Big-Deal Movies I'm Most Excited About
Godzilla (May 16)
A giant monster, Bryan Cranston, massive destruction of the world—what’s there not to love about the upcoming Godzilla? Nothing, and that’s why it’s definitely under my list of summer movies I’m excited about amongst the many other indie films that I normally pledge my undying love to.
22 Jump Street (June 13)
If you haven’t seen 21 Jump Street yet, stop reading, get a copy of 21 Jump Street, and watch it immediately. (Yes, it is that good.) Then, come back, and learn about this hilarious-looking sequel to one of last year’s best comedies, aptly titled 22 Jump Street. Sure, it looks like the film is going to follow a similar premise to the first (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill impersonate college kids to bust a drug ring, as opposed to them impersonating high-schoolers in the first film) but hey—it worked before, and why fix something that isn’t broken?
Let’s Be Cops (August 13)
I won’t lie—the majority of the reason I’m excited for this movie is because it literally looks like an extended episode of New Girl, featuring only Jake Johnson's Nick and Damon Wayans Jr.'s Coach cruising around L.A., pretending to be cops so they can pick up girls (and, like, make friends.) But can you blame me?
Indie Movies I'm Most Excited About
Obvious Child (June 6)
I’ll start this by saying that I’ve already had the pleasure of viewing Obvious Child, so I can attest to this statement fully: This is one of the best movies of 2014, and, if there is any good in the world, it will be the film that proves to the world that Jenny Slate can carry a movie on her own. If you’re not familiar with Obvious Child just yet: Based off of Gillian Robespierre’s 2009 short of the same name, the film follows the story of Donna Stern, a 20-something aspiring comedian living in NYC, who discovers she’s pregnant after a drunk one-night stand. As Donna deals with the news, she begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own—it’s accepting the love and support of others. Also, there’s a whole scene devoted to the film’s namesake, Paul Simon’s “The Obvious Child,” and that’s just too cool.
You can check out the trailer here.
What If (August 1)
Harry Potter + Ruby Sparks doesn’t quite seem like the formula for a solid romcom, but I’ve gotta say, I have high hopes for this one. The clips that I’ve already seen of the movie looked charming, and, my colleague who has already seen the film told me that it was one of the most memorable films he saw at the Toronto Film Festival (back when it was still called The F Word, instead of What If). Consider me already a fan.
They Came Together (June 27)
OK: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, and Jason Mantzoukas (amongst other comedy legends), all in the same movie, making fun of every terrible romcom we’ve been forced to sit through in our lives. This, guys, is what is referred to as a “recipe for a fantastic movie.”
Movies I Think Will Suck
Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)
Look, I love me some Emily Blunt, but who needs another movie starring your standard crazy Scientologist white rich guy celebrity blowing things up and acting all macho? I’m good—and I’m gonna go ahead and say that the world is good as well. Emily Blunt, star in better movies!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8)
Michael Bay. Megan Fox running around, looking hot. Explosions. Fight sequences. This literally looks like it’s gonna be Transformers but with bastardizations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we all knew and loved as kids instead of robots. I’ll pass.
The Expendables 3 (August 15)
At this point, isn’t this franchise just an excuse to get a bunch of action stars of yesteryear together, so they can stay somewhat relevant in the pop culture conversation and get paid for it as well? Meh. Pro tip: mindless action movies can be fun, but try not to make it too obvious how much everyone is phoning their parts in. Not a good look.
The Biggest Question Marks for Me
The Purge: Anarchy (July 18)
I’m usually not one for these popcorn horror movies, but The Purge: Anarchy actually looks extremely interesting—and, dare I say, more interesting than its predecessor. Whereas the original Purge focused on one family locked in their home during the yearly “purge”—one night when all crime, even murder, is legal—The Purge: Anarchy takes us to the streets, to show us what’s going down outside during this really, really ridiculous national event. And, in short, it looks like some messed up shit is going on, because this is why we can’t have nice things. I’m optimistic about this one, but still can’t shake the feeling that I’m going to go in with high hopes just asking to be squashed.
Boyhood (July 11)
This movie certainly bears an ambitious concept: the same cast, filmed portraying the same characters once a year for 12 years, to tell the story of a young boy going through adolescence. It stars some known great actors (Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette), and one unknown (Ellar Coltrane), it was directed by Before Sunrise director Richard Linklater—it has all the makings of a good film, but part of me wonders if it’s just too risky of a concept to pull off. That said, I have high hopes, and desperately want to love it.
A Long Way Down (July 11)
My train of thought when it comes to this movie: “PLEASE DON’T SUCK PLEASE DON’T SUCK PLEASE DON’T SUCK.” It’s one of Aaron Paul’s better-looking projects post-Breaking Bad (sorry, Need for Speed), Imogen Poots looks adorable in it, and it’s all based off of a novel written by literary icon Nick Hornby. I’m always wary of literary adaptations, hence the reason this is a question mark, but I’ll definitely be torn up inside if this one ends up sucking.