For the past two years, we have listed our pop culture New Year’s resolutions. Things haven’t changed much for 2015, so we wanted to talk about all the movies, TV & records we’re looking forward to this year.
However, neither of these lists mention Silver Screen Fiend, Patton Oswalt’s new book about the four years he spent watching movies three nights a week in L.A. This sounds like heaven to me and I am really interested in reading Patton’s surely hysterical take on this time in his life.
All my favorite movies in 2014 were indies. Here are some big Hollywood movies coming out in 2015 that I am excited to see! I also tried to pick ones the we haven’t covered in Movie Trailer Monday–because of this, most of the movies don’t have trailers available.
Don’t Mess with Texas (May 8th)
I’m shocked more people on the internet (read: tumblr) aren’t intrigued by this Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara buddy comedy that is directed by a woman, Anne Fletcher (I feel I need to point these things out in case you are as interested in seeing female-helmed movies as I am). [This sounds awesome! -K]
Spy (May 22nd)
Paul Feig reunites with Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne in this CIA comedy. Woefully under-appreciated Bobby Cannavale also stars (recommended viewing: Win Win). I hope it’s better than last year’s Tammy, which got too bogged down in relationships to be truly funny (McCarthy wrote it). [This movie also stars Jude Law and British action star Jason Statham and every time I see pics from the filming it looks awesome –what, you guys don’t tumblr search Jude Law too? -K]
Magic Mike XXL (July 1st)
Without Soderbergh and McConaughey, will the sequel to the 2012 film still be worth watching? Will Mike still be making hideous furniture out of junk and be really into mid century design? Will I get over my hatred of Amber Heard? According to imdb, SLLS boyfriend Donald Glover stars in this so it can’t be all bad. [Any movie that puts Matt Bomer in a bikini brief is a film I will see in the theater! -K]
Man from U.N.C.L.E. (August 14th)
Who cares if this remake is good, when you have two leads who look that foxy? OK, other info: this 60s-set remake of the TV show is directed by Guy Ritchie, who has done a crapton of terrible movies, and also stars Alicia Vikander, who I liked very much in A Royal Affair. The release date was pushed back from this month, which is not usually a good sign (filming ended in 2013) and Soderbergh, who was originally attached to direct, thought the budget was too low to recreate 60s sets. I hope they don’t cheap out on the vintage-y goodness. [Every time I see this picture all I can think is RAWR. I loved Ritchie’s take on Sherlock Holmes so I think he can do a lot with the source material. -K]
Ant-Man (July 17th)
The teaser trailer for this is supposed to be revealed during the first episode of Agent Carter (TONIGHT!). The world needs Paul Rudd in a superhero movie (some insane person created a countdown tumblr). A 17-second promo is here. [I am SOOOOO excited for Rudd to join the Marvelverse! -K]
Ricki and the Flash (August 7th)
As a devotee of both Meryl Streep and Diablo Cody, I am so stoked for this film about a rock star (Streep) who abandons her family to pursue her dreams. Wanna see a picture of Meryl in a leather jacket and tight pants? I knew you did. [I am also stoked for the movie Suffragette in which Meryl plays famous British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst AND is also directed by a woman. -K]
Empire (January 7th)
Nashville set in the hip hop world written by Danny Strong AKA Doyle from Gilmore Girls. This is truly all you need to know. Add it to your DVR NOW.
A Duplass show starring SLLS fave Amanda Peet (NOT her clothes, bleeeyuckkk) about marriage. This looks smart and sweet, exactly like a Duplass movie spread into a TV show. [I am very excited about this show I just wish HBO would stop putting all of their shows on Sunday nights–it’s so hard to be able to go to work the next day after feeling the need to watch everything on the same night it airs. -K]
Man Seeking Woman (January 14th)
I’ve seen so many previews for this truly bizarre show while watching The Simpsons on FXX that I am truly excited for the premiere, starring Jay Baruchel and Eric Andre, probably wanting to erase the memory of seeing him live in a dumpster on 2 Broke Girls from my memory.
Better Call Saul (February 8th)
I have an uneasy feeling about this spinoff of Breaking Bad’s most loveable asshole, Saul Goodman, but I will watch it anyway.
Battle Creek (March 1st)
This is on a network (CBS), so it is not likely I will stick with it, but Katie and I llooooovvvvveeee Josh Duhamel so much we still call him Leo duPres, his character from All My Children, and the supporting cast is pretty diverse. [He is a fantastic soap actor and super FOXY! -K]
Last Man on Earth (March 1st)
No one seems to know much about this Will Forte show, created by the guys behind 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. I thought he was great in Nebraska and his creepy characters on SNL were some of the best. I wish this was on FXX instead of Fox–it might last longer. [I am so intrigued by this show AND January Jones is also in some capacity involved in this which is weirdly awesome. -K]
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March)
Sady Doyle, who famously wrote about her problems with 30 Rock, lamented the loss of that show on twitter recently (and the world failing to produce a show as feminist and great since it finished) and it made me even more anxious to see this new Tina Fey/Ellie Kemper/Jane Krakowski show. It will be on Netflix, so expect a thousand annoying think pieces about it to all hit in about three months. [Remember when we watched TV without the internet –no, neither do I. I want to see a preview of this stat. I also want those red shoes. -K]
The synopsis and pedigree (ugh, Damages) of this Netflix show don’t interest me at all, but the cast–Coach Taylor, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shephard–sure does.
Wolf Hall (April 5th)
Masterpiece Theater does it again: they picked up this yet-to-air-period-BBC2-miniseries based on a book that I would watch even if it didn’t star Damian Lewis. [I fell for Damian when he was SOAMES in The Forsyte Saga on Masterpiece –that is currently on Netflix you should all go watch it now. -K]
Wow, Netflix sure is busy. While I will give Agent Carter a chance, I am more intrigued by this Marvel show, especially with the Ben Affleck movie still lingering in the minds of all involved. [What’s more exciting than Agent Carter and Daredevil, why it’s A.K.A Jessica Jones (also on Netflix and airing after Daredevil) starring Krysten Ritter in the title role and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. Both Jones and Cage were Avengers but in this show it seems Jones gives all that up to become a private investigator. No word yet on if Daredevil and Jessica will cross paths but as they are all in the Marvelverse I think it highly likely. I also need trailers for both of these shows, stat –Netflix better get on it. -K]
iZombie (???, before the end of May)
I give two shits about zombie shows, but this one is created by Rob Thomas of Veronica Mars and Party Down, and the premise is cute: a zombie med student gets a job in a coroner’s office to have access to the bodies (based on a comic). I expect Izombie to have tons of laughs and the ability to charm the crap out of me. [I am trying to not get overly excited about this show. -K]
Westworld (sometime in 2015)
Based on a 1970s sci fi thriller penned by Michael Crichton, the HBO show stars some great actors (Jeffrey Wright & Evan Rachel Wood, among a laundry list of awesome folks) and has JJ Abrams, Jonathan Nolan (Christopher’s brother, also show creator) & Jerry Weintraub producing. [I keep thinking I should read this book. -K]
Unnamed Martin Scorsese show about New York punk bands in the 70s
The singer from Saint Rich was cast in this and Mick Jagger is producing. I hope this 1. sees the light of day and 2. comes out ASAP.
More seasons of: Mad Men, The Americans, Outlander, Girls, Game of Thrones, Parks & Rec… pretty much everything.
Since I will continue to do music discovery posts in the new year, these are new releases by existing artists I already know I like.
Panda Bear- Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (January 13th)
I haven’t been too interested in a Panda Bear record since Person Pitch, but everything I’ve heard from this new LP with the amazing title has been quite fantastic.
Belle & Sebastian- Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (January 20th)
How gorgeous is this album cover? “Nobody’s Empire” is Stuart Murdoch’s best song since “God Help the Girl.”
Sleater-Kinney- No Cities to Love (January 20th)
The New York Times called this the first great record of 2015. Hooray! (That doesn’t mean I don’t miss Wild Flag. I still do. A lot.) [January 20th is like Christmas for me in terms of music not only is it the day this album comes out and Belle and Sebastian’s new album but also the NEW Decemberists album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World –SO EXCITING! -K]
Mark Ronson- Uptown Special (January 27th)
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars were destined to work together, as they did on the first single from Ronson’s new record. Ronson also collaborated with Stevie Wonder and the fellas behind Miike Snow (Andrew Wyatt) and Tame Impala (Kevin Parker). (Note to Ronson: please record with Kevin Parker’s ex-lady friend, Melody Prochet.) [And then this comes out a week later –SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC IN JANUARY! -K]
Father John Misty- I Love You, Honeybear (February 10th)
FTM’s last outing was my favorite record of 2012, so I have projected all my hopes and dreams onto ILYH. I haven’t even listened to the songs that have been released because I am so nervous about it being as good as Fear Fun.
Will Butler- Policy (March 10th)
I didn’t think Will Butler would be the first member of Arcade Fire to put out a proper solo record (I had my money on Regine), but from the trailer, Policy, which will be released on AF’s label Merge, sounds like a quirky rock record that will surely get the lesser-known Butler some attention.
Others: Matthew E. White, Evans the Death, Natalie Prass, Laura Marling, & San Fermin.
Reissues: Jellyfish (CD only, but still awesome), Unwound (waiting for the box set that includes Leaves Turn Inside You), & Perfect Pussy (seems pricey for four songs but has a nice booklet).
What are you looking forward to in 2015? What did I miss that looks promising?