The Oscar nominations are out and with them the usual shock and awe over supposed snubs. Read here why there is no such thing, except maybe for The Lego Movie (awesome), Jake Gyllenhaal (a new classic creep in Nightcrawler), and David Oyelowo (his performance was the only thing I liked about Selma). What is worth jaws dropping is how popular culture continues to flock to movie theatres to see bloated budget mediocrity-none of this year’s nominees were winners at the box office. We have our guilty pleasures and the rest we decorate with trophies.
As for this year’s list, all but two of the eight Best Picture nods were on my favourites list so I’m with George Clooney when he told the Hollywood Foreign Press earlier this week:
“Thank you for keeping small films alive. Big ones do fine. It’s the little ones that need an audience.”
Now the race begins. Awards will be handed out February 22nd. Meanwhile, the new batch is looking very promising.
In February, two very different takes on romance will duke it out around Valentine’s Day. The Last Five Years, an adaption of the a much loved off-Broadway musical and Fifty Shades of
Crap Grey. Yes to the musical, no to the soft porn because the sex in that book was laughable.
Cupid knows my heart thankfully and in that mix comes Colin Firth as a British secret service agent in Kingsman, also due out in February.
In March, we get a pair of robot movies including Chappie, a follow-up from District 9 writer/director Neil Blomkamp.
More unnerving is Ex Machina, the directorial debut of writer Alex Garland.
May brings Pitch Perfect 2, yet another Avengers film, and George Clooney’s Tomorrowland. But the real excitement here is for the reboot of Max Max, starring my man Tom Hardy which is the only reason I mention it at all. Hardy is always incredible to watch (breathe Anne). Expect this to be absolutely unrelenting. From George Miller. Enough said.
In June, the dinosaurs are back in Jurassic World but they’ll have to compete with Inside Out, from the brilliant wizards at Pixar. Set inside the mind of an 11 year old girl, the film’s central characters are her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). I’m now casting all the voices in my head and sure that one of them has to be Amy Schumer.
This fall I will scare myself silly with the gothic romance Crimson Peak because director Guillermo del Toro is sure to bring something remarkable to that genre, not to mention a killer cast ( Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska).
I will see just about anything with Ralph Fiennes, including the new Bond film Spectre (due out in November) even though I will miss Judi Dench. Sam Mendes will be back directing so here’s hoping we have another gem like his treatment of Skyfall.
Also of great interest is Silence, from Martin Scorcese, due out in November, starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield. The plot concerns two Jesuit priests in the 17th century who travel to Japan to locate their mentor. Christmas Day offerings include Joy from director David O. Russell starring his favourite muse, Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the miracle mop, and The Revenant, a story about a 19th century fur trapper (Leonardo DiCaprio) who was mauled by a bear and left to die by his companions. Expectations are extremely high as it will be directed by Birdman director, Alejandra Gonzalez Inarritu.
Other films I want to see with undetermined 2015 release dates are Beasts of No Nation (Idris Elba is enough reason but so is director Cary Fukunaga) based on the novel of the same name, and the boxing movie Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
But I’ll save what I think will be the hottest 2015 little film with the big title: Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. That, dear readers, is what you call heavenly casting. Two of this generation’s finest actors are a reason to see a Shakespeare adaptation, and this one comes from the producing team behind The King’s Speech. I expect good things. Who am I kidding? I expect great things.
Fangirl is ready. Start heating up the popcorn.