2015. Potentially the biggest year of movies … EVER

Jurassic WorldUsually around this time every year I have a proper look at what movies are being released for the rest of the year.  It looks set to be potentially an incredible year of movies.

There are some movies which I am looking forward to and some I will see no matter what. No doubt, there will be some movies I have not heard about which will end up being great. Anyway, here is my list of movies I am personally really looking forward to – I have probably forgot some! (in no particular order):

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (of course!)
  • Jurassic World
  • Terminator:Genisys
  • The Avengers:Age of Ultron
  • Furious 7
  • Spectre
  • Kingsman:The Secret Service
  • Inside Out
  • Ant-Man
  • Mission Impossible 5

Inside Out

Now this list is just the top most anticipated ones. There are other movies I will want to watch but don’t make the top 10 including the following:

  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • The Fantastic Four
  • Ted 2
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Tomorrowland
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • San Andreas
  • Project Almanac
  • Focus
  • Big Hero 6 (released in 2014 in US but out here end of January 2015)
  • Chappie
  • Pixels (although nothing about the movie at the moment but it sounds good – although Adam Sandler is in it!)

2014. Movie year review. (Pretty good I think)

Usually around this time every year I have a think about the movies I watched in 2014 (the movies actually released in 2014). I think overall its been a good year with a few movies I thought were brilliant and really enjoyed.

You may notice the list are more blockbuster type movies and the lack of “Oscar-type” movies. Thats just my taste in movies. I am sure people will disagree – but I like what I like (and dislike what I dislike).

My favourite movies (in no particular order).

Edge of Tomorrow – I really really enjoyed this movie. I thought both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt were excellent. This movie was marketed poorly and didn’t do that well in the box office. Its a real shame. Great action, good acting and funny. Very funny at times.

I have heard people have seen it more recently (now its out on DVD) and they all like it.

Guardians of the Galaxy – It was a Marvel movie with characters most people would not know anything about. I was a bit worried after the trailer, that it would be “too jokey” but I was not disappointed. Great characters – especially Groot (although I was a bit disappointed in Gamora – hoped for more good fight scenes. Brilliant movie and a top soundtrack. I was listening to it for weeks afterwards. 2014 was the year Chris Pratt became a “movie star”. 2015 could be a very good year for him too with Jurassic World coming out.

Lego movie – very funny movie. I was a fan of Lego when growing up (who wasn’t though??) and like many people I am sure have a big bucket of Lego pieces stored somewhere in a cupboard or attic.  And of course it has an awesome song.

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes – the first one I thought was OK but this one I really enjoyed. Although it still freaks me out a bit the whole animals acting like humans!

Veronica Mars movie – now I may be biased because I am a Veronica Mars fan (and also Kristen Bell). The TV show was brilliant and was one of those shows which ended too soon – it still has many fans. Prove of this was the Kickstarter project to finance the movie and it ended up raising $5.7m.  Its original goal was $2m. In the process, it broke some Kickstarter records.

  • Fastest project to reach $1 million.
  • Fastest project to reach $2 million.
  • All-time highest-funded project in FILM category.
  • Most project backers of any project in Kickstarter history.

(And also third highest-funded project in Kickstarter history).

Captain America: Winter Soldier – better than the first one. I thought this one was really good.

Honorable mentions

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – big fan of the first one. This one wasn’t quite as good. Still enjoyable, funny but darker.

Stretch – this movie surprisingly did not get a cinema release and was only on demand services like Amazon. I really enjoyed it. Chris Pine has a great time playing a crazy character.

Disappointed

So these movies which are not necessarily bad movies but I was disappointed with them.

Interstellar – already mentioned why in blog post.

The Raid 2 – now I loved the first The Raid movie. It was brilliant. All action. Brutal. Incredible fight scenes. Non-stop. Now The Raid 2 was still good and had some good fights e.g. Hammer Girl, but just because The Raid (1) was so amazing, I was hoping for more.

Godzilla – boring. Didn’t see enough of Godzilla. Human characters were rubbish. It wasn’t Aaron Taylor-Johnson best performance for sure! I actually wrote a blog post about my thoughts on it. 

X-Men:Days of Future Past – it was OK. However, it did have one of the best scenes in a movie – the kitchen scene with Quicksilver. I am a fan of Hugh Jackman and he was OK. And any movie with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart can’t be “that bad” – although there were not in it that much. Another movie I actually wrote a blog about what I thought about it. 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: its was OK. I like Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and I like Emma Stone but the film was “OK”. I wasn’t a fan of the “baddie” of the movie, Electro.

Rubbish/crap/awful

3 Days To Kill – boring. And rubbish.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – can’t remember anything about it. Just that it was rubbish.

Sabotage – sorry Arnie. I think Arnie himself is brilliant when he does stuff like this but this movie is not good.

Movies I didn’t watch – but apparently were good

Now some of the movies I have heard are good but I have not seen are (so these could well have made it into my “list”) –

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest HotelBoyhood
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • Under the Skin
  • Nightcrawler
  • Gone Girl
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Calvary
  • Maleficent
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Fault of Our Stars

But what about Transformers….

Yes, I have not mentioned the Transformers movie. Surely it should be in the rubbish or at least disappointed list??

Before watching it, I heard it was rubbish and full of product placement. Now it had its fair share of product placement and it was very much a Michael Bay movie but I thought it was not that bad. It was basically as expected. You know what you are generally going to get with a Michael Bay movie and thats OK with me.

There were some good fight and I liked some of the scenery – like the giant caves when in Hong Kong.  And the dinobots looked cool.

Also,  before watching the movie Transcendance I heard it was rubbish. But it wasn’t that bad. Don’t get me wrong, its not good but just not that bad.

I also watched The Interview – everyone probably knows what its (kind of) about. I didn’t really like the first half when it was just the usual Seth Rogan/Evan Goldberg stuff but once they get to North Korea its a lot better. The best “character” is Kim Jong-Un. That is the only time I will use the word “best” and “Kim Jong-Un” in the same sentence I think!

 

Yelp Gold!! Yelp Elite-ship renewed

Yelp Gold!My Yelp Elite-ship has been renewed!! And since its my 5th year, I am now Yelp Gold Elite. If you don’t know, Yelp is basically a review site (with reviews written by “real people”) for restaurants, bars, shops etc.  Now if you are a Yelp Elite, you get invited to private events where up-and-coming restaurants and bars provide food and drink for free (and a shiny badge on your profile page).

I have been a member of Yelp for quite a while now, since 2009. I remember discovering it when just looking for restaurant reviews. I didn’t start writing reviews right at the start but did after several months.

As well as Elite events, there are many other events organised and its an opportunity to meet like-minded people and eat (and consume) lots of lovely food and drink.

Apparently, there is sometimes special Yelp Gold Elite events. I have heard someone say there are some in London?? There is unlikely to be one in Manchester for awhile though since I am just one of 2 Gold Elite members!