15 Movies To Look Forward To For The Rest Of 2013

June 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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JULY – DECEMBER 2013 MOVIE PREVIEW

It’s hard to believe 6 months of 2013 has come and gone.  It’s been a fantastic year for movies thus far but there are tons of amazing films on the way.

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Here are 10 movies I’m looking forward to the most:

15. ENDER’S GAME

October 25th

I don’t know a lot about this property but, like The Hunger Games, it’s hard to ignore when so many people love the material it’s based upon.

14. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

November 20th

I wasn’t a giant fan of the original but I’m curious about the sequel regardless.

REVIEW | The Hunger Games

13. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5

October 25th

I’ve written a lot about the entire Paranormal Activity franchise.  The fourth installment was the first I didn’t enjoy at all.  Let’s hope the 5th doesn’t rely on the same scares and actually advances the mythology.

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12. KICK ASS 2

August 16th

The first film was over the top but it had it’s moments.  We’ll see how Jim Carrey’s recent decision affects the film leading up to it’s release.

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11. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

November/December

It’s hard not to get excited for another movie from the incredibly talented Coen Brothers.

10. THE MONUMENTS MEN

December 13th

Matt Damon, George Clooney, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin and more…  The cast alone is worth a top 10 mention.

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9. THE WOLVERINE

July 26th

I seriously hated X-Men Origins: Wolverine but this movie has a very good chance of erasing that movie’s existence from my mind.

8. PRISONERS

September 20th

A fantastic looking drama with an impressive cast.

7. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

November 15th

Martin Scorsese reunites with long time collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio in what looks like one of the best films of 2013.

6. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

December 13

I can’t wait to go back to Middle Earth!

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5. ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

December 20th

Easy pick.  The first film is one of my favorite comedies.

4. ELYSIUM

August 9th

An impressive looking following up to District 9 by director Neill Blomkamp

3. GRAVITY

October 4

One of my most anticipated movies of the year.  I can’t wait to see this.

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2. THOR: THE DARK WORLD

November 8th

The next chapter in Marvel’s Phase Two set of films.  How can that not be high on the list!

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1. PACIFIC RIM

July 12th

Giant Robots vs Massive Monsters directed by Guillermo Del Toro.  That is all I needed to hear.

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5 reasons why Gravity is a must see in 2013

May 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

5 reasons why Gravity is a must see in 2013 | Gravity Alfonso Cuarón 2013 preview

[UPDATE] Multiply these reasons by 50 now the the trailer has been released!  Forgive the pun but Gravity just skyrocketed even higher on my 2013 must see list.

Originally posted on January 30, 2013

Gravity is the next film from director Alfonso Cuarón. (Children of Men)  It’s a thriller about two astronauts who get stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed.  Two people floating around with little hope of setting foot on Earth again.  Where will the story go?  How will they survive?  Why has this film’s development taken so long?  These are just a few questions that make Gravity one of my most anticipated movies of 2013.

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5. THE WAIT

Original Release Date: November 21, 2012

Actual Release Date: October 18, 2013

Those who were anxiously awaiting Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller were forced to wait another year.  A year!  It’s unclear why the film was delayed given the overwhelmingly positive early buzz but I’m over it.  The film is obviously packed with challenging special effects.  If he needed an extra year to get it right I’m more than happy to forgive the delay.

4. THE CAST

5 reasons why Gravity is a must see in 2013 | Gravity Alfonso Cuarón 2013 preview

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.  Two fantastic actors tasked with bringing these astronauts to life.  Many big names were attached to Gravity before George & Sandra took on the roles.  Names that included Robert Downey Jr., Marion Cotillard, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively & Natalie Portman.

5 reasons why Gravity is a must see in 2013 | Gravity Alfonso Cuarón 2013 preview

Tons of interest in roles that are sure to be challenging to pull off.  With a high concept that demands a ton of screen time for few actors, the cast is crucial.  As a fan of them both, I think this movie is in good hands.

3. THE DIRECTOR

5 reasons why Gravity is a must see in 2013 | Gravity Alfonso Cuarón 2013 preview

Children of Men was a phenomenal movie full of imaginative ideas and incredible visuals.  Director Alfonso Cuarón gave us a thrilling science fiction adventure that dealt with extremely tense circumstances.  I loved Children of Men.  It’s full of breathtaking long shots that pushed the limits of what you can accomplish without an edit.

Rumor has it Gravity begins with a spectacular 17 minute opening shot.  I can’t wait to see it. (If it’s true.)

2. THE PREMISE

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Sounds awesome doesn’t it?  For now, this is all we know BUT it’s what we don’t know that makes Gravity so intriguing.

1. THE UNKNOWN

What excites me the most is what WON’T happen.  A concept like this could easily end with some kind of space battle or an alien world.  Perhaps a ship picks them up and they must fight to survive.  I’d be okay watching a movie like that but Gravity promises to be something different.

Two characters.  Endless Space.

A while back, George Clooney did an interview and had this to say:

“It’s a two-hander with only two actors in the whole film,” he says. “It is a very odd film, really. Two people in space. No monsters. It’s more like [2001: A Space Odyssey] than an action film.” (USA Today)

No monsters?  No aliens?  Just two people stranded in space and tethered to each other?

…  What’s going to happen!? I can’t wait to find out.  What do you think?

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44 Movies To Look Forward To In 2013

January 14, 2013 at 8:08 am

44 Movies To Look Forward To In 2013 | 2013 Movie Preview

A NEW YEAR BEGINS.  A GREAT YEAR FOR MOVIES!

Movie sites world wide are posting lists of movies they can’t wait to see in 2013.  Last year I realized that, if I did the same, my list would be identical to many film fans out there.  I decided to try something different.  So I collected lists from around the web and devised a scoring method to rank the movies mentioned in the lists.

It’s simple.  For this year’s movie preview I used 16 lists from big sites as well as smaller blogs.  These articles had to rank 2013 movies from 10-1.  I gave 10 points to every movie that was given the top spot, 9 points for second down to 1 point for 10th place rankings.  Total points were sorted and the result was 44 movies to look forward to in 2013!

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Before I get to the big list, here are my sources:

YAHOO | 2013 Preview: 25 most anticpated movies

/FILM | Angie’s 10 most anticipated films of 2013

DEN OF GEEK | The top 25 must see movies of 2013

HEAVY | The top 20 most anticipated films of 2013

MOVIE FANATIC | Top 13 movie moments of 2013

MOVIE-MORON | Top 30 best new movies of 2013

TECH REPUBLIC | The 10 must see geek movies of 2013

RORCHACH REVIEWS | My top 10 most anticipated films for 2013

TOP TEN BEST FILMS | 10 most anticipated action adventure

MOVIE INSIDER | 2013 most anticipated movies

CLASSIC BLANCA | Top 10 most anticipated movies of 2013

SHOW WATCHER | 10 most anticipated movies of 2013

BEST GEEK BLOG EVER | Top 10 anticipated 2013

WHAT CULTURE | 15 most anticipated films of 2013

SPILL | Ten most anticipated movies of 2013

DUKE FRUKEM | Most anticipated movies of 2013

THE MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2013
THE RANKINGS

44. UNTITLED DIABLO CODY PROJECT (1 POINT)

43. CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE (1 POINT)

42. NYMPHOMANIAC (1 POINT)

41. THE HEAR (2 POINTS)

40. ENDER’S GAME (2 POINTS)

39. NOW YOU SEE ME (2 POINTS)

38. OLD BOY (3 POINTS)

37. SCARY MOVIE 5 (3 POINTS)

36. A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (3 POINTS)

35. OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (3 POINTS)

34. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (3 POINTS)

33. THE GREAT GATSBY (5 POINTS)

32. TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE (5 POINTS)

31. THE LAST STAND (5 POINTS)

30. PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (6 POINTS)

29. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (7 POINTS)

28. THE EVIL DEAD (7 POINTS)

27. ONLY GOD FORGIVES (8 POINTS)

26. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (9 POINTS)

25. WORLD WAR Z (9 POINTS)

24. LOWLIFE (NIGHTINGALE) (9 POINTS)

23. STOKER (10 POINTS)

22. THE WORLD’S END (10 POINTS)

21. GANGSTER SQUAD (11 POINTS)

20. G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (12 POINTS)

19. ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (13 POINTS)

18. FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (14 POINTS)

17. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (16 POINTS)

16. AFTER EARTH (16 POINTS)

15. KICK ASS 2 (18 POINTS)

14. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (20 POINTS)

13. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (20 POINTS)

12. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (22 POINTS)

11. THE LONE RANGER (23 POINTS)

THE TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2013

10. OBLIVION (24 POINTS)

9. THE WOLVERINE (31 POINTS)

8. THOR: THE DARK WORLD (31 POINTS)

7. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (43 POINTS)

6. GRAVITY (45 POINTS)

5. ELYSIUM (45 POINTS)

4. PACIFIC RIM (67 POINTS)

3. MAN OF STEEL (85 POINTS

2. IRON MAN 3 (107 POINTS)

1. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (110 POINTS)

What movie are you looking forward to the most?

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