Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Watchlist - Top 10 Anticipated Movies

Since it's the beginning of the New Year, I thought I'd take a look at movies that are coming out this year. When 2014 rolls around, we'll see how well I did in terms of picks:

First of all, the Honorable Mentions (no particular order):
The Great Gatsby, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3

10. Gravity
New, original science-fiction from the director of "Children of Men" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as scientists trapped floating above earth in their damaged spacecraft. "Gravity" should be a great looking and intelligent sci-fi movie. Should be in theaters October 18th.

9. After Earth
M. Night Shyamalan's latest entry looks to be a return to form after his "Last Airbender" fiasco. Will and Jaden Smith attempt to survive an alien world after crash landing. I've enjoyed pretty much all of Shyamalan's movie in one way or another, so I still have high hopes for this one. In theaters June 7th.

8. Man of Steel
Zack Snyder (with a little help from Christopher Nolan) tries to tackle a Superman reboot. Hopefully Zach Snyder will get out of his own way and make a solid starter to DC's attempt at solidifying their universe. Flies into theaters June 14th.

7. Monsters University
Pixar's latest is a prequel to the fantastic "Monster's Inc." This time we get the story of how Mike and Sully meet, and is also the first time Pixar has attempted a prequel. "Monster's Inc." is one of my favorite Pixar movies, so it'll be interesting to see if they can recapture the magic of that movie (without Boo no less). Scaring its way onto screens June 21st.

6. Ender's Game
An adaptation of the hugely popular sci-fi novel starring Asa Butterfield ("Hugo") and Harrison Ford. Largely considered a tough book to bring to screen. No trailer has been released yet, but that should change in the next couple months. "Ender's Game" is due out November 1st.

5. Elysium
From the director of "District 9," Neill Blomkamp brings another original sci-fi idea to the screen. This time he has Matt Damon, a man on a mission to the floating utopia Elysium. "District 9" was definitely fun, so it's interesting to see if Blomkamp can replicate his success. Latest news puts the release date as August 9th.

4. Upstream Color
Shane Carruth's "Primer" is one of the most original (and also confusing) time travel movies made. Equally intriguing is his follow-up "Upstream Color." I have no idea what this movie is about, but it definitely looks interesting. The release date is just as ambiguous as the movie, expected around April 5th.

3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Part two of Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy looks to continue the fun from part one. I look forward to jumping back into this story after fully enjoying "An Unexpected Journey." Not sure where this one will cut off, but it should have plenty of great scenes to it. The Journey continues December 13th.

2. Star Trek Into Darkness
The sequel to JJ Abram's 2007 Reboot sees the Enterprise crew facing a mysterious Benedict Cumberbatch bent on revenge. I was a huge fan of the original and I'm seriously excited to see Cumberbatch join the cast. All the talk is whether or not he is Khan or someone else entirely. We'll find out May 17th.

1. The World's End
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are among my favorite duos working in movies right now. "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" are two of my all-time favorite movies. So it wasn't too hard to pick "The World's End" as my top movie to look forward to in 2013. Edgar Wright has not made a bad movie, and I don't think he's going to start now. This time around, the group of friends, including Pegg, Nick Frost (of course), Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes"), Paddy Considine ("Hot Fuzz") and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit" and "Sherlock"). The pub crawl (and the end of the world) begins October 25th.

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