The Top 10 of 2013

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Movie News

Even though the unparalleled year of 2012 is over, and we’re likely to never again have a cinematic year quite like it, 2013 still promises an exhilarating whirlwind of amazing films, including the next of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, the beginning of Marvel’s “Phase Two”, and a Superman film that is assured (or at least we hope) of greatness.

#10 Planes

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The name Disney generally means you are getting a “quality, not quantity” film (I say “generally” because Disney does occasionally throw a flat tire at us). However, 2012 was a fairly good year for the family-friendly company (Brave and especially Wreck-It Ralph), and we can only hope that the ambitious Planes will find its way onto the list of greatest Disney Co. achievements, or at least the greatest of the modern films.

Cars comes to mind the most while watching the trailer, partly because it’s the same style of film—-vehicles that talk. And if Planes is going to be anything close to Cars in terms of story and humor, it should turn out to be a very good film, indeed.

Release date: August 9

#9 The Wolverine

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Well, it would seem that the X-Men films are never going to end. But I don’t mind in the least a film solely about Wolverine! Hugh Jackman (The Prestige and Les Misérables) brought so much weight to the character in all the others, and I think a film made specially for him is quite clever.

In this one, Wolverine will travel to Japan to receive samurai training, which sounds somewhat promising, but also sounds like it could easily become asinine. I, however, always live in hope. I was pleased with X-Men: First Class and hope that The Wolverine will contain the same kind of consistency and fast-paced action.

Hopefully, it will pave the way for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Yes, ANOTHER X-Men movie!

Release date: July 26

#8 Oz: The Great and Powerful

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and X-Men: First Class proved that prequels, although sometimes not as engaging as sequels, are feasible, and I think Hollywood is beginning to realize their value. But of course the biggest questions we must ask ourselves are, “Can a prequel really be made from a classic such as The Wizard of Oz?” Or, even better, “Is it necessary?” Well, most modern films aren’t necessary; but they do bring in the dough and keep Hollywood thriving.

Based off of the trailer, it really is one of those kinds of films that can go either way. One wrong move and it’s a fiasco. But if the precise amount of the right ingredients are added, and if the story supports itself, you could have one fantastic piece of work. Even without the Cowardly Lion.

It looks to be one of those Alice in Wonderland or John Carter type films; that is, a 90% CGI-rendered world. But the real key is the story. And I have a slight premonition that this is going to be one of those forced films that uses nostalgia as a way of getting peoples’ attention. I could be wrong, though. At least I hope I’m wrong.

Release date: March 8

#7 The Lone Ranger

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From the producer and director of the Pirates of the Caribbean films comes a Johnny Depp western. That sounds a little odd. But then, so does Depp in his Native American getup. While Jerry Bruckheimer films typically aren’t ground too much in reality and usually don’t have much substance, you are always ensured a romping good time full of clean fun and good humor.

The Lone Ranger looks to be the perfect summer film, and who doesn’t love a classic western every once in a while? From an ethical standpoint, I hope they will take the time to properly set up and flesh out the Batman-like character (“Batman-like” in purpose, not appearance) and instill in him a proper function, rather than just making him your typical two-dimensional action hero. I truly feel that they have the chance to make something spectacular of this film and of this character—-a mix of Roy Rogers and Captain America. I hope.

Release date: July 3

#6 Star Trek Into Darkness

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I will admit, I’ve never really been much of a Star Trek person; I’m more of a Star Wars kind of guy. But I very much enjoyed J.J. Abram’s 2009 remake. I thought it very clever, inventive, and engaging. I don’t care how close (or far!) it was to the source material. Either way, it’s still a fantastic film. So understand my sincerity when I say that I am very much looking forward to this year’s newest trek into the stars.

All the same actors are back, which is great since they brought so much passion and vivacity to their previous roles. Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse and BBC’s Sherlock) is the new bad guy, and I am looking forward with eager anticipation to see what they will be able to cook up.

Release date: May 17

#5 Monsters University

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Another prequel. Why is this so high on my list, you may ask? Simply because it’s Pixar. Call me biased. Actually, that’s not the only reason. I typically don’t root too much for sequels, but Pixar has an uncanny knack of making REALLY GOOD sequels. Yes, even Cars 2 was good, though not as good as the original. But you have to admit that each Toy Story film just kept getting better and better.

Hopefully this time around—-with a prequel from a classic Pixar great—-Pixar will take us back to the good old days of Finding Nemo and Up. Based off of the trailer, this one really does look promising.

Release date: June 21

#4 Thor: The Dark World

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We now move into the Phase Two stage of the Marvel films. With The Avengers sequel just a few short years away, Marvel will be hard pressed to create a build-up containing the same magnitude like the past five films. The first time around is fairly easy. Everything is fresh and new, and origin stories are always fun to watch.

But with sequels, the task is a bit different. The characters and setting are established, the audience familiar with the background, but you now have to conjure up a story that can compliment and compete with the last. And the trap that most film makers fall into: two hours of action and adrenaline, and no fresh, compelling plot to sweep us away to another place and time.

With Thor 2, I only hope that Marvel will not have a repeat of Iron Man 2. But a different director means a different approach, a different style, a different tone. I always live in hope.

Release date: November 8

#3 Iron Man 3

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I cannot emphasize enough how terrible Iron Man 2 was. At least compared to the first Iron Man. All the clever wit and memorable adrenaline of the first was simply devoid in the second. But . . .

From the looks of it, Iron Man 3 is shaping out to be a well-adjusted piece of work. Gwyneth Paltrow is back, Stark is getting some new snazzy-looking armor, and the new villain will surely be an adjustment in the right direction from that Russian what’s-his-name. I am thoroughly looking forward to this! With a new director, perhaps Iron Man will be set on the road to recovery.

But The Avengers will be a tough act to follow. However, I have a feeling that Marvel is taking this next phase seriously. With their enormous success, I think we’re going to see some changes coming. No more cheesy Hulk flicks, and—-hopefully—-no more bad sequels! Let’s cross our fingers and hope that Iron Man’s glory days are coming back.

Release date: May 3

#2 Man of Steel

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Let’s face it, the only reason why I, or anyone else, am actually excited about this film is because the name Christopher Nolan was in the trailer. And indeed, how amazing this film is going to be with the man who crafted the greatest Batman films ever made involved in the project. Mr. Nolan is the only reason that Man of Steel is so high on my list.

Of course, the other factor is that, for the first time since 1978, Superman will actually have a worthy film. And, if Mr. Nolan does half as great a job as he did on the Dark Knight trilogy, an amazing film! With top-notch actors like Russell Crowe and Amy Adams, and a producer who truly knows what he’s doing, Man of Steel will, I believe, turn out to be one of the top films of 2013.

Release date: June 14

#1 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Peter Jackson has whetted my appetite. Would you like some more, sir? Oh no, that deliciously-amazing first course was good enough. Despite what anyone else says, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a tantalizing first course that utilized every possible means of creating a fantastic work of art that stayed true to the Tolkien lore.

So this year in 2013, we will have the awesome privilege of seeing act 2 of the epic journey of a particular hobbit. Maybe this time we will actually get to see that dragon! As an avid enthusiast of the book, I am purely thrilled to see how Peter Jackson will build upon the foundation already laid and continue the story.

Release date: December 13

 

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Comments
  1. Cameryn B. says:

    This makes me actually want to go to the movies in 2013!

  2. Native Pride says:

    It appears you forgot to add Zero Dark Thirty… but besides that a great list!

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