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Final Quarter Of Film 2014
October 1, 2014 By Andy Meakin
As we approach the back end of 2014, a year which has given us some highlights such as Guardians of the Galaxy and some low-points such as Transformers 4, we tend to see another build up of ‘event’ films, and one or two smaller releases of note tucked in between. For fans of comics, sci-fi, and action in general, here are a few to look ahead to in the coming months.
First up, like or loathe the idea, but there is no denying that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are going to make an impact on October 17th when they finally hit the UK screens. Adapted from the famous comic book, this new updated origin of the characters tweaks the history a little, but still looks set to pack out with the action, humour, and adventure that the series has been known for. Anyone worried that this will be the lowest point in the franchise’s history cannot have seen Turtles In Time. Whilst reviews in the US were not strong, audience responses have been more positive, so maybe it is one of those films where you need to find out for yourself.
If that all seems a little bit too much, then on the same date we see the live action adaptation of the Japanese manga Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler, released. The tale tells of a boy who uses an enslaved demon butler to exact revenge on those who wronged him and his family, and looks to deliver visual style and anime-inspired action in the same manner that live action adaptations of properties such as Wicked City and Crying Freeman did so well. Any fans of manga or anime should check their local cinemas to see if they will be showing this one.
In November we get to see what Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has been up to for the past couple of years as his sci-fi project Interstellar blasts off on 7th November. As with usual Nolan films, the secrecy around the plot details is impossible to break through, but what we do know is that the film sees Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and long time Nolan collaborator Michael Caine in a tale about space travel and wormholes. Nolan is a director that many have come to love and trust to deliver great films, and with him filming elements of the film in IMAX format, then you know it is going to look amazing. Could this be the film to top the box office takings of Guardians?
On Monday 17th November, Cineworld in Sheffield will have an exclusive screening of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service at 7pm. This special showing of one of the best Bond films, and the only one which saw George Lazenby in the role, sees Bond take on Blofeld whilst falling for Diana RIgg (who wouldn’t?), and is one of the underappreciated outings for 007 which definitely deserves to be revisited.
Fans of action, and in particular that involving tournaments where teenagers are set against each other, will be glad to know that the Hunger Games franchise is ramping up to the end-game as Mockingjay Part 1 releases on 21st November.
But for many, the high point of this end of the year is surely The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, which is released on 12th December in 2D, 3D and IMAX formats, and also in that HFR (High Frame Rate) format that you either love or hate. This final chapter in the tale of Bilbo and the band of Dwarves will tell what Smaug the dragon did next, and once that’s out the way still have around 2 hours of film to finish off. However, unlike Lord of the Rings which spent almost half the film with false endings, this time the back end of the film will focus on the Battle of Five Armies of the title. Fans of the book will know what to expect, but for those who don’t know the source, get ready for some shocks, surprises, and lots of action. So, there we have the end of 2014. Keep an eye out for reviews of some of these films in the coming months, and then get ready to get excited for 2015 because that is set to be a HUGE year for films.