After a great year of film with films like The Master, Argo, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Sightseers, Moonrise Kingdom, The Raid, Life Of Pi, Looper, The Descendants, The Avengers and more, it’s time to look ahead to what the future holds. The bar has been set high, but 2013 has plenty in store for us for another positive year.
There’s a ton of sequels and blockbusters coming out next year (Star Trek Into Darkness, Man Of Steel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Thor Dark World, Iron Man 3, Anchorman 2, Kick Ass 2, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Wolverine, The Hangover 3, etc) which look very exciting, but you will all be aware of them already so I’ll focus on the ones you may not have heard of yet.
Here are our top 10 films to look out for in 2013, trailers included where available.
10. This Is The End
No comedy film in 2013 has a better cast than this. British comedy fans will be outraged here and rooting for the new Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg film, The World’s End, but for me the American version wins hands down. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, Aziz Ansari and more, all playing themselves in one film about how celebrities deal with the end of the world. I can’t think of any better recipe for hilarity, and this looks set to be 2013’s Ted.
Whilst I am not generally a huge Spike Lee fan, this remake of the classic Korean film is not one to be ignored. The film has gone through numerous hands over the past few years, with people like Spielberg and Will Smith attached at various times, finally settling on Spike Lee at the helm and Josh Brolin in the lead role. It’s a bold move, recreating one of the most iconic thriller’s and martial arts films of all time, and it is bound to be incredibly polarising. Whether Lee delivers or not, this will be one to keep an eye on.
The second feature film from South African director Neil Blomkamp, best known for his hugely successful debut District 9, is looking to be the most promising of a string of sci-fi films in the next 12 months. With Matt Damon in the lead role, Elysium is set in the year 2159 where Earth’s elite live above the planet on Elysium, a man made space station. The rest of the world is left slumming it back on an overpopulated and ruined Earth, and Matt Damon is put in a position where he will either die or bring equality to the two worlds.
7. The Great Gatsby
Whilst this may be counted as a blockbuster, I find it difficult not to get excited by anything with DiCaprio in it these days. With a great supporting cast of Tobey Maguire, Cary Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and more, this will be director Baz Luhrmann’s first film since Australia over 5 years ago. This will be the 5th time the iconic novel has been put on the big screen, and it is the most ambitious attempt to date. Strangely, Luhrmann seems to have decided to place it in 3D, but from the director most famous for the visually stunning Moulin Rouge I will hold my scepticism off until I’ve seen it.
Whilst most eyes will be focused on The Hobbit and Pacific Rim next year, the most exciting Guillermo Del Toro project for me is the upcoming Spanish horror film Mama. Jessica Chastain (The Tree Of Life, Lawless, The Help) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (best known for playing Jaime in Game Of Thrones) take the two lead roles with upcoming Spanish director Andres Muschietti at the helm and Guillermo Del Toro supporting as an executive producer. Coster-Waldau stars as Lukas, who is tasked with raising his two nieces after they are lost in the woods for 5 years. However, when they are discovered there seems to be something supernatural following them…
The second horror film on the list comes from Park Chan-Wook, the Korean director best known for creating Oldboy and Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. His English speaking debut stars Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode. When Wasikowska’s father dies her uncle moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother, and although she finds him suspicious she finds herself drawn to him. Little more is known about the plot just yet, but it has one of the best trailers I’ve seen in years, complete with some of Chan-Wook’s incredible framing and editing.
4. Only God Forgives
After the huge success of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling have once again teamed up in this upcoming crime thriller set in Thailand. Ryan Gosling stars as a drug smuggler operating a Thai boxing club who is forced to find and kill the person responsible for his brother’s death. This will be Gosling’s most physically demanding role to date, and after his fantastic performances in Drive, The ides of March, Half Nelson, Lars & The Real Girl, and Blue Valentine, it’s great to see his increasing depth and repertoire.
3. Twelve Years A Slave
Shame was one of the best surprises of 2011, with British director Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender pairing up in the uncompromising drama. The two of them return in 2013 for Twelve Years A Slave, alongside Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and more in this film set in 1800s Louisiana. Lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (best known for Serenity, 2012, Children Of Men, and American Gangster) stars as a New York citizen who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, and struggles to return to his family.
2. The Wolf Of Wall Street
Has Scorsese ever done a bad film? An argument could be made for New York, New York, but I think most people would agree that is an exception in a long line of successes. The Wolf Of Wall Street is his next project, off the success of Hugo in 2011, and it marks his 5th collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio. The crime drama focuses on a New York stockbroker who refuses to co-operate with the fraud and corruption occurring on the corporate banking hub of the world.
1. Untitled Terrence Malick Project (aka Lawless)
After Terrence Malick returned from a break last year with The Tree Of Life, he is coming into 2013 in a big way with two new films. Whilst the other one, Knight Of Cups, looks very exciting too, the cast of Lawless is too exciting to pass on. Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara star in a film about two intersecting love triangles taking place in the music scene of Austin, Texas. Lawless was reportedly the name originally until Malick decided to let John Hillcoat’s film take it instead. It is currently unnamed but will be very exciting regardless!
Carrie, Warm Bodies, Ender’s Game, Movie 43, The World’s End, Trance, Gravity, Knight Of Cups, Oz: The Great And Powerful, Spring Breakers, Foxcatcher, Pacific Rim, Malavita, Oblivion, The Lone Ranger.
What else have we missed? What films are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments.