Happy New year everyone. Been a pretty mundane 2012 and very rarely posted in this blog last year but definitely going to use it more frequently this year and actually get the Top 500 Films list done and dusted hopefully from now till the end of the summer. For this particular post I’ll be posting 10 films that I’m looking forward to that is coming out in 2013. It’s very comic/sequel jammed again on this year but there could be a few diamonds in amongst that pile.
10. Anchorman: The Legend Continues
The Channel 4 News Team are back together again and it’s been a long time coming. After a lot of behind the screens hassle over getting the film together (getting everyone free then studio didn’t want to do it etc) it’s coming out in 2013. Not much is known of the general story other than hopefully more randomness, another news team bloodfest and hopefully still have the same charm as the original. With the hype already for the film let’s hope it lives up to it.
9. End of The World/This Is The End
It’s actors playing themselves and making various jokes at each others expenses, oh and the apocalypse has arrived. Brought to you by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (the Superbad writer duo) there’s not much to go on other than the red band trailer below and that’s not a bad thing at all.
Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. No trailer as of yet but brought to you by Neill Blomkamp (yep, that man behind District 9) and starring Matt Damon I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes, especially with Blomkamp having a massive budget to work with.
7. The World’s End
What do you need to know about The World’s End? It is about five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival. Need more? It’s the third part of the Three Flavours Cornetto/Blood And Ice Cream Trilogy (the others being Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz) brought to you by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Expect to see a few familiar faces and maybe an odd cameo or two.
6. Gangster Squad
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes Or Less) Gangster Squad is a chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s as six police officers and detectives must protect the law by breaking it, taking on Mickey Cohen and his gang. Originally was meant for release in 2012 but was put back to 2013 after the theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado due to a pivotal scene in which characters shoot submachine guns at film goers through the screen of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Whether the scene is still there or has been re-edited, we’ll only know when the film comes out, but it has got quite the cast and has been a while since I’ve seen Sean Penn chew up the big screen.
5. Only God Forgives
The Drive duo, Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling are back together again. Only God Forgives is set in Bangkok where Julien (Gosling) runs a Thai boxing club, which is a front for his family’s drug smuggling operation, who is then forced by his mother Jenna (Kristin Scott Thomas) to find and kill the person responsible for his brother’s murder. Other than that, not much has come out from the film (no trailer) other than a few images in black and white of Gosling’s battered face. Looking forward to seeing this aswell as a number of landscape shots of Bangkok.
4. The Place Beyond The Pines
Yes, I know, another Gosling film. Though to be fair, I get the feeling this could be more Bradley Cooper’s film than Gosling’s. From Blue Valentine director (Gosling working again with a previous director) Derek Cianfrance, The Place Beyond The Pines starts with Luke (Gosling) , who rides a motorbike at a travelling carnival globe of death, tries to reconnect with his former lover Romina and discovers she has a son…and it’s his. He quits the carnival to provide for his family by using his riding talents to rob banks. He is set on a collision course with Avery (Cooper), an ambitious cop who is looking to move up the ranks in the force and tries to deal with the corruption surrounding him. What’s going to be interesting is seeing how this film takes place all within 15 years to see how the legacies of both Luke and Avery effect their sons. From how much I was amazed by Blue Valentine, I have high hopes for this.
3. Man Of Steel
Judging from the new trailer below, can we finally have a solid Superman film heading towards the big screens this year? Cavill takes the iconic role with Christopher Nolan producing and Zack Snyder directing I’m expecting it to be a great film. Sure it may piss some off with the darker tone (Costner’s Papa Kent’s delivery of the ‘maybe’ line in the trailer when Clark says should he have left the kids on the bus to die rather than save them seems to have caused the most outrage…well that and the look of the suit). What’s really interesting is how little we are getting of Shannon’s version of General Zod (only appears on screen for a split second in the latest trailer), love Shannon’s work so will be interesting to see how this works out.
2. Pacific Rim
When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Yeah that’s right! Robots V Aliens. Was looking forward to this just from hearing who was directing (Del Toro) aswell as the main lead was (really glad that Charlie Hunnam is finally getting a massive big screen push after enjoying his work the last few years on Sons Of Anarchy). Expectations are high for this as apparently a sequel has already been greenlit.
1. Before Midnight
Okay so going from the what else is on the list, this may be somewhat an odd choice for many but I absolutely love these films (Before Sunrise/Before Sunset) and I’m honestly very much looking forward to seeing where Jesse/Celine story goes next. Not much has been given away about Before Midnight (Other than the image above & basic storyline) other than no sooner that they announced they were doing it, they only gone and filmed the thing without anyone realising (which, given the way the media leaks online like wildfire, this is an achievement in itself). We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. I for one can’t wait to see how this ends…or does it?
Do you agree? What films are you most looking forward to seeing in 2013?