Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

I think a key word that keeps coming to mind when thinking about Tomorrowland is “expectations". Brad Bird fans had high expectations of their director. As rumors circulated that he turned down Star Wars to continue work on this movie, expectations only continued to ratchet upward. Bird did his best to control expectations as well, in most cases the movie was teased, and as much as held back as possible. However, international trailers and previews of full scenes gave away much more of what the movie was about, which leads me to think that Disney provided some pressure to get the word out (perhaps as a reaction to that time that Andrew Stanton controlled the marketing for John Carter). That said, there was an air about Tomorrowland that led us to believe it was far more than any PG-rated family movie, but that is still what it is. Tomorrowland is a PG-rated family film from Disney. Keeping this in mind has tempered my perception of the film.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

It's confession time. As of the time of this writing, I haven't seen The Road Warrior. In fact, until now, I hadn't seen any Mad Max movies. It was a dark corner on the list of shame that I didn't realize existed. I just didn't have anyone pushing me to see  these movies. Nobody told me it was important. I was ignorant.

The Mad Max: Fury Road trailer looked cool, but I wasn't invested in the franchise. I would have been ok to pass it up. However, the internet refused to let this happen. The hype machine got to me. I repeatedly read that Fury Road as an instant classic and a milestone in action movies. Friends came out of the woodwork to explain that I had been missing out. It was time to take the plunge.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

"You have no idea how hard it's been for me to stay away from the Marvel subreddit!" exclaimed the theatergoer nearby; one of a hundred or so in line with me to see Avengers: Age of Ultron on opening weekend. While it wasn't opening night, this was the Saturday showing at the only IMAX screen in town (even if it was the smaller "fake IMAX"). Fans debated their expectations of the movie and talked about Agent Carter and Daredevil. These were the true believers I wanted to see an Avengers movie with.

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Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

I want every movie that I see to be good. I hope for the best, which sometimes sets up painful disappointment. Jupiter Ascending represented a challenge to keep high hopes. While they have their defenders, the Wachowskis have had a tough time following-up their Matrix success. Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas remain cult favorites that are ignored by most. Like the movies before them, Jupiter Ascending is a story told on a massive scale. It swings for the fences, providing plenty of action without holding back the sci-fi backstory and dialog. It should have worked. Too bad it was a complete mess.

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Interstellar

Interstellar

At long last, the day had come. After years of anticipation, one of my favorite directors was releasing the science fiction epic, Interstellar. While Batman is one of my favorite characters/properties ever created, I’ve become much more excited to see what Christopher Nolan chooses to do when he’s not making a giant franchise film. Inception remains one of my favorite films of all time; and while I’ve known about Interstellar for some time, I’ve been on high-alert of the past year, avoiding the last two trailers, any TV spots, and nearly every tweet I could. I wanted to go in this movies with as few expectations as possible. I wanted to take it all in, surprises and all. 

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

David Fincher is one of the best working directors in the business. I scoffed a the idea of a Facebook movie, yet “The Social Network” was fascinating. While his films aren't always the easiest to watch (I'm looking at you, "Seven"), I know I can always expect something well-crafted. This is a director that can pick whatever projects he wants, and I was eager to see what he would do next. I was curious to see what brought him to another hit book adaptation.

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