Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks.
It’s that time again, when we cross over from listing our favorite movies of the previous year and start listing the movies we hope are our favorites in the next. And as usual, at the head of 2014 we are primarily excited about big titles, because those are mostly what we’re aware of at this point.
For now, a lot of of the stuff we’re looking forward to with a good deal of optimism are blockbusters like the Marvel comic book adaptations Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And follow-ups like 22 Jump Street and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Not everything is as presold as superheroes and sequels, however. There are a number of films we have high expectations for based on the promise of their directors. Christopher Nolan is back with the original Interstellar. Wes Anderson is taking us on a trip to The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Wachowskis hopefully hit bigger than they did with Cloud Atlas with their next effort, Jupiter Ascending. And Lars von Trier is likely to tantalize us with his sex-filled Nyphomaniac.
Of course, many trustworthy directors are giving us adaptations that are more anticipated for who’s at the helm than the source material. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, though, fits both categories. Also based on best sellers are David Fincher’s Gone Girl and Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah. I also look forward to Peter Jackson’s final entry in his Hobbit trilogy, There and Back Again. Steve James’s new documentary on Roger Ebert, Life Itself, is even based on a memoir.
Two of my most anticipated are actually remakes from favorite directors. Check out my own top three:
1. Godzilla – I never bothered to see the 1998 version, so I’m not hoping for any kind of redemption here. Gareth Edwards made one of my favorite movies of 2010 (Monsters) and I’m counting on him to make an entertaining redo of a movie that was never perfect to begin with. And our first look is pretty spectacular.
2. RoboCop – I like to bet on the underdogs, and this one seems all but sentenced to death before it’s arrived. As a longtime fan of Jose Padilha (The Elite Squad), I just can’t pass judgment on his reboot until I see it. I know the man, and I know he’s too smart to deliver something terrible, even if the studio kills many of his best ideas.
3. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger – My most anticipated documentary of the year is about to debut at Sundance, but there hasn’t been a lot of talk of it yet. Director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost trilogy) is back in the courtroom for a look at the very recent trial of Whitey Bulger.
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