2013 is over. That’s a fact. Either you remember ringing in the new year through a haze of alcohol laced with cheap champagne or you don’t. Most likely the latter. The next day’s throbbing headache the only proof of a night steeped in dumb ideas. As we enter a new year, a new chapter as some like to see it, with resolutions and (empty) self-promises, an exciting crop of films is also on the horizon for us to enjoy and absorb, question and ponder. Be it indie, summer blockbusters, superhero epics, regular epics, stoner comedies or a weird combo of some, 2014 is shaping up to be another promising year for movies.
But, before we look into the future, let’s take a quick a look at those films that stood out in 2013 (in no particular order), a shout out if you will:
5. Blue Jasmine
7. The Past
8. Frances Ha
9. American Hustle
10. 12 Years a Slave
Now that that’s all out of the way, the door closed on another year and Oscar predictions (soon to be nominations) making their way around the internet, let’s move on to 2014.
This list isn’t whole. By that, I mean it’s sort of a mish-mash of movie genres and there’s no general theme, other than that these movies will make a lot of money and garner some attention (be it positive or negative).
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Release Date: March 7th
“The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.”
Wes Anderson’s latest picture, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), was a light-hearted romp through the wilderness of a small, unknown American island. A story of young love blossoming between two runaways while a search party frantically searched for two lost teens. This latest film looks much the same. But, instead of love between two teens, it’s love between Ralph Fiennes and the majority of his hotel guests, which evidently lands him into trouble.
If you enjoy Anderson, you’ll enjoy The Grand Budapest Hotel. Why? Because Anderson has a very distinct style. An awkward, sharp, witty humour that people either love or hate. Chances are, if you like one Wes Anderson film, you like all of his films.