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Christmas Wish 2014: I Want Mad Max: Fury Road To Be As Nuts As That Trailer

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mad max fury roadWe’ve been waiting for Mad Max: Fury Road for what feels like forever. After finally getting rolling, production was delayed multiple times, including for apparent acts of some vengeful god that damn near wiped the original shooting location off the map. Principal photography wrapped up so long ago that I put it on my “Most Anticipated” list for 2013. But then there were reshoots, and when the release date was actually announced we learned that we wouldn’t see Fury Road until May of 2015. We may still have a long time to wait, that’s also a prime spot on the calendar, which indicates that the studio thinks they have something awesome on their hands.

And from what we’ve seen, that certainly looks to be the case. A crazy-ass collection of footage came out of San Diego Comic-Con back in July, which got us drooling all over ourselves, but the latest trailer upped the crazy factor exponentially. So this year, all I want Santa to bring me is a Mad Max: Fury Road that is as bonkers and insane as the most recent trailer. I get that this is a lot to ask, as the trailer is two-and-a-half minutes of absolute, total madness. But a guy can dream, right?

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Christmas Wish 2014: I Want People To Go See Predestination

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PredestinationSince The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the end of the year has been rather sparse as far as sci-fi is concerned. Fortunately for us, we won’t have to wait too far into 2015 to get our first intriguing wide release of the year, as the Spierig Brothers’ Predestination opens January 9. And if you want to get me a late Christmas present, you can go see it in the theater.

I’m afraid a lot of people are going to sit this one out and miss something really cool. January is not exactly known as a hotbed of quality film releases, and studios often use it as a dumping ground for movies that didn’t turn out as well as they hoped. But Predestination is not one of those, and my guess as to why it has this less than optimal release date is that they have zero idea how the hell to market this movie, because it’s definitely not the movie being they’re selling.

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Christmas Wish: I Want Star Wars: The Force Awakens Not To Ruin Christmas 2015

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KyloRenAll I want for Christmas this year is for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to not ruin Christmas for me next year. The prequels already did a substantial job of thrashing the legacy of the original trilogy — Darth Vader just doesn’t seem quite as menacing after watching Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker whine and snivel his way through two movies. As a result, many of us are understandably gun-shy about the new installments, whether Episode movies or standalone installments.

Throw J.J. Abrams into the mix, and people are even more concerned. I’m not as down on Abrams as a director as a lot of people, but even I have to admit that he’s a hit-or-miss proposition as a filmmaker. His last effort, Star Trek Into Darkness is…well, let’s just say it leaves a lot to be desired, and the prospect of him taking over yet another beloved franchise has some people seriously worried.