2013 Film List
  • Thought it was time for a new thread rather than shifting and cluttering the old one again. This year I've split my selections in 3. A month by month "must have." A secondary possibilities list. And a final trashy list that friends will likely try to convince me to spend my money on. If I'm missing some possibilties let me know and I'll add them, and as always I'll come back to this mid-year and add any others! Hope you find some things you hadn't heard about :)

    I've treated Jan as if it wasn't almost the end of the month but rather the start.

    JAN
    Gangster Squad
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1321870/
    Was on last year's list, but bumped into 2013 - mostly due to reshoots after the Theatre shooting incident last year. Ironically when I saw TDKR I saw all 3 Nolan films back to back and the old trailer with the cinema scene played before each film.

    Zero Dark Thirty
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790885/
    Getting good Oscar buzz and early review comments. Hopefully for Bigalow it's more successful financially than Hurt Locker was. :p

    The Last Stand
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1549920/
    It's Arnie. No matter what he's done, I'm sure this will still be stupidly entertaining.

    Hansel And Gretle Witch Hunters
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1428538/
    Another holdover from last year. I expect it'll be as dumb as it looks, but again like Arnie above hopefully entertaining.

    FEB
    Warm Bodies
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1588173/
    The trailer didn't grab me, but the 4 min clip did. I've never read the book, and it continues the almost constant glut of zombie movies (and zombie comedies especially) but I'm looking forward to it now.

    Stand Up Guys
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389096/
    Pacino, Walken, Arkin as old con men on a last gig. Sign me up.

    A Good Day To Die Hard
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1606378/
    I'm sure this will launch here as just Die Hard 5 or something ("Live Free" was Die Hard 4.0 here) but this just looks like it'll be as stupid as the last... and I actually enjoyed it. But I'm sure it's another PG affair, but rumors say Patrick Stewart is the main bad guy and for that I'm totally in.

    MARCH
    Oz The Great And Powerful
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623205/
    This could either be really good or suck a whole lot. I don't like the idea, or so much the casting, but the trailer looked good.

    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790628/
    Trailer made me laugh, cast looks great, hope the funniest parts aren't just the ones in the trailer.

    Trance
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1924429/
    Danny Boyle's latest looks like a great heist/mystery flick.

    APRIL
    Oblivion
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013/
    Not a big Tom Cruise fan, but the trailer has me interested in whats actually going on.

    MAY
    Iron Man 3
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1300854/
    Making it my habit to see each new Marvel film at release now. I don't like them as much as others but still worth seeing.

    Star Trek Into Darkness
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1408101/
    I see the trailer... I get that its very obvious that they're linking this idea of it's a new universe because of the changes of events in the timeline and yet because it's still in the same path, this film is going to have a lot in common with Wrath Of Khan.... I can totally see it now.

    JUNE
    Now You See Me
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1670345/
    Saw the trailer for this at random. Looks awesome. Can't wait to see it.

    Man Of Steel
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770828/
    I'm very interested to see how this will play out.

    Kick Ass 2
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650554/
    Enjoyed the first as an expected successful surprise. Will see how this pans out.

    JULY
    Despicable Me 2
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1690953/
    I loved the first one even though I didn't expect anything of it. Hoping the second will be good.

    AUGUST
    Elysium
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535108/
    They're really keeping this underwraps (and thats even though I know a couple of people working on it at Weta and they can't/won't say a word on it). But I'm very interested in seeing the outcome.

    SEPTEMBER

    OCTOBER
    Escape Plan (formerly The Tomb)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1211956/
    Same reason The Last Stand made the list really. Sounds dumb, but likely my kinda of dumb.

    The World's End
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213663/
    Wright. Pegg. Frost. Plus numerous others. Final of the cornetto trilogy.... I'm so there before they'd even created it.

    NOVEMBER
    Thor: The Dark World
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981115/
    Just as Iron Man 3, just will be there for each one until I decide not to bother anymore :p

    DECEMBER
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1170358/
    I really just got around to the first... but I'm sure I'll see the second.

    Anchorman 2
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229340/
    No idea if this really will make the December date, but I'll go see it.

    47 Ronin
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1335975/
    Massive push back to December, and that's if it doesn't get pushed back again.

    Pushed to 2014!
    Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458481/
    Taken so long that they actually have to recast a few actors in it.... but looking forward to it very much.

    Secondary List

    Sound City
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2306745
    Grohl's doco on the famous music recording location, probably will spin this on DVD/BD in the end.

    John Dies At The End
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1783732/
    Even though it's brought to us by the guy who directed Bubba Ho-Tep, I just can't get on the hype train for this. I'm sure though I'll see it eventually.

    Olympus Has Fallen
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2302755/
    The first of the two "White House" terror attack films of the year, I'm interested to see what a weird combo of Gerrad Butler and director Antoine Fuqua make, but then again not quite enough.

    Jurassic Park 3D
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107290/
    I can't believe it's almost been 20 years. I went and watched this in 2D last year and was happy how well it held up. I don't think it needs 3D but I'm curious enough to see what it will be like. And if they will try and update the CG at all. I hope not.

    Evil Dead
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1288558/
    Remake. Kinda on the fence about this one. Looks good but then again I guess it's going to be mostly a refresh of the first two with Campbell anyway.

    The Fast And The Furious 6
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1905041/
    I actually liked Fast 5 but not enough to make this a must see. But I am curious to know more.

    This Is The End
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245492/
    I kinda have hope this will be funny. But I kinda expect it won't be.

    Monsters University
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1453405/
    Everyone else loves Monsters Inc. I kinda didn't really as much, it was okay but not my fav Pixar film. A prequel doesn't really get me much interest either. I used to see almost every Pixar film on release until Cars 2, now I haven't even seen Brave (and aside from MU Pixar is supposed to have Cars-releated Planes out at some point in 2013 supposedly).

    The Lone Ranger
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/
    I'm not sure which way this will go. I'm hoping like the original Pirates film, but I've been burned before by many of the same people (rest of the Pirates film, Prince Of Persia, etc. etc.).

    Pacific Rim
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/
    I'm still on the fence on this until I see more as well.

    R.I.P.D.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790736/
    The idea of this plus the cast sound great, but then it could just be a big mess.

    The Wolverine
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430132/
    Origins sucked. This is supposed to be unreleated. But then again could just go off the rails as well regardless.

    RED 2
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821694/
    The first RED was surprisingly decent if forgettable. I worry however the expectations of keeping that idea going for another film might drag it down. Plus I'm getting over Willis being in so many films where he's just the same (and I know the irony of this after having DH5 above).

    We're The Millers
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1723121/
    This looks like it will not be great but then again the occassional gem of a rehashed comedy idea comes through.

    Planes
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1691917/
    Cars spin off that was supposed to be direct to video and has had some casting issues. Don't hold much hope.

    jOBS
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357129/
    Kutcher as Steve Jobs... based on a true story biopic usually means loosely, I expect many liberties taken... not yet convinced on the casting either.

    Riddick
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1411250/
    Ya know, I need to actually rewatch Pitch Black and then see the other The Chronicles of Riddick film which I never saw before seeing this. Helps that Vin looks more or less the same as he did 15 years ago.

    I, Frankenstein
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1418377/
    Could be interesting based on the outline and cast, then I realised a lot of the people involved are involved in the Underworld franchise.... so erm, yeah... will wait and see.

    Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (Revenge Of The Leftovers)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1985966/
    I really liked the first one, but it was kinda just it's thing... even though it's book background did have sequels - I kinda would have been happy if they left it alone... will see.

    Gravity
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454468/
    Gets back on the list again.... shorts shown so far haven't convinced me either way yet. Looks stunning visually no doubt... is the substance there though.

    Machete Kills
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2002718/
    Machete was silly and enjoyable but never lived up to the concept that the fake trailer made you think it would be (although the whole Grindhouse film experience could have been said to be the same, the fake trailers were more enjoyable). But the stunt casting and total non-seriousness of the the whole thing might be worth a second try.

    Carrie
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1939659/
    Another remake. Same issues with Evil Dead really.

    Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3063516/
    I really wouldn't have paid attention to this but the trailer screened before something I saw a week or two back and the whole shocking the public shtick actually worked well beyond the more boring skits they usually do with the old person makeup. The young boy dressed as a beauty pagent girl turned stripper dancer was heeeeelarious. I'm happy to admit that.

    Ender's Game
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/
    I really don't know what to think about this. Kinda like Pacific Rim was...

    Oldboy
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1321511/
    Spike Lee's take on the Oldboy tale, although again not exactly a cinematic remake as it's supposedly taking note from the original source material. Trailer has me interested, but it could be a trainwreck.

    Saving Mr. Banks
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140373/
    Tom Hanks as Walt Disney... color me interested...

    American Hustle
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800241/
    Con flick with megacast of C Bale, B Cooper, A Adams, R De Niro, J Lawrence, J Renner and Louis C.K. directed by David O. Russell... I'm curious.

    The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0359950/
    Visually stunning looking loosely fit remake (pulp writer replaced with what I assume is magazine copy editor) and might be Stiller's most interesting film for years. But I still have doubts as always.

    Dragged Along List

    A Haunted House
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2243537
    The Wayans haven't made a funny movie in years, this doesn't look any better. But I expect someone will drag me to it anyway.

    Parker
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1904996/
    The Stath gets his one word title action movie out early in Jan, I don't expect much (in fact I skipped both of last years efforts and haven't caught up).

    Movie 43
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1333125/
    Ensom directing/acting cast of "talented" (quoted because they seem to be of various quality) comedians in various shorts... like the comedy version of those New Years/Valentines day movies I guess. I don't really think the trailer is that funny. Not a good sign.

    Identity Thief
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2024432/
    Bateman just keeps giving me bad films in recent years, I'm happy when I find a good one but this ain't looking like it.

    Jack The Giant Slayer
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1351685/
    Formerly the Giant Killer, the delay on this hasn't made me anymore enthused for the project. Singer is better than this, hopefully his next X-Men film is too.

    G.I. Joe Retaliation
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1583421/
    Wasn't on the highly valued list last year, can't see it changing. Trailers look like the ones for the first, more spectacle than actual value.

    Scary Movie 5
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795461/
    Yeaaaahhhh..... no. At least the Wayans get their one out first.

    Hangover Part III
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951261/
    I dunno if I can handle another one. The last one wasn't that good.

    After Earth
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1815862/
    Will Smith. Jaden Smith. M. Night Shyamalan. Future post-apoc world that is and isn't Earth. Waht A Twist we expect. No thank you.

    World War Z
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816711/
    Dropping to this list this year, the trailer just looked stupid to me. Like an even worse version of I Am Legend with Zombies enmasse.

    White House Down
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334879/
    Roland Emmerich. And a(nother) White House hostage film where Channing Tatum is our hero and it's not a comedy. Erhm. Yeah. Good luck with that.

    300 Rise Of An Empire
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1253863/
    Did 300 actually need a prequel? Zach Snyder (producing the sequel to his film) says yes, I say no.
  • JayneJayne
    Moderator
    Love your little commentaries.

    Our daughter loves Monsters, Inc , and rare among her favorites, I find that I can and actually do enjoy watching it over and over and over... Plus the plush toys Disney has in stores now are so unbelievably snuggly. We're kinda all about Monsters University because I'm ready for some new material with these guys. The promo website is a fabulous time sink, too.

    You're not missing much with Brave, though. It feels rushed and some elements, like the three brothers, appear to have been created for the toddler draw, and they're (mercifully) hardly used, though victims of the same curse, which was weird. And really, there are some moments of Brave that are way too dark and scary for very small children. It's a weird mash-up with lots of potential but weak follow-through.

    Anyway, I'm totally into Elysium and Star Trek. We've been following the buzz on the latter for a while now and it appears to be less Khan-ish than it first seemed, and it's a little spoilerish that it is premiering in *April*.

    I'm not down with the remakes or unnecessary prequels, and after finding the watching of The Hobbit to be rather unpleasant, I'm not signing up for the next one. And while I read World War Z and found the multiple-perspective thing interesting, it was just too grim. From what I read, the film doesn't so much follow the book (though I'm sure the pet shop sequence will be included just because Hollywood seems to latch onto the things I find most disturbing).

    I'm also not into any of the jingoistic stuff. No White House terrorism stuff, and Zero Dark Thirty is supposed to be good, but I know how it ends and I'd rather watch Pixar Monsters.

    Since getting out to the movies is at a premium, anyway, three films are a reasonable goal for me.
  • Basically right after I wrote the above in a few blocks during earlier part of Jan, things already changed... like Die Hard 5 getting a mature rating (yay?) and others getting bumped around in release dates.

    @Jayne - Even if I was a massive Monster's Inc. fan, is a prequel more suitable space than a sequel? I dunno, I've never been a big fan of the whole prequel thing because they are something people hardly ever get right. And you yourself admit in general you're not down with the unnescessary prequels... And while Pixar generally has an okay track record, their sequelization of films outside of Toy Story hasn't gone that well in general, well box office not so bad but the general critical response hasn't. I dunno, you're going regardless... let me know in the film thread how it goes when you see it :)

    Much like Brave, I will eventually see the film no doubt... I just don't know if I can make it a priority event. :)

    I'm starting to see more and more places here pushing to get people in on slow days, so Mon-Wed there is usually places with $8-10NZD tickets including 3D films in the middle of their release. I think I might start taking those screenings up more often so I can see more each month. Saves me from having to worry about the premium pricing as much except for the big ticket events I do want to see on opening week.
  • RombieRombie
    Member
    2013 List Update, including the must see and secondary lists only:

    SEEN
    Hansel And Gretel Witch Hunters
    Warm Bodies
    Stand Up Guys
    A Good Day To Die Hard
    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    Trance
    Iron Man 3
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    Now You See Me
    Man Of Steel
    Kick Ass 2
    Despicable Me 2
    Elysium
    The World's End
    Thor: The Dark World
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Anchorman 2
    Olympus Has Fallen
    Jurassic Park 3D
    Evil Dead (2013)
    The Fast And The Furious 6
    This Is The End
    Monsters University
    Pacific Rim
    The Wolverine
    Gravity
    Machete Kills
    Oldboy

    TOTAL = 28

    UNSEEN
    Gangster Squad
    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Last Stand
    Oz The Great And Powerful
    Oblivion
    Escape Plan (formerly The Tomb)
    47 Ronin
    Sound City
    John Dies At The End
    The Lone Ranger
    R.I.P.D.
    RED 2
    We're The Millers
    Planes
    jOBS
    Riddick
    Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (Revenge Of The Leftovers)
    Carrie
    Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
    Ender's Game
    Saving Mr. Banks
    American Hustle
    The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

    TOTAL = 23

    Pushed 2014 List
    Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For
    I, Frankenstein
    300 Rise Of An Empire

    Dragged Along List Totals

    SEEN
    Identity Thief
    Hangover Part III

    UNSEEN
    A Haunted House
    Parker
    Movie 43
    Jack The Giant Slayer
    G.I. Joe Retaliation
    Scary Movie 5
    After Earth
    World War Z
    White House Down

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