Thursday, December 20, 2012

Top 10 Anticipated 2013 Movies

I have come back. At the turn of the tide. My top 10 movies for this year (2012)will be on it's way, but why don't we first sit down and enjoy a list of what's to come in the next year. I can safely say that while this year was a great year for movies; next year can be even better. Will it be better? Well, let's find out:

10.) The Wolverine

Taking a huge risk as I leave this last on my top ten list. Why? Well for one thing, the last Wolverine movie was completely underwhelming. A huge disappointment and it was even on my top ten anticipated list for that year. What can make this exciting is that Wolverine this time around heads to Japan and from what I heard about the comics, a lot of great stuff happens there. Including an appearance by the Silver Samurai. It would have been nice to see Darren Arronofsky's version, but infamously stepped off the project. Will we see a better movie from "Walk the Line's'” director: James Mangold? Only time will tell...

9.) Thor: The Dark World

Here's another movie we can also only speculate about. While I did like the first Thor movie, I honestly know very little about (Marvel's)Thor mythology. I know he does (and did) fight along the Avengers and occasionally fights along or does battle with the Hulk. But I never really knew about the villains he faced. While the first movie was an introduction for the god of thunder, this will continue his story in a way that may be more for the Marvel fans. In this outing Thor will face Malekith (Christoper Ecclesston Doctor Who fame). He is ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim and will most likely cause some more mischief with Loki. The biggest thing about this movie I have to say that its helmed by one of the Game of Thrones directors. Will we see some buildup to The Avengers 2? More than likely.

8.) Oblivion

I've followed this movie quite a bit since it was announced. There has been quite a bit of concept art for this movie, like the one pictured above. I didn't know how soon this movie was to come out and in actuality, sooner than expected as a recent trailer was shown online. And it looks just as amazing as the concept art. We should expect no less from the director of Tron: Legacy. 

7.) Monsters University

No list is complete without a Pixar movie. Although, I have to say it’s a bit underwhelming this year. It’s the first Pixar prequel to a much loved Pixar movie. Yes, the Toy Story sequels were excellent and have a better story for sequels. Monsters Inc. on the other hand, perhaps. But a prequel? This time we are taken back in time to Mike Wazowski’s and Sulley’s College years. Sounds like it can be funny enough. Let’s just hope its nowhere similar to a Cars sequel.

6.) Elysium

The forthcoming movie from much acclaimed director of District 9. I enjoyed District 9 and I am very interested to see with what Neill Blomkamp can do with the Sci-fi genre. This is his first movie not based on any of shorts this time around. Starting from a fresh new script and with high list actors. All we’ve got to go on with this movie is the above picture of Matt Damon and whatever Comic-con had left us with.

Honorable Mentions:

  • A Good Day to Die Hard (February 14) – Maybe too action packed, but John McClaine returns. Yippie Ki-Ya—yeah I won’t do it.
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8) – Seems ok, but why Alice in Wonderland visuals?
  • G.I. Joe Retaliation (March 29) – Wait, why is this here? Oh right the 3D conversion. Took a whole year for that…
  • Evil Dead (April 12) – Always love Raimi’s movies, as for this one, well, its gorier and its Bruce Campbell approved, so maybe.
  • After Earth (June 7) – Yes, it was advertised next to Oblivion which isn’t a good start. Seems interesting enough. Least they didn’t show M. Night Shyamalan was directing.
  • Kick-Ass 2 (June 28)
  • Despicable Me 2 (July 3)
  • The Lone Ranger (July 3)
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (October 4)
  • The World's End (October 25) – There’s a trend of apocalypse movies coming, but this seems like to be a better one since its directed by Edgar Wright.
  • Ender's Game (November 1) – Based on the best selling Sci-fi book with Harrison Ford starring in the film. That’s literally all I know.
  • Frozen (November 27) – A long in development Disney film finally see’s the light of day. Based on an adaptation of The Snow Queen.

5.) Iron Man 3

If I remember correctly, in my mind anyway, I called the next movie’s villain. The Mandarin is the only one I really know of that really crossed paths with Iron Man (besides M.O.D.O.K) and probably one of the most recognizable. I did feel that they couldn’t connect the 3rd movie with the first film by making a person linked to the Terrorist group, Ten Rings, and making the leader Mandarin. Or perhaps the movie will take that direction and I’m speaking about it too soon. Let’s just hope for another great outing. Have another look at the trailer perhaps.

4.) Man of Steel

Its finally here. A modern telling of one of the greatest superheroes to ever grace the comic book world. While I still prefer Batman; Superman is probably the most iconic and most recognizable of all comic book idols. He stands for truth, justice and the American way. In this modern telling though, he seems to be going the realistic route which is also similar to the new comic book carnation which started a little more than a year ago. Judging by the trailer, we certainly will get one action packed ride with Zack Snyder in the directors chair.

3.) Star Trek Into Darkness

The first movie set a new tone for the Star Trek Universe. A different timeline with new possibilities. What will our Starship crew see in this timeline? Well Sherlock for one thing as a new space baddie looking to see the end of the crew for some reason. Motives are unknown as well as Paramount giving him a new name: John Harrison. While not as theatrical as the last movie’s; Nero, Harrison’s role is much bigger. And what of Peter Weller? Robocop is also attached to this movie. I believe once we know his role, we may have the identity of the villain or possibly a bigger mystery. Either way, looks incredible.

2.) Pacific Rim

Guillermo del Toro. Giant Monsters. Giant Robots. Idris Elba. And Portal's GLaDOS. What more can you ask for in a movie?

1.) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Without a doubt, besides The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit by a smidgen takes the cake for being my favorite movie of the year. Why the critics seem to dislike the movie, I haven’t without a clue. I’ve heard nothing but critical praise from friends, family, and everyone around the web for the movie. The music, the visuals, everything was very memorable of this movie. In part 2 of Watso Bilbo’s story, we see him finally meet face to face with Sher I mean Smaug the dragon.

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