LUC’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2014

Seeing as how 2014 is now a twelfth down, we thought it was about time to reveal the enigmatic list of the features that have created the most ‘buzz’ in the bowels of the LUC bunker staff quarters.

In no particular order, here are the films that look like they will be infinitely more deserving of your hard earned money and rapidly dwindling time than the 12-rated version of Robocop or Russell Crowe doing Noah…

Blue Ruin

Don’t know a huge amount about this scruffy and tense looking thriller, except that I imagine that this is roughly what it would look like if I went on some kind of vengeful rampage.

The Lobster

This is coming from Yorgos Lanthimos who made Dogtooth, which should probably be all the encouragement you need. If not have a read of the following premise and tell me you’re not interested:

“…a dystopian near future where single people, according to the rules of the Town, are arrested and transferred to the Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the woods.”

The Rover

This second feature from David Michod was on LUC’s anticipation list last year – we got excited a bit too early. However the following teaser has now cropped up and show the film to be a tough looking affair, while the snippets of info mention Mad Max and Wake In Fright. Looks ace…

Calvery

From the writer/director and star of The Guard, this is the tale of a priest who is told in confession that he is going to be killed “Sunday week’. Looks like a similar vein of Black comedy and brilliantly written dialogue will run through this second feature from John Michael Mcdonagh. Can’t wait. Out on April 11th.

Mood Indigo

This could go either way – it looks amazing and imaginative as you would expect from Michel Gondry, but has apparently had a kicking in early screenings. here at LUC we always try to look on the positive side – and there are enough glimpses of crazy, dreamlike brilliance in this trailer that it just has to be worth a go.

Snowpiercer

Another film that was on last years list. This satirical, sci-fi action flick has opened to outright acclaim on the other side of the world, but here and stateside distribution is being handled by the Weinstein’s. Rumours of lengthy cuts abound. Lets hope we can get to see the full-fat version which looks, frankly, fucking amazing…

How to Catch a Monster

This is on the list based purely on intrigue alone. The directorial debut of Ryan Gosling, this has been categorised as ‘neo-noir’ which is always a good thing and the minimal information available about the plot is

“A single mother enters a dark lifestyle, while her son uncovers a road leading to an underwater utopia.”

I’ll take a chance on that.

Zero Theorem

Latest from Terry Gilliam. Looks ace. Enough said.

The Double

Dostoyevsky adaptation from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Ayoade, with a fantastic cast including the always brilliant Wallace Shawn. The following trailer is a perfect example of the form – intriguing but nicely uninformative. Out on April 4th.

Wrong Cops

A follow up/adjunct to the delightfully bewildering and surreal Wrong, this looks like a much more broadly comedic affair. The section involving Marilyn Manson was released stand-alone some time back and was brilliant – not sure when it is supposed to be out in the UK, but I strongly suspect that LUC might attempt to arrange a screening…

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