Hello folks. Good day and welcome to today’s episode of Sodas & Popcorn reviews. For huge movie buffs like myself, more than the summer hits, I am more concerned about the fall movies because this is the time when the best movies of the year will slug it out with each other when the awards season arrives. So in recognition of this season which is upon us, (Fall Season) we are counting down our 10 Most Anticipated Movies Of Fall 2014…And Two Bonus movies.
By the way, if you missed our countdown of the Best 10 movies of summer 2014, you can check it out here. So, in an order of my least anticipated to my most anticipated, here we go. Have fun!
10. Imitation Game (November 21)
For those who are familiar with Alan Turing, the legendary computer scientist who is one of the most important scientists of all time, we will get to see one of the best actors in the game Benedict Cumberbatch portray him and most likely book an Oscar nomination in one of the year’s most anticipated historical adaptations. This will definitely be a strong contender, come the award season and currently has a score of 9.0/10 on imdb. The awards have begun sweeping in with it taking the top price at the Toronto film festival and earning highly positive reviews at Venice and Telluride film festivals.
9. Fury (October 17)
Acclaimed writer and fast rising Director David Ayer who pushes his actors to the limit and best known for writing Training Day and End of watch brings us the fictional WW2 tale of a small group of soldiers on a seemingly impossible task. Two things sold this movie for me. One, Brad Pitt who hardly disappoints me (except for the star studded and over ambitious The Counselor which still has me confused till this day) and two, I love WW2 dramas and the Director has a good reputation. The trailer also seems to have played its part in increasing my interest.
8. The Equalizer (September 26)
The Equalizer’s plot offers nothing new. We have seen it a thousand times. Action flick which has a Man come out of retirement to save Cinderella. But I look forward to this movie for just one reason. Last time Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua teamed up, we had “Training Day”. Plus we all know Denzel can do no wrong (atleast I know.) The movie currently has a 8.1/10 rating on IMDB.
7. Unbroken (December 25)
The story Written by the legendary Coen Brothers, and Directorial debut of Angelina Jolie has the world interested in seeing how she will fare on the tall chair and is already being tipped for Oscar recognition by several school of thoughts.
6. Night Crawler (October 31)
I love the plot. It’s one of the most original plots I have seen this year. Jake Gyllenhaal(I owe you a movie ticket if you can pronounce his name right and of course if you can find me…lol) who is climbing my list of favorite actors at a pretty fast pace plays a daredevil who will stop at nothing to get the exclusive footage of events in the thriller about underground freelance crime journalism. This looks like it will be a career defining performance for Jake. The movie is already getting a lot of buzz at recently concluded movie festivals and has an impressive 8.5/10 score on IMDB.
5. Exodus: Gods and Kings (December 12)
Making me more interested in the project than Ridley Scott who is the director of the movie is Steven Zaillian. This is because I have noticed that the outcome of Ridley Scott’s movies are largely based on his stories. Bad story, bad Ridley (e.g The Counselor) and good story, good Ridley (e.g Gladiator and Black Hawk Down) The Oscar winning writer of some of the best movies I have ever seen such as Schindler’s list, Gangs of Newyork, Money Ball and Girl With A Dragon tattoo wrote this. I am also interested in how Hollywood will treat the second big screen adaptation of a biblical historical figure, having been not too impressed with the first one.
4. Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 (November 7) You all know this is largely because of Jennifer Lawrence right? I mean, who doesn’t like that girl? *Smiles* On a more serious note, I wasn’t a big fan of the first Hunger Games, but the second took me by surprise and was a hit for me. The way the movie ended had me and I believe every other Hunger Games groupie eager to see how the brewing war will play out. Can’t wait! District 12 baby!!!
3. October 1 (October 1)
I know, it’s quite sad just one Nigerian movie made my list. I have been very impressed by Stephanie Linus’s Dry, but its release date isn’t known yet and Lions of 76 seems to be somewhere in Limbo. Lancelot Imasuen’s Invasion 1897 would be on my top 15 list, but the trailer didn’t impress me much to be here. Anyways, back to the second most anticipated Nollywood movie of the year. First being Half Of A Yellow sun ofcourse which I enjoyed, but every other person seems to hate. Kunle Afolayan has hit the bull’s eye thrice, and aims for the 4th time. And from what I hear, he has hit it already. With early reviews and highly professional and skilled team involved in the project, I will definitely be there one October 1st when this movie opens to see if it is worth the buzz. I have a very positive feeling it will
2. The Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies (December 17) I am not the biggest fan of The Hobbit series. They aren’t even half as good as The Lord Of the rings franchise which is my best trilogy ever made. But I guess I love the middle earth world so much, I will watch anything centered round it. Hopefully, The Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies will be better than the last two Hobbit movies.
1. Interstellar (November 7) Simply put, It’s a Christopher Nolan production. Any Nolan fan knows he gives you very little information prior to the release of the movie and you simply get in and get blown away. Nolan is a fan of Dark mind twisters, and from the little we know of Interstellar, its a dark, sci-fi movie that involves space exploration. Top row, middle seat, Popcorn in my left hand, a can of soda on my right, first viewing of the day, closest cinema to me, that’s where I will be the day Interstellar opens in Nigeria.
I will love to see this movies, but for some reasons, I love the movies that made the top 10 better, but theses movies here are just too attractive for me to overlook them, so here they are.
Gone Girl (October 3) Highly Acclaimed and critic favorite director, David Fincher best known for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Fight Club, and the list goes on brings the bestselling Gone Girl to life with a talented cast. This will surely be a hit and is already an Oscar favorite. No doubt about it.
Fox Catcher (November 14) Iconic Comedian and actor Steve Carell (Crazy Stupid love, 40 year old virgin) and versatile and talented actor Channing Tatum 22 Jump have had a great year already at festivals, especially the Cannes where director Bennett Miller won best director and was nominated for the Palme d’Or.
That’s it folks. The movies left in 2014 I will not miss. Not even for a date with Jocelyn Dumas. M.Y’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies Of Fall 2014 . Have you got your own picks? Let’s know in the comments box below. Check out Kiki’s review of the highly underrated young actress, Chloë Grace Moretz’s “If I Stay” here. If you have anything you will like us to talk about (in the movie world), feel free to drop a comment below.