My Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

Man of Steel

Directed by: Zack Snyder | Release Date: 14 June, 2013
As a DC fanboy, I am beyond excited for this movie. Ever since Green Lantern I get scared for movies based on DC comics. Marvel is finally hitting a stride with their movies and I want to see DC also succeed. Man of Steel brings together Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David Goyer. Snyder is a master of filming action, Goyer is a superb writer and Nolan is the master storyteller. On paper this seems like the perfect team. Also what a perfect cast right? Especially after seeing the 3rd trailer, it blew my mind. Seeing those visuals, hearing the score and watching Superman finally punch the shit out of people; Man is Steel looks to be a super hero blockbuster with heart.

Elysium

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp | Release Date: 09 August, 2013
Neill Blomkamp is back and with a much bigger budget! The director who told one of the most original sci-fi stories with District 9, has another original sci-fi movie coming out this year. The year is 2159 and the rich and powerful have left Earth to live in a man-made space-station called Elysium, leaving everyone else on a decimated Earth to fight for survival. Jodie Foster plays a government official that is preventing more people from coming to Elysium, while a bald headed Matt Damon takes on a mission of trying to bring equality to both worlds. If you loved District 9 you should be excited for Elysium, because just like District 9, Elysium looks to be another socially aware sci-fi film. Blomkamp has said he wants to make a Halo movie, Microsoft you better watch this and hire the man.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Directed by: Francis Lawrence | Release Date: 22 November, 2013
Finally a smart movie for young adults. I don’t think I could stand another Twilight movie filled with lovesick people. Catching Fire also has a love triangle but it isn’t even the main attraction here. The trailer they released doesn’t even hint at a love triangle and that’s a good thing. You can’t have the main premise of a movie be: which guy will she choose; this isn’t a reality show. Catching Fire is the sequel to the Hunger Games, following the story Katniss Everdeen played by now Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence or “JLaw.” Katniss survived the Hunger Games and is unknowingly inspired a rebellion in the districts. Also she has to face President Snow, who wants to destroy her and the symbol she has become. The movie has a new director, new actors (Philip Seymour Hoffman just makes everything better) and a portion of the film was shot in IMAX. Get excited tweens!

Star Trek Into Darkness

Directed by: J.J. Abrams | Release Date: 17 May, 2013
I call J.J. Abrams the modern master of sci-fi. He’s been a part of Lost, Fringe, Super 8, Star Trek (2009), oh yea he’s also directing Star Wars: Episode VII. I’m excited for Star Trek: spaceships, laser and people jumping off stuff (watch the trailer). Star Trek is pure Abrams, fun and with an over use of lens flares, all tied up in an entertaining package. Also, anything that star a man with a name like, Benedict Cumberbatch is sure to be brilliant.

The Great Gatsby

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann | Release Date: 10 May, 2013
If you haven’t read The Great Gatsby you really should. If for some reason you never read it in school, do some summer reading for once. If you’ve read the novel you know that Baz Luhrmann directing this movie was a no-brainer, because who else would you hire to make a movie about the extravagant, luxurious and over the top lifestyle of the rich in the roaring 20s. Although I did not see Jay-Z doing the score. Who does Luberman think he is Tarantino. Also ladies, Leo Dicaprio plays Gatsby, so you have your man candy to look at, surrounded by the eye candy on screen.

Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by: Joss Whedon | Release Date: 07 June, 2013
What would Joss Whedon follow up the Avengers with? How about a modern day version of a Shakespearean Play that he shot in his house with his famous friends. Oh and it’s in black and white. I’m a huge Whedon fan, I’ve seen everything he’s made so yes I’ll be seeing this too. I also am a fan of the bard (could I be anymore cultured), so I’m excited to see how Whedon, a master of witty dialogue retells a story by one of the original masters of witty dialogue.

Iron Man 3

Directed by: Shane Black | Release Date: 03 May, 2013
Iron Man is one of the better Marvel characters. To be honest my excitement for Iron Man 3 went down after Iron Man 2, that movie was a disappointment. But Iron Man 3 brings in fresh blood with Shane Black writing and directing. Shane Black seems to be approaching the story with a lot more darkness to the movie. Not that many witty quips in the trailer but I’m sure Downey Jr will add his own improv to moments in the film. Marvel is on a roll with their movies and Iron Man 3 is about to kick off phase two of the Avengers Initiative.

Before Midnight

Directed by: Richard Linklater | Release Date: 24 May, 2013
Before Midnight is the third movie in a series that has been chronicling the lives of one couple for twenty years. The first movie was Before Sunrise (them meeting each other for the first time), the second was Before Sunset (revisited them nine years later in France). This third movie brings us up to date with these loves as they travel through France. Both movies have been this sweet and gentle romantic comedy, so the third one should be no different. I don’t like sequels that recycle the same story every time, but these movies haven’t so far, you’re watching this couple evolve and grow in amazing and touching ways.

The Bling Ring

Directed by: Sofia Coppola | Release Date: 14 June, 2013
Emma Watson…..nuff said.

Ok, if you need more convincing it’s a movie by Sofia Coppola. A much better director and writer than an actor; I’m obviously talking about her performance in the Godfather part III. The Bling Ring is based on a true story about a group of fame and money obsessed friends who steal from celebrities. Obviously with Sofia Coppola directing you’re going to get a movie that is an examination of society’s obsession with celebrity culture.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Directed by: Adam McKay | Release Date: 20 December, 2013
There’s only a teaser trailer for this movie, and they’ve yet to announce what the plot is but come one it’s Ron “Fucking” Burgundy. One of the best characters Will Ferrel has ever played. It’s definitely coming out this year and I can’t wait to see the Channel 4 News Team back together.

Monster’s University

Directed by: Don Scanlon | Release Date: 21 June, 2013
It’s a Pixar film so obviously it’s going to be good. Just how depends on whether Pixar can make it as good as the Toy Story sequels or will it be like Cars 2. Monster’s Inc is one of Pixar’s best and a sequel didn’t seem necessary for it. Although that won’t be stopping me from watching it and most probably all of you.

The Wolverine

Directed by: James Mangold | Release Date: 26 July, 2013
The only reason I have any excitement for this movie is because James Mangold is directing it and Wolverine, actually, had blood on his claws! If you don’t know who James Mangold is, he directed the remake of 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line. He knows how to make good movies. Plus, the story even seems much better this time around.

Only God Can Forgive

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn | Release Date: 19 July, 2013
Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn reunite in this stylized martial arts flick. I enjoyed Drive; it is probably my favourite action flick of 2011. I’m excited to see these guys team up again and deliver another brutal, and bloody film.

The World’s End

Directed by: Edgar Wright | Release Date: 23 August, 2013

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Whenever Simon Pegg and Nick Frost come together to make a movie. You just have to watch it. Also Edgar Wright is directing it. I don’t even care what the movie is about (it has something to do with the end of the world), but I’m excited for it. These Brits always bring the funny; that you can count on.

Now You See Me

Directed by: Louis Leterrier | Release Date: 31 May, 2013
The cast of this movie caught my attention because the director sure as hell didn’t. Louis Leterrier is the director of Clash of the Titans, Transporter 1 & 2, and The Incredible Hulk, you get the point. The cast on the other hand looks incredible. Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson team up again and they look awesome. Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent play detectives tracking them down and then you have Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. By the way, Morgan Freeman narrating the trailer was a nice touch.

The Iceman

Directed by: Ariel Vromen | Release Date: 3 May, 2013
The trailer for this movie peaked my interest. I already knew Michael Shannon is a phenomenal actor but damn this movie looks intense. It is one of those based on a true story movies but it also could be one the best dramas on 2013. You can’t ignore the handle bar mustache he’s rocking in the movie and I can’t ignore this movie period.

This Is the End

Directed by: Evan Goldberg | Release Date: 12 June, 2013
The Seth Rogen comedic family is coming together to make a movie, which means it’ll probably be the biggest comedy of the summer. Even though Anchorman 2 is only comedy I’m looking forward to this year, I’ll also be seeing this one. Rihanna falling down a pit, Michael Cera getting a light pole driven threw him and Emma Watson wielding an axe and that was just the trailer. I’m sure more craziness will be in the movie. Also, really another end of the world comedy!?!

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by: Martin Scorsese | Release Date: TBA

Martin Scorsese is the director.

You really don’t need more than that. Ok you want more, Leonardo DiCaprio is acting in another Scorsese film. Terrence Winter is the writer. Who is he? He is the showrunner for Boardwalk Empire and previously wrote for the Sopranos. There isn’t a release date yet but I’m sure that it’ll be coming out close to awards season. Scorsese is one of the greatest director to walk the face of the Earth. Everyone should be excited for this movie. You already know that it’s going to get Oscar love.

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