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Mar 27, 2013

My Top 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013.


I am back finally after a long pause. This is my list for the most anticipated movies of this year. From now on, I'll be trying to catch up on my reviews of the 2012 movies which is going to be a hectic job.

You can see my full 2013 watchlist on IMDB though.

1. Gravity

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Prisoner of Azkaban), this has been my most anticipated movie ever since i heard about its existence. It was pushed back to this year which further increased my passion to see what this potential game changer is going to be like. Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, the story revolves around astronauts attempting to return back to Earth when their spaceship is hit by debris. Expect lots of cool effects, one take scenes, silent takes, visceral experience.... Gravity is my most anticipated movie of the year.


2. To the Wonder + (Knight of Cups and an Untitled Project)

Terrence Malick, how blessed we are that you didn't took your usual 7-10 years gap after "The Tree of Life". Well he is back with one confirmed and two not so confirmed movies this year. Firstly, the two other projects might not get released this year because we all know of the hectic editing Malick's movies goes through but still there is hope. They have been shot simultaneously and stars mostly the same actors but then many wont make it to the final cuts, usual Malick stuff. But yes, To the Wonder which was screened last year at Venice with underwhelming response is my 2nd most anticipated movie of the year. I don't care if it turns out to be Malick's weakest film, it would still be an amazing experience. The trailer looks astounding.

3. Inside Llewyn Davis

Coen Brothers are finally back this year with a movie that will revolve around the 1960's folk music scene in New York. It stars Oscar Isaac in the main role along with Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Garret Hedlund, Adam Driver and others. The first teaser while didn't told much about what the movie is going to be like but i have a blind trust on one of my favorite working directors of our times, everything they have done so far has been wonderful (except for the one or two hiccups they've had).




4. Frances Ha

After hearing nothing but praise from last year's Telluride Film Festival, without watching the trailer and just based on that one poster that showed Greta Gerwig dancing in front of a fountain, i knew this was going to be my kind of a movie. Something that purely reflects my interest in this particular, indie-dramatic comedies genre. I am not a big fan of director Noah Baumbach but i don't know why but this upcoming film of his strangely got into my head so badly. Ever since its trailer premiered, i have been watching it continuously and have seriously lost count. The comparisons with HBO's Girls and the usual Woody Allen-esque New York movies specially Manhattan are inevitable. This movie tells story of this full of life girl, Frances, who doesn't have an apartment and she isn't really a dance even if she is an apprentice for a dance company. This black and white feature seems to have everything that i always desire to see in a movie these days... honesty, sensitivity, comedy, drama, Paris, New York, Greta Gerwig, actors from Girls, romance, friendship, beauty, fragility and just fun.

5. Before Midnight

Do i even need to say anything about it? Jesse and Celine are going to meet once again after nine years and this time in Greece. Richard Linklater returns with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy in a movie that got excellent reviews from Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. I can't wait to see it.

6. Only God Forgives

The wonderful director-actor duo from "Drive", Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling are back this time with a movie that seems to be more violent, blood and bone breaking which will take place in Thailand in will involve.... Thai Boxing between a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster. Sounds like a winner to me.

7. The Grandmaster

I am a big fan of director Wong Kar Wai (even though i hated "My Blueberry Nights"), i recently watched all of his movies apart from one of my all time favorites, In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express. Kar Wai is this time bringing us the story of martial-arts master Ip Man, he was the man who trained Bruce Lee. The trailer looks quite stylish and action packed, the response from Berlin was good enough if not great but hey, this movie stars Tony Leung. Apart from the director, Leung is the only reason why i am so interested in this movie.

8. The Wolf of Wall Street

Forget the story, forget what a movie is about when you read the words... Directed By: Martin Scorsese. Because that movie becomes an anticipated flick just like that.

9. Twelve Years a Slave

Director Steve McQueen got a stellar cast lined up for his third feature movie which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender to just name a few. This movie might just be one of the most effective and accurate portrayals of slavery because it sounds like one hard hitting flick to me, specially considering the man behind it.




10. The Place Beyond the Pines

The only reason why i am looking forward to this movie is because i am a big fan of Derek Cianfrance's previous movie "Blue Valentine". Even though the early response that it got wasn't great, i still am curious to see what he has come up with this time.

11. Her

Directed by Spike Jonze and starring some gorgeous ladies, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara along with Joaquin Phoenix whose performance in "The Master" was my most favorite last year plays a lonely writer who develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system that he purchases which has the ability to "meet his every need".... ehm!!! I think this alone should make one excited for the movie. I am a fan of Jonze and i hope that this movie is as good as i am expecting it to be.

12. Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry too is coming up with a movie, now if Philip Kauffman had a project of his own this year... Spike Jonze already has one, then it would have been just perfect. The plot of this movie sounds freaking odd. Romain Duris stars as a man who has to take care of the love of his life because she suffers from an unusual illness that is caused by a flower growing inside her lungs and she has to be surrounded by flowers all the time. That woman is played by the lovely Audrey Tautou. Its these kind of weird sounding and daring movies that always peaks my interest.

13. Elysium

So the director of "District 9" is back with a movie? Okay.




14. Nymphomaniac

Ready for another Lars Von Trier flick? This time, it will feature "real sex". So yeah, count me in.

15. Nebraska

Even though i loved "The Descendants" which was my most anticipated movie of that year because of my love for Alexander Payne's "Sideways", i wasn't quite taken by the movie in the end. But he has directed another movie that is releasing this year and i am looking forward to it. The plot sounds like a road trip taken by a father and a son who aren't that close with each other because the father is an alcoholic. This movie sounds like very serious, it might has comedy in it but it sounds mainly like the most serious movie Payne has ever done.

16. No

This Oscar nominated and Cannes hit movie from Chile will be getting its official American release this year and i am really curious to see what the buzz was about.

17. The Hunt

Thomas Vinterberg's movies aren't an easy watch just like Lars Von Trier, this too is said to be quite unsettling. Madd Mikkelsen won best actor Cannes for his performance last year and i can't wait to see what he has done.


18. Ain't Them Bodies Saints

It got some great response at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and that have really got me excited. Plus it stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara and is about an outlaw who escapes from prison to reunite with his wife and a daughter that he haven't met yet.

19. Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch.........! Oh and its about vampires.

20. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (His/Hers)

An interesting concept. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers are two different movies that will tell story of a couple as told by both the wife and husband themselves in each of the movie. Also it has one of my favorites actresses, Jessica Chastain in it.

21. The Past

Asghar Farhadi's next after "A Separation" that will star Berenice Bejo from "The Artist" and Tahar Rahim from "A Prophet". Enough Said!

22. The Bling Ring

I am a fan of Soffia Coppola's style but only her "Lost in Translation" is a movie that i consider a masterpiece. She is back with another Hollywood centered movie but this time, her movie is about a famous gang of teenagers who got famous after they started robbing houses of the celebrities. It stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga etc in what looks like yet another "Youth Gone Wild" movie of the year after "Spring Breakers". And its a true story by the way.

23. The Monuments Men

George Clooney directs and stars in a movie filled with many big names and is something that people are already hailing as the Oscar winner of the next year thanks to the "Argo" success. I am not saying that this is the reason why i am looking forward to it but just that i consider Clooney to be a good director. Plus a movie that features Nazis and art are always intriguing right?

24. Mud

Jeff Nichols' next after the remarkable "Take Shelter". It didn't got the same response from Cannes last year the way his previous movie did but still, it looks like another accurate portrayal of the Americana which is cool.

25. Man of Steel

Henry Cavill... enough said.


Others:

26. The Zero Theorem
27. Labor Day
28. Fruitvale
29. Snowpiercer
30. Blue Jasmine
31. Foxcatcher
32. Lowlife
33. Monsters University
34. August: Osage County
35. Star Trek Into Darkness
36. The Young and Prodigious Spivet
37. All is Lost
38. Captain Philips
39. Iron Man 3
40. Much Ado About Nothing
41. Oldboy
42. Trance
43. Pacific Rim
44. I'm So Excited
45. The Great Gatsby
46. The Fifth Estate
47. The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
48. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
49. The Way, Way Back
50. Dallas Buyers Club