With the hopes of completely washing my hands clean of 2013 came a simple idea, laying out all my excitement for 2014! Well, something like that. Basically I felt it was necessary to put all the movies, television, things, and people I hold great anticipation for into one big fat honkin’ list. Because: Lists. Are. Cool!
Archer (Jan. 13)
the network: FX
the season: 5
the acting: H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell
the anticipation: The funniest show on television right now. Season 5’s going to be crazy.
Sherlock (Jan. 19)
the network: PBS
the season: 3
the acting: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
the anticipation: Well if you’ve seen season 1, 2, or any episode then you know.
Chozen (Jan. 13)
the network: FX
the season: 1
the acting: Bobby Moynihan
the anticipation: From the creators of Archer, I’m hoping for the second funniest show on television.
The Spoils of Babylon (Jan. 9th)
the network: IFC
the season: mini-series
the acting: Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Jelly Howie
the anticipation: This one kind of randomly found me. A comedy mini-series with a lot of talent, will for sure be checking this show out.
True Detective (Jan. 12)
the network: HBO
the season: mini-series
the acting: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson
the anticipation: This has been getting quite a lot of hype for a while now. Everything I’ve seen and read has been good and the actor pairing is genius.
Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 16-26)
the anticipation: Arguably the most important film festival in the world, Sundance is iconic. Everything about it seems cool and the lineup this year looks promising. One day Sundance, one day…
The Monuments Men (Feb. 7)
the directing: George Clooney
the writing: George Clooney & Grant Heslov
the acting: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett
the anticipation: After being pushed back from last year the release for Monuments Men is right around the corner. The cast looks the great, the story sounds interesting, and the director knows a thing or two.
Winter Olympics (Feb. 7-23)
the anticipation: I am not completely up on my snow-specific sports, but anytime the U.S. competes I’m there cheering them on.
Richard Linklater (Feb. 9)
the anticipation: Linklater is closing the Santa Barbara International Film Festival by screening all three Before films, followed by a Q&A with himself, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy. I might just make my way to Santa Barbara.
Non-Stop (Feb. 28)
the directing: Jaume Collet-Serra
the writing: John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach & Ryan Engle
the acting: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore
the anticipation: I need my Neeson fix. The last time I saw him was in Taken 2, and well, it was unfortunate.
Game of Thrones (Spring)
the network: HBO
the season: 4
the acting: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
the anticipation: This doesn’t seem necessary.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Mar. 7)
the directing: Wes Anderson
the writing: Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
the acting: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan
the anticipation: It’s Wes Anderson, and he got Ralph Fiennes to lead!
The Raid 2: Berandal (Mar. 28)
the directing: Gareth Evans
the writing: Gareth Evans
the acting: Iko Uwais
the anticipation: The Raid has some of the craziest martial arts fights I’ve ever seen, and The Raid 2 is supposed to be crazier.
the anticipation: My hope is to make it out to Italy this spring, going back to Rome as well as visiting much more. Looking for a plane tickets as well speak!
the network: Showtime
the season: 7
the acting: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler
the anticipation: Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. The last season brought this show back to life, so the send off should be satisfying.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Apr. 4)
the directing: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
the writing: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely & Ed Brubaker
the acting: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan
Dom Hemingway (Apr. 4)
the directing: Richard Shepard
the writing: Richard Shepard
the acting: Jude Law, Emilia Clarke, Richard E. Grant
the anticipation: Jude Law really talked this film up, and made sure it was brought to life. It will be interesting to see what he can do with all that screen time.
Transcendence (Apr. 18)
the directing: Wally Pfister
the writing: Jack Paglen
the acting: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman
the anticipation: Not really sure what this is about, but there are huge names and its Pfister’s first director’s job. Hopefully he can successfully step out of Christopher Nolan’s shadow.
the anticipation: If all goes to plan, this will be the second part of my trip. Island hoping sounds absolutely fantastic.
the anticipation: My goal is to actually buy a Mondo poster this year.
Godzilla (May 16)
the directing: Gareth Edwards
the writing: Max Borenstein & Dave Callaham
the acting: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen
the anticipation: Well, let’s put it this way, it can’t be worse than Emmerich’s.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
the directing: Bryan Singer
the writing: Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman
the acting: James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender
the anticipation: We’ve all been waiting forever for this film. Ginormous cast and alternative realities, should be good.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30)
the directing: Seth MacFarlane
the writing: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild
the acting: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris
the anticipation: MacFarlane’s follow up to Ted. This time his comedy takes place in a Western, so yeah.
The 50 States (Summer)
the anticipation: Simultaneously trying to keep myself busy and “see the world,” my second plan is a road trip. An all-American, full fledged, culture shocking road trip.
Edge of Tomorrow (Jun. 6)
the directing: Doug Liman
the writing: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth
the acting: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
the anticipation: When I first heard about this a year back or so there wasn’t much for me to be excited about. But with the trailer coming out, Edge of Tomorrow is definitely on my radar.
FIFA World Cup (Jun. 12-Jul. 13)
the anticipation: Group of Death should make things interesting… at least it will take my mind off Football being over.
22 Jump Street (Jun. 13)
the directing: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
the writing: Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill, Rodney Rothman & Oren Uziel
the acting: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
the anticipation: The first one was a pleasant surprise, but now we’re expecting it. This duo’s has to step their game up.
The Purge 2 (Jun. 20)
the directing: James DeMonaco
the writing: James DeMonaco
the acting: Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo
the anticipation: I was actually pretty impressed with The Purge. It was quality for its super-low budget and plot. I’m not sure how they’ll expand the idea, but I’ll probably go find out.
Austin, Texas (Summer)
the anticipation: My ongoing search for a vibrant film industry outside of Los Angeles continues. Austin is one of those cities that could have the potential I need and perhaps a good reason for a road trip…
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Jul. 11)
the directing: Matt Reeves
the writing: Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
the acting: Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Judy Greer
the anticipation: The final half hour of the first was epitomized the word epic. Dawn should throw us right in the thick of things.
Jupiter Ascending (Jul. 18)
the directing: Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
the writing: Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
the acting: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean
the anticipation: The siblings that brought you The Matrix have cooked up another original idea. From the look of its trailer Jupiter Ascending has a chance to be the blockbuster of the summer.
the anticipation: No picture for this one, and July really doesn’t have to do with anything. I just want the world to know I will read that book this year. Promise.
Route 66 (Summer)
the anticipation: I’ve been talking about driving the entire route for sometime now. Just put this up here ’cause it’s exciting.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1)
the directing: James Gunn
the writing: James Gunn, Chris McCoy & Nicole Perlman
the acting: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper
the anticipation: So I know I just said Jupiter Ascending has a chance to be the blockbuster of the summer, but this is the likely choice for that prestigious accolade.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Aug. 22)
the directing: Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez
the writing: Frank Miller, William Monahan & Robert Rodriguez
the acting: Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
the anticipation: Almost ten years later we get a sequel! Yay!
Jane Got a Gun (Aug 29)
the directing: Gavin O’Connor
the writing: Brian Duffield & Anthony Tambakis
the acting: Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton
the anticipation: To be honest, this film never really interested me. However, all the behind the scenes controversies do. We’ll see what that did to the final product.
Gone Girl (Oct. 3)
the directing: David Fincher
the writing: Gillian Flynn
the acting: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike
the anticipation: Ummm, I don’t know, David Fincher and Ben Affleck mainly.
The Interview (Oct. 10)
the directing: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
the writing: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen & Dan Sterling
the acting: James Franco, Seth Rogen & Lizzy Caplan
the anticipation: The next team up of these two and Goldberg is coming back to direct. Don’t doubt the funniness of this film.
Hobbes Costume (Oct. 31)
the anticipation: I really wanted to be Hobbes for halloween last year, but couldn’t find any full on tiger suits. This year it’s happening, because I really want to look like that ^.
Interstellar (Nov. 7)
the directing: Christopher Nolan
the writing: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan
the acting: Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
the anticipation: Nolan post-Batman. A lot of people are gonna see this.
Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7)
the directing: Don Hall & Chris Williams
the writing: Don Hall
the acting: N/A
the anticipation: This one is actually really interesting. Disney’s taking on another Marvel film, but this will be their first animated one.
Dumb and Dumber To (Nov. 14)
the directing: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly
the writing: Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, John Morris & Bennett Yellin
the acting: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
the anticipation: Jim Carrey’s finally happy, now they can shoot.
the anticipation: This is kind of like Infinite Jest where the time doesn’t really matter. Criterion’s going to be coming out with more and more now that they have that deal with Sony. Flock to Barnes & Noble and try to get your copies for cheap.
Exodus (Dec. 12)
the directing: Ridley Scott
the writing: Bill Collage, Adam Cooper & Steven Zaillian
the acting: Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver
the anticipation: I’m just on the Ridley Scott train.
Unbroken (Dec. 25)
the directing: Angelina Jolie
the writing: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Richard LaGravenese & William Nicholson
the acting: Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleeson
the anticipation: Coen script, Jolie’s directing. On top of that maybe amazing duo is Hillenbrand’s amazing piece of nonfiction.