We’ve been making our way through various entertainment industries documenting first the 10 hip-hop albums we’re anticipating in 2013 followed by the 10 rock albums. Now we arrive at entertainment’s global pinnacle – film. Despite Hollywood constantly bemoaning the downfall of their industry due to some nerdy dudes in Sweden, the money-making machine reported record revenues in 2012 with a gross of nearly $11,000,000,000.
Like every year it turns out there is way more than 10 films we’re excited to see, but we’ve done our best to narrow it down while giving equal weight to independent films which might otherwise go under the radar. Take a look below for the first 10 in release date order and let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments section below.
Iron Man 3
Director: Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley
Release Date: May 3, 2013
For the five people that saw Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the latest installment in the Marvel series should be the most anticipated one yet as it sees the director and star working together once again. For the overwhelming majority that didn’t, the third film should be equally anticipated despite Iron Man 2’s lackluster delivery. Iron Man 3 is centered around Warren Ellis’ “Extremis” story arc and follows Tony Stark as he attempts to find those responsible for destroying his private world.
More character analysis and development is expected to be included in the summer blockbuster than in previous films which shouldn’t be too difficult to pull off given Black and Downey’s humorous chemistry the last time they worked together.
Director: Dan Scanlon
Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Few films have the ability to let us put our guard down long enough to feel like a kid again which is why we’re eagerly awaiting Pixar’s latest film Monsters University. Created as a prequel to 2001’s Monsters Inc., the film focuses on James P. Sullivan (Goodman) and Michael Wazowski (Crystal) as they attend the University of Fear in hopes of becoming professional Scarers.
Plenty of college-age humor is sure to find its way into the film albeit in a child-friendly way. How Pixar does it every time is beyond us so we’re counting down the days until this one.
World War Z
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Although we never quite understood the whole zombie thing the whole Internet seems to be a circle jerk for, Marc Forster’s adaptation of the 2006 novel World War Z looks promising. Just like basically every other post-apocalyptic story ever written, the hope for human survival comes down to one unreasonably competent and good-looking hero who in this case is played by Brad Pitt. Unlike basically every other post-apocalyptic story ever written though, the story the film is based on contains realistic elements of modern culture, technology, politics, and military tactics. The book’s author in fact claims, “Everything in World War Z (as in The Zombie Survival Guide) is based in reality… well, except the zombies.”
With the aid of a tense, industrial score by Marco Beltrami, World War Z could help revitalize the zombie genre which it seems even die-hard fans have grown tired of. Fingers crossed that’s how it turns out.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Ron Perlman
Release Date: July 12, 2013
Arguably one of the most diverse filmmakers working today, del Toro has been responsible for some of the past years’ most thought-provoking films as well as some of the most purely action-oriented. His upcoming sci-fi film Pacific Rim looks to blend the director’s ability to express deeper truths about both himself and humanity with the eye candy and criminally expensive special effects craved by Hollywood.
The film focuses around massive robots called “Jaegers” which have been created to combat a rise in giant monsters. On the verge of defeat, the fictional universe turns to two unlikely heroes who dig up a legendary but retired Jaeger to save humanity.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, Carly Pope, Alice Braga
Release Date: August 9, 2013
The South African-Canadian filmmaker returns four years after District 9 with another hard-hitting sci-fi film. Elysium centers around a dystopian future in which two classes exist: the extremely wealthy who live on a man-made space station and the unfathomably poor who live on an overpopulated and ruined earth.
If the film is anything like the director’s previous work, you can expect plenty of action tinged with a metaphoric story line that is both political and outspoken in nature.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Jaime King, Mickey Rourke
Release Date: October 4, 2013
The neo-noir crime thriller Sin City is back with a new installment in the graphic novel series. Like other films on this list, A Dame to Kill For features an ensemble cast that is returning to pick up where they left off. An all-star cast of newcomers make their way into the sequel as well for a few more chapters that are sure to be memorable, but more importantly, stylish.
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock
Release Date: October 4, 2013
Here at Highsnobiety we’re big on the natural phenomenon of physical bodies appearing to attract to each other with a force proportional to their masses. We’re also big on the upcoming film Gravity by the director behind international hits like Y Tu Mama Tambien.
So far little is known about the film other than that there is a rumored single 17-minute opening shot while the rest of the film is seamlessly edited to look like 1 continuous shot. Fans of his 2006 film Children of Men will recall his masterful use of the technique in an intense car chase and in an escape through a burning building. It’s even been said that the entire film is comprised of 150 or so shots. On average, standard 90-minute films contain about 5,000 shots for a bit of perspective on the feat. Look for the film in IMAX during the third quarter of the year.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell, Fred Willard, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson
Release Date: December 20, 2013
Even though sequels that come years after the original usually fail to produce positive results, we have good reason to believe the sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy will be a good one. To begin, practically everyone involved in the first film has returned to reprise their roles both on and off the screen. In addition, comedic actor Steve Carell has since seen his popularity grow exponentially allowing for his character to have more screen time and play a more important role.
According to early reports, the plot centers around the Channel 4 evening news team’s transition to the 80s and the 24-hour news network. We’ll have to wait until the holidays for this one but if the few teasers that have made its way onto the Internet are any indication, the wait should be well worth it.
A Most Wanted Man
Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruehl, Nina Hoss
Release Date: Late 2013
Dutch photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn directs John le Carre’s 2008 novel of the same name about a tortured immigrant who shows up in Hamburg’s Islamic community seeking his father’s ill-gotten fortunes. Based largely around the Bush Administration and the War on Terror, the film focuses on contemporary themes and events whose consequences can still be felt today making the film as relevant as ever.
Although the film is fictional, the half-thriller/half-espionage story is a composite version of Turkish citizen Murat Kurnaz who was extradited by the US on groundless claims. Look for it in theaters toward the end of the year.
Director: Lars Von Trier
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen
Release Date: 2013
If there’s one thing you can count on from the Danish director, it’s a film that is horribly disturbing and controversial yet strangely hypnotic and engaging. The film centers around Joe (Gainsbourg), a self-proclaimed nymphomaniac, who is found beaten in an alley by Seligman (Skarsgård). Seligman takes her home to take care of her when she begins recounting the story of her life.
Sticking to his own filmmaking methods, everything shot in the film, including illegal activities, is shot in reality without any of that sugarcoated “movie magic.” This includes among other things LaBeouf having unsimulated sexual intercouse. Be prepared for extreme doses of nearly unwatchable footage and questioning your own morals.