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Your Pick Of This Year’s Films

Friday 17 January 2014, 14:27

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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Last week I listed the films that I am most looking forward to this year. A lot of you responded with the titles you are eagerly awaiting - here are just some of them.

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    Comment number 1.

    Can't believe there was no mentions for the new Robocop film.

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    Comment number 2.

    Where is your Wolf of Wall street review!?

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    Comment number 3.

    Top of the list for me this year is Interstellar, but I look forward to the final Hobbit film too.

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    Comment number 4.

    i was disappointed with inside llewyn davis

    dallas buyers club was the best of all the december bunch - largely due to jared leto returning to acting

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    Comment number 5.

    Haha Mark, I expected you'd end it that way. You don't disappoint (much).

    Shame no love for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, but I do understand why there's some concern. As we know, much of it has had to be recast - due to some tragic deaths, general timing issues and contractual arguments. It's potentially a disaster waiting to happen; and yet... and yet I'm hoping it isn't.

    Never enough time to cover them all. Still... let's be honest here, Michael Bay cannot do anything worse than Pain and Gain. So hey, Transformers will be a step up!

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    Comment number 6.

    To add to this, a couple of films I'm looking forward to:

    Birdman - billed for release this year (pardon the pun), I'm very much looking forward to Michael Keaton playing this role, it seems perfect for him.

    Transcendence - I -really- want to see Johnny Depp escape the trappings of his recent 'quirky' roles and do something meatier. Hoping this film is a decent start. Transhumanism seems to be a rising theme in recent sci-fi movies, so let's see what they can do with it.

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    Comment number 7.

    You act with same subtlety that Bay directs.

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    Comment number 8.

    I didn't get Inside Llewyn Davis - was there more to it than a story that goes nowhere and unmemorable characters? I say this as a huge Coens fan.

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    Comment number 9.

    Find it hard to understand why Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom hasn't been nominated for Oscar ??????

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    Comment number 10.

    I spot barely a few seconds of "Inside Llewyn Davis" and I'm freaking out how close that is to a friend of mine in real life today. Even looks are similar. I'd say there would be more awareness (ie Beckey Sharpe character) than the soft exchanges in the clip there. Perhaps he's more likeable to an audience this way?

    @ 6. - DavePlaysStuff

    >" I -really- want to see Johnny Depp escape the trappings of his recent 'quirky' roles and do something meatier."

    I saw Depp in Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate" actually last night. That WAS a film that as per the Doc above about Inside Llewyn Davis either needed multiple viewings or looking up online what the hell it was all about. Perfect role for Depp but he was far too limp in it for the audience to really engage. And the movie was terribly directed: It basically took what looks like an absolutely awesome story: The Club Dumas (original Spanish title El Club Dumas) is a 1993 novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (an awesome writer), and meanders by the numbers through the major plot devices. Looking up the info afterwards there was huge potential here that went unnoticed mixing Literature, Hocus-pocus but also it could have had much more connected symbolism if it had been directed better: It was still somewhat satisfying in having space for interpretation but it like it was shot in 2 days and the rest of the budget squirreled away by the director. Maybe a genuine remake could be made some day. Could have been a cracker, but I'll read the book in any case. Casting was good and a bit of sly humour, but the missed opportunities are the most vexing ones.


    Looks like some really good stuff coming out and I got a good laugh at both UP and the auto-cue failure!

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    Comment number 11.

    I love lending out DVDs. I particularly love lending out `The Station Agent`
    I tell em theres this great film
    They say ` Whats it about ?
    I say ` well its THE trainspotting dwalf movie`
    They give me a very strange look
    I say `just trust me. its great !
    When they bring it back theres always a big beam on their face

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    Comment number 12.

    Liked the Bay/teleprompter gag at the end Dr K.

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    Comment number 13.

    I'm beginning to really hate the repetitive nature of superhero films but the two blockbusters I am most looking forward to seeing are Captain America: The Winter Solider and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I am hoping they will be a bit different.

    The trailer for Cap doesn't look like a superhero film; it looks like a Jason Bourne film with a steady camera. It's based on Ed Brubaker's run on the comic book which is so far removed from the tone of the first movie that some fans felt short changed.

    I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man and felt Andrew Garfield casting as Peter Parker was as close to perfect as Christopher Reeve's casting as Superman. I also felt they came closest to solving [without being entirely successful the problem of modern action movie's third act abandoning story in favour of explosions. i think it will e a really interesting film especially with the creative team free from the chains of the origin.

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    Comment number 14.

    I have seen Interior.Leather Bar (it came out on DVD in early December) and it does raise some very important points and does has something to say (arguably more than Cruising) but unfortunately it's not a documentary but intact a docufiction, which is slightly problematic for me.as suddenly the things that people like James Franco and Travis Matthews are discussing and the points that they are making, start to come into question as its impossible to tell how much of it is really them, and how much of it is the fictionalized them.

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    Comment number 15.

    Woo, I got a mention on the blog! My life is now complete.

    Any news on a British release date for The Wind Rises?

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    Comment number 16.

    The only thing that I didn't understand about 'Inside Llewyn Davis' was, where was Baldrick? Maybe I do need to see the film again.

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    Comment number 17.

    I have seen Interior. Leather Bar. and I have to say it was a massive disappointment. It was more of a James Franco vanity project than a Cruising documentary - all in all, a wasted opportunity.

    At the moment, the film I'm most looking forward to is Her. Massive fan of Spike Jonze, great cast and a fantastic soundtrack from Arcade Fire and Karen O. I hope it does really well.

    By the way, I think you mean 'renaissance' instead of 'reconnaissance', Dr. Kermode.

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    Comment number 18.

    Harking back to Transformers, film 3 had beyond doubt the best first half of a trailer for a few years. Watch the first 1.40mins of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h3S12-lKm8 and wonder what sort of amazing space conspiracy film this could have been if not spoiled by everything in the actual film and remaining 48 seconds of the trailer. There's a lost art to trailers. Grand Budapest Hotel has a cracker. Here's hoping Transformers 4 at least manages 1.50mins of trailer goodness

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    Comment number 19.

    1. Mud
    2. Blue Jasmine
    3. Before Midnight
    4. Dallas Buyers Club
    5. Breathe In
    6. Gloria
    7. Evil Dead
    8. Behind the Candelabra
    9. Only God Forgives
    10. Filth

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    Comment number 20.

    INTERIOR: LEATHER BAR is an interesting experiment, but falls short of enhancing any of the enigmas and ambiguities of CRUISING. I think one of the main problems is the focus upon the missing footage from CRUISING consisting exclusively of images of sexual encounters in the club scenes. The first time I heard Friedkin put any kind of timeframe upon the missing CRUISING sequences was in the interview he did with Mark for Sight and Sound in the late 90s (which corresponded with an NFT screening of a new print of his (superior) 1980 release version). Friedkin is notorious for spreading little bits of cheeky misinformation here and there, and I doubt that there was a full 40 minutes of footage that consisted exclusively of sexually explicit material. Those who have followed CRUISING over the years would be just as excited by the discovery of the missing sequences between Mike Starr and Joe Spinell (also alluded to in Mark's interview - 'Kansas City here I come'!!!) and more of the Al Pacino/Karen Allen relationship (I've heard that there was a sequence in which she sees him on the streets in his leather garb). There was never going to be a release version of CRUISING featuring extended hardcore sex (except, perhaps, for exclusive Hollywood parties), so INTERIOR: LEATHER BAR in some ways does CRUISING a disservice by diverting attention away from some of the more interesting lost material. That said, anything that encourages interest in locating the missing footage (whatever it consists of), is okay by me.


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