2014 is almost over and we still have films coming out before 2015 begins. But what did we make of 2014 so far? After the amazing amount of films, which ones did we get excited for the most, and which are we most looking forward to? Read on to find out…
Already out on DVD and Blu-ray, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a surprising entry in Marvel’s cinematic calendar this year, because of how much it improved on the first film. While the first film was pretty predictable and very black and white, its sequel went for a lot of grey and tied in well with the first and second seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on TV. I wouldn’t say it was necessarily better than Guardians of the Galaxy, but I really enjoyed watching it before the main glut of summer movies came out.
The sequel allowed us to see Steve Rogers as a far more complex character than his previous two outings. He didn’t just react, he thought about what was happening around and to him. Meanwhile, the revelations regarding Hydra not only led to one of the year’s classier memes, it also set-up everything nicely for Avengers: Age of Ultron and how things could go so drastically wrong for the characters in that film (as so far shown by its trailers). Cap’s supporting characters in the film were also pretty awesome, with a chance to understand Black Widow more and seeing just how badass Nick Fury can be.
Definitely worth a watch this Christmas.
Interstellar is quite an unusual film. It’s also got deceptive trailers – with the focus of the trailer describing the first act – the Earth is suffering from a global blight. There’s a lack of food and society has barely progressed because of it. From this, Cooper – a pilot in a world that heavily favours farmers – is sent into space to see what possible habitable other worlds we could colonise and continues the human race on.
The rest of the film is actually a little more interesting though, and I won’t go into it too much, but to suffice to say it rings heavily from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not only that, but the odd hint of the crazy “What’s out there” encounters of Star Trek. There’s a lot of dealing with the unknown in this film, and it heavily and creatively throws the characters into the perils of both space exploration and colonisation of other planets.
But there’s also a brilliant story of a missed lifetime. It’s at times tear-jerkingly sad and still hopeful at the same time. It’s one that will stay with me for decades. I know the range of opinions have been going from “Meh” to “amazing” and I am definitely part of the latter category, but to me, it represents perfectly both the dangers and the sheer excitement and wonder of space travel.
This recommendation probably breaks a few of our theme’s rules this month. For one thing, it came out several years ago rather than recently, and for another, I know basically nothing about it.
But what I do know is that John Boyega, its lead actor, just popped up (literally) in the new Star Wars trailer, and its director, Joe Cornish, is one of the names being floated to direct the third Star Trek film, after Roberto Orci (a hack writer who has never directed before) thankfully left the project a few days ago. It sounds like these two are stars on the rise, so now is probably a good time to get
acquainted. Hence my pick this week: 2011’s Attack the Block.
What little I do know about it is that it’s an alien-invasion movie (possibly a comedy?) set in an English council estate. The characters are a bunch of chavvy teenagers, the aliens have glow-in-the-dark teeth and… that’s about it. Some friends have actually warned me off the film, because the kids are unlikable and awful (their first scene involves them mugging someone) – but other friends have said it’s
worth giving a chance, because that’s the entire point of the movie. It’s definitely popular with critics, at least.
Basically I want to find out for myself. It’s a film overlooked and unknown to many, myself included, despite a big cult-following. So if I stick it on my Christmas list, and you stick it on yours, we can all find out together how this Boyega guy earned his Stormtrooper-armour.