Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 10 Movies of 2013

Hi there. It's the end of 2012 and one of my favorite things to do is make a list of the movies that I'm most looking forward to next year. Unfortunately, 2013 has big shoes to fill because I'm not sure that I'm looking forward to any of these movies as much as I was "The Dark Knight Rises" or "The Avengers" but it's still a solid enough of a list that I've decided to expand it to 10 movies this year. I'll focus on my top 5 but I'll still give a mention to the rest of 6-10.

My list last year (Brave, Hunger Games, Avengers, Hobbit and The Dark Knight Rises) was pretty solid. I'd say that now that I've seen Skyfall that it probably should have been above Brave on my list but I've made mistakes on this list before and I'm probably bound to do so again.

Finally, I'm pretty sure that normally I count down to the top movie on my list but I'll try just starting with #1 and going from there....

1. Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17th)

I don't know that I qualify as a "Trekkie" as I have never dressed up as a Klingon or gone to a convention in my life but I am a life-long Star Trek fan. I'm also a JJ Abrams fan (LOST) and his first Star Trek movie in 2009 was fantastic. It's not very often that I recommend a movie to everyone I talk to regardless of what their tastes in movies is but the original seemed to be enjoyable to a lot larger of a group than some of the older Star Trek movies. I'm excited to see the Enterprise flying underwater and how they continue to show Captain Kirk evolve as a leader.

2. Man of Steel (June 14th)

I love comic book movies but this one looks particularly good. Both of the trailers they've released have had a great tone to them. I'm sure it helps that it's being produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) but I think they could actually make me care about a guy whose only weakness is a glowing green rock. (I kid, I kid) I've always liked Superman but the key to a good comic book story is what they have to overcome and Superman seems to have most of his life in order. I think this movie could be a chance to show Superman having to overcome something more than a guy who wants to break California off of the rest of the USA.

3. Monsters University (June 21st)

I love Pixar movies. Really, I do. "Brave" made my list last year and it was probably the most forgettable Pixar movie I've seen. Monsters Inc was one of my favorite Pixar movies of all time though. I still remember going to see it for my birthday and not caring that I was surrounded by children much younger than I because I knew that the movie was going to be fantastic. It's still a movie that I can pop into the DVD player pretty much anytime and enjoy. The beauty of the movie is that it created an entire universe full of stuff worth exploring so I'm excited to see more of this monster world and it helps that Billy Crystal and John Goodman are fantastic together.

4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13th)
(There's no trailer yet. I'll edit it down the road when they finally do release one. I'll give them a break, the first one just came out)

The first of three movies based on "The Hobbit" was a movie that I put near the top of my 2012 list. By the time that it came out, I wasn't sure that this movie would make the top 5. It had less to do with the trailers or reviews of the movie as it had to do with the fact that I was discouraged that they would take a small book and turn it into three movies. (a la Twilight, Hunger Games, Harry Potter) I knew that they were adding to the story but it reeked of tricking me into going to the movie theater multiple times just because they knew that I wouldn't skip parts of a large story. I went into the first movie with lowered expectations and came out pleased. It was entertaining and kept me interested in its own right, not on the basis of me missing the Lord of the Rings movies. It did seem slowly paced and drawn out in some areas so that is keeping me from being too excited about this one but they have me interested in their characters so now they've got me hooked to go along for the rest of the ride. (See the movie studio's evil plan)

5. Iron Man 3 (May 3rd)

I'll admit that when I saw the first Iron Man movie I enjoyed it but my favorite part was the trailer for The Dark Knight. (My favorite part of the Hobbit may have been the 9 minute trailer of Star Trek Into Darkness) I am excited to see how they go with Iron Man's story "post-Avengers" because it will easily be boring to have Iron Man take on some angry guy after he just joined up with multiple other superheroes to defeat an alien army.

And the rest...

6. Saving Mr. Banks (December 20th)
Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney as he tries to convince the author of Mary Poppins to allow him to make her book into a movie. I won't spoil the ending for you...

7. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22nd)
I was really excited about the first one and then slightly disappointed by the actual movie. I'm more excited that the screenwriter of Toy Story 3 and the upcoming Star Wars movies is tackling this one so I'm inclined to give them another chance. Hopefully less shaky camera work...

8. The Wolverine (July 26th)
The sequel to the 2009 movie that was not good at all. Wolverine is cool enough to check this one out though. Plus it takes place in Japan.

9. Despicable Me 2 (July 3rd)
The first one was solid. I'm not sure where they'll go with the story (he's not despicable anymore!) but the minions alone are worth the movie ticket.

10. Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8th)
Normally I'd be opposed to a sequel to a classic movie but The Wizard is an interesting character so I'm excited to see the story of his background.


  1. Isn't Oz a prequel? I thought it was about how the wizard arrived and found his place in Oz.

  2. Touché. When this film was put announced in 2010, however, there were five Wizard of Oz films being worked on, including one where Drew Barrymore was Dorothy's great granddaugther who had to go back to OZ and defeat the Wicked Witch of the West. (again)

    Spoiler alert: She melted. That would be like if the new Star Wars movies had Luke Skywalker's grandson defeat Darth Vader again.

    Actually, that doesn't sound so bad...