Top 10 Films takes a sneak peak at three films we feel are worth checking out and ONE that might surprise. What are you looking forward to in 2014…
2014 is set to be an interesting year for Hollywood and the film world at large. Last year, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg predicted the collapse of the Hollywood system, suggesting that a huge economic ‘crash’ within Hollywood was almost inevitable, causing the collapse of the film world as we know it.
Depending on your viewpoint, this could be seen as disastrous or as a major opportunity. If this catastrophe does happen, it may mean a different kind of film making will be ushered in, which is an exciting prospect. Until the end comes, though, here are some of the big budget blockbusters to look out for in 2014.
Fans of everyone’s favourite kaiju lamented the terrible 1998 Emmerich remake for many years. It was silly, had terrible visual effects and is generally seen as one of the worst movies of all time.
2014’s Godzilla is a very different proposition. Directed by indie film-maker Gareth Edwards, fresh from the success of his micro budget sci-fi film Monsters, Godzilla will star Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Production has been pretty hush-hush, but the trailer suggests a darker tone, with Godzilla himself recreated in the original Toho design.
Now that we’ve got the ‘tent pole’ feature out of the way, it’s time to focus on something a little more interesting. Hollywood’s wunderkind Paul Thomas Anderson is about to follow up The Master with an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, Inherent Vice, and I can’t wait.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin, the film promises to be a mesmerising stoner-detective story that will delight Pynchon and Anderson fans alike. We have no doubt that this genuine Hollywood genius will blow our minds again.
Produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister, this sci-fi thriller will star Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman. It’s about an artificial intelligence researcher who wants to create a truly sentient artificial machine. Targeted by extremists who don’t want him to achieve this, his drive for power seems unstoppable, causing grave concern to his wife and his best friend. It promises to be something pretty special.
If this really is the last year of Hollywood’s big budget reign, then so be it. It looks like it’s going to be an exciting year whatever happens, and with a selection of interesting films imminent, it looks like Hollywood’s major studios are going out with a bang.
POSSIBLE SURPRISE HIT: Transformers: Age of Extinction
One may raise an eyebrow at this film being mentioned on this list, but given its budget and the sheer amount of money it’s probably going to make, it’s worth a mention. Also worth noting is the fact that it will be the first Transformers film to feature a whole new cast.
Mark Wahlberg is set to star in the lead role, continuing his stellar journey through film, racking up hit after hit. With TV show Entourage documenting his early Hollywood experiences, perhaps a film featuring giant robots fighting each other is the next logical step.