A new year begins and so do a fresh movie calender. 2012 was relatively excellent year for movies – a refreshing mainstream, well flourishing indies, stalwarts with excellence, superheroes extravaganza, some disappointments, and of course the mediocre. 2013 will also have a fair share of all of the above. Despite that, if you look at the calender, it’s most likely that 2013 will be remembered for the science-fiction genre. Science fictions will be all around the year, either as pure sci-fi or clubbed with all sorts of genres, such as, action, adventure, drama, horror, thriller, and art-house.
So, here is my list of the most anticipated movies of 2013. First, 50 movies from around the world, well, mostly from Hollywood. And then, 20 movies from India. The lists come up with usual disclaimer: Chances are that this list doesn’t feature a few movies you expected and the reason behind that could be one of these – a). I haven’t heard about that movie so far, b). I have no interest (animation) or have lost interest in that particular genre (pure horror), c). I have no interest or least expectations from that movie at all (such as sequels of Hangover, GI Joe, Fast and Furious. Still, the suggestions are welcome, kindly leave the comments for the further debate. The details (plot and people) of the movies are taken from IMDb, Wikipedia, and other websites.
50 Most Anticipated Movies in English Language
50. Last Vegas
The old men’s hangover. The four old men are – De Niro, Douglas, Freeman, and Kevin Kline
49. August: Osage County
The Company Man director John Wells directs a Pulitzer winning tale about a family overcoming certain differences when their alcoholic patriarch goes missing. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Ewan McGregor.
48. Untitled Terrence Malick Project
Musical drama of two intersecting love traingles. Now. drool over the star cast – Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Benecio Del Toro, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara.
47. The Place Beyond the Pines
Ryan Gosling is a stunt driver, motorcycle this time, once again and that welcomes interest and suspicion both.
46. Broken City
A crime drama involving Wahlberg and Russel Crowe.
45. The Rivals
John Madden directs Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman as two 19th century theatrical divas and real-life rivalry between them.
44. Gangster Squad
A crime-drama about a chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s. Starring Sean Pean, Ryan Gosling, and Josh Brolin.
43. Now You See Me
The ensemble cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine) and the plot – FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
42. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Hope to carry on with the excellence shown in first part.
41. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Peter Jackson is back with the second part in which Benedict Cumberbatch voices Smaug.
40. Midnight’s Children
A movie adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s much celebrated novel. Deepa Mehta directs it with a wide ensemble cast of Shabana Azmi, Rajat Kapoor, Shahana Goswami, Ronit Roy, Siddharth, Seema Biswas, Rahul Bose, and many others.
39. Kick Ass-2
Kick-ass and hit-girl are back. Anyone loved the first part will most certainly be looking for the sequel.
38. Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father
A real life story of the mob boss John Gotti and his sons. Stars Al Pacino, John Travolta, and Ben Foster.
37. Much Ado About Nothing
Josh Whedon (Avengers) adopting Shakespeare! Very intriguing.
A sperm donor’s 142 children out of total of 533 files a class action lawsuit against him and try to meet him just after his lover reveals she’s pregnant. Should be a laugh riot.
Ron Howard directs the real-life rivalry of F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
34. Runner, Runner
Brad Furman directs Ben Affleck and Timberlake in a gambling thriller.
33. Saving Mr. Banks
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.
32. Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coen brothers a drama where a singer-songwriter navigates New York’s folk music scene during the 1960s.
Danny Boyle’s crime/drama involving painting, auctioneer, mob, and hypnotherapist.
30. Anchorman: The Legend Continues
This should be a better laugh riot than the third installment of Hangover.
29. Thor: The Dark World
The Avengers initiative has made Thor more interesting and considering that all of these individual stories are in order to build up for The Avengers 2, this should be worth waiting for.
28. Only God Forgives
Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling are back together. This time in Bangkok where a policeman and a gangster fight their differences in boxing match.
Luc Besson directs De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones in a crime/drama where a mafia clan is relocated under witness protection program and is trying to fit in there.
26. The ABCs of Death
IMDb says: A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.
25. The Great Gatsby
Adaptation of a finest novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, DiCaprio as Mr Gatsby, gigantic stage, and an awesome looking trailer.
24. World War Z
A zombie movie on the hugest canavas ever for a zombie movie. Marc Forster directs Brad Pitt.
23. The Last Stand
Big guy Arnold Schwarzenegger gun-rotting on US-Mexico border with an interesting screenplay and an awesome director – Kim Ji Woon, known for ‘I Saw The Devil’.
22. Captain Phillips
A real life story of a ship captain where the ship is hijacked by the Somali pirates. Tom Hanks directed by Paul Greengrass.
21. Before Midnight
Richard Linklater makes Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy meet again.
20. The Monuments Men
George Clooney helms the director seat again, with a history thriller based on a real story from the WWII era. Stars Clooney himself along with Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and Jean Dujardin.
19. Man of Steel
First of this year’s superhero movies. Superman, that is. The trailer suggests it will show a very intriguing story, much more than a usual superhero movie, a bar set high for the superheroes by the Batman trilogy.
Martin Scorsese goes back to 17th century where, two priests go to a violently conservative Japan to spread Christianity.
17. The Counselor
Ridley Scott returns to thriller genre, which involves Fassbender, as a lawyer getting into drug trafficking. Remaining star cast: Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Penelop Cruz.
16. The Grandmasters
Celebrated Hongkong-based storyteller Kar Wai Wong directs the story of the martial-arts master Ip Man, the master of Bruce Lee.
Joseph Kosinski is back with a new science-fiction, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman on post-apocalyptic earth. And, awesome teaser.
14. The Lone Ranger
A western, set in Native American land, unites Gore Verbinski and Johny Depp.
13. After Earth
M. Night Shyamalan directing someone else’s screenplay for the first time, in which, Will and Jaden Smith, as father and son, explore a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier, fighting for survival with monstrous creatures and dangerous landscape.
Incendies was one of the finest movies in 2010. Denis Villeneuve follows up with this crime/drama, which stars Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and Melissa Leo. The story revolves around a father who kidnaps the man he believes is responsible for the disappearance of his daughter and her best friend.
11. Star Trek Into Darkness
The rebooted sci-fi franchise with awesome Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain. Darker than the previous Star Trek movie.
10. The World’s End
A British sci-fi comedy, directed by Edgar Wright and featuring the super-awesome duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, along with Martin Freeman (Dr Watson), in which the friends have a reunion in a bar and become humankind’s only hope for survival.
9. A Good Day to Die Hard
Yippee ki yay mother Russia.
8. Iron Man 3
Robert Downey Jr. as and in Iron Man.
7. The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese continues his bonhomie with Leonardo Dicaprio and visits Wall Street where the stock broking collides with corruption and mob. Features Jean Dujardin too.
6. Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow directs one of the biggest man-hunt ever, which ends with the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Chan-wook Park’s first movie in English is, as expected, a combination of thriller, mystery, horror, and drama. It’s worth noting that the story was on the black list of the best unproduced scripts (a 2010 list).
The ace director Alfonso Cuarón directs Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in this sci-fi where astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
3. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
This MUST be on everyone’s list of the most anticipated movies of 2013. Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez are back with mostly the same cast.
Can’t wait to see Neill Blomkamp’s next sci-fi feature starring Matt Damon as an ex-con fighting for human rights on the earth, which is about to burst with its population and extreme gap between rich and poor.
1. Pacific Rim
One of most awaited movies this year. Guillermo del Toro directs this science fiction where giant robots piloted by humans will fight with huge alien monsters. Those who have watched ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ know how beautiful the visuals and intriguing the narratives would be.
9 Notable mentions: 1. Safe Haven (Nicholas Spark’s novel, directed by Lasse Hallström), 2. R.I.P.D. (The team of Robert Schwentke, Jeff Bridges, and Ryan Reynolds), 3. The Wolverine. 4. Walking with Dinosaurs (Co-directed by a BBC documentarian, it’s a story of two brothers looking to follow in their father’s footsteps leads to a showdown with dinosaurs in the Arctic North), 5. Machete Kills (Robert Rodriguez’s action flick), 6. Struck by Lightning (a fun story where the protagonist narrates the story from the grave), 7. Jack the Giant Slayer (A fairy-tale adventure by Bryan Singer), 8. Paranoia (Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Hemsworth in a thriller set in the corporate world), and 9. Side Effects (A crime drama by Steven Soderbergh which is possibly his last feature film)
During last two weeks, came across a few more movies, which I’m certainly going to watch in 2013. (Thanks to Mihir Fadnavis and others) One of them, which is now no 1 on my list is this –
Short for “The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard”, it’s a documentary on The Pirate Bay, its founders, the birth and life of it, and behind the scenes. Check the trailer on its official website. I’m probably going to buy it.
Yet another maverick director is coming up with a sci-fi this year. Bong Joon-ho, of Memories of Murder and Mother, sets the film in 2031, where the passengers in a train are the only survivors on now snow-covered Earth. The film stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, and Song Kang-ho.
3. Room 237
A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments.
4. Upstream Color
A bizarre premise by Primer’s director Shane Carruth. The plot says – A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
A sci-fi comedy where a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. Directed by Spike Jonze, better known for Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are, and Adaptation, the movie stars Joaquin Pheonix, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Amy Adams.
6. The Nymphomaniac
Awesome Lars von Trier directs Shia LeBeouf and Willem Dafoe.
20 Movies from Bollywood (and non-Bollywood)
An indie praised much in the festival circuits.
19. Shootout at Wadala
Sanjay Gupta’s follow up to Lokhandwala, based on a true story.
18. Miss Lovely
Ashim Ahluwalia’s indie feature set in the lower depths of Bombay’s “C” grade film industry and the devastating story of two brothers. Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead.
Kamal Haasan’s action thriller. Expect the extravaganza.
Prakash Jha disappointed heavily with his last, yet he continues with his own type of materials. Ajay Devgan joins the camp along with Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Vajpayee, and Arjun Rampal.
15. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Young Ayan Mukerji with his friend Ranbir Kapoor, along with Deepika and Kalki
14. Bullet Raja
Tigmanshu Dhulia goes to UP hinterland yet again with Irrfan, Saif and Sonakshi
Sudhir Mishra and Chitrangada Singh in a tale of a mentor and a trainee in a corporate setting.
A psychological thriller starring Naseeruddin Shah
Hansal Mehta directs the talented Raj Kumar Yadav in a true-life account of slain Human Rights lawyer Shahid Azmi.
Abhinav Kashyap directs Ranbir Kapoor.
9. Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 2
Tigmanshu Dhulia is back with the sequel of his excellent 2011 movie.
8. Kai Po Che
Never mind Chetan Bhagat. The trailer looks real good.
7. Ek Thi Daayan
Vishal Bhardwaj and Ekta Kapoor collaborate to produce this film, starring Emraan Hashmi, Huma GoW Qureshi, Kalki, and Konkana
Rajkumar Gupta’s romantic comedy with Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan
Vikramaditya Motwane’s next is a romantic flick
4. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
A biopic on Milkha Singh (Farhan Akhtar) directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Bejoy ‘Shaitan’ Nambiar directs 3 Davids in 3 different locations in 3 different eras. This action-thriller movie is in both Hindi and Tamil. In spite of Nambiar and the plot, if you need to re-think, check the trailer and Tamil version’s soundtrack.
2. Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola
Vishal Bhardwaj will start 2013 with this fun movie. Featuring Pankaj Kapoor, Haryana, Gulzar, Imran Khan, and lot of fun.
1. Special 26
Neeraj Pandey’s second flick involves a real life gang and their exploits in late 80s.
Hope there are more excellent ones to come which we don’t know about yet. Enjoy 2013 with the movies!