Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The 35 Most Anticipated Films of 2013 pt. 1

1. The Great Gatsby (5/23)
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire
One-Sentence Reason:  It was on the list last year, and Baz Luhrmann 
knows how to make a big, glittering, old Hollywood spectacle. 

2. The Place Beyond the Pines (3/29)
Directed By: Derek Cianfrance
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta
One-Sentence Reason:  An atmospheric looking crime saga with Gosling in 
badass mode and a Suicide song in the trailer ("Che"): hell yes. 

3. Stoker (3/1)
Directed By: Chan-Wook Park
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
One-Sentence Reason: Chan Wook-Park hasn't let us down yet,
 and his English language debut looks nothing but ferocious.
4. To the Wonder (4/12)
Directed By:Terrence Malick
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko
One-Sentence Reason:  Because I'm still talking about Tree of Life like it came out yesterday.

5. Nymphomaniac (TBA)
Directed By: Lars Von Trier

Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf 

One-Sentence Reason:  Admit it, even if you hate Von Trier, you want to know how he's going to pull this sex-addled story off.

6. Ginger & Rosa (3/15)
Directed By: Sally Potter

Starring: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Annette Bening, Christina Hendricks

One-Sentence Reason:  Sally Potter's style, 1960's London milieu. 

7. This is the End (6/14)
Directed By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd,
 Emma Watson, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, etc

One-Sentence Reason: A meta-fiction starring a bromantic all-star line-up and 
brought to you by the very two men who lived Superbad.

8. Only God Forgives (TBA)
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas

One-Sentence Reason:  Gosling reunites with his Drive director,
 moves to Bangkok, kickboxes. 

9. The Bling Ring (TBA)
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

Starring:  Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga

One-Sentence Reason: Perhaps the most face-value story-driven film 
Coppola has worked on since The Virgin Suicides, it will be interesting
 to see how she handles hacker teenagers.  

10. Star Trek: Into Darkness (5/23)
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

One-Sentence Reason:  We all just want to live long and prosper.

11. The Zero Theorem (TBA)
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

Starring: Matt Damon, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis

One-Sentence Reason:  A Gilliam film is always a gamble, but his imagination
 is one worth taking a chance on.

12. Inside Llewyn Davis (2/13?)
Directed By: The Coen Brothers

Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

One-Sentence Reason:  The Coens take on the 1960's folk music scene, 
continue their relationship with the family Flynn and cast the dude from Tron: Legacy. 

13. Gravity (10/18)
Directed By: Alfonso Cuaron

Starring: George Cooney, Sandra Bullock

One-Sentence Reason:  At this point? Because the anticipation 
has been building for about two years.

14. Monsters University (6/21)
Directed By: Dan Scanlon

Starring: (voices of) Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

One-Sentence Reason:  I love a movie that uses college as a setting, 
I love a Pixar film, I love monsters. Done.

15. Her (TBA)
Directed By: Spike Jonze
Starring: Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Joaquin Phoenix, Samantha Morton
One-Sentence Reason: There aren't nearly enough feature length films 
from this idiosyncratic director.


  1. Planning my anticipation post for next week, mostly has the same movies though... :D

  2. sounds like we have a great year ahead. I didn't know about This is the End, gotta keep an eye on that one!


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