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Top 5 Anticipated 2015 Award Season Movies (Shawn’s Picks)

The staff of Renegade Cinema sat down and looked at the upcoming 2015 Award’s Season movie slate and picked out their five most anticipated movies of the upcoming fall/winter movie season.

From award winning entries to huge spectacle feature films, here is the final day of our week long look at this year’s biggest year-end movies. Check out which five films Shawn S. Lealos is most interested in.

5. Junun

There is a problem with Junun that might disqualify it from awards contention. It isn’t going to get its debut in theaters, and will instead get its release on the Internet. Maybe its New York Film Festival premiere on Oct. 8 will qualify it, and I hope it does because no awards ceremony is legit if they ignore the new P.T. Anderson movie. Junun is a documentary that will debut on Oct. 9 on streaming platform MUBI and is about Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood traveling to Rajasthan in North-Western India alongside Israeli musician, composer and poet Shye Ben Tzur. Even if you aren’t a fan of Radiohead, any movie shot by P.T. Anderson should be an immediate must-see for any film fan. On a side note, if you have not heard of Mubi, and you are a cinephile, you need to check it out because it has some of the greatest unknown films you have never seen. Check out what is showing right now with this link and then sign up. Its only $4.99 a month or $39.99 for a full year.

 

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Can a movie as big as Star Wars: The Force Awakens be considered an awards season movie? I think it can. Sure, it likely won’t get any of the major awards, but there is a huge chance that this movie could clean up in the technical categories. J.J. Abrams proved to me he knew what he was doing with the Star Trek franchise and now he gets to try to bring Star Wars back to life for a new generation of kids. I grew up playing with Star Wars toys and now my son gets a chance to do the same thing with a brand new cast of characters. I am excited, and I won’t deny it.

 

3. Trumbo

I love movies about movies, and Trumbo is the new movie starring Bryan Cranston as Hollywood screenwriter Donald Trumbo during the Red Scare. He was back listed after he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. However, while blacklisted, he continued to work under a pseudonym and won two Oscars while black listed (for The Brave One and Roman Holiday – he also wrote Spartacus while blacklisted. which  helped end the blacklist when Kirk Douglas revealed Trumbo wrote it. This movie just looks great and I get a strong feeling Cranston will get some recognition for the role.

 

2. Crimson Peak

I loved Pacific Rim, but what made me really fall in love with Guillermo Del Toro was his Spanish language horror-fantasy movies Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. I am really excited about Crimson Peak because it looks like Del Toro has returned to this genre that he mastered so many years ago. Now, don’t let some recent disappointments like Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark bother you because, while he wrote the screenplay and produced the film, he didn’t direct it. This movie will be great, I am sure of it. If you don’t believe me, just ask Stephen King, who said the movie is “Gorgeous and just f–king terrifying.” He also said that it gave him the same feeling he had when watching Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead so many years ago. That makes me even more excited.

 

1. The Hateful Eight

It is Quentin Tarantino, so it automatically shoots to the top of any anticipated movie list for me – awards season or not. Honestly, ever since I saw Pulp Fiction (and then went back and caught Reservoir Dogs after the fact), I have been hooked. I love everything the man has done and consider Jackie Brown to be an underrated masterpiece. Anyway, The Hateful Eight heads back to the western for the second time in a row for Tarantino and he has shot the movie in glorious 70mm, so I expect it to look amazing. The cast is incredible, from Kurt Russell and Sam Jackson to Michael Madson, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, and more, this is just another Tarantino masterpiece waiting to happen. I have no doubts about this movie. None.

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Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.


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