A bit on the bias side though.
As we sit at the edge of 2013, people start to look back at the year and make their lists of what was great and what was crap and so forth. I on the other hand, like to look forward. Like I do around this time every year, I have, yes, a list of the 10 films I’m eager to see. You can see my previous list here.
But for those who can’t wait for our end of the year podcast, I’ll give a few tidbits of where my anticipated films of 2013 left me.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods- Didn’t see a stateside release yet, but got an import copy. Loved it. A great addition to the Dragon Ball library
Thor: The Dark World- Liked it more than Iron Man 3
Oblivion- Good, but not what I was expecting
Iron Man 3- Just because I liked Thor more doesn’t mean I didn’t like the latest outing of ol Shellhead. Twist and all enjoyed it.
Fast and Furious 6- Thought Fast 5 was better, but lived up to my expectations, and is bitter sweet to watch in light of recent events.
Riddick- Everything I had hoped it would be
Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues- Loved it. Worthy of Burgundy
Elysium- dug it, but after stewing on it, walked away a bit underwhelmed by it.
Worlds End- Dug it a lot. Going to need to give it time like I did with Hott Fuzz to see how I truly feel about it though. Shaun of the Dead was a very high water mark to set.
Pacific Rim- Have to ask?
Now, for the films I can’t wait to see in 2014
10. The Wind Rises
The Japanese version is playing in extremely limited theaters right now, but it goes wide in February. Disney always works wonders with the English voice cast and that has me waiting to peep this film. It’s Miyazaki’s last film, and I’ve hear nothing but greatness from those who have seen it already.
9. The Box Trolls
Lika’s next film. The studio has produced 2 fantastically dark and wonderful family films with the power of stop motion already. This one looks to be just as great as Paranorman and Coraline.
8. X-Men Days Future Past
Bryan Singer looks to be building upon the foundation set by Matthew Vaughn. Since X-Men First Class and the advent of Avengers, Fox has been showing more care in their X-Men license. The mere fact alone we’re getting an adaptation of the Days Future Past storyline is proof that they’re willing to go in to the stranger and more daring aspects of the X-Men myths. Singer is still responsible for the SECOND best X-Men film, X2, and with what he has learned from Vaughn’s stay might be what turns the series back around.
7. Jupiter Ascending
The Wachowski’s are at it again with a friggin Space Oprah of their own design. Trailer is awesome and I have yet to be disappointment by the duo.
6. Captain America The Winter Solider
First modern Cap story outside of the Avengers. Count me in.
5. The Lego Movie
From the guys behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 and 22 Jump Street. This could have been horribly hackneyed like a lot of the dvd Lego films but everything so far about this film screams brilliant.
4. The Guardians of the Galaxy
The Comic Con footage made it clear that Marvel is starting to move out of their comfort zone. This could be the greatest risk the studio has taken since the first Iron Man or putting Joss Whedon in charge of the Avengers. But something tells me that Chris Pratt’s stock is going to rise big time after this film and the world is going to have Raccoon fever.
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel.
To quote SNL: You had me at Wes Anderson
2. The Raid 2
Get ready for 2 and a half hours of ass kicking that your brain might literately crack in half inside your skull. The first Raid was my favorite film of 2012 and the sequel looks no less brutal and brilliant at the same time.
My love for Godzilla runs very deep in my veins. To the point I’m too much to be around when I start going off about the films. Legendary is hoping to fix the mistake of the Sony film some 15 years ago and give Godzilla the proper Hollywood treatment he deserves. The trailer has garnered a lot of positive buzz and Gareth Edwards seems to have crafted a giant monster film unlike any before it. While Guillermo Del Toro made a great homage to the giant monster films of the 60’s and 70’s with the ode to anime as well, Legendary’s Godzilla looks to be more of a Dark Knight take of the character than anything else. You wont hear me shut up about this film for a long while. Good or bad.
Honorable mentions to look out for: Jouncy into the West, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Big Hero 6, Monuments Men, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Robocop, Edge of Tomorrow, Interstellar, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Expendables 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hobbit There and Back Again, Sin City A Dame to Kill For,