Dec 272012

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With 2012 almost behind us, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2013 and what film goodness it will bring. Well it’s looking to be a good year, with some big name directors releasing new films, and favourite actors returning to our screens. But do you know what the most exciting thing is? The films that will probably end up wowing us, or being our favourites, are most likely completely unknown at this point. Look at your top 10 of 2012 – how many of those were you excited about in 2011?I bet at least half were films that blindsided you, or came onto your radar after festival screenings. Now isn’t that something to get excited about? After the jump, check out our top 10 most anticipated films for 2013 – well the ones that we know about now anyway.

About Time (Richard Curtis)

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Would you see a movie starring Bill Nighy, Rachael McAdams and Tom Hollander; and is written and directed by the guy who bought us Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked (Richard Curtis)? Despite little being known, I’m in. [Chris]


The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)

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Sofia Coppola is probably my favourite working director, so it’s no surprise that this film is on my list. Based on a real group of celebrity-obsessed teens who stalked stars online and then robbed their homes, it has the potential to be seriously thrilling. [Sam]


Calvary (John Michael McDonagh)


A supposedly very black comedy centred around Brendan Gleeson as a priest battling evil men within his congregation. It’s helmed by John Michael McDonagh who last wrote and directed The Guard; and if it’s anywhere near as funny, clever and heartfelt as that, we’re in for a real treat. And when all’s said and done, when has Brendan Gleeson ever done us wrong? [Chris]


Devil’s Knot (Atom Egoyan)


The West Memphis Three story has been told with 4 documentaries, and now Devil’s Knot will dramatise the horrific true story of three teens who were wrongly accused of murdering 3 young children. With an interesting director like Atom Egoyan behind it, I am  really intrigued to see what this will give us that we haven’t already seen in the documentaries. [Sam]


The Lords of Salem (Rob Zombie)


With what may be one of the best trailers for a film I’ve seen, Rob Zombie’s latest is a supernatural horror involving witches, demons and some seemingly beautiful cinematic touches added to the mix. Considering this man is responsible for The Devil’s Rejects (one of my all-time favourite movies), I can only hope it’s as beautiful and terrifying as it looks. [Chris]


Machete Kills (Robert Rodriguez)

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I could mention Danny Trejo, or the fact that Mel Gibson is the villain and that Charlie Sheen stars as the president of the united states; but all that really matters is that it’s Machete with Robert Rodriguez back in the director’s chair. Being a huge enthusiast of the idiotic yet inventive genius of the first film, it’s one of the few sequels I can’t personally wait to see. [Chris]


Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)

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Coming off of Drive, this was my most anticipated film of 2012. However for a variety of reasons it went overtime, and here I am putting it on top of my most anticipated film list again. Set in Thailand. a police lieutenant and a gangster settle their grudge with a Thai-boxing match. It looks hellishly gritty and stars Gosling – why wouldn’t you want to see this? [Sam]


The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance)


Two Ryan Gosling films – I know, I know. But it’s not just Gosling that has pipped my interest in this film. Have you seen the trailer? How about the fact that it’s from the director of the breathtakingly good Blue Valentine? Okay, maybe Gosling has something to do with it to….[Sam]


Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)

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A strange dramedy involving five bikini wearing girls on spring break who begin tagging along with a gold teeth, bling wearing gangster played by a corn rowed James Franco. When a movie such as this looks profound as well as bat-shit crazy, you can’t help but get excited at the prospect of something different and exciting. Hopefully…[Chris]


Twelve Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)


You don’t even need to know anything about the story to get excited about this film. Check out this cast list: Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis, Scoot McNairy and more. Couple that amazing cast with director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) and you’re going to get something special. [Sam]


What do you think of our picks? What are you looking forward to in 2013? Let us know in the comments.