What to Watch in 2015

Last year I wrote out every single movie I wanted to see this year at GeekOut.ph. Despite my best efforts, I've only been able to see some of the films I posted about on that article. Some were moved to later release dates (Jupiter Ascending and Tomorrowland), others were put on the back burner after some pretty awful reviews (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transcendence), but I was able to see a good number of them in the theater, which is where movies should be watched.

2014 turned out to be a pretty fantastic year for movie lovers. Even if some of the worst films I've ever experienced came out this year (yes, I'm looking at you, Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Amazing Spider-Man 2), some of the absolute best have also been fielded. Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy immediately come to mind, but we also saw Edge of Tomorrow, How to Train Your Dragon 2The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Now that the new year is coming up fast, I'm excited to find out what 2015 has in store for cinephiles. So in no particular order, while the Metro Manila Film Festival is clogging up cinemas with (mostly) garbage, let's look at what's coming up.

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Why Wonder Woman is Going to Rock

One of the biggest stories surrounding the upcoming 'Man Of Steel' sequel, 'Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice,' is that Wonder Woman is joining the story. Naturally this idea has been celebrated as the first appearance of a full-fledged female superhero in modern film, as well as a general expansion of DC's cast of characters on the big screen. For those reasons, many will probably love Wonder Woman no matter how she's depicted by director Zack Snyder and his crew. But beyond her mere existence, here are a few reasons the new Wonder Woman character will rock.


To begin with, there's the fact that the creators of the DC films are under a great deal of pressure to deliver a compelling character. Not only are fans ready for a female superhero, but according to Variety, Gal Gadot (the lucky actress who snagged the role) has signed for three movies in total. Those three movies are expected to include the aforementioned 'Dawn Of Justice,' the eventual 'Justice League,' as well as a standalone 'Wonder Woman' film that will presumably delve more thoroughly into the character's backstory. With this kind of deal in place, Wonder Woman will have to deliver in her initial appearance in order to drive up interest for the ones to come!

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Interstellar

 Despite all the awful reviews for Christopher Nolan's new film, Interstellar, I decided to give it a shot and watch it in IMAX. I felt that a movie about space travel really deserved to be seen on the really big screen.

While I'd have to agree that Nolan's film has it's problems, I was genuinely interested in what was happening on screen. The action scenes were very well done, the images very engrossing, and the science not completely Hollywood. Clocking in at 2 hours and 49 minutes, the movie's a hard sell to regular audiences, though, and I'd agree that most won't get as much bang for their buck as I did.

Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, a former NASA test pilot who is grounded after a worldwide blight kills off most of the staple crops. Facing a serious food shortage, the world's focus shifts. As someone tells him, "The world doesn't need any more engineers. We didn't run out of planes and television sets. We ran out of food."

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John Wick Kills All the Bad Guys!

 

You messed with the wrong guy.

That's basically what this movie is all about. To set your expectations straight, this is a revenge flick. It is a sub-genre of the action category that has recently included films like Taken, Man on Fire, Django Unchained, Old Boy, Munich, The Crow, and hundreds of others. Their unifying theme is that the bad guy always gets his due.

John Wick doesn't mess with the formula.
 
Short version: the movie was fucking awesome with about a hundred bad guys shot in the face. You should definitely go see it. 
 
 

Viy: Spirits of Evil

Halloween is once again upon us, and like we humans do every year, we try to find things to scare us because it's fun, I guess. We recently found out about something that might just do the trick for you guys this year, especially for you horror flick aficionado-types. 

Back in 1967, the movie Viy came out in theaters in Russia. It's a trip. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube, oddly enough. That, and the novel by Nikolai Gogol, would become the bases of the 2014 movie Viy: Spirits of Evil. Viy: Spirits of Evil are coming to theaters in the Manila on October 22, 2014.

It stars Jason Flemyng (Azazel in X-Men: First Class and Primus in Stardust) and Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones). 

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