Wednesday, January 2, 2013

What to Watch: 2013 Movies

            2012 was a good year for movies.  Les Miserables, The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Brave, Chronicle, Pitch Perfect...and several others made for a year of storytelling.   As for 2013, there is a new set of films contending for your attention.  Though this isn't a comprehensive list, here are 15 movies I am already ready for.

Warm Bodies

1.  Warm Bodies
          Based on a young adult novel, the zombie rom-com follows a zombie boy who falls in love with a living breathing girl.  Don't be fooled, the film's trailer suggests the humor of Zombieland.  Look for Warm Bodies February 1,2013.

Zero Dark Thirty

2.  Zero Dark Thirty
          Technically, this controversial film from the director of The Hurt Locker debuted in 2012.  However, the movie opens in wide release January 11, 2013.

Jack the Giant Slayer

3.  Jack the Giant Slayer
          I am not sure about this re-imagining of the classic tale, but I am interested enough to include it in my list.  The film starring Nicholas Hoult, who also stars in Warm Bodies, will be released March 1, 2013.

Oz The Great and Powerful

4.  Oz: The Great and Powerful
          The story of Oz has been revisited many times.  In this Disney film starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz, there is a potential for a unique adventure or a tired tale.  Either way, I am curious.  Look for Oz March 8, 2013.

The Host

5.  The Host
          Maybe it's because the actual premise of the story-that the world is overrun with aliens who take over the bodies of humans is interesting, but I am actually intrigued by the movie.  I tried to read the book by Stephanie Meyers, but found it a little tedious.  The trailer for the film, starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, and Max Irons, used one of my current favorite songs to rope me in.  Perhaps The Host will be a rare film that improves upon the book's premise.  Watch the sci-fi story unfold March 29, 2013.

The Great Gatsby

6.  The Great Gatsby
          Originally intended for a 2012 release, The Great Gatsby, in all it's slick glory will open May 10, 2013.  The film unites friends Leonardo DiCaprio with Toby McGuire, along with Carey Mulligan.

Star Trek Into Darkness

7.  Star Trek Into Darkness
          I am perhaps most excited about the next chapter in J.J. Abram's intepretation of Star Trek.  With Benedict Cumberbatch on board as a mysterious and destructive villain, Star Trek Into Darkness releases May 17, 2013.

Man of Steel

8.  Man of Steel
          For the first time in a long time, a Superman film may be relevant in this darker, more poetic interpretation starring Brit Henry Cavill.   Man of Steel, full of the potential of  Dark Knight films, comes to screens June 14, 2013.

Pacific Rim

9.  Pacific Rim
          I am interested in Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro.  The premise of robots being used to battle aliens isn't all that original, but knowing the director's creativity, we can expect great things from Pacific Rim, which opens July 12, 2013.

City of Bones

10.  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
          Like so many YA book to film adaptions before it, this sci-fi urban fantasy about the discovery of a supernatural underbelly in NYC could succeed tremendously or fail horrifically.  The first three books in the series are worthy of a film series.  Look for the first film August 23, 2013.

Ender's Game

11.  Ender's Game
          Based on a beloved sci-fi book, Ender's Game, starring Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield debuts November 1, 2013.  The concept of a battle school for young warriors to train for war with aliens is rather classic.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

12.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
          The first film was such a classic, that if the second Cloudy is 75% as good I'll still enjoy it.  Catch it September 27, 2013.

Thor: The Dark World

13.  Thor: The Dark World
          There may be a dark theme in Hollywood, but I don't mind.  I am very excited for the return of everyone's favorite hammer wielding Norse hero.  Let's not forget the superb Loki as well, who makes audiences sympathize with a villain.  Watch Thor is all his glory November 8, 2013.

Catching Fire

14. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
          I'll admit, I much preferred the book to the first film, though that doesn't diminish the power of the story.  I'm still ready to catch fire with the sequel, which comes out November 22, 2013.

15.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
          Having seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey two weeks ago and fully digested it, I can say I am really excited for the second film, which will feautre the battle with the great dragon Smaug, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Look for The Desolation of Smaug December 13, 2013.

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