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

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4 US / March 28 UK)

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Okay, so the first one was one of the lesser Marvel offerings. But they’ve got the origin story out of the way, swapped in a new writer and director, and announced that The Winter Soldier is their homage to “paranoid 70s thrillers”. You will have noticed that more than one movie on this list features high levels of that particular emotion. That’s because it’s one of the four pillars of great cinema: acting, editing, mise-en-scene, and CRIPPLING PARANOIA.

As we can see from the trailer, the plot features The Falcon, The Winter Solider, an exploding helicarrier, Cap beating up a bunch of guys in a lift*, and Robert Redford.

Hmm. Remember how in last Captain America movie the villainous Red Skull wore a mask to look human? And at the end he was sucked through an interdimensional portal and his body never recovered? And Robert Redford seems to be playing Cap’s boss here, only a boss we’ve never seen before? And this is PARANOID THRILLER? Am I right about this? Is this a spoiler? There’s only one way to find out.

Unless… that’s what THEY’RE expecting. QUICK, PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE.

*elevator. – AJP

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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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