Yup, let’s not waste any time. We’re already way into day 3 of 2013!
So without further ado, its time to look ahead and look at the upcoming slate of films.
These 13 films are some that I’m really looking forward to catch (in no particular order):
1. Django Unchained
Yes, it was released in 2012 in the US, but it will only hit Singapore theatres sometime in March or May, I think? I really enjoyed Inglourious Basterds, and since this one has Christoph Waltz as well, I say bring it!
2. Man of Steel
I never liked Superman as a superhero. Maybe its because his near invincibility just sort of made things boring, and that stakes weren’t as palpably high as with other more vulnerable heroes. In all the portrayals of Lex Luthor, I never got the impression of his genius too. So, bland superhero plus blah (& bald) villain equals ‘meh’.
So what made me wanna watch Man of Steel? The tag-team writing credits of Christopher Nolan and David S Goyer. Yes, the duo who together came up with the story for The Dark Knight trilogy.
I don’t think there’s any more justification required.
3. Iron Man 3
A new director in Shane Black may push some new ideas for the next Iron Man adventure. Plus, we get to see how events in The Avengers may or may not affect events or character development in this film!
So, does the suit make the man or does the man make the suit?
4. Now You See Me
There’s not been a decent film about magic since Chris Nolan’s The Prestige. Although I highly doubt this will surpass The Prestige, the premise is interesting. A group of magicians perform the ultimate heist by robbing a bank on another continent whilst performing on stage.
Now that’s a better trick than The Joker’s!
5. This is the End
The year 2012 had been highly anticipated by some as the year we’ll all end in an epic apocalypse. Well, that didn’t happen. But in This is the End, we can see how a bunch of actors (playing no doubt a highly fictionalised version of themselves) react to the end of the world.
Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, this looks to be a funny one filled with celeb cameos.
6. Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass totally kicked ass! It totally blew past all my expectations, and I don’t know what they can do to better that. So, in Hit Girl’s own words, “Okay you cunts… let’s see what you can do now!”
7. World War Z
Despite budget blowouts, delayed production, reshoots, a third act re-write by Damon Lindelof and an ultimately unsatisfying trailer, its still a film about zombies.
8. Pacific Rim
Giant robots vs giant monsters? Here, take my money!
Remember that awesome movie District 9? This is from the same director!
10. The World’s End
The last of the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”, after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, who can resist Simon Pegg’s loser charm?
11. Thor: The Dark World
Like Iron Man 3, it’ll be interesting to see what Thor gets up to, post Avengers.
12. Star Trek Into Darkness
JJ Abrams has to be credited for single-handedly revitalising the Trek franchise, and for winning over new fans (like myself).
13. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, was mostly unnecessary, but beautiful. The 2nd part, as its name suggests, should make for a much more exciting journey.
So there, my 13 films to watch this year. Any of these intrigue you? If you have any other films, do share in the comments.