Ten Films To Watch in 2013
January 7th, 2013 6:30pm EST
Now that 2012 is over and fully behind us, we say why not check out what the new year has in store – movie style! That’s right film fans, Starpulse is highlighting some of the flicks of 2013 and it looks to be a very interesting year for celluloid. From odd flicks to sinful sequels, comedies to allegories we’re pointing out what we find most savory for those with a finer cinematic palate. (Plus a couple of random goodies at the end for those who need a little more insight!) So without further delay, here are..."Ten Films to Watch in 2013!"
This one is the flick we’re most excited about – know why? Because we’ve already seen it in all it’s five-star glory and it’s one of the most odd, interesting, disturbing, topical and uber-weird flicks since the early days of David Cronenberg. And in the case of "Antiviral" it’s rather fitting as the film, about average folks looking to buy a little celebrity disease, is from the mind of son Brandon Cronenberg. Let us tell you, the bruised and strange apple does not fall far from the family flesh tree. (Thank goodness!)
2. "JOHN DIES AT THE END"
Again we’ve seen it, but even from the wild and wonderful wacky trailer we’d want to check this one out ASAP anyway. What’s this two-hour drug induced like trip consist of? How about action, drama, comedy, big bugs, meat monsters, Paul Giamatti, soy sauce that bites back, parallel dimensions and even psychic abilities all under the demented direction of "Phantasm" and "Bubba Ho-Tep" helmer Don Coscarelli – originality comes in all shapes and sizes fans.
Anytime South Korean master filmmaker Park Chan-Wook’s name is attached it’s a must see for sure. But his first English language thriller "Stoker" also has equally notable side attractions including a killer cast (Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska – we think we just died and went to cool movie heaven!), a story that walks the genre line (plenty of drama, thriller and horror elements to go around!) and of course the ample visual work by Chan-Wook that made the man famous. We’re all but stoked to see "Stoker."
4. "THE DEAD 2"
When the famed Ford Bros. made their highly effective homage to the zombie genre "The Dead," it was their unique use of the desolate African landscape that gave things just a little more picture-esk panache. This time around the dynamic dup is setting their undead wares in India and if it’s anything like the brilliance the boys showed the first time around be prepared to be thrust back into the beautiful blood riddled thick of it. Under the ample talent of bros Jon and Howard two times will most certainly be a carcass dripping charm.
5. "SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR"
So this sequel has finally come to fruition – what the hell took you guys so long? No matter, we’re drooling with the thought of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller back in the sin saddle with the likes of Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Michael Madsen and of course Mickey “Marv” Rourke headlining the tall tales. Not sure how replacing passed on actors Brittany Murphy and Michael Clarke Duncan will go (did their characters really need to come back again?), but we’re eager to jump in front of the green screen and find out what’s what.
6. "IRON MAN 3"
Any "Iron Man" is always welcome, but this re-teaming of the "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" actor/director team of Robert Downey Jr. and scribe Shane Black has us even more fired up to join the metal guy to kick some bad guy butt. This time around said baddie is in the form of one somber looking Ben Kinglsey as The Mandarin (scary stuff!), plus there’s also some Guy Pearce action to boot. But it’s those 80’s slo-mo explosion and reaction shots via "Lethal Weapon" creator Black that has us a tad nostalgic – Riggs and Murtaugh would be proud.
7. "THE WORLD'S END"
"Shaun of the Dead." "Hot Fuzz." Need we say more? This third outing from the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost trio dream team should hopefully produce better results than the Wright-less comedy "Paul" and bring the trio back to full Shaun status. Plus "The World’s End" seems to have all the trimmings including pub crawls, comedy and a little bit of world saving in between – if this isn’t good our world is gonna end.
With his brilliant debut "District 9," director Neill Blomkamp all but announced a serious filmmaking force that could tackle both style and substance. The premise of his latest "Elysium," where the wealthy all live in a ship above the poor folks on a ruined planet Earth, seems to be right up the auteur’s alley. But we did love how he carefully cast his first film with unknowns, so we hope that the infusion of biggies like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster don’t water down the subject. It all rests on the shoulders of Blomkamp – we have film faith.
We were so upset when after "Angela-A," film maestro Luc Besson boldly stated he would no longer be directing anymore. Why would such a visually gifted man with a knack for style in story rob the world of a rare cinematic gift? Well, after a few kid flicks (Arthur and his Invisibles!) and a so-so drama (did anyone see "The Lady?") Besson seems to be fully back in the driver’s seat with a mafia action yarn and his passenger is none other than made man Robert De Niro. We’ve never been so happy for a guy to go back on his word.
10. "PACIFIC RIM"
This one goes last because even though the trailer for the man made robots vs. giant monsters flick looks to be a serious summer fluff fest, it is also notably helmed by the very thoughtful Guillermo del Toro. Could the man behind such affecting work like "The Devil’s Backbone," "Pan’s Labyrinth" and even "Hellboy" add something deep to what’s essentially a big budget kid flick – in del Toro we trust.
Need a little more? Below is a look at three flicks with directors that don’t exactly seem like a match made in heaven. Plus there’s a quick look at our favorite upcoming performance of 2013 and our pick for worst remake! First up our section of...Strange Bedfellows!
"Jack the Giant Slayer" ala Bryan Singer / "Oz: The Great & Powerful" ala Sam Raimi / "Carrie" ala Kimberly Peirce
Bryan Singer, Sam Raimi and Kimberly Peirce have to be three of the coolest cats on the filmmaking scene, but what is up with their bizzaro 2013 choices? Singer, who needs to gain ground after the abysmal outing that was "Superman Returns," takes on the whole Jack and the Beanstalk thing, Sam Raimi stays clear of "Evil Dead" helming to re-tell the Wizard of Oz and "Boy’s Don’t Cry" maven Kimberly Peirce dons a "Carrie" remake? Strange choices indeed you guys – hope they work for you...and us.
2013 Performance to Watch - Michael Shannon as General Zod in "Man of Steel"
Even if the new Zack Snyder’s new Superman re-boot looked like it was going to suck hard (and it doesn’t!), we’d go see this one solely for Michael Shannon. As the new Zod of Snyder’s Man of Steel, we know not only will the original Shannon not copy the previously awesome work of Terence Stamp’s commanding bad guy, but he’s going to steal the show with new character work that will knock fans’ socks off. Shannon is our Superman.
Horrible remake idea for 2013 – "Oldboy"
I don’t know what’s worse – that they are remaking one of the most original cinematic experiences of the last decade or the fact that it’s being helmed by now uninspired director Spike Lee. "Oldboy" remake news has been flying around for a long time, but the fact that anyone thinks that Lee could take the reins from the likes of Park Chan-Wook is utterly laughable. (Plus with Lee citing years ago that Rob Reiner should not direct "Ghosts of Mississippi" because he wasn’t African American, what the heck is he then doing making a film based on a Japanese manga?!) You cannot rebuild what is already perfect – especially when your tools are subpar.
HERE'S TO A FUN FILLED FILM GOING EXPERIENCE IN 2013!
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