I sat down to share the ten movies that I really want to see in 2013...but then I got a little lost because there was so damn many of them. So I thought, what the hell, why don't I just list everything I wanna see? And that I did. Instead of just listing the films boringly, I've sorted them into groups and Photoshopped the crap out of stuff. Without further ado, here's the guide to my excitement for this year:
As I've said probably 194781397410 times during Annual Awards Nersim, I've seen 0.07% 2012 movies. I've pretty much missed all of the good ones...either because I can't be bothered going to the cinemas or I live in NZ so hahaha, we don't get any movies. These films are the ones that haven't been released in cinemas yet. I will get to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower next week, since it will be on the plane (!). When I get back from Japan, I will be seeing Django Unchained, hopefully on the 25th. The Master comes out before then but there's a 0.06% chance that it will play at more than two cinemas in NZ. I'm going to see Les Miserables on the 21st (hopefully) with a friend, who is also coming with me to see Silver Linings Playbook, which also comes out on the same day as Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Anna Karenina - I'll probably only see Zero Dark Thirty in cinemas though. Holy Motors, Amour, Smashed and Rust and Bone probably won't show anywhere near me, but I eagerly await their DVD releases.
Was 2012 the year of Matthew McConaughey. I dunno...2013 seems pretty strong. I still have to see The Paperboy, which I'm not all that excited for but hey, Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron, that's a once in a lifetime experience! Another 2012 movie of his was Mud, Jeff Nichols' follow up to the brilliant Take Shelter, which went to Cannes but will be released this year. That's one of my most anticipated. Lately, Matty M has been fading away for his role in The Dallas Buyer's Club, which I'm 99.78% sure he'll be amazing in. One of my most anticipated for the year is The Wolf of Wall Street, which is headlined by Leonardo DiCaprio throwing money to da peasants. Plus, it is Martin Scorsese, and men in suits.
I'm pretty sure every year is going to be the "year of Jessica Chastain". She was relitavely quiet in 2012 until Zero Dark Thirty showed up...but this month she's on the trailer disc at work three times for Lawless, Madagascar 3 and Coriolanus. In 2013, I'll obviously be seeing Zero Dark Thirty, maybe Mama even though it doesn't look like my thing (but she looks badass), and if Wilde Salome finally gets a release, then I'll be seeing that. I'm especially excited for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His & Hers, a two-film project co-starring James McAvoy and Jess' acting idol Isabelle Huppert. Sounds interesting!
Because Terrence Malick is becoming a prolific guy, it would seem. To the Wonder will be out mid this year, but he's also got Knight of Cups and Untitled Terrence Malick Project (formerly known as Lawless, before, y'know...) slated for 2013. I imagine he'll edit those projects for a little while longer, but I'm particularly excited for the untitled one, as it has Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Berenice Marlohe in it. Wow.
These films are all bound to literature greats in some way: August: Osage County is based on a famous play by Tracy Letts, who also wrote Killer Joe; The Counselor (starring Michael Fassbender) is the screen-writing debut of Cormac McCarthy, who has written more famous novels than I can count; Kill Your Darlings is about the Beat generation from the 40s/50s, focusing on Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroghs; and Much Ado About Nothing is based on the Shakespeare play - and it is adapted by Joss Whedon, who decided to make it on one of his holidays. How awesome is that?
While Christopher Nolan may not be bringing out anything this year, I have plenty of other directors bringing out the new stuff this year. Neill Blomkamp, who wowed me with District 9, is bringing out his follow-up, Elysium. Jason Reitman will hopefully make it 5/5 with Labor Day. Nicolas Winding Refn has re-teamed with Ryan Gosling for Only God Forgives. Sofia Coppola, one of my absolute favourite directors, is coming back with The Bling Ring, which I'm sure will be preeeeeeeetty. Danny Boyle is done with his Olympic opening ceremony and cutting off arms and such, and he's releasing Trance. Steve McQueen will probably make another flawless film with Twelve Years a Slave. Derek Cianfrance follows up his debut Blue Valentine with The Place Beyond the Pines. And my most anticipated for the year is definitely The Great Gatsby, because I looooooove Baz Luhrmann films.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is out to make himself even more perfect by making a movie of his own: Don Jon's Addiction, which I'm very much anticipating. As he enters the film-making world, Steven Soderbergh is set to leave it, with his final feature being Side Effects, starring Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum. Sad face.
As with any year, there are copious amounts of sequels. I'm definitely not anticipating Grown Ups 2, but there's some other cool sequels to some movies that I really liked coming out this year. We have Iron Man 3, which kinda worries me since it is the third film in the series, but it looks like it is taking a darker route and it has Rebecca Hall, so I'm sold. Star Trek Into Darkness looks awesome, and I loved Star Trek (although I may need to rewatch it). Kick-Ass is one of my all-time favourite movies, so I'm interesting to see what they do in the second round. And then there's Thor: The Dark World, which I keep forgetting is happening this year, but there'll be more Tom Hiddleston!
Along with Catching Fire and maybe an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence has Serena to look forward to in 2013. Greta Gerwig's TIFF hit Frances Ha has a release set up for mid this year. Violet and Daisy, starring Saoirse Ronan, played at TIFF in 2011, but has only just scored a release date for this year. To be honest, I didn't know what category to put Spring Breakers in, but I used to love Vanessa Hudgens so I stuck it in here. That movie looks insane. And then there's Stoker, which stars Mia Wasikowska, along with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Jacki Weaver. That looks insane, too.
Gangster Squad, after a production delay, hits cinemas on the 17th here - I'm not sure I'll go and see it in cinemas since there's 2948 other movies coming out, but I'm looking forward to eventually seeing it. I hadn't heard of Now You See Me until the trailer hit the web a couple of months back, and I'm very excited to see it now. Man of Steel also looks pretty awesome, and I guess it's as close to a Chris Nolan film as I'm gonna get this year. Lastly, there's Warm Bodies, which looks just lovely. Plus, it would seem that Nicholas Hoult is the next big thing this year.
What do you think? What are your most anticipated for the year?