After careful consideration – and with some trepidation – I’ve finally put together my final list of my favorite movies from 2014. It was the first time in a long while that I saw more than 200 movies and a lot of them were incredibly good (a lot were incredibly bad, or boring, but I’ve already dealt with those).
As usual, these are the films that got me laughing, crying, engaged in conversations and generally made my brain fizz in a good way. As usual, anyone who says it was a crap year for movies just wasn’t paying attention.
Also note that two movies – Selma and Boyhood (despite their importance in terms of history and/or unique concepts) did not make my favorites list – not because they were bad films. They were not. They were very, very good ones. They just didn’t connect with me as much as these twenty did.
What would you get if you blended Groundhog Day with military sci-fi of the alien invasion variety? First you’d get the Japanese novel, All You Need is Kill, then you’d get the westernized Tom Cruise vehicle, Edge of Tomorrow (which would have kept its unique, imaginative, original title instead of its current, homogenized one if the movie wasn’t PG-rated).
Warner Brothers and village Roadshow have released an extended trailer for Edge of Tomorrow – the Doug Liman/Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt movie that combines military sci-fi with Groundhog Day to create an unusually rich spectacle. It contains a ton of new footage and looks amazing.
Check it out after the jump. Edge of Tomorrow marches into theaters on June 6th.
In 2009, Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill was released in an English translation to almost ecstatic reviews. Now that a movie version, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is about to be released, the novel has finally been released in a mass market paperback under the movie’s title – and with the movie’s poster art as the cover. It still kicks much ass!
Edge of Tomorrow has spawned a couple of new releases from VIZ Media: Edge of Tomorrow, a movie tie-in mass market reissue of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel on which the movie is based (originally called All You Need Is Kill), and a graphic novel adaptation of the novel, with the original title. In the novel, Keiji Kirya is thrown into battle against invading aliens and is killed almost immediately – but is reborn each morning fight and die again. Think of it as the alien invasion version of Groundhog Day – every time he comes back, he learns a bit more about how to stay alive and fight.
The movie tie-in mass market edition, from VIZ’s Haikasoru imprint, will take the movie’s poster art – featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt – as its cover. The All You Need Is Kill graphic novel is written by Haikasoru editor Nick Mamatas, with art by Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow). Edge of tomorrow will be in stores April 29th; All You Need Is Kill will follow on May 6th. The movie adaptation will be in theaters June 6th. For more, check out the press release after the jump.
Today, a special issue of Shonen Weekly was released with the premiere of the manga, All You Need Is Kill, to celebrate the digital magazine’s second anniversary. All You Need Is Kill is of course, the acclaimed Takeshi Obata manga that has been adapted for film as Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise.
For details, check out the press release after the jump.
Warner Brothers has released the first trailer for the new Tom Cruise action movie, Edge of Tomorrow. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise), who has never seen a day of battle, finds himself dropped into a crucial battle against an invading alien force. He dies. Then, somehow, he’s back, in a time loop – and aware of what’s happening. But he’s not alone – Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) is also in the loop and undertakes training him.
Think of it as Groundhog Day on a battlefield – but the piano teacher is in the loop and it’s directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith). Edge of Tomorrow is in theaters on June 6, 2014. Check out the trailer after the jump.