Here are the movies I’ll be interested in checking out in the upcoming year:
Oz: The Great and Powerful
March 8, 2013. Mixed feelings about this. While I think the overall idea could be a ton of fun, I’m worried it will turn out generic and uninspired. But I’ll give it a chance.
March 22, 2013. This is the film one of my animation mentors from DreamWorks was working on while I studied animation. The trailers were funny, but I still don’t know what the overall story is about.
March 29, 2013. Yes, it’s based on a book by the author of the Twilight, but this one doesn’t look like romance, so hopefully I’ll be safe from such girlish daydreams. The main reason I’m interested in this film is director Andrew Niccol, in whose work I have yet to be disappointed.
Jurassic Park 3D
April 5, 2013. This is one of my favorite films of all time. I can’t wait to see it in 3D. Roar.
Man of Steel
June 14, 2013. I normally have no interest in Superman, and have yet to see any film or TV show featuring this silly flying alien man in tights. However, the trailers were intriguing, and with a screen story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, a screenplay by David S. Goyer, and the awesome eye for fantastic visuals of director Zack Snyder, I’ll check it out.
June 21, 2013. While Pixar slips away from the glory it once was, and continues to descend into the depths of series-dom, we are given a prequel to Monsters, Inc. Honestly, this looks rather uninspired, but I’ll give it a chance just because they are Pixar.
Despicable Me 2
July 5, 2013. OK, even though I just said that series-dom was a depth to be descended to, some films have obvious sequel potential. I still have no idea what this sequel will be about, but the first one was funny enough that I think I will enjoy seeing these characters return.
July 12, 2013. From director Guillermo del Toro. I guess it’s about giant robots fighting mystical monsters near the coast of the Pacific. The trailer looked awesome; definitely a huge special effects film.
July 16, 2013. This animated feature from DreamWorks has something to do with a snail who dreams of being a racer. But, wait. Snails are slow! Whatever will happen? Don’t know much about this film yet, but I’ll keep an eye on it.
The Seventh Son
October 18, 2013. I know nothing about this, but I like the look and feel of the production photographs that have been released, and the storyline from IMDb sounds interesting enough for me: “John Gregory, a seventh son of a seventh son and the local Spook, has protected the country from witches, boggarts, ghouls, and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However, John is not young anymore and has been seeking out an apprentice to carry on his trade. Most have failed to survive. The last hope to the county a young farmer’s son named Thomas Ward…” OK, let’s go.
November 1, 2013. My favorite sci-fi novel turned into a movie? Impossible. While it’s based on the book, the spirit of the book is very internal, very thought-driven, making it un-filmable. So the success of this film will depend on director Gavin Hood’s interpretation; what he adds to it as much as what he’s forced to take out. I look forward to watching it, but I can’t imagine it living up to the book. But if it helps steer some audiences towards the book, that’s not a bad thing. And it’s got Harrison Ford, who is perfect for his role.
November 29, 2013. From Disney Animation comes an animated interpretation of my favorite Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale: The Snow Queen. It looks like they’re changing around a lot of the story, though, as Disney tends to do. We’ll see.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
December 13, 2013. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was fantastic. So of course I’m looking forward to the second chapter.
Saving Mr. Banks
December 20, 2013. This Disney live-action drama, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books, tells the behind-the-scenes (but surely embellished, because Uncle Walt never did evil) story of creating Disney’s classic film, Mary Poppins.
And that’s it for now. Lots to look forward to.