The 2014 Radar Project
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I've got three films to discuss tonight, movies I am very much anticipating this year, movies I can't wait to get to. Be prepared, have fun, and start marking your calenders tonight.
Release Date: TBA 2014
This film originally preimered at the Fantastic Film Festival in 2013, and will probably get a wide release sometime in 2014. The buzz around this horror movie is just spectacular. Derek Lee and Clif Prowse play fictional versions of themselves and they go on a Europe trip together. What seems like a fun time in another continent slowly spirals out of control. This is another found footage film, and I know many of you are perhaps fed up with the device. If it can work for the story and not as a gimmick, I am sold. For every two bad found footage movies, we get at least one good one and I am hoping for the later with "Afflicted." Plus I am always taken aback when I think Hollywood has run out of ways to reinvent vampires, werewolves and zombies, then somebody comes along and blindsides me. That seems to be the case here, at least from what I have read. I am hoping for a spooky good time! The Fantastic Film Festival is held each year in Austin, TX. So far, as I have heard of films from that festival, I have never been very disappointed when a film from that festival is highly praised. I am hoping for another great film to put on my DVD shelf sometime this year.
A Million Ways to Die In The West
Release Date: May 30th, 2014
"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is returning to the big screen this summer with another comedy. This year MacFarlane will be tackling the Western genre and he'll be bringing an all-star cast with him; which includes Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovani Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. Its a great cast for a comedy. This will be a real endurance test for MacFarlane in particular. Sure, the guy has done movie work before, but only contributing his voice a la "Family Guy." Both "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army" and "Ted" was MacFarlane lending his voice to a character. Does he have the acting chops to pull off a lead in a major comedy? That has yet to be determined. Yes, MacFarlane did a great job hosting the Oscars earlier this year, but that is a completely different animal compared to acting as a lead in a major motion picture. With that said, I have very high hopes for MacFarlane and I hope this is another big cash grab for him.
I am a huge fan MacFarlane. I have really enjoyed "Family Guy," "American Dad!" and "The Cleveland Show." I have not had the chance to check out "Dads" yet, so I will judge that once the opportunity presents itself. So perhaps I am little biased, as I know since "Family Guy" is pretty polarizing. However, I feel MacFarlane hit a creative high with "Ted," something I didn't know MacFarlane had in him. MacFarlane proved he could write a potent, sincere story while also including his toilet humor, offensive stuff, and his overabundance of pop culture references. If he can somehow play with that creativity again with "A Million Ways to Die in the West," I think film fans everywhere are going to be very happy.
Release Date: January 24th 2014 (limited release date) Expand wide sometime later
Look, if you know me, you know I have been pretty harsh toward Vanessa Hudgens. I haven't liked her acting, and I haven't liked her movies either. Yes even "Spring Breakers" and "Sucker Punch" those two films are as overrated as overrated gets and I was ready to completely write Hudgens off forever.
Then I took a step back and took a deep breath. Any actor, and I do mean any actor can have their redemption role, something that kickstarts new life within their career. Judging by the trailer for the upcoming "Gimme Shelter," I feel Hudgens could be a crash course to superstardom. I think she could very well become an exciting young actress who will guide prestige and merit to her name. As a movie buff, I feel compelled to take every movie film by film, with each actor, despite what I have thought about them in the past. Hudgens will be no different. She's got a great cast to work with here, which includes Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser and James Earl Jones. Look out for Dawson in this too, she looks like a very early contender for Best Lead Actress for the 2015 Academy Awards, and she more than deserves that praise. Based on the trailer, I've got a lot of hope for "Gimme Shelter" and I hope it pays off. If it does pay off, this will be a huge milestone for Hudgens, and she'll be able to get more grounded, more mature and more gripping work than ever before. Here's to hoping that can happen for her.
I hope you have enjoyed this first round of films to look for in 2014. As January is stereo-typically a slower month for movie news and movies in general, I hope you dig this 2014 theme. I will have more tomorrow so stay tuned!