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Top 12 Movies Nerdy Show is Excited For in 2015

Posted by NerdyShow on January 12, 2015

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upcoming films 20152015 is shaping up to be a solid year for films with a nerdy persuasion.

Not only are we seeing the return of cinema showstoppers like Avengers and Star Wars, but we’re also treated to an exciting batch of fresh films from trusted creative forces.  What’s more, this year we get to revisit the worlds of several cinema franchises we haven’t seen in quite some time – for better, or for worse. (Take note of which films we’ve excluded.)

Join Nerdy Show hosts Hex and Doug as they sample from the coming year’s cinematic bounty and offer a roadmap of the movies to watch out for.

CHAPPIE

Release Date: March 6

After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.

A robot learning about humanity by watching Masters of the Universe? What’s not to love! Plus it’s written and directed by Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame. It’s got emotion, it’s got intelligence, hell – it’s got Hugh Jackman! Definitely one to watch out for.

 

Ex Machina

Release Date: April 10

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

In the realm of movies dealing with solid takes on artificial intelligence, you’ll have the occasional iRobot or Transcendence maybe once every other year. We’re counting ourselves lucky that with the cuteness of CHAPPIE we can also delve into a film like Ex Machina – an A.I. thriller promising high suspense and the capacity to really mess with our heads. END OF LINE.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release Date: May 1

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

The first Avengers’ movie changed how the world looked at comic movies. Marvel’s follow-up promises to not just throw our favorite characters together, but to further expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the introduction of Ultron, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision. Even if you’re skeptical, c’mon – how can you not freak out a little bit at that HulkBuster action?

 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Release Date: May 15

An apocalyptic story set in a stark desert landscape. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child. And Furiosa, a woman who believes her path to survival is across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Whether the film can be perceived as sequel or reboot of the original Mad Max films, it hardly matters. Continuity was never Mad Max’s strong suit. All you need to know it that Fury Road is written and directed by George Miller – the same guy responsible for every other Mad Max movie. So, unless we can hop in a time machine and get young Mel Gibson back, this is the ultimate Mad Max follow-up that fans have been clamoring for. Just watch the trailer!

 

Tomorrowland

Release Date: May 22

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Early production on this film was so secretive that people speculated it could have been a “code word” title for the new Star Wars movie. It’s a retro sci-fi starring George Clooney, and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). It’s also starring Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), Kathryn Hahn (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Judy Greer (Archer, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele). There’s a lot of mystery, but an equal amount of talent to suggest that this film will be an event.

 

Jurassic World

Release Date: June 12

 

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

Everyone is generally torn over Jurassic World. Some are frustrated that they’re treating the dinosaurs like monsters instead of wild animals. Some are frustrated that the new dinos aren’t sporting scientifically-accurate plumage. But goofy as it is, we can all be at least a little excited to sit down, shut up, and watch Chris Pratt ride a motorcycle alongside some raptors.

 

Inside Out

Release Date: June 19

Told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a little girl.

Well, Pixar, it’s good to see you again! Last year was the first without a Pixar film since 2005. Inside Out‘s expression of our emotional inner machinations sets up a fun premise, but there’s still little out there about what the actual film is going to be. Still, it’s in good hands – Peter Docter, the man behind the original stories of WALL-E, Up, Monsters, Inc., and Toy Story 1 & 2, and director of Up and Monsters, Inc. is Inside Out‘s writer and director.

 

Mr. Holmes

Release Date: July 5

In 1947, an aged and long-retired Sherlock Holmes lives in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But he soon finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes memory isn’t what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Sounds kinda cool, right? Old Sherlock Holmes in a post-WWII London – Solving one last epic case that always eluded him? Oh, did we mention that it’s starring Ian McKellen as Holmes? Yeah. Five minutes ago, you didn’t even know this movie existed. How high is it on your list now?

 

Ant-Man

Release Date: July 17

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

We were really excited when this was originally announced with none other than Edgar-freaking-Wright writing/directing. With the treatment he gave Scott Pilgrim, we were certain it’d be a solid film. To say we were disheartened by him dropping out of the project is an understatement, but this trailer and the awesome poster show that this movie still has a sense of humor and can still capture the quirkiness that Ant-Man needs in order to succeed on screen.

 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend

Release Date: August 28

A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword, and one last opportunity at redemption.

The original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based on the fourth book in the Crane-Iron book series by Wang Du Lu. This new film,The Green Legend, is based on the fifth and final book, Iron Knight, Silver Vase. It’s directed by Yuen Woo-ping, who famously did the stunt choreography for the last film. And The Matrix. And Team America.

You won’t be able to catch this one in theaters. All the major chains are boycotting it. Why? Because it will be the first feature film to be released simultaneously on Netflix and in selected IMAX theaters.

 

 The Hateful Eight

Release Date: November 13

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In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

After Inglorious Basterds and D’Jango we’re definitely ready for more Quentin Tarantino period pieces. The internet blew up a little while back because the script’s first draft was leaked, and Tarantino was so mad (understandably so) that he said he might never film the movie. Lucky for us, he changed his mind. It’s Tarantino. Love him or hate him, you know you’re in for a wild ride!


Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Release Date: December 18

It’s back! This year! Star Wars has been given a second chance at life, Lucas-free. There’s two kinds of nerds in this world: those who already know they are going to see it, and those who are skeptical, but will probably still see it anyway – or at least listen to us chat about it over at State of the Empire, our Star Wars speculation podcast.

 

Those are the top 12 movies we’re excited for in 2015 – Think we missed any? Think Terminator: Genisys actually deserves a shot? let us know in the comments below, or hop on the forums to discuss!

 

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