The 25: Whitlock & Pope’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014 – #10-1

1. Interstellar (November 7 US & UK)

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Christopher Nolan’s back with an original screenplay, which–if Memento, The Prestige, and Inception are any indicators– promises to intrigue audiences an ambiguous denoument and have them talking for weeks. Nolan’s charting new territory by taking on space, as a group of scientists and explorers voyage through a wormhole to transcend previous limits of human space travel.

Matthew McConaughey features heavily in the previews, which means he’s finally up for a Slashie Award (Nolan has a penchant for casting leads who are equal parts movie star and serious actor–all the better to reap the benefits in box office totals and awards season accolades), and Nolan favorite Michael Caine gets his yearly call up from the Hollywood League of Actors Who Play Themselves in Movies. (Oh, don’t scoff–I’m not wrong.) Also, Hans Zimmer is composing the film, which might mean we get more BRRRRR horn flares, since you can’t make a sci-fi flick these days without them.

As is par for Nolan’s course, the teaser trailer reveals very little as to the scope of the story, but it seems slightly optimistic. Of course, it would be better if something went horribly wrong, or if we leave the theater with no idea whether we just watched a satisfying resolution.

Interstellar will be no Sharknado 2, of course, but it still has our interest highly piqued, which is why it tops our list. –GW

3 thoughts on “The 25: Whitlock & Pope’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014 – #10-1

  1. The thing I’m most interested about for Guardians of the Galaxy is Rocket Raccoon. I’m not talking about the fact that he’s, you know, a Raccoon (with rockets, I assume). I’m talking about the fact that in the comics he has a cockney accent. So he’s a heavily armed outer space procyon… from the East End. But they cast Bradley Cooper. Cue internet outrage: he has to be a cockney! He has to! To which Cooper says… he might do the accent. Might. Bottom line: I really really want Cooper to try the accent. And fail. It would only add to the general insanity that is Guardians of the Galaxy.

    (Side issue; this movie reminds me of Flash Gordon, a movie that is and always will be better than Star Wars).

    • Flash! AAAAHHH! Savior of the Universe!

      Speaking of which: when looking for a precedent to Rocket’s possible lack of accent, Flash Gordon cast Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless, and look how well that…nevermind.

  2. Another thought: Interstellar will be a new entry in a venerable series of science fiction endevours, which you could call “Through the Wormhole and What We Found There”.

    In Event Horizon they found hell.
    In The Black Hole they found hell, again (thanks, Disney!)
    In Flash Gordon they found Ornella Muti.
    In Pacific Rim it was alien scientists building Godzilla knock-offs.
    No-one can remember what they found in Lost In Space. Spiders or something.
    And in Contact they found Jodie Foster’s dad.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to finding out what destination Christopher Nolan settled on. Could it be a triple whammy for “hell”? As long as it’s not Matthew McConaughey’s childhood dog or what have you, I’m happy.

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