Welcome to the latest edition of 24 Frames. Andrew Jamieson will be guiding you through the exciting, confusing and often brilliant world of 'film'. Expect news, trailers and plenty of opinion.


The '2014' Edition

As December approaches and the cold winter months set upon us, it is time to reflect on what has been a wonderful cinematic year. For now, let's think about 2014 and some of the cinematic treats that will grace our screens over the next twelve months. This list is not definitive and it will change over the next few months as release dates change and sleeper hits arrive. I would simply like to offer my thoughts on my top five movies to look out for in 2014.

Interstellar: The populist auteur Christopher Nolan returns to our screens on November 7th 2014. Matthew McConaughey leads an all star cast featuring Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, David Oyelowo and Mackenzie Foy. Nolan has left the Batman franchise behind him; here he rewrites his brother Jonathan Nolan's screenplay and again uses IMAX cameras to illustrate his vision of human interstellar travel. It is worthy of note that the last time Nolan edited his brother's initial idea we got the masterpiece that was Memento (2000). Regular readers of this column will know that I admire Nolan more than any other director and this movie has the potential to be the best movie of the year.

How to Catch a Monster: Actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut with a movie whose plot is largely under wraps. It has something to do with a 'dark underworld' and 'secret underwater town'. Whatever it is about the cast list is a dream as the ethereally talented Saoirse Ronan is joined by Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn and Doctor Who himself, Matt Smith.

Crimson Peak: After the big budget silliness of the rather likeable Pacific Rim (2013), director Guillermo del Toro returns to the murky poetry of Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and The Devil's Backbone (2001). The movie features Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, and whilst nothing is known about this movie, it is one to await with baited breath.

  • Jessica Chastain features in both Interstellar and Crimson Peak

Cyber: After the wildly negative responses to the superbly acted and well written Public Enemies (2009), director Michael Mann returns to movie theatres with a movie about top level computer hackers. Mann is the master of mixing cinematic thrills, emotion and a working aesthetic that is part of Hollywood legend. I have missed Michael Mann more than any other auteur over the last four years, and his return gives me a sense of wonderment. The wonderful Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis star. All of this from the man who brought us The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999), Collateral (2004) and the underrated Miami Vice (2006).

The Amazing Spiderman 2: Sorry but I couldn't write this column without adding one comic book movie to the list. I thought Marc Webb's original movie was a heartfelt and romantic re-imagining of the franchise. Jamie Foxx joins the cast as Electro as Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy offer more kisses and thrills.

More than honourable mentions must also go to:

Inside Llewyn Davis, Transcendence, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Noah, Maleficent, Gemma Bovery, Divergent, X Men: Days of Future Past, The Equalizer and The Keeping Room.

Roll on 2014!