Here’s a New Year Resolution for ya. Power of Pop will be expanding our film coverage in 2015 to highlight the movies we think PoP visitors will be interested in. Good stuff, no fluff (cannot bluff!) or something like that…

Anyways, here’s a couple of films we are interested in for January 2015.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
(Written & directed by Ned Benson)
New Year’s Day

Ignore the gimmicky title – this has nothing to do with The Beatles. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is the collective title of three films subtitled Him, Her & Them respectively. As you can guess, Him and Her are told from the perspectives of the male (James McAvoy) and female (Jessica Chastain) characters accordingly. Them is the compromise, a combination of Him and Her into one movie – which probably makes much more sense from a commercial point of view but less so, from an artistic standpoint. Presumably, moviegoers who enjoyed Them will then want to watch Him and Her, which will be released in the latter part of 2015. Fascinating premise, nonetheless.

(Directed by Suzanne Bier. Written by Christopher Kyle)

New Year’s Day

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in yet another movie together, this time as newlyweds running a timber business in 1930s North Carolina. Based on a novel by Ron Rash, the film is probably more about the performances of Lawrence and Cooper than the story itself. And that is a recommendation.

The Theory of Everything 
(Directed by James Marsh. Written by Anthony McCarten)
8th January

Ah, one for the hankies, surely! Based on Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking, this biopic chronicles the romance of the theoretical physicist Stephen J Hawking and ex-wife Jane, and of course, Hawking’s trials with motor neuron disease and phenomenal success in physics. Definitely a genuine feel-good story to get behind.

Young Ones
(Written and directed by Jake Paltrow)
8th January

Alright, here’s one we missed in our coming geek movies piece but not quite sure whether a “Western/Scifi” is a recommendation or not! Set in a post-drought apocalypse USA when water is a resource people kill for, this drama looks promising. With Michael Shannon on-board to provide heavy acting chops to support the young adult appeal of Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning, one hopes that there is a reason for the dystopian setting, other than window dressing. Worth checking out.

Inherent Vice
(Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)
8th January

This is the one! Based on Thomas Pychon’s novel, set in the 1970s and starring Joaquin Phoenix – looking more like Wolverine/Logan than Jackman could hope to be – Inherent Vice is a madcap crime comedy-drama that promises to be a wild ride. And a Paul Thomas Anderson flick is always essential viewing.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
(Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo)
15th January

Another must-see film. This black comedy tells the tale about Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up Hollywood actor who once played the superhero Birdman in three blockbuster movies, trying to reinvent his career by writing, directing, and starring in a play, an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” But as the trailer suggests, there’s more to this than meets the eye.

The Imitation Game
(Directed by Morten Tyldum. Written by Graham Moore)
22nd January

Another biopic (of sorts), this time about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code that helped the Allies win the Second World War, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality. Benedict Cumberbatch (Turing) and Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke) reportedly turned in remarkable performances. Historical buffs (you know who you are) will eat this up!

American Sniper
(Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Jason Dean Hall)
22nd January

This is a story for our times. Based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography of the same name and starring Bradley Cooper in the lead role, the film depicts Kyle’s tour of duty in Iraq and his struggles to be a good father and husband despite his deployment. An action film with a heart seems the way Eastwood is presenting this and Lord knows, we need more of these kind of movies!

(Directed by Brian A. Miller. Written by Andre Fabrizio & Jeremy Passmore)
29th January

A B-grade action-adventure scifi movie, starring Bruce Willis but not having Willis as the action hero? Sigh of the times. In fact, Willis is the bad guy here and Thomas Jane is the protagonist. Suffice to say the premise is a little dicey – Julian Michaels (Willis) designs a resort (VICE) where patrons can live out their evil fantasies on robots (who seem human). Naturally, one of the robots becomes sentient and all hell breaks loose. Mm.

Will post the reviews once they become available. See you at the movies!

… still there’s more …