So far this year, I haven't actually seen very many good, new movies. I saw Cinderella, which was decent. And I saw Mad Max: Fury Road twice, which was one of the best action movies ever! And as I look over the summer releases to come, none of them look all too interesting. Most of what's coming out the rest of the summer doesn't seem to be like a sure thing (besides Inside Out, which I hear is a Pixas comeback). Ant-Man looks questionable, as does Jurassic World. Fantastic Four is being remade, Terminator gets a "sequel" (or is it a prequel?), as does Mission Impossible and Magic Mike, and we get Jake Gyllenhaal's boxing film (which, according to Harvey Weinstein, will land him an Oscar nod). I just can't really find anything to be that excited about.
So with the slew of new trailers, photos, posters, etc for upcoming films, I thought I would highlight the films I'm looking forward to this Fall/Winter. Fall/Winter seems to be about the best time to get some fantastic movies, and this year definitely looks really exciting (as does every year, around this time). Here is a few films I'm looking forward to.
Triple Nine (September 11)
Why Triple Nine? Mainly the cast. Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, and Anthony Mackie. It's also a heist film. Directed by John Hillcoat, who brought us Lawless (a film I really didn't care for). It's mainly the cast that has me excited, but heist films can be right up my alley if they're done well. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Aaron Paul, and I hope he gets a better opportunity to finally display his talent on the big screen.
Black Mass (September 18)
I didn't care too much about this film until I saw the trailer. The trailer got me properly hooked. While I haven't cared for really anything Johnny Depp has done in a long time, this movie looks like it could be the comeback Depp needs. While he still is in costume, and looking unrecognizable, it looks like Depp might actually be given a great opportunity and a great character, with the chance to give some depth. Supporting cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Joel Edgerton and Adam Scott.
Everest (September 18)
I have this weird obsession with Everest. Similar to my obsession with the Titanic, I will read and watch almost anything if it's set in these locations. Everest is based off Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air, which was a very interesting read. The visual look amazing, and the cast is star-studded. Maybe it won't be an Oscar contender, but it looks to be a great thriller.
99 Homes (September 25th)
I just really, really, really want to see Andrew Garfield in something that isn't Spider-man. I haven't seen a lot about 99 Homes, but the premise sounds mildly interesting (it's about the US housing-market meltdown). But I'm just really looking forward to seeing Andrew Garfield in something where he can flex his acting muscle.
Pan (October 9th)
Actually, I'm very mixed and skeptical when it comes to Pan. I love Joe Wright's films and I think he might do a fantastic job. I think the whole race thing was blown out of proportion, as it looks like this is not so much a "native tribe" as it is some weird, childish, colourful group. The film could be really good, or could just be a flop. I'm interested to find out which.
Trumbo (November 6th)
Another Breaking Bad alum, Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter who is blacklisted for being a Communist. Again, I don't know much about this movie other than that, but I'm excited to see Bryan Cranston finally getting a starring role, and something that could finally, potentially, get him up for a well-deserved Oscar Nod.
Brooklyn (November 6th)
A love story that had gotten strong reviews out of Sundance, it stars Saoirse Ronan and Dohmnall Gleeson. Gleeson I'm particularly excited for as he's an actor I think is quite talented but hasn't really had his big break yet (until Star Wars comes out, that is). But I do enjoy love stories, and both Saoirse Ronan and Dohmnall Gleeson are a good reason to check this out.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (November 20th)
Part 1 of Mockingjay was slightly disappointing, but, having read the books, I do know there is an action-packed finale to come, and I'm eager to see how it is handled.
The Martian (November 25th)
Trailer released only yesterday, it has definitely peaked my interest. While I'm anticipating this with caution, as Ridley Scott hasn't really made that great of a movie in a while, but the cast is strong, and I've heard very good things about the book. Space and being isolated in space seems to be popular these days, so I'm interested to see how this will compare with Gravity and Interstellar (I enjoyed both)
The Danish Girl (November 27th)
While I am a Christian and don't really support the idea of transgender (that doesn't mean I don't love and care for these people!) I am interested to see how this film is handled. It's being directed by Tom Hooper, who seems to be a pretty tame director. So to take this subject on will be interesting. It also stars Eddie Redmayne, who becomes the first transgendered woman, and Alicia Vikander as her wife.
In The Heart of the Sea (December 11th)
Originally supposed to come out in March, but got moved to December, Ron Howard's next movie looks really great, to me. I like that he's using Chris Hemsworth again, as I thought he was very underrated in Rush (Howard's previous film). It's the true story that inspired Moby Dick, and the visuals and the story look great.
Joy (December 25th)
Joy is about the woman who created Miracle Mop, and is directed by David O Russell, and stars Jennifer Lawrence. While the story itself sounds kind of whatever, I'm curious to see what tone Russell will be going for, and what kind of performance Lawrence will give. It also has Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro involved. Hopefully it's better than American Hustle.
The Revenant (December 25th)
Leonardo DiCaprio. Tom Hardy. Alejandro Inarritu. Revenge Western. I've been telling people right now that my early prediction is that DiCaprio will finally win his Oscar with this film. Michael Keaton got darn close last year in Birdman. This film sounds much less baity than a lot of his other recent films, but it still sounds incredibly juicy and meaty. As well, this film better get Tom Hardy up for an Oscar, because, seriously, how does he not have a nomination yet?
Finally, finally, finally a film coming out about women trying to get the vote. Early feminist stories like this have basically never been told on film, and this film is particularly exciting. Directed by a woman, written by a woman, and a slew of female stars. Carey Mulligan is an actress I love, so I'm excited to see her in something new, and something that could get her her 2nd Oscar nomination. As well, it's always nice to see Helena Bonham-Carter. Here's hoping this film does it's subject justice.
The Light Between Oceans (TBD)
Again, having read the book, this film could be incredibly baity but also really moving and powerful. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikaner and Rachel Weisz all have great roles, and I'm excited to see what they do with them. As well, directed by Derek Cianfrance, who did both the heartbreaking Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, this story is also heartbreaking.
I'm not exatly sure if this is coming out in 2015, but I have a feeling it might. It'll get a very last minute push at the end of the year and coudl screw up everyone's Oscar predictions, but it's still one I'm looking forward to. It has Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver playing Porteguese priests who go to Japan to locate their mentor, and spread the Good Word of Christianity. It'll be interesting to see how the violence and Christianity is handled, and again, I'm excited for the performances we'll get to see from both Garfield and Driver, but also Liam Neeson.
Honourable Mentions: Carol, Spotlight, Southpaw, Demolition, I Saw the Light, Money Monster
Looking forward to films is just a lot of fun, and I thought I'd list what I'm looking forward to for the rest of the year. What are you guys looking forward to this year?