Thanks to the cancellation of the apocalypse, 2013 is a year that still exists. That means I will get to watch the new seasons of Community and Arrested Development after all. And of course as always, there will also be movies, movies, movies to watch.
Horror remakes still thrive in Maniac, The Evil Dead, Carrie and more to come. The Great Gatsby is getting a revamp too, with soon-to-be Oscar winner Leonardo Dicaprio. Yet another Superman returns in Man of Steel, which is backed by Christopher Nolan so I’m not complaining. While I’m dying to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014, I’m content with Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 for now.
Other highly anticipated sequels are in store. I honestly do not know if there is much left in Bilbo’s tale after The Desolation of Smaug. But hell, let’s have it. Speaking of Smaug, Benedict Cumberbatch is on a double bill, also starring as
Khan John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness.
Not a Trekker? Fans of The Hunger Games, Kick-ass and The Hangover will be satisfied too. Are you still with me? Cool. Here, I made a list of ten 2013 releases that I’m looking forward to.
10. The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (Trailer)
Released 23rd August
Directed by: Harald Zwart
Starring: Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins, Robert Sheehan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aidan Turner
In City Of Bones, an accidental discovery leads Clary into a strange world of vampires, werewolves, sly faeries and demon-hunting Shadowhunters. A romance story at its core, it is likely to be dismissed as another Twilight copy riding on the recent wave of young adult fantasy. But despite its tendency to break out in excessive metaphor and similes, I’ll admit it’s an entertaining read. I’m not going to pretend that I’m not excited for this, if only for that cast.
9. John Dies At The End (trailer)
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti
Who dies at the end? Yeah, thanks for the spoiler, asshole. Further spoiling the plot with a synopsis, two college dropouts attempt to save the world when the drug ‘Soy Sauce’ promises more than an out-of-the-body experience. I peeked at some pages of the paperback novel and it looks like a lot of fun. What’s more, the success of movies like Feast and Slither have proven sci-fi, horror and comedy to be a rather fantastic formula.
8. Now You See Me (trailer)
Released 7th June
Director: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco
The FBI tends to take keen interest in bank heists. That is especially if you carry the audacious act out on stage and play Robin Hood with the money robbed. This entertaining premise pitting the agents against the illusionists could prove to be an exciting watch. If this turns out to be as good as I hope, Louis Leterrier will be forgiven for the whole Clash of the Titans mess. (On a side note, I just really love Jesse Eisenberg alright.)
7. The World’s End
Released 12th September
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman
Five friends reunite to complete a pub crawl they attempted during their teenage years. They’ll travel through bars like The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands and The Old Familiar, before finally approaching their last stop at The World’s End. After the brilliant Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, one does not simply miss the last of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Where there’s blood and ice cream, I’m definitely in.
6. Pacific Rim (trailer)
Released 11th July
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman
I love giant aliens and robots. I watched and watch Power Rangers episodes on Saturday mornings. Pacific Rim promises to satisfy my inner nerd, and it comes complete with the great Idris Elba vowing to cancel the apocalypse. The Luther actor leads a team in armoured uniforms piloting megazords, fighting against supersized monsters. If you aren’t the least bit excited, are you even listening?
5. This Is The End (trailer)
Directed by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Danny McBride, Kevin Hart, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling
So, the whole doomsday prophecy didn’t come true. But it sure made for some excellent movie material. Even if in a genre way less depressing than Melancholia. With that all-star cast, chances are that at least one of your favourite celebrities survived the apocalypse in this movie. And well, let’s face it. No one can resist a movie starring James Franco as James Franco throwing a James Franco party in James Franco’s house.
4. Byzantium (clip)
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller
I love the vampire lore. And by vampires, I mean the real, bloodthirsty ones. The genre has been neglected for a long time, save for John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let The Right One In. Byzanthium looks like a proper vampire movie with an arts house twist, which could result in either a genuinely creepy entry, or a slow-burn that isn’t for everyone.
3. Side Effects (trailer)
Released 21st March
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law
After Behind The Candelabra that was almost never made for a ridiculous reason, director Steven Soderbergh will supposedly (and sadly) enter early retirement. With that and the Rooney Mara-led psychological thriller Side Effects, it looks like he is set on a exciting and beautiful exit. Let’s hope he’ll change his mind soon enough.
Directed by: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton
The Host and Mother director Joon-ho Bong makes his first English-language film Snowpiercer. This post-apocalyptic story is set on a train, with what’s left of the human race after a new ice age. Science fiction takes on dramatic elements as class warfare soon begins and a revolution brews. The first look in the form of concept art is gorgeous, as is the soundtrack excerpt. I’m on board.
1. Only God Forgives (teaser)
Released 6th June
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke
Gosling’s mangled face is not a pretty sight. It is however indicative of the violent nature of Only God Forgives, which centres on revenge in the ring. Nicolas Winding Refn has a lot to live up to after the breathtaking masterpiece Drive. If this is anything like that gem, it will be nothing short of spectacular. Refn, in an Empire Magazine interview, reassuringly describes the movie as “a stream of consciousness, … based on real emotions but set in a heightened reality”. I’m absolutely psyched.