Star Wars 7Inspiration can be a hard thing to find. Sometimes the monotony of life can pull us away from the passions that we would normally pursue and in their place we devote all of our attention to simply waking up and checking off our daily list of tasks.

For the last 3 months I’ve neglected this blog because I had lost that inspiration. January-March is often considered the time of year for films that the studios have no faith in. Perhaps the mediocrity of films such as “The Wedding Ringer”, “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Jupiter Ascending” played a part in my new-found apathy. Whatever the reason, it’s time for a comeback.

From my perspective, the movies could also use a comeback. Aside from a few successes here and there (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Interstellar”), 2014 was a rather disappointing year at the theater. Oscar bait like “The Imitation Game” and “Foxcatcher” left something to be desired, whereas many of the anticipated summer blockbusters fell flat.

But that’s the past. Let’s talk about the future.

Though the first few months of 2015 were a little bumpy, this year has the opportunity to be one of the biggest the industry has ever seen. If not in quality, then certainly in box office dollars and anticipation.

Here is a list of the franchises that have a new installment in 2015 (more notable series in bold):

Taken, Divergent, Paul Blart, Monsters, Avengers, Mad Max, Pitch Perfect, Poltergeist, Entourage, Insidious, Jurassic Park, Ted, Terminator, Magic Mike, Despicable Me (Minions), Mission Impossible, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Fantastic Four, Hitman, Fast and Furious, The Transporter, The Maze Runner, Hotel Transylvania, James Bond, The Hunger Games, Rocky Balboa, Star Wars

There is something to be said, of course, for originality and fresh storytelling. Is it a little hypocritical to anxiously look forward to these properties while also at times complaining about the lack of new ideas in Hollywood? Probably. But the sheer magnitude of franchises being revisited is incredible. If there were new Indiana Jones and Batman movies coming out this year, basically everything I have ever loved would be present.

Obviously this could all end very poorly for me and any others waiting for these films. I can already tell you that “Furious 7” is an absurd letdown. That being said, 2015 is poised to be a juggernaut of a year and could be a much-needed return to quality entertainment.

So on this Easter Sunday, I’m bringing back the reviews and looking forward to what might be a great year at the movies.

Happy viewing.


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