Movies for 2015
Now that I talked a little about the movies I enjoyed this past year, on to what I’m looking forward to in 2015. You’ll notice it’s a short list. This isn’t an article to promote the Star Wars’s, the Mockingjays and the Marvel movies. You already know about them. This is about the smaller budget movies you may not have heard about.
Kicking off the year in January is Ex Machina. Scripted and directed by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) Ex Machina follows a young computer programmer invited to his bosses home to help work on a top secret project. The project: to discover whether Ava, a humanoid robot, is capable of real emotion. Expect lots of discussion on what makes us “human”.
Z for Zachariah
Based on the YA novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah follows Ann, a teenager who believes she was the only survivor of a nuclear war, right up until the moment she meets a mysterious stranger in a radiation-proof suit. This book has been a long time in the making, so I’m quite looking forward to it. I vaguely remember seeing the BBC version many years ago. This new movie stars Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and premières at Sundance this January.
Sadly, not sure when this little gem will be released in the U.S. It stars Simon Pegg as a teacher who discovers that he can make “absolutely anything” happen”. The film is directed by the venerable Terry Jones, and features performances by Robin Williams (as Dennis the talking dog) and John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam as aliens. Well, you can see why it’s worth keeping an eye out for.
Finally on the list is Chappie, the latest outing from director Neil Blomkamp. Based on Blompkamp’s 2004 short film Tetra Vaal, Sharlto Copley plays Chappie, an experimental robot who was designed to learn. However, when Chappie is stolen by gangsters he finds himself being raised by a dysfunctional family. Chappie hits screens in March.