It's that time of year again where it's time to look forwards to the films due out this next year. Last year when I made this list I missed out Captain Phillips and Gravity, two of my favourite films of the year, so that underlines my terrible ability of assessing future films! Anyway, with that said below are the top ten films I'm looking forward to seeing in 2014.
22 Jump Street (June 14), Gone Girl (Oct 14), X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 14), Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 14), Dallas Buyers Club (Feb 14).
10. Noah (Mar 14)
I wasn't fully sold on this pick after watching the trailer but I'm interested to see how director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan) utilises a big budget and major special effects not to mention the epic story as well as Russell Crowe.
9. Transcendence (Apr 14)
Christopher Nolan's long term cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut with a sci-fi story about a dying scientist who connects his mind to the computer he built to allow him to continue living. I wasn't sure with Johnny Depp playing the scientist but the role looks relatively restrained for him.
8. Godzilla (May 14)
7. Out of the Furnace (Jan 14)
Great cast (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Willem Defoe and Forest Whitaker) and a really gritty looking story of two brothers moved this Scott Cooper film up the list.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was really good and looked brilliant and excited for a sequel that appears to be taking the story onwards towards all out war between humans and apes.
5. American Hustle (Jan 14)
4. Interstellar (Nov 14)
Christopher Nolan's first non-Batman film since Inception appears to be another sci-fi journey, this time starring Matthew McConaughey, based on the minimal information available and teaser trailer.
3. Inherent Vice (TBA 14)
I was a little disappointed with Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice but with Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) directing I think there is potential for this to be great. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro star.
Ashamedly I've only seen one Wes Anderson film, 2012's Moonrise Kingdom, and it was my favourite film of the year. The trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel looks pure Anderson with a great cast and I can't wait to venture back into the world of Anderson.
1. The Wolf of Wall Street (Jan 14)
Wow, I've been so excited about this film since I first saw the trailer during the summer months. Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Terence Winter (The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire) and the film looks like a total blast of excess and consequences. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey star.