So I don’t know about you, but I’m getting kinda tired of seeing lists of “The Most Anticipated Films of 2013” that list over 25 movies. I mean, if we’re ranking these and you get down to like 40 or 50 (I’m looking at you Rope of Silicon), aren’t we getting out of the “Anticipated” realm? Yeah, thought so. So with Side Effects being released tomorrow (you’ll find it on the list), here are my most anticipated films people aren’t really talking about…because its easy to be excited for Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, or the next installment of the Hobbit.
#10) Side Effects
Recent reviews have piqued my interest. This could be the first solid film of the year. January isn’t very good to movie goers. The synopsis is that a new drug has, you guessed it, side effects, that cause all sorts of trouble. Jude Law is in this film, and I can’t think of a movie I’ve seen him in that I’ve disliked.
Release date: February 8th
#9) Upstream Color
This one dazzled at Sundance and drew comparisons to The Tree of Life, which might be a good or bad thing. From IMDB: “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.” As opposed to fragments of good, hearty lives, that would be boring.
Release date: April 5th
This one doesn’t have a release date yet, so I hesitate to put it on here as it might get pushed back. Starring Steve Carrell and Mark Ruffalo, this is the true story of paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont, who killed Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. The name of the film comes from the name of the training facility ran by du Pont.
Release date: TBD
The first potential blockbuster on here. Jodie Foster returns to sci fi, and Matt Damon stars in a tale of upper vs. lower class, where the lower class live on Earth (like real life), and the upper class on a huge space station (like not real life). It is uncertain if there will be aliens drifting around the space stations holding “Occupy Outer Space” signs.
Release date: August 9th
#6) The World’s End
With Edgar Wright’s involvement in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man film, I’m anxious to see more of his material, and this one sounds like a winner. Five good friends get together to try to recreate a fabled pub crawl from their younger days. Subsequently, they get caught up in the end of the world. Sounds good to me.
Release date: October 25th
I love a good baseball movie, although this Jackie Robinson story won’t have Jackie himself in it. Harrison Ford is playing Branch Rickey, and Jackie is played by Chadwick Boseman. Hope it’s more hit than miss.
Release date: April 12th
#4) The Lone Ranger
This barely makes the list because it had a Super Bowl spot and everything. But I still think it is being overlooked in favor of superhero fare and such. I like Gore Verbinski as a director, and Johnny Depp is a favorite actor. Yes, he’ll have a different take on Tonto, but this could be a really fun film and miles better than The Green Hornet debacle of 2011.
Release date: July 3rd
#3) The Monuments Men
This is one where just reading the cast list makes you excited. Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, dang. Anyway, the movie’s about a crew of folks who run around trying to save precious artifacts and priceless art that was stolen by Nazis and will soon be destroyed by Hitler. Based on the book by Robert Edsel.
Release date: December 18th
#2) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
One of my favorite short stories is coming to the big screen as a full length film, which is always a little interesting, but hey, if Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs can do it…I’m not normally a Ben Stiller fan, but I’ll give him a chance. He’s playing Walter, a big daydreamer who escapes a life of doldrums by dreaming up adventurous situations. Fingers crossed they will do the story justice.
Release date: Christmas
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in the second space station sci-fi film on this list. This one is almost the opposite situation. The space station is damaged and in danger of falling out of orbit with two astronauts stuck inside. I hear the spoiler is that HAL is behind it all again.
Release date: October 4th
Which one are you most looking forward to?