Here’s my list of the Top 12 Most Anticipated Films of 2015…
February – “Fifty Shades of Grey” Coming out in time for Valentine’s Day, this is the offspring to the wildly successful trifecta of fictional
romance bondage novels started in 2011 about 21-year old Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson (daughter of “Working Girl” Melanie Griffith and sockless “Miami Vice” star Don Johnson), Johnson’s Steele character meets 27-year old Seattle magnate Christian Grey and, well, um, you know. They have submissive, dominance kinky sex. Lots of it, acting out scenes which read like Penthouse Forum letters. Watch the TRAILER.
May – “Mad Max: Fury Road” Writer, director and producer George Miller returns for his 4th “Mad Max” film. The epic storyline started in 1979 by the Australian Miller, continues in May of this year. The Oscar winning director of “Happy Feet” continues the post-apocalyptic setting for this movie–which makes Kevin Costner’s “The Postman” look even more silly. And if the early trailers are any indication, Miller has not lost his touch over the past 35 years telling this narrative. Of note, Cobie Smulders who played Robin in the TV series “How I Met Your Mother”, also stars in this instant classic. Watch the TRAILER.
May – “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” All you really need to know is that Robert Downey Jr comes back to star in this Marvel collection as Iron Man. OK, there are the “others” in it too–returning in their comic hero/Avenger persona are Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, an Olsen twin, Samuel L. Jackson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Ultron, the high tech “Borg”-like enemy is hell-bent on making humans extinct.
June – “Jurassic World” Expect a new movie trailer out any day now. The first one generated much happiness, particularly with it’s close semblance to the original “Jurassic Park”. Starring in this guaranteed summer hit is last year’s surprise, blockbuster leader from “Guardians of the Galaxy”, Chris Pratt. The director/writer for this dinosaur goodness is Colin Trevorrow, who gave us the little known, but highly entertaining 2012 movie “Safety Is Not Guaranteed”. This is the perfect film to start the summer off. This trailer looks fab…
July – “Ant-Man” Comedian Paul Rudd (“Anchorman” series) stars in this most anticipated Marvel story of 2015. The film also stars Michael Douglas, giving it immediate credibility. As Scott Lang, Rudd’s character is a struggling father who must save his dying daughter, Cassie. Earlier this month, Marvel released an 18-second movie “teaser” for this film. Look for a longer “trailer” to go viral at any moment. And, just look at that….right on time. Enjoy!
September – “Everest” Oscar nominated director Baltasar Kormakur (2012’s “The Deep” in the Best Foreign Language Film category) returns to his native Iceland to film most of the scenes from this 1996 true story. This movie covers the deadly 2-days atop the world’s tallest mountain and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley and Robin Wright. Other portions of the movie were filmed in Nepal. Look for Gyllenhaal to have an exceptional 2015 and be his breakout career year (see: 2014–Chris Pratt).
October – “Film to be named later” One of Hollywood’s most successful film duos gets together again to bring us Cold War thriller. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks (“Saving Private Ryan” and the HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers”) bring us back to the brink of nuclear war. With some scenes filmed at Beale Air Force Base late last year, the film’s title is being kept secret like National Security briefings. But trust me on this, with Spielberg and Hanks teamed up again, this movie will be heart-thumping and realistic.
November – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” Jennifer Lawrence and crew (minus Philip Seymour Hoffman – RIP) return for the final time. This will easily be the largest, most viewed “Games” film in the series. However, with James Bond competing over the Thanksgiving week and “Star Wars” coming in December, look for “Mockingjay – Part 2” to not generate the buzz it deserves to go out on top with. Will it be successful? Absolutely. A great finale? For sure. Be the top Box Office draw for the holidays? Nope. But I’d still recommend hearing the “pirate transmission” once again to get caught up… The Mockingjay lives. At least until “Star Wars” and December.
November – “Spectre” Daniel Craig (thankfully) returns in his Bond, James Bond role. Here’s a nice montage of Craig’s admiral service to Her Majesty as Bond. Joining him are three Bond Girls – Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux, and Monica Bellucci (who at the age of 50, is the oldest ever to play a Bond Girl). Academy Award winners Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes also star in this Bond action thriller. Spectre, meaning “ghost”, was conceived by Bond novelist Ian Fleming as a villainous organization back in 1959–well before ISIS and al Qaeda were ever uttered. Check out the official James Bond 007 webpage.
December – “Joy” Director David O. Russell recasts his “Silver Linings Playbook” stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro in this Christmas release film. This true story covers a Long Island single mother of three kids working 3 jobs, who becomes a successful entrepreneur after inventing a new type of mop. Sounds like “Joy” to me. I trust Russell and his ability to tell a fantastic story. So, I’m in. Mop and all.
**UPDATE** December – “In the Heart of the Sea” Warner Bros. has decided to move this fish
tail tale from March to December. Directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, this high seas adventure follows the legend of Moby Dick. Chris Hemsworth stars in the true tale, which follows the crew’s peril beyond the crashing waves to the shores of a nearby island. A place where only the strongest continue to survive. Read more here. Watch the TRAILER.
December – “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” Although reports that Star Wars’ creator George Lucas is not all that enthralled with this
episode film, the movie trailer released late in 2014 has Jedi’s and fans around the world buzzing with excitement for this chapter. This 7th installment of the “Star Wars” franchise brings back the main characters from the original 1977 mega-blockbuster; Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. This mix of old and new cast members is sure to be the biggest, most anticipated film of 2015. May the force be with all other December movie releases–because they’re going to need it. TRAILER below….
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