Ones to Watch: The Best Movies for 2013 Part 1
The year is almost over. The world didn’t end and it looks like there will in fact be a 2013. With the new year brings a new crop of movies, so we’re bringing you a four part series that will cover some of the movies we look forward to in the year to come, and also a few we’re cringing at the mere thought of.
Guillermo del Toro is a tremendous story teller and director with a long line of great suspense and horror movies. His next film brings with it a ton of anticipation, along with high expectations. del Toro has set a high bar for his films, and I’m expecting this to meet those expectations. While he didn’t direct this film, he is the executive producer and I fully expect it to be easy to tell he has had his fingers all over it.
The first Kickass film kind of took me by surprise with how much I liked it. A great mix of adult action with humor and an interesting take on quasi-realistic super heroism made the first one a really good movie. Maybe I’m being a bit hopeful with the second, but there are things that make me think it has potential. Jim Carrey is being brought in as one of the characters, and I think his comedic style could really help make this film just as good as the original.
When I first heard that they were remaking this classic cult horror movie, I cringed. How come people want to keep destroying great works from my youth? Then I saw the trailer… and I cringed for all the right reasons. This film is written by Sam Raimi (from the original) and produced by Bruce Campbell (who starred in the original) and they seem to have taken the things that were great from the first film and stepped it up like 5 notches. I doubt this will end up being a cult classic like the original, but I do expect it to be a box office hit.
Warning: This is a red banner trailer and is intended for mature audiences only.
Iron Man 3
Comic book films have really taken a turn for the better in terms of their cinematic quality. They have taken themselves above the popcorn films that comic book fans both flocked to and criticized and ended up being more high quality stories with substance. The Iron Man movies have been a benefactor of this trend. For me, Iron Man 2 kind of took a step back to being more of a popcorn film, but I have every confidence that this film is going to take a leap back to being more of a cinematic achievement and not just a good comic book movie.
This movie is slated for the end of the year, so there isn’t a ton of information out on it. It does have a lot going for it, though. Beyond being a hugely popular book and story, it has a great cast including Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and a crop of young talent that I hope are ready to bring their A game. While director Gavin Hood doesn’t have a huge stable of successful films, he does have X-Men Origins: Wolverine on his resume, and this could be the start at building a much larger set of successes.
Stay tuned for Part 2, covering more of the best movies to look forward to in 2013.