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

9. Foxcatcher (TBD US & UK)


Larry Ellison is the CEO of Oracle. This makes him the Steve Jobs or Bill Gates of databases. It also makes him the third richest man in America. Larry Ellison flies MiG fighter jets for kicks. He also wears turtlenecks with blazers; it’s pretty clear he doesn’t care WHAT you think.

Megan Ellison is Larry’s daughter. She took a film course for a year, but dropped out. Then she asked her dad for some startup cash. Maybe she could make pictures! Sure, Dad gave her that seed money. It would be churlish not to, on account of how his yearly salary is $77 million.

That was in 2010. Since then, Megan Ellison has founded Annapurna Pictures and produced: True Grit, Lawless, The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly, Spring Breakers, The Grandmaster, Her and American Hustle. No producer in the world has made so many great movies so quickly.

Megan Ellison is 28, wears army boots, and when she’s not making ALL THE BEST AMERICAN MOVIES she rides around California on her motorcycle.

Anyway, when it came to Oscar release season, December 2013, she had too many potential award winners. We’ve all been there – all your Oscar-worthy movies are stealing focus from each other. So she released Her and American Hustle, but keep Foxcatcher back so the director could tinker with it and it could get more attention later on. To be clear: this is the one movie on our list that I’m championing mainly because I trust its producer.

I know what you’re thinking – THIS MOVIE SOUNDS REALLY WELL PRODUCED PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY I DON’T EVEN NEED TO KNOW THE PLOT. Well, tough, here it is: Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum are brothers and Olympic wrestling champions. There’s only one problem – their millionaire wrestling coach, played by Steve Carell, has bad case of the ol’ paranoid schizophrenia, and a gun.

Check out his greying hair, monotonous coaching voice, and gun, in this trailer:

Foxcatcher is based on a true story, comes from the director of MoneyBall and Capote, and also features Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall. – AJP

Next: Gone Girl >>>

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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