Now that were really into the swing of things for 2015 movie releases and summer blockbusters are right around the corner, the most anticipated movies of the year start to appear on the big screen for us to enjoy. And yes, like most recent years there is a long list of special effect ridden adventures like the second Avengers movie, Disney’s Tomorrowland, and the 4th installment of Jurassic Park. Then there’s Star Wars: Force Awakens which no doubt in my mind will become the biggest movie of all time. But there are a few smaller movies you might not have heard about or have slipped past your radar. They might not have a built in franchise (Well, one kind of did) but they will no doubt cause a stir at the box office and maybe rack up a few awards next Oscar season. Here are my top picks of what looks interesting that people don’t seem to know.
10) The Revenant
As a massive Leo fan, it’s extremely exciting to see DiCaprio embrace the western genre yet again. He nailed his role in Django (Tarantino also has another Western coming out this year called The Hateful Eight but I’m sure everyone already knew that) so we have no doubts in his ability to pull this one off where he takes revenge after a bear attack. Alejandro Inarritu also just took home Best Director at the Oscars for Birdman so we know this one will be a hit. Not to mention it was filmed in Canada, including Calgary!
I love Cameron Crowe. He does gentle comedy dramas like Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, and most recently We Bought a Zoo. His kind of film seems to be slipping away so it’s great to see such an amazing cast like Bradley Cooper, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and the always great Bill Murray come together for a military rom com in Hawaii. Seems like a surefire hit for fans of romantic comedies that aren’t cheesy… to an extent.
Everyone loves Judd Apatows movies, especially when they star Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen. This one has neither. Instead, Bill Hader takes the lead and pairs up with the new comedy goddess Amy Schumer to look at modern day relationships and commitment. Schumer also wrote the script, using the same Knocked Up kind of humor but with herself and a woman’s perspective in the forefront.
07) Black Mass
The Elephant in the room is that Johnny Depp sucks now. He had a career peak in the 2000’s, but he sort of sold out and just kept doing the same thing with quirky make-up heavy characters in CGI comedies and thrillers. The king of acting Daniel Day Lewis was attached to this movie for a brief period about the true story of Whitey Bulger, a Boston mob boss. So if DDL was interested, at least we know the story is good. Here’s hoping that this will be a solid role and film for Depp. Mob movies are due for a comeback these days too!
Everyone also has a crush on Emma Watson (or Hermione as she will forever be known). She’s done few films since Harry Potter ended which include Perks of Being a Wall Flower and Noah. So she’s doing pretty good breaking away from the school of witchcraft and wizardry. Here, were excited to see her in new territory; a thriller with Ethan Hawke about a Father who has no memory committing a crime. Seems like an intense must see to me, but then again, anything she’s in is a must see. She’s a pretty lady!
05) The Martian
Ridley Scott has made some of the best sci-fi films of all time, but lately his judgment seems to be not what it once was. Still, it’s exciting to see he’s back in outer space, capitalizing on the Interstellar cast with Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. The plot sounds like Cast Away on Mars (or basically Gravity). None the less, the title has us wondering and the cast has us intrigued. Could it be the Alien from Aliens? No… probably not.
04) The Walk
Remember that documentary Man on Wire that took the world by storm a few years ago? It earned an Oscar for Best Documentary as it balanced the story of a man walking on a rope between the World Trade Centers and its relevance since 9/11. Robert Zemeckis is back in live action territory with Joseph Gordon Levitt to tell a scripted story of these true events. If it’s anywhere close to the intensity the documentary creates, it will be an Oscar nominee for sure.
03) The Peanuts Movie
Why is no one talking about this one? It’s the freaking Charlie Brown gang back together again! How will this not be good? As long as they stick with the jazzy music, muffled parent’s voices, and Snoopy and Woodstock’s shenanigans, it’s going to be great! Get excited people! Peanuts is the best!
02) Accidental Love AKA Nailed
David O. Russell is probably one of the hottest directors working today. He’s done American Hustle, The Fighter, and Silver Linings Playbook just in the last four years. Before all that, he did a romantic comedy with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel about a waitress who gets a nail stuck in her head which causes her to act unpredictable as she falls in love. Crazy plot right? Well turns out the producers ran out of money, the cast walked off the set, and the project was shelved way back in 2008. Now they’ve decided to put it out there… unfinished. For fans of a much younger Jake and O. Russell’s work, this one is for you. It’s a film almost a decade in the making! Take that Boyhood!
Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are back behind the wheel of the Griswold family truckster. It’s been eighteen years since Vegas Vacation in 1997 if you don’t count Cousin Eddie’s Christmas Island Adventure in 2003. I know I sure don’t. This one is about a grown up Rusty (played by Ed Helms) who decided to take his family on a Vacation to Wally World. I know, the eighties classics can’t be beat but if they do it right, this one could have its moments and nostalgia. The only problem is we can be sure Randy Quaid won’t be back for it. Cousin Eddie was the best, but apparently Chris Hemsworth is trying out his comedy chops to fill the gap here. I just want to see Bill Murray’s ornery brother Brian in a new role anyways.
Didn’t see one you’re excited for? Let us know what movie you want a see in the comment section below.