kid I did actually love the film as bad as it was and the cartoon that followed it that had nothing to do with the film. I also really, really wanted the toy but my parents never got it for me so...that sucked. If there is a toy and I have the money I will buy it probably and have it proudly stood on my desk at work. (I probably won't have the money)

It should probably be noted that this is a film that has been reimagined for over 50 years (this will be it's 60th year come November). Originally coming from Japan way back in 1954, the King of Monsters has been the subject of a whopping 28 films!

The age old story of a giant mutant dinosaur is not an unfamiliar subject to most of us right?

Man makes atomic bomb.
Man tests atomic bomb.
Man accidentally creates giant dinosaur that can destroy or save humanity (depending on the film).

Everyone knows that story....right?!

Well it's time for the King of monsters to rise again and this year's Godzilla looks pretty epic if I do say so myself. I got chills watching the trailer. My hope is the film is filled with as much suspense as the trailer is.

The storyline appears to have gone back to basics which is always best and with talent like Bryan Cranstaon (from Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle fame) and Aaron Taylor-Johnoson we are sure to be entertained not just by the monsterous form of Godzilla. The one thing I have to hope about Godzilla is that it doesn't have any ridiculous powers that cannot be logically explained as some Japanese films have been...out there to say the least.

Here's the trailer anyway. Hope you're looking forward to this as much as I am. It comes to the UK 16th May.


X-men: Days of Future Past

This is a no brainer for why it's in the films I am excited for this year. X-men first class was pretty cool although I did find it a bit long when I watched it at the cinema (so much so that I had to use the toilet during the film which NEVER happens).

Let's looks at some of the cast that it has:

Peter Dinklage
James McAvoy
Ian McKellen
Patrick Stewart
Shawn Ashmore
Hugh Jackman
Jennifer Lawrence
Michael Fassbender

It is literally bursting with stars and there's going to be characters from the comics that haven't been done before on
film!

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^That huge thing is in the film!! I'm half tempted to make myself one for halloween as a costume because it looks cool as hell!

It's a film cross over with characters from the original films and First Class!

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Most geeks are probably doing a face similar to that thinking of all these things intersecting in one film.

Best thing yet is that even with all of that going on the film doesn't look like it's going to be bad. It looks AWESOME! We get it in the UK 22nd May.
Here's the trailer.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

This is the much awaited sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I don't know much about what will be happening in this film but three words...smart talking apes. Need I say more. Who wouldn't be excited?

I do know that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set 4 years since the rise and there has been infighting by the sounds of the trailer. But this film doesn't even really need to sell itself to me. I love apes.

Fun fact:I used to have monkeys in my backyard. They're no joke.

Check out the trailer below. Film comes out in July.


Jupiter Ascending

This film only got my attention after I saw the trailer. I had heard nothing about it before then as I usually do with films. But wow what a trailer!

The storyline is:

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

via IMBD

It's a film from the Wachowski siblins (I say siblins as they aren't brothers anymore, one's a sister) and it looks like they are doing what they do best which is creating a wonderfully intricate world for the silver screen.

Here is the trailer that captured my attention. The film is not with us until 25th July.


The Boxtrolls

This looks to be an amazing stop motion animation film coming in late 2014 from the same studio that made 'Corlaine' and 'ParaNorman'.

I personally cannot wait simply to see the amount of detail and craftsmanship that goes into this. There is a true sense of artistry in the way that stop motion has to be done step by painfully agonising step. It truly feels as if I am looking at magic on screen looking at the trailer and I have no doubt the film itself will be even more amazing.

We've come a long way from Jason and the argonauts , techniques have evolved and so too has the technology. I used to marvel at films like that when I was a child and imagine making the monster films using my little action figures. I would very much be surprised if no one else did. Films like this take us back to that special place and time in our lives when everything was full of wonder (or they do for me at least).

The voices of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are some of those that the film will feature as it releases in the UK 12th September.

The Boxtrolls follows the story of an orphaned boy who is raised by cave dwelling trash collectors who are unsurprisingly called Boxtrolls. This is based on a children's novel by Alan Snow called 'Here Be Monsters'. The teaser trailer is just below.

Another thing that got me even more excited for the film was the second teaser they released which showed the amazing detail that goes into it. I'd be lying if I didn't say that this didn't make me want to switch careers.

So I have chosen to list a number of titles that have sci-fi elements but these are pretty cool and hopefully I have piqued your interest if you aren't that into sci-fi or animation.

As always I will end this with a quote. I'll make it a little easier and put it in a gif so you have a bit more context. See if you can guess where it's from.

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