Chris Stachiw's Most Anticipated Films of 2015
2015 is shaping up to be an interesting year for movies especially with all of the sequels, new Marvel franchises, and the return of one of the greatest franchises in movie history. However, with all these big name films coming out, it's easy to overlook the non-Disney by way of ownership films that are coming out. With that in mind, here are my five most anticipated films of 2015 in no particular order.
Sea of Trees
While Gus Van Sant has had some missteps in his career, namely the shot-for-shot remake of Psycho, it's easy to say that he is a powerhouse when it comes to directing dramas. Pair him with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe, and Sea of Trees could be one of 2015's best films. Featuring McConaughey as an American who travels to Japan's Suicide Forest to kill himself, only to meet Watanabe's character who is also there to kill himself. They end up going on a journey of reflection and survival together in which neither man will ever be the same. This film should be interesting, and considering that it takes place in a real location, that adds more interest in my mind to the film along with McConaughey who has slowly become a powerhouse dramatic actor.
The Hateful Eight
Although I'm not the biggest fan of Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill, I really enjoyed Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds since they are both period pieces with fantastic ensemble casts. When the news broke last year that the script for Hateful Eight was leaked and that Tarantino was shelving the project due to the leak, I was disappointed that the film was potentially not going to be released. However, it seems now that the film is going forward with the originally released cast which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. With such a stellar cast along with the fact that it is going to be a spaghetti western, I honestly cannot wait to see this film.
Guillermo Del Toro directed one my favorite comic book movies, Hellboy, and some fantastic films including Cronos, Pan's Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. While Del Toro was supposedly going to direct the adaptation of At The Mountains of Madness, he has instead decided to direct Crimson Peak, his take on the haunted house film. It's set to star Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska but the it's the style and directing that has me intrigued. I cannot wait to see what Del Toro has in store for the film, but if any of his past films are an indication, Crimson Peak should fantastic.
I applaud Johnny Depp for being one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood today; be it as a wolf in Into the Woods, as a Peter Sellers-esque cop in Tusk, to a Native American in The Lone Ranger, Depp can seemingly do it all. With that in mind, Black Mass could be the film that garners him his first Oscar win with his turn as Whitey Bulger. Whitey Bulger was the boss of the Winter Hill Gang in Boston along with being an FBI informant during the 70s, the latter of which wasn't known until more recently. Depp is set to play Bulger along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton taking on supporting roles in the film. The film is shaping up to be one to keep an eye on. Until then, check out Whitey: United States vs. James J. Bulger on Netflix, it's an insightful documentary that takes a hard look at the US's involvement with Bulger.
It should come as no surprise to readers of the the site that I love Kevin Smith. Be it because his movies defined my teen years or that he has the kind of writing style and no fucks given attitude that I myself have, I'm a huge fan of his work. When Smith decided to venture off of his usual path of comedies, I was hesitant but optimistic because I knew that the films would be amazing even if they weren't pure comedies. While I enjoyed Red State, it felt rougher than most of Smith's films, but Tusk ended up being my favorite film of 2014 due in part to the risks that Smith took as a filmmaker. So when Yoga Hosers was announced as featuring characters from Tusk, namely Johnny Depp's Guy LaPointe and the two convenience store clerks (played by Depp's daughter and Smith's daughter), I immediately knew it would have to make my list. I cannot wait for Yoga Hosers and I really can't wait for Moose Jaws in 2016.