My Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

by Jaime Grijalba.

2015 seems to be the year that will surprise us in terms of how original the films will end up coming, the return of some long-life film directors to the screen and the fact that the superhero genre will explode and maybe crash and burn, which might actually be a good idea in the end, as much as I like those movies, I must say that I’m getting a bit tired of them. So, without much further ado, this is my list of the 10 most anticipated movies of 2015, and if I get the chance to see them, however they end up being, will get reviewed in this space. So, look out for those!

1. Absolutely Anything (Terry Jones)

One of my favorite comedians and directors comes back and this time with almost all of the members of Monty Python and, to make it even better, Simon Pegg in the lead role as a teacher who suddenly realizes that he can do, just like in the title, absolutely anything. This looks like a great comedy already, and it could be silly, but it works in the career of Terry Jones. Below I leave you with the first clip that has been released (no trailer yet) and while extremely silly, I think this will be among my favorite movies of the year already. And if it’s not, I’ll just bite my tongue off.

2. The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)

He liked the taste of western so he decides to tackle it once again. ‘Django Unchained’ (2012) is still my favorite movie of this decade so far, it’s just perfect on my eyes, and right now he thinks that the well is still full, and hey, as long as it is as great as that one was, I’ll be there opening day to see what will most surely be another masterpiece from one of my favorite directors of all time. Below I leave you with the ‘not allowed on internet’ trailer for the movie.

3. Salvaje y sin forma (Wild and Formless) (Gustavo Charif)

This director has been inspired by Fassbinder for his latest picture, a turn for him from a more experimental work into an intriguing plot that mixes up the job of a hit-man, a long lost love and maybe the start of the entire universe. The film is being finished right now and there’s not much else to ramble on besides a plot description and a promise of a release. Let’s hope for the best! Argentinian cinema is surpassing every expectation.

4. Call Me Lucky (Bobcat Goldthwait)

Bobcat has become one of the most interesting directors of the latest years, making highly original movies on unlikely subjects, making it always dry and dark at all times. He is a satirist, and thus his new documentary film, to premiere on Sundance in a few days, on the political satirist Barry Crimmins, is a given, and most likely will be a wonderful time at the movies, just to understand this complex figure.

5. A Hologram for the King (Tom Tykwer)

Based on the famous novel by Dave Eggers, this movie will reunite Tom Hanks and German director Tom Tykwer after ‘Cloud Atlas’ (2012), here in a simple story about an American businessman who will travel to Saudi Arabia to have a better luck. Let’s hope that this movie greatly manages to portray the elements that made the novel so famous a couple of years ago. And Tykwer always is a good watch, so let’s see.

6. The Ferryman (Jiajia Zhang)

Wong Kar Wai is quickly becoming not only one of the best living directors, but one of the best directors of all time, with a continuous streak of genius films practically since his start. This time he will write the script and produce the first movie of Jiajia Zhang, based on his own short story, about a painter and his wife, who is unfaithful to him. We won’t know until we see it, but this sounds really WKW-ish, and I’d love if Zhang manages to capture some of that style for his own film.

7. Journal d’une femme de chambre (Diary of a Chambermaid) (Benoít Jacquot)

The much adapted novel gets another treatment from the French, this time in the hand of one of the most acclaimed recent directors, Benoít Jacquot, and produced by the Dardenne brothers. One can always expect something stiff from certain adaptations, but this looks fresh, from a fresh director, and with the splendid spellbinding nature that the Dardenne brothers give to every project in which they work.

8. Flashmob (Michael Haneke)

I might be burning my hands by putting this film here, as the latest news was that the filming was delayed because of how the great director Michael Haneke was waiting on an actress to start shooting, and then was the news that he wasn’t even that sure on what visual approach take for this project about how people get together through the Internet to commit random acts of entertainment, but we know that maybe things won’t be as nice in his films. Let’s see if it’s out this 2015.

9. Bakemono no ko (The Boy and the Beast) (Mamoru Hosoda)

Mamoru Hosoda has a new animated film coming out. That should be enough. Teaser trailer below.

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon)

See? I couldn’t help it! This movie will be, I think, the last truly great superhero movie before the whole barrage of shit comes towards us. I think we can trust that Whedon wants out because he knows that the thing is, slowly, becoming something he even can’t control. So, let’s hope for the best, let’s see this only movie and let’s forget all about the rest.

And now, other ten movies that I have some interest in seeing, but won’t be reviewed here:

· ‘World of Tomorrow’ (Don Hertzfeldt)

· ‘Jupiter Ascending’ (Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski)

· ‘Evangerion shin gekijoban’ (Hideaki Anno, Masayuki and Kazuya Tsurumaki)

· ‘The Sandman’ (Dario Argento)

· ‘Zipper’ (Mora Stephens)

· ‘Une histoire d’âme’ (Bénédicte  Acolas)

· ‘Chappie’ (Neill Blomkamp)

· ‘The New Yorker Presents’ (Jonathan Demme)

· ‘Ricki and the Flash’ (Jonathan Demme)

· ‘Inside Out’ (Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen)

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