After a year-end movie-watching rush of the films I wanted to see in 2013, I thought I’d take a few minutes and see what to make room for this year.
So here are my top 10 films to see in 2014 in (U.S.) release date order:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – March 7
Here’s another madcap ensemble adventure from Wes Anderson. And while I’d love to see more ladies in the cast, it looks like a great group and a bunch of quirky fun.
Muppets Most Wanted – March 21
This one is also set in Europe but the quirky characters are mostly Muppets. I’ve been a life-long Muppet fan and their revival in 2011’s The Muppets was a joy. Writer Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobbin are back again for this round too. Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s the only film we’ll see in 2014 that features both Tina Fey and Tom Hiddleston.
I’ve really been liking what Marvel’s been doing with their movie plan, so I’m ready for whatever they dish out next – which in this case, happens to be this movie. That’s not my only reason for going though. The first Captain America movie caught me by surprise and ended up surpassing my entertainment expectations. And of course it doesn’t hurt that the trailer looks great and Black Widow is in on the game.
Only Lovers Left Alive – April 11
While I’ve yet to find a vampire movie I like, that aspect of this movie doesn’t deter me. I hear the concept of love between the same people surviving over centuries is more of the focus here and that’s intriguing. Then we have Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, some of the strongest actors out there. Besides, sometimes we just need a little melancholy.
X-Men: Day of Future Past – May 23
Oh man. Growing up the X-Men were an inspiration whenever I felt like I didn’t belong. So I was really excited when the first movie came out back in 2000 and X-Men: First Class was neat so the prospect of combining those two casts for this movie seems like the best of both (movie) worlds. I’m even going to put aside my disappointment that the story has been changed so Wolverine is sent back in time instead of Shadowcat.
I have no idea how this one is going to go, but I’m a sucker for a story retold from the villain’s point of view. The writing team includes Linda Woolverton, of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and Paul Dini, of Batman Beyond and many other animated stories including a few episodes of The Clone Wars, so I have hopes.
Edge of Tomorrow – June 6
I’m here for Emily Blunt in a sci-fi action movie. From the trailer it seems like her character is important and a woman who exists outside of her relationship to the main male character. If that’s correct then yay! Also the plot seems like some of my video gaming attempts.
Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1
I honestly do not know a ton about this movie, but I’m willing to give it a chance because of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Plan and word that this movie is mostly set in space. Hopefully I won’t be tired of the fate of everything being at stake by August.
Interstellar – November 7
I don’t know a lot about this movie either, but apparently few people really do. The recent teaser trailer with narration by Matthew McConaughey was pretty captivating for something that didn’t say much. Christopher Nolan is writing and directing and there will be wormholes and space travel, people.
Mockingjay: Part I – November 21
This one I do know a lot about. This beginning of the end of the Hunger Games should be intense. They have a great team working on this one. Expect it to end on another cliffhanger and prepare yourself for that fact that there will be people who’ve read the books bringing tissues into the theater with them.
Into the Woods – December 25
One of my favorite musicals is in the hands of someone who has a kind of shaky track record for the big screen. It’s such a clever weaving of fairy tales and Sondheim’s songs’ verbosity lends themselves to comedy. As far as I’ve heard they’re sticking with the original script, so that’s good. I want to see it, but I’m still kind of scared of it.
What’s your top movie picks for 2014? Tweet me at @Geek_Kay.
Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path for now, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. Currently a photographer who also specializes in communications and marketing, Kay spends her free time reading, cooking, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises. You can follow her on Twitter.
Kay is FANgirl's resident geek fashion expert and co-host of the Hyperspace Theories podcast. She reviews books and movies for the site with a heart for storytelling and a mind that likes to analyze. Kay's been a guest on various podcasts sharing her love and knowledge of storytelling, film-making, fashion, and of course, Star Wars.
Most days are filled with her work as a creative services professional - designing websites & branding, photographing, voice acting, editing, and more. Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, costuming, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord.