So as we are half way through Blockbuster season I thought I could make a list of 10 movies that I'm most anticipating for 2014 award season. There is one horror movie on here that I don't see winning awards but I've been waiting for it for two years.
10. Untitled Cameron Crowe Project
Synopsis: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
Why I'm excited to see it: It stars Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, and Cameron Crowe made Almost Famous one of my favorite movies of all time.
Release Date: The tentative release date is December 25th and it's in Post-production so we'll see if it makes it in 2014.
Synopsis: A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist...
Why I'm excited to see it: Paddington takes me back to my childhood. I had the book and the actual teddybear.
Release Date: Colin Firth Dropped out Voluntarily as the voice of Paddington because the director felt his voice wasn't right for the part. It also has a release date of December 25th, However, I haven't heard if they've casted for Paddington so we'll see if it makes it in 2014 as well.
8. True Story
Synopsis: A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
Why I'm excited to see it: The main reason is it stars James Franco and Jonah Hill. But, I think the story sounds very interesting and it is in fact a true story.
Release Date: This is another movie that I'm not sure if it will be released this year. It's in post-production and there isn't a release date, just that it is to be released this year. So we shall see.
Synopsis: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Why I'm excited to see it: It's written and directed by David Ayer. He wrote and directed End Of Watch and Wrote Training Day. Plus it stars Brad Pitt.
Release Date: November 14, 2014
6. Kill The Messenger
Synopsis: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.
Why I'm excited to see it: The trailer makes it look great. Jeremy Renner is starring in it, and I haven't seen him do bad work yet. Plus I find Conspiracy Theories fascinating.
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Synopsis: A young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.
Why I'm excited to see it: Since it premiered at Sundance there has been oscar buzz about J. K. Simmons and potential for Miles Teller. I also can identify with having a tough but brilliant music teacher.
Release Date: November 13, 2014
4. Gone Girl
Synopsis: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Why I'm excited to see it: It's directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.) And Trent Reznor is teaming with Atticus Ross to compose the soundtrack. So we know we are in for a dark story with an eerie yet compelling score.
Release Date: October 3, 2014
3. The Green Inferno
Synopsis: A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone - and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Why I'm excited to see it: It's been 7 years since my favorite horror director Eli Roth has directed a movie. And he wants to bring back the cannibal genre and with Cannibal Holocaust being one of my favorite horror movies I'm pretty excited.
Release Date: September 5, 2014
Synopsis: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Why I'm Excited to see it: It stars Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. And it's directed by Christopher Nolan who has not made a bad movie yet. Lastly, the subject matter is very interesting. I love the subject of Astrophysics and trying to understand wormholes, and dark matter, and our vast universe.
Release Date: November 7, 2014
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances.
Why I'm excited to see it: It stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in career changing roles. After the film premiered at Cannes Critics said that Carell is a lock for the oscar and Tatum could earn a nomination as well. It's directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) and if Foxcatcher is up for best picture his first three movies will have all been nominated for best picture, which is pretty impressive. This film was originally due to come out last year but the director pulled it because he had some finishing touches, but most people think that because of the crowded oscar year last year that he pulled it so he wouldn't have to compete with such tough competition.
So there you have it the films I'm most excited about for 2014. I hope I was able to intrigue you about a movie you may not have heard of. Let me know some movies you are excited about seeing.