First off, these lists are very hard to do. Last year, I listed 12 films, and 5 of them have yet to come out, so they’re on the list again. Bear with it. Hell, next year, some of these might still be on the list, you never know.
The first one I’ll mention is The Golden Suicides, the collaboration between French madman Gaspar Noe and Bret Easton Ellis, based on an insane true story of two artists that took their own lives due to Scientology-induced paranoia. This one is still finding funding as far as I can tell, and although I know for sure Ryan Gosling is interesting in making it, the guy is so busy I don’t seem him doing it this year. Who knows, if it happens, it would be the one film I want to see the most.
Upstream Color – The new film from Shane Carruth, the brilliant director behind Primer, it has taken him 7 years to get to this point, and this one was on my list last year, but now it has a definite release date of April 15th, 2013, so I feel safe putting it on here. A time travel follow up to Primer, this one focuses on a couple, but we still don’t know enough about it to know anything other than it will probably be very complex.
Stoker – This is the US debut from South Korean director Park Chan-Wook and it was also on my list last year. It will be released in limited theaters March 1st, and possibly more theaters if it does well. The creepy trailer shows off Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, and Nicole Kidman in a strange family triangle story that is sure to be about more than meets the eye.
Only God Forgives – Ryan Gosling is teaming up with Nicolas Winding Refn once again after their excellent first effort together, Drive. Centering on a cop (Gosling) and a gangster facing off in a Thai boxing match to settle debts, this one is hotly anticipated across the board, it seems. It was on my list last year as well, but it should definitely be out by early summer this year.
This is the End – The first apocalypse comedy, this started as the single location Seth and Jay Vs. The Apocalypse short, but has since grown into the big, weird movie we recently saw the trailer for, mostly because the stars have become much more famous in Hollywood, and have had multiple successes in the meantime since making that short. The film looks crazy and very fun, and this is one I’m really looking forward to.
The World’s End – The second apocalypse comedy I’m looking forward to this year, this is the third Nick Frost/Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright feature film team-up that can’t be ignored. Centering on our two favorite British pals as they try an epic pub crawl, I can’t wait to see what insanity these guys get up to this time.
You’re Next – I’m still very mad I missed a screening of this over a year ago after it was bought up for distribution, but at least I know when I’ll get to see it: In August, when it comes out in wide release. The latest film from Adam Wingard, this one is described as a balls-to-the-wall home invasion horror film. I don’t even need to see a trailer or read a review to know that I want to see this one, and bad.
The Place Beyond the Pines – Yet another Ryan Gosling film I’m mad I missed a screening for. However, the wait is short as we know it’s hitting theaters in March. The recently released trailer looks excellent, and I personally am anticipating this one probably more than anything else, so I’m glad it’s coming soon.
Elysium – What’s not to anticipate? The heavily guarded secrets behind Neil Blomkamp’s upcoming sci-fi movie will be a joy to uncover when the film finally comes out later this year, but everything I’ve heard and seen about it makes me want to see it now, not wait until August. If District 9 is any indication, this may end up being one of the year’s best.
I would also mention Pacific Rim here, as I have all the faith in the world in Guillermo Del Toro, but after seeing the first trailer, I’m not blown away. I want to see the movie, and I will, but at the same time, I don’t have any grand expectations for it. I’m saving those for if he ever gets the funding to make At the Mountains of Madness, a film I want to see quite a bit more.
There are still others I want to see, like 12 Years a Slave but they aren’t the type of films I’m heavily anticipating, like I am with these ones. Danny Boyle, The Coen Brothers, and Terrence Malick all have films coming out in the coming year, but it’s the same story with Pacific Rim, none of them have me chomping at the bit to see them. They might hold some of my best surprises of the year, but we’ll have to see when the year is out.