I had a lot of fun going back and revisiting my most anticipated movies of 2012 list from last January. It was interesting to see which films lived up to my expectations, which movies fell short, and which ones made it into consideration for my Best of 2012 list. I am proud to say that several of the movies really impressed, but unfortunately a couple of them disappointed and one was pushed back to a 2013 release date. But that was 2012. This is a new year and that means a new list. So enough horseplay, right? Without further ado here are my most anticipated films of 2013. Like last year, some on this list have legitimate question marks. But like last year, all on this list really intrigue me.
#10 – “EVIL DEAD” The original “Evil Dead” remains one of my favorite horror movies of all time so normally I would be very sceptical of a new remake. But optimism quickly replaced scepticism just by seeing Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell heavily involved. The pair were the forces behind the original film and if you’ve seen the released red band trailer, you can see their fingerprints all over this picture. It looks gory and gruesome but it also looks potentially frightening and that’s something that we rarely get with the modern horror movies of today. This thing could tank. But it could also be old school horror in its glory.
#9 – “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET” Whenever Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up the results are usually pretty terrific. This new collaboration sees Leo playing a stockbroker surrounded by Wall Street corruption and mob influences. The film also features a great supporting cast featuring Matthew McConaughey and last year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. On the flipside it also features Jonah Hill, something that is a cause for concern. Nevertheless Scorsese is an amazing filmmaker whose credentials prove him to be a master of his craft.
#8 – “WORLD WAR Z” I swear 2013 looks like it’s going to be a big, big year for science fiction. The first sci-fi movie on this list mixes in a dab of horror. It is “World War Z”, a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak picture starring Brad Pitt. Now I can see where some people may be experiencing zombie fatigue but not me. This movie sounded like a lot of fun and that was before I saw the trailer. Now I’m thoroughly pumped for it. Of course there is the risk of this turning out to be another catastrophic zombie movie. But I’m really thinking that this could be something special. Don’t believe me? Just check out the trailer then mark June 21st on your calendar.
#7 – “THOR: THE DARK WORLD” The first Thor movie was one of the bigger surprises in Marvel’s cinematic universe. It had the potential to be really good or a real cheesefest. Marvel handled it perfectly resulting in an exciting and often funny superhero romp. Now it’s time for the sequel and just like with all of this wave of Marvel films it ties into the larger movie universe. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman both return but more exciting is the return of the wonderful Tom Hiddleston as Loki. He alone is worth the price for the ticket. I am a little cautious with this one but I have faith in the creative minds at Marvel.
#6 – “INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS” There’s not a lot of information out there about “Inside Llewyn Davis”. So why on earth is it even on my most anticipated list? Simple. It’s written and directed by my favorite filmmakers Joel and Ethen Coen. The brothers have been known for dipping their toes in just about every genre. This film is about the 1960’s New York folk music scene. Sounds pretty drab doesn’t it? Well not in the hands of the Coen’s. Their cleverness and creativity always interests me and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. It’ll be smart, witty, and undeniably unique. Add the interesting leads of Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan and this could be a real treat.
#5 – “MAN OF STEEL” I really want there to be a strong Superman franchise. There’s lots of things “Superman Returns” did right but it couldn’t overcome director Bryan Singer’s creative liberties. Now we get another reboot but this time there’s a lot of promise. Christopher Nolan and David Goyer, the creative geniuses behind The Dark Knight trilogy, are heavily involved in this production which really excites me. The fact that Zack Snyder is directing worries me some. But listen to this supporting cast: Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, and Diane Lane. Yep, I’m all over this one and my fingers are crossed.
#4 – “TO THE WONDER” Terrence Malick doesn’t make a lot of movies but when he does they’re attention getters. Now, out of the blue, we are getting two films out of him in a three year span. His last film “The Tree of Life” was my favorite movie on 2011 so naturally I would be interested in this one. I am a sucker for Malick’s style and even when he may miss the mark slightly I am consumed by his presentation. This looks like another Malick gem this time starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem. This could be really good and I can’t wait for it to hit theaters.
#3 – “OBLIVION” Yep, another science fiction movie makes my list but this one intrigues me most of all. Tom Cruise stars as a drone repairman who works high above the war torn remains of Earth. He ends up accidentally setting off a series of events that brings with them shocking revelations. That’s really all I know. But I can say the recently released trailer really grabbed me. The cool premise and amazing visuals has the sci-fi part of me drooling. Many of the details about “Oblivion” have been intentionally hidden. But the studio is “excited” about the project. So am I.
#2 – “IRON MAN 3” I remember when I first heard that Robert Downey, Jr. had been cast to play Iron Man. I thought Marvel Studios had lost their collective minds. Now can you imagine anyone else playing him? I love what Downey, Jr. does with his Tony Stark character both in “The Avengers” and the previous two Iron Man pictures. “Iron Man 2” wasn’t as good as the first film but even it had its moments of pure fanboy brilliance. Now he’s back and what a cast he has along with him. Paltrow and Cheadle are back. But new are Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Ben Kingsley. This will be a big film and needless to say I’m all over this one!
#1 – “MUD” At only 34 years of age, Jeff Nichols has become one of the most intriguing directors working today. He only has two films under his belt but both demonstrated his amazing style of Southern storytelling. “Shotgun Stories” was great and his second film “Take Shelter” was one of the best of 2011. “Mud” takes him back to the deep south. Its been called a modern-day Huckleberry Finn and stars Matthew McConaughey. Nichols is a fellow Arkansas guy and the way he captures the rural southern landscapes is unlike any other. “Mud” did well at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and it’s my clear #1 movie to see in 2013.
So how about you? What are some of your most eagerly anticipated films of 2013. Here’s hoping we have a lot of good things to talk about doing the upcoming movie season!