Here is a list of the Best Movies of 2014 or Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2014 I should say:
Instead if reflecting on the past, on what happened in 2013, let’s take a look forward into the future, into the sci-fi future of 2014. more specifically, a look into what the future holds for us in theatrical amazement in 2014.
the Wachowski brothers.
Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt & time travel. set in the future, during an epic battle with an alien race, Tom Cruise experiences a time glitch and repeats the day of the battle. can he find clues on that single day to change the course of history, where aliens defeat the human race? and there’s also cool action sequences.
Xmen : Days of Future Past
Do I really need to convince anyone to go see this in the theatre? The biggest dilemma is midnight show or opening night. Bryan Singer (‘Xmen’ (2000), ‘X2’ (2003)) returns with the original cast, including Halle Barry and combines with the cast from ‘Xmen : First Class,’ Jennifer Lawrence & James McAvoy, to create a stellar cast, including, of course, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen & Hugh Jackamn. An amazing superhero director, an amazing cast & a great script. See it, or I’ll use Cerebro to find you.
Guardians of the Galaxy
YES, YES, YES!
I am so looking forward to this! I have been excited ever since Marvel first announced it. check out my Pinterest page for cool photos. Chris Pratt plays StarLord / Peter Quill, Vin Diesel plays the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper, the voice of Rocket Racoon, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, Dave Batista plays Drax the Destroyer, Glen Close & Karen Gillian also star. also star. did you see the very end of Thor2? if you did, then you know that Benevio Del Toro plays ‘the Collector.’ the collector of what? well, everything worth collecting, but important to this story is the ‘infinity stones.’ and if you’ve been paying attention to the Marvel cinematic universe you would know, that from that epic moment in the ‘Avengers,’ where you see Thanos’ Infinty Gauntlet. If you missed it, go watch it again. I’m sure they will explain Soul Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Infinity Stones and Thanos in greater detail in the movie. This will be an epic event, I may live cast the midnight showing. Who wants to go in cosplay?
Captain America : The Winter Soldier
Yes, Bucky returns and “Cap,” kicks butt. Did I just spoil it for you? Go see it, you’ll enjoy it, and don’t forget to watch it all the way through to the very, very for glimpses of what is to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Christopher Nolan. do I really need to say anything else here?
Rebecca Hall, Johnny Depp & AI. Can an ai become human when merged with an actual human consciousness? Or will the ai take over & seize control of the nefarious, secret government agenda?
The Hobbit, part 3 :There & Back Again
There’s only an epic battle left in the original story, about 1/2hour, so that’s 2 1/2 hours of newly created material to connect the dots & set the stage for the Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed part 2 & was very happy there was more dragon than in the book. It’s interesting to see the rise of Sauron; I would like to see more of that in part 3. Yes, the movies are plagued with orc / goblin ambiguity and cross-overs from the book, but there’s wizards and dragons and second breakfasts.
Kind of like the ever familiar theme (‘Terminator,’ ‘iRobot,’ etc) of humans creating robots to make their lives easier, then an AI begins to think for oneself & eventually robots try to take over the world and/or exterminate all human life. This is sort of a similar theme of upcoming Marvel movies : Xmen : Days of Future Past, with Sentinel or Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, (doesn’t Ultron kill everyone & only time travel can save them, kind of like ‘Xmen: Days of Future Past’ plot; oops, spoiler alert. Also like ‘Transformers4: Age of Extinction’ apparently.
This is a Steven Spielberg movie, which, under normal circumstances would be a good thing, but in recent history, Spielberg hasn’t been successful in the sci-fi genre. Not including ‘Super 8’ or ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ as he only produced, or ‘produced’ maybe I should say–stay at home while others do the work. Do you remember ‘A.I. : Artificial Intelligence?’ (they had to spell it out so stupid people would know what A.I. was). That movie was so boring, AND it was 3 hours long @#$%! If you haven’t seen it, stop watching at minute 3:17 (guessing at time) but after she says “conundrum,” then skip to the final scene; you’ll get what it was about and see the twist. now i can rant all day, every day about ‘War of the Worlds,’ and maybe I will, but not here. Attention Steven Spielberg: “You can’t have an epic sci-fi film if the aliens are the dumbest ever depicted in any sci-fi movie ever seen or any book ever written. So to conclude, we have an over-used theme & a film maker who has lost his touch with sci-fi; what’s the catch phrase for this post? that’s right, “don’t make it suck.”
Last Days on Mars
I’m guessing its like ‘The Thing,’ but on mars.
Mocking Jay, part 1
Yep, the third in the ‘Hunger Games’ series will be in 2 parts. More Jennifer Lawrence & the crazy costumes of Stanley Tucci. Sad there wonit be any more from fashion designer Lenny Kravitz. May the reviews be ever in your favor.
Mad Max : Fury Road
I loved Mel Gibson when he was Mad Max, the pre-crazy years. Everyone loves a post-apocalyptic world with deadly boomerangs and bad-ass cars. Yes, I am referring to the Australian 1972 Ford Falcon from the original Mad Max film. I got to see a fan’s restored version of the original at Comic Con this year.
Will you see this in the theatre? You have 20 seconds to comply. Can they they make this cool, and not ’80’s cheeseball with Ford Taurus police cruisers? The original threequels made Robocop to be almost like Ironman, yes, he flew in Robocop 3. There wasn’t a whole lot of depth in the series, and they just masked the poor plot with grotesque violence. I wonder if Peter Weller, now Syracuse University professor of history, will make a cameo? I want to see an intelligent plot for Detroit’s robotic finest. Make it cool, and you’ll have a rekindled cult classic.
Based on the novel, ‘The Spook’s Apprentice.’ Lots of fantasy action and crazy visual effects, so much so that it will be released in IMAX.
I know what your thinking, it’s Godzilla & you just gotta watch it. Maybe King Idra or Mothra will be in it instead of just another reboot. I also think it’s too soon to have a giant creature, Kanji, in the pacific after this year’s release of ‘Pacific Rim. ‘
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
There’s a lot of people excited about the release of this film. I spoke with some of the creators earlier this year and it sounds really cool; not campy at all like the previous films; hopefully that’s not just hype. And yes I know the owner of the Cowabunga Van.
The origin story of Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia) becoming Dracula, set in the 1400’s. More along the lines of ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992) and not at all like ‘Twilight.’ I’m curious if the film ‘Byzantium’ inspired this vampire movie. Many people don’t know the real origin story of Dracula, the one that when Bram Stoker came across it, in 1890, & combined with other folk tales, created earth’s first vampire. epic.
Transformers 4 : Age of Extinction
Is that extinction of Decepticons, humanity? Michael Bay? or the movie series? Or maybe the Decepticons are just teaming up with the Jurassic Park peeps for Dino-Robot Global Domination. If giant robots can’t take over the earth the 3 movies, better implore the help of dinosaurs, right? Oh rootin’-tootin’, Jurassic World’ (Jurassic Park4) comes out in 2015- $&@?!, that was such a great rant-I’m leaving it anyway, but it won’t make sense now. Ok Michael Bay, do your action thing & no plots that make no sense, like Transformers 2 & leave the kiddy stuff out it, like giant robots stepping on mom’s flower garden, in Trans1. Oh yes, a request from a fan– yes, I have fans, ok, just one, and she wants more girl robots. I guess there was one in Trans2, (she turned into 3 motorcycles, does that mean she was 3 Gobots, I mean, Autobots? or just one?) but was killed in her second action sequence. The third film in the series was the best so far, in my opinion. Trans4 will have epic action, even beyond what we have seen before & claims to be the best yet in the series; we shall see. I keep expecting my car to transform into a robot, but Autobots just don’t come in Kia. If there was a Prius Transformer, would they need less energon to survive? Be green giant robots, be green.
for possible consideration:
Legend of Hercules
(no Kevin Sorbo, a plus, but the plot has little to do with history or the Greek myth, a big MINUS. Hopefully it wont be horrible like ‘The Immortals.’ Just make it better than “Clash of the Titans,’ and it’ll be cool. By the way guys, a good date movie is totally buff guys with no shirts (unless it’s Matthew McConaughey of course).
Pretty sure the volcano kills a bunch of rich people at the end.
Jon Snow stars in a movie! “Winter is coming,” or ash and pyroplastic flow (hot mud entombing your body for generations to come. (Things NOT to do when impending volcanic doom is upon you: be on the toilet).
300: Rise of an Empire
(‘300: 2’ or maybe just ‘301’)
Pretty sure they all died at the end of the first one. oh ya, you’re right, Faramir left early to sing a ballad about it. Yes, ‘300’ was based on a novel that changed the most heroic battle in ancient history, the Battle of Thermypolae, into something more fanciful. The true history of that battle, when Leonidas and the rest of the 300 Spartans and 1000 Thebans, used and broke all of their weapons in the fiercest fighting that region had ever seen, they fought armed soldiers with rocks. When they ran out of rocks, they fought spears and swords with fists. Leonidas’ last stand slowed the invading Persians enough for the Athenians & other Greek city states to gather their armies and triremes (ancient rowing ships with battering rams, like the ancient version of a torpedo) and decimate the Persian navy, thwarting their invasion. Such courage and defiance was lost a little on me in the movie ‘300.’ I expect the same style from the first film, action and yelling, with over-saturated coloring, and buff guys with no shirts. If guys can go see the expendables for pure testosterone action, why not let the girls see this one?
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Yep, another planet of the apes movie
Are they changing the origin story yet again?
You can’t reboot the series with every movie. no, no, no.
Gary Oldman will be in it, so by default, it wont be horrible. The script is supposed to be really good, so maybe put it on the cool list. I’m hesitant to go ape sh*t on this one, but could be interesting.
Resident Evil 6
You only need to know 3 things:
1. the T-Virus turns every living creature into crazed mutated killer zombies.
2. the Umbrella Corporation is awesome.
3. Milla Jovovich will always be hot.
oh, and yes, see it.
you don’t have to have seen the previous 5 movies to understand that the T-Virus turns you into zombies, the Umbrella Corp is cool & Milla Jovovich is hot. do I need to go over the 3 steps again?
I suppose I have to at least mention this one. this falls into the ‘odd twist’ category, for me, including movies ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and ‘Nazi’s on the Moon,’ ridiculous, but lots of action to makes it watchable. Do we really need a Frankenstein with the powers of Wolverine? Sorry Aaron Ekhart, I’m Netflixing this one. Unless there’s nothing to do on the Jan 24th release date, then I’m there. We should all go & cosplay as Herman Munster.
And no, I’m not including the Bible movies in this list. The Charleston Heston era films are shinning examples of classic Hollywood. I just don’t see how CGI can compare. I could be wrong, but ‘Exodus,’ and ‘Noah’ are on the maybe list, not the must-see list for 2014.
Looking forward to this. I know what you’re thinking; don’t worry, it wont be another Twilight. It has greater depth and more character development, with a far more interesting plot. Assuming they treat it well on the silver screen — uh hum, Mortal Instruments.
Welcome to Yesterday
Teens build a time machine. Wouldn’t you just love to go back in time to ace that chem exam or say the right thing to get the girl? Well, yes, but I’d rather use time travel for more important matters, like to save the human race ( Edge of Tomorrow) or save my entire home world from annihilation (Gallifrey, Dr Who).
Amazing Spider-Man 2
This one better be amazing, as the title says; The first ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ not so much.
It was just too soon for a reboot & the plot got twisted because Sony Pictures demanded it be a certain way, so much so, that they fired director Sam Raimi, dropped the part where Peter Parker’s father experimented on him, thus making it possible and more plausible, that Parker could shoot webs out of his wrists, not ever needing web cartridges, & then they pieced the script together & were forced to reboot the project. Attention superhero companies, I’m talking to you DC ( uh-hum — Superman) and now Marvel (I know I’ll have to repeat myself for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot – grrr) & everybody else, wait 10 years at least to reboot. The ’90’s ‘the Phantom,’ with Billy Zane, for example could use a reboot & retelling of the story, although that is one of my favorite superhero movies; there were no sequels because, plot-wise, everything was in the first movie. The cheesy, ‘free running / parkour’ version of ‘the Phantom’ tv mini series does not count.
so back to Spider-Man. .
Did they use up all the cool villains? Or maybe not since they rebooted the series. We will see ‘Carnage’ in the 3rd Amazing Spider-Man, so ‘Venom,’ the coolest of the Spider-man villains, lives, in a way. In AmazaSpidey2, we will see Electro (Jamie Fox) & Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone, not Bryce Dallas Howard, as in the Tobey MaGuire’s Spider-man 3); and no MJ. Gwen Stacey dies in the comic series. Spidey tries to save her as she falls from a building, but he jerks his webs back too fast, with a jerk and she breaks her neck because of it. He then learns how momentum works (√=m•v); he’s always studying physics and engineering, you’d think he’d know about it ahead of time. Anyway, the first Amazo-Spider-Man was more for teens than adults (with a shallow & uncomplicated plot) & definitely didn’t warrant seeing it in the theatre, even with cool action director, Vic Armstrong. Hoping they have a better developed, better written script this time. I love Spidey, & I’ll see it of course, but make me WANT to see it Sony Pictures.
A fun boarding school vampire movie.
Earth to Echo
I believe they are trying for part ‘E.T.,’ part ‘WALL-E’ with this one. It could be interesting, just not on the epic list for 2014.
It is Disney, & I’m really hoping they don’t cram it full of ‘family programming’ like ‘Once upon a time’ (or ‘Once I used to like Fairy Tales,’ as I have come to call it.) or ‘Oz, the Great & Powerful,’ ( how can you possibly screw up Wizard of Oz? This movie. There is so much more to the story that L. Frank Baum created in 1900, what about the Mole King? the SyFy channel’s ‘Tin Man,’ with Zooey Deschanel was so much better). So, back to ‘Maleficent,’ the story behind the evil queen from “Sleeping Beauty.’ it has potential to be cool like ‘Red Riding Hood’ & ‘Snow White & the Huntsman.’ Just go back to the origins of ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ incorporate elements from the tales the Brothers Grimm wrote down in 1812; they are quite dark & gruesome, but intriguing. Don’t make it suck Disney.
This is just a list of movies I’m excited about for the coming year & I apologize if I missed one (if I did, mention it in the comments). I haven’t seen any of them, so I can’t say, with absolute certainty, that they are all indeed awesome, but these are the films that are on my radar, the ones that I will see. I hope they are all awesome and can quell our insatiable sci-fi hunger for another year.