Here at The Tracking Board headquarters, this week’s office poll was pretty straight forward: what are your top 5 most anticipated films of the season?
There were a handful of picks that raised eyebrows (who, what, where is Victor Frankenstein?), a handful that got less love than expected (how is nobody interested in the Coen brothers-written, Steven Spielberg-directed, Tom Hanks-starring Bridge of Spies?), and a tie for our honorable mention spot (MacBeth vs. Steve Jobs… now there’s a movie we’d pay to see).
But at the end of the day, we proved to be a fairly populist bunch, with the number one most anticipated movie of the season being… well, you’ll just have to see for yourselves.
5. CRIMSON PEAK (Oct. 16th)
Writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s latest has our attention with his take on the gothic mystery. Set in a haunted mansion on the English countryside, the story centers on Edith, a young bride who has the ability to communicate with the dead. When she tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions she’s seeing, she begins to suspect that the man she married may not be who she thought he was…. And this being del Toro, who knows? He might be a giant alien reptile burrowing inside the Earth’s core.
4. THE MARTIAN (Oct. 2nd)
Interstellar didn’t give us enough of Matt Damon stranded on a distant planet, so we’re doubling-down with Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel about an astronaut who has been left on Mars, and the subsequent mission to rescue him. Between a creative marketing campaign that includes a YouTube channel of ‘astronauts’ Damon and Jessica Chastain providing live updates from the spaceship, and a slew of positive early reviews–the film currently sits at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes–we’re expecting The Martian to be, shall we say, out-of-this-world? Or… astronomical? Good. We’re expecting it to be good.
3. THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Dec. 25th)
It seems like only yesterday we were reading about Quentin Tarantino blustering about town with threats to cancel production on The Hateful Eight after the screenplay was leaked online. Well, what a difference a year makes. That, and a friendly nudge from Harvey Weinstein. Tarantino’s snowy Wyoming landscape is the idyllic backdrop for a bloody showdown in his latest take on the classic Western genre. And we can hardly keep our britches on about it.
2. SPECTRE (Nov. 6th)
Sure, Mexican officials paid producers of the latest Bond film $20 million to portray their country in a positive light. As far as we’re concerned, that’s $20 million more in action-packed set pieces and form-fitting bathing suits for Daniel Craig to sport. The integrity of the Spectre screenplay has certainly raised some concerns around town, but given Sam Mendes’s masterful handling of Skyfall, we’re confident that he’ll be able to deftly paint Cabo as a fun, safe resort town–while continuing to honor the tradition of the world’s most iconic secret agent.
Nah, just kidding. I mean, it might be cool. But you know what’s number one.
1. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (Dec. 18th)
Not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out. It’s being directed by the Felicity guy. So this might go without saying, but we’re all pretty excited about it. We even bought one of these rolly-ball droids for the office.
Take our reader’s poll before and see where you stand on the season’s most anticipated films of the season!