Posted by : Patrick | January 28, 2015
One of the fun things about living in the same city as my blogmate Stephanie was that we were often able to force each other to watch movies we otherwise wouldn’t have bothered with, or in some cases, actively avoided like grim death itself. I can now say I’ve seen such non-classics as Four Rooms and Maleficent, as well as amusements like The Elvira Movie and Thor: Dark World. She will whine about Noah forever (though I was and still am right), but mostly my choices for her have equated to a privileged film school education, with esteemed professors like Kurt Russell imparting their wisdom (and sometimes awesome stupidity).
With 2015 upon us, despite the thousands of miles between, it’s time to resurrect that tradition! Obviously some 2015 movies we will completely agree on, like the Star Wars: the Force Awakens or the new James Bond, Spectre, so those don’t count. Instead, these are the movies I’m hoping to force a reluctant Stephanie to watch this year:
His last didn’t thrill me, but when it’s David O. Russell behind the camera you’ve got my attention. The story of Joy Mangano, single mother and inventor/entrepreneur, creator of the Miracle Mop. If it wasn’t him behind it all I wouldn’t have really cared, but here we are. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, uh…basically the cast of Silver Linings Playbook as the stars.
I once had aspirations of making this fantastic book into a movie myself when some guy named Ron Howard beat me to it. Jerk. Anyway, the true story of the Nantucket whale ship Essex served as inspiration for Moby Dick and was way, way more interesting than that schlock; let’s hope star Chris Hemsworth helps make sure it stays that way.
I was completely blown away by Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina (2012). Well, the first half anyway. Not that the rest was bad, it’s just that for a little over an hour I was seeing such brilliant, avant-garde, high-flying cloud nine-type filmmaking that when the movie came down to Earth for the last act or so I couldn’t help be deflated a bit. It’s a hard one to explain unless you’ve seen it, but the whole thing played out like an epic stage production, with magnificent Russain landscapes and detailed, deliberate choreography that made the aged tale feel very new. The story of Peter Pan is ripe for this kind of imagination, and hopefully can wash the stale taste of Never-Neverland’s last few iterations out of moviegoers mouths.
2.) The Revenant
I’m really, really hoping this will be 2015’s Noah. A movie from Birdman director Alejandro Iñárritu, it’s the story of 1800’s fur trapper Leonardo DiCaprio getting robbed and left for dead by his buddies. He lives, of course, and naturally must track them all down in revenge. Sounds harsh, gritty and violent, which is what westerns should be. A good time for all.
Stephanie knows this has been coming long before any crazy trailers were released, but they certainly didn’t hurt. I’m a big fan of the franchise, but also director George Miller (he made the best Twilight Zone Movie segment- the one with the gremlin on the plane’s wing- and the tour de force that is Babe: Pig in the City. I’m not kidding). I recently did a feature about the original Mad Max and though this one won’t star the infamous Mel Gibson, Tom Hardy looks very capable, and a shaved-headed Charlize Theron promises to add to bizarre action tone. If I’m only successful with one movie this year, Mad Max: Fury Road will be it.
Class is in session! What tortures await me in 2015? Head here to find out..