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TFG1Mike’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014

2014-MOST

2014 Is a fully loaded year, with many geek like properties continuing their mainstream dominance. TMNT, Transformers, Numerous Superhero films, Robocop, and more. TFG1Mike takes you through the 14 films that he is most anticipating.  

I’ve always been the guy who puts out an opinion as soon as I see a trailer for any film. Whether I’d like, not care, or just downright loathe whatever film it was a trailer I was seeing. MOST comedy films that I see trailers for make me say “ick, nah I’ll wait” Lately however with all the FEVER paced news stories coming out for any films that I’m interested in… I’ve held my tongue, because I just wanna see the damn films already. I used to go to the theater all the time in my younger years, but since my late twenties nearly mid thirties I reserve the theater for films I absolutely want to see. Everything else I can wait on. There is no particular order here, as I can’t rank these, without you know seeing them. However there are gonna be at least two that I’ll have a negative opinion of, because of REASONS!

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Release Date:  January 14, 2014

Director:  Kenneth Branagh

Writers:   David Koepp

Starring: Chris Pine, Kiera Knightley, Kevin Costner and more

Synopsis:   Based on the Jack Ryan character created by the bestselling author Tom Clancy, the film is a contemporary action/thriller set in the present day.  The original story written by David Koepp, follows a young Jack as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. 

The Positive: Captain Kirk is Jack Ryan, I always like seeing who they’ll throw into the Ryan role. It’s like Batman, or James Bond… as far as how many actors have played the role.

The Negative:  Standard plot, nothing we haven’t seen in other films. This could be a repeat of Die Hard 4, without Bruce Willis.

Robocop

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Release Date:  February 12, 2014

Director:  Jose Padillha

Writers:   Josh Zetumer and Nick Schenk

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and more

Synopsis:   In 2028, multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father, and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured by a car-bomb in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.

The Positive: I can’t think of anything. Maybe cool special effects, but not super stoked to see this, most likely will wait for media release.

The Negative: EFFIN’ REMAKE!!!! Same plot for Murphy as in the original ugh! Why couldn’t this be a continuity sequel from the original films? Do we really need a Robocop film for this generation?  The suit is kinda fugly too.

Muppets Most Wanted

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Release Date:  March 21, 2014

Director:  James Bobbin

Writers:   James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller

Starring: THE MUPPETS! <— what else do you need? OK… Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey

Synopsis:   Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais.

The Positive: IT’S THE MUPPETS….what more do you need?

The Negative:  Sticky Germass

Need For Speed

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Release Date:  March 14, 2014

Director:  Scott Waugh

Writers:   George & John Gatins

Starring: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, and more

Synopsis:   Based on the best selling racing game franchise ever, Dreamworks’ Need For Speed captures the thrills of the game in a real world setting. After being released from prison for a crime that he didn’t commit, a street racer, Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), is set to race cross-country and to avenge the death of his friend Pete.

The Positive: FINALLY!!! I’ve been waiting for an NFS film forever! Story is standard, but with Aaron Paul leading the cast, I’m sure it’ll be great. Plus EVERYONE wants to see the game series come to life on the big screen right?

The Negative:  not sure how well it will do, but as it’s meant to be for the gamer crowd that’s ok. I don’t think they are making this film to have it make millions.

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

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Release Date:  April 4, 2014

Director:  Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writers:   Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, and more

Synopsis:   Two years after the events of The AvengersSteve Rogers resides peacefully in Washington, D.C., struggling to adapt to contemporary society. However, after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is assailed, Steve becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the globe. Together with Natasha Romanoff, Captain America attempts to uncover the growing machination while fending off hired hit men. When the entire scheme is discovered, Captain America and the Black Widow must recruit the aid of the Falcon and soon encounter an unanticipated and powerful adversary — the Winter Soldier

The Positive: The Marvel Cinematic Universe is what really made me pay attention to and care about Captain America. Love Chris Evans in the role, and very interested to see where this next chapter takes him.

The Negative:  I can’t think of anything.

Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Release Date:  May 2, 2014

Director:  Marc Webb

Writers:   Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, and more

Synopsis:   Peter Parker continues to struggle with balancing his life as a high school student, and his responsibilities as Spider-Man. When Peter begins to investigate more about his father’s past, thanks to the help of his friend Harry Osborn, he begins to realize that the new threats of Electro and the Rhino all have one thing in common: OsCorp!

The Positive: The continuing adventures of the SUPERIOR Spider-Man in film. OK well not really, but I like Garfield over Maguire.

The Negative:  Potentially too many villains…

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Release Date:  May 23, 2014

Director:  Bryan Singer

Writers:   Simon Kinberg

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian Mckellen, and all the other X-Casts from the original trilogy and First Class. 

Synopsis:   The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in a battle that must change the past – to save their future!

The Positive: X-Casts are United under one film!!!

The Negative:  Potentially too many unresolved plotlines… time travel is a bitch!

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Release Date:  June 27, 2014

Director:  Michael Bay

Writers:   Ehren Kruger

Starring: PETER CULLEN!!! Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, and more

Synopsis:   GIANT ROBOTS are played down to human emotions!

The Positive: Peter Cullen as Optimus and Giant Robot fights

The Negative:  Michael Bay’s total control over the story when it comes to final say. Seriously doubt Kruger will have much of his story here. Whatever that story is.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Release Date:  August 8, 2014

Director:  Jonathan Liebesman

Writers:   A WHOLE BUNCHA PEOPLE!!! seriously there are six people with writing credits! WTF

Starring: William Fictner, Will Arnett, Megan Fox, and more

Synopsis:  Peter Laird says that it’ll be much more comic based with the Mirage styling.

The Positive: Turtles on the big screen again….? cool… I think…?

The Negative:  everything else…. These are just my initial thoughts, until I see a trailer… I have no clue what to expect…

Maleficent

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Release Date:  May 30, 2014

Director:  Robert Stromberg

Writers:   Linda Woolverton

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Shairto Copley, and more

Synopsis:   “Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent (Jolie) cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora (Fanning) is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.”

The Positive: YES an awesome retelling of the classic tale.

The Negative:  I can’t think of anything

Dumb & Dumber To

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Release Date: November 14, 2014

Director:  Bobby & Peter Farrelly

Writers:  Sean Anders and John Morris

Starring: Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels

Synopsis:   Twenty years after their last adventure, good-hearted yet dimwitted best friends, Harry and Lloyd, head out in search for one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.

The Positive: Slapstick at it’s finest.

The Negative:  same ole story…. long lost relative

 

Expendables 3

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Release Date:  August 15, 2014

Director:  Patrick Hughes

Writers:   Sly Stallone and others

Starring: Sly Stallone and the rest of The Expendables, with new team members coming in, and Mel Gibson playing the villain. 

Synopsis:  The mercenary group, The Expendables, led by Barney Ross, come face to face with the team’s co-founder Conrad Stonebanks. Ross was forced to kill Stonebanks after he became a ruthless arms trader, but Stonebanks survived and has now made it his mission to destroy The Expendables. Ross resorts to recruiting a new and younger generation of Expendables to help the team overcome his old adversary.

The Positive: The team reunites for a third time! I’ve really enjoyed these 80s action stars getting a career resurgence with this series.

The Negative:  Potentially too many characters and the usual plot, but with this I don’t mind it so much… since that’s what it’s setting out to do.

Gone Girl

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Release Date:  October 3, 2014

Director:  David Fincher

Writers:   Not Available

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and more

Synopsis:   A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Based on the novel, “Gone Girl.

The Positive: Ben Affleck before becoming the Bat

The Negative:  standard kidnap plot

Final Thoughts:

So there ya have it. There are exactly 13 films that I care to see in theaters this year. Out of these 13 there are many aspects of film to be excited about this year. Turtles FINALLY, even if Bay’s production company is on the project, Gone Girl looks really interesting, Maleficent looks fantastically done.Transformers just because it’s giant robot fight club, Cap, Spidey, and X-Men… hell yeah!!! So keep those film reels rollin’ and look out for my spoiler free written reviews, and possibly SPOILER FILLED MWIRE Eps!!!

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