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Ten Deep 1.2.14: Top 10 Most Wanted Films & Shows For 2014
Posted by Mike Gorman on 01.02.2014

"Top Ten Most Wanted for 2014"

The new year is here and that means 365 days of new TV and movie properties coming our way. It is one of the most exciting times for those of us that write about the entertainment industry because there is so much potential ahead. This week in Ten Deep I am presenting to you my Top Ten TV and Movie Most Wanted for the next twelve months. It was not easy picking just ten items for this list as there really are a lot of things to be excited about in the worlds of TV and movies in 2014. Without further ado, here are my picks...

10. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

This first one might be a groaner for some of you out there but I am seriously excited to see Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and luckily I don't have to wait long to see it as it comes out tomorrow. With this film the creators of the Paranormal Activity franchise are creating a deeper mythology for their films and spreading the activity beyond the two sisters the original films focused on. I love this. I am a fan of horror films and a huge fan of intricate continuity, and I think this film will be chuck full of both. It is certain to feature some of the more formulaic elements of the earlier films but I think this branching out of the franchise is a fantastic idea.

9. Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets themselves coming back is more than enough to earn this film a place on my list but it is the human actors showing up that has me completely locked in on this one. Muppets Most Wanted will not only feature our favorite puppets but will also include the comedic input of Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey in credited roles. Never mind the fact that Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston will also be showing up. Muppets Most Wanted seems certain to cement the Muppets as a revitalized franchise and I for one think that is an awesome thing to see come to fruition this year.

8. The Walking Dead

Often the season finale of a series promises that everything is changing, and often they fail to deliver on that promise. Heck, The Walking Dead has failed several times this way themselves, that is until the mid-season finale the Fall of 2013. We had grown used to seeing the survivors making a home for themselves in the prison and just when we got comfortable they brought back uber-baddie The Governor and in one bloody battle everything did change. Our heroes are now homeless, split apart and many lives are left in question. The finale was a thrill ride that left you wanting more immediately. I love not knowing what will happen next, that is good television. No wonder it was one of the most watched shows of 2013. I expect that to continue in 2014.

7. Amazing Spider-Man 2

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of my most anticipated movies of 2014 and interestingly enough it is not really due to the film itself. What I mean is, the most excitement surrounding this property is not necessarily what happens in this this film as a whole but what it sets up to follow. There has been a lot of talk in 2013 about Amazing Spider-Man 2 being the gateway to a larger film universe for the Spider-Man properties much as the Avengers film has done for another corner of the Marvel Universe. The possibilities seem to be wide ranged with what could come next including talk of villain spin offs, Venom, the Sinister Six, and other heroes related to Spidey showing up in other films. There is certainly a lot of weight on the shoulders of this film but I think Spider-Man's super strength will handle it.

6. Maleficent

Over the past decade we have developed a fascination with villains and retelling of well known tales. The books and musical of Wicked opened the door for other properties to tread down these new paths. There will be many films and shows highlighting the unknown stories of the fairy-tales we know and love in the next few years but the most highly anticipated is Disney's Maleficent. She was the evil fairy haunting the life of the princess in the animated Sleeping Beauty and now she will come to life in live action glory. Honestly for me the piece that makes this one of my must sees for 2014 is the absolutely perfect casting of Angelina Jolie in the lead. There is no better actress out there to portray the dark yet alluring villain.

5. Interstellar

Interstellar is one of those upcoming movies that we don't know a lot about aside from rumors and a few official details but it still makes the most wanted cut due to the people attached. First and foremost this is a full on Christopher Nolan extravaganza as he is producing, directing and co-writing (with his brother Jonathan.) The subject matter springs from theoretical research into wormholes and their use for space travel. This seems like material ripe for Nolan's ability to keep you focused on the big picture action while also delivering many well developed character moments. Add to this an all star cast featuring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine plus music by Hans Zimmer and this film seems to be a sure hit. I'm personally fascinated by the science at its core and cannot wait to see what Nolan does with it.

4. Community

Last season Community seemed to give us nothing but disappointments. I was telling a friend this weekend that to me it seemed like the writers and producers just stopped caring about everything that had made the show special in the first place. They took their usually quirky storylines and turned them into unbelievable messes that felt forced instead of organic to their unique character dynamics. Now it is because the show did sink so low that it is one of my most anticipated for 2014. I know this show has incredible potential and now that one of the show's original creators, Dan Harmon, is back on board I have faith that this potential will again be realized.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios has proven that it can create successful comic book films based on characters that already have established profiles in the general pop culture lexicon. Captain America and Iron Man are well known to the average person so translating them to film as long as they took care with the storytelling was an almost guaranteed success. With Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel is taking a bit of a leap into the unknown and I am extremely excited about that. Here we have a group of characters that are not as well known except amongst fans of their comic book appearances. We fans know that these characters can deliver action and entertainment but it is now up to the mainstream audience to prove that such a property can be a success. It is that unknown element of surprise that has me most thrilled to see this film happen.

2. True Blood

I get the feeling that many fans of the first few seasons of True Blood have jumped ship of late as the show got a bit too wrapped up in the soap opera like relationships of a few of its characters and lost that wide focus on a rich detailed world where vampires and werewolves exist in every day life. Now we stand on the precipice of the show's final season with producers promising to wrap up many of the stories they have begun to tell over the past few years delivering a satisfying ending for characters we have come to know and care about. I can't help but be curious to see who Sookie ends up, will Jessica ever discover what her true role in life is, will Jason figure out what side he is on and what's going to happen to Pam and Tara. There are many loose threads left to be tied up as this show moves to its close and I can't wait to see what is to come.

And lastly…

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past

I know that I am certainly not the only writer at 411Mania that is placing X-Men: Days of Future Past at the top of their most wanted lists for this year. So far there have been two successful franchise launches for the X-Men that seemingly take place in different worlds and the biggest thing this film seems to be attempting to accomplish is the somewhat seamless blending of the two. The X-Men of the future and of the past collide as this time travel tale places both of their fates in jeopardy. The "Days of Future Past" story is one of the most famous from the comic book's run and also the animated series in the 90s. I have mentioned I am a continuity buff and this film is certain to bring satisfaction to that part of me as the time lines are connected for this seemingly merging franchise. I admit it will also be a treat to see the Xaviers and Magnetos of both films sharing the screen, even if it is across space and time.

And as a bonus, if you haven't seen The Wolverine and want to see the post credits scene that is a teaser for this next film, check it out here. But be warned, spoilers abound!

What tops your most wanted list for 2014? Talk about it in the comments below!

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