My 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013


Below is a list of my 10 Most Anticipated Films tentatively due to release in the U.S. at some point in 2013. I based this list off whatever information I could find. Obviously there will be huge omissions that I don’t even know exist and surely plenty of great films will come out of nowhere and blow me away in 2013. You won’t see action movies, sequels or comic book stuff, because I have a pretty waning interest in all of that. 

When gauging my interest in a film this far out from its release, the biggest factor is who is Directing. After that it becomes some combination of Writer, Actors and of course subject matter/source material. There’s a lot of stuff coming in 2013 that I’m quite jazzed about that still missed my list, including new films from the Coen Brothers, Bennett Miller, Spike Jonze and dozens more. For the record, in the past my lists like this have rarely panned out. I end up liking about half of them. Both Dark Shadows and Lawless made my list last year and I think both are pretty terrible. Also, my favorite film of the year has never been on my Anticipated List before the year. 

OK. Here are my 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013 in alphabetical order. 

American Bullshit (Untitled Abscam Project)

Directed by David O. Russell, Written by Eric Singer, Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner

Short Synopsis - An FBI sting operation in the 1970s called Abscam leads to the conviction of United States Congressmen.

Why - This one is a no-brainer because it hits on all levels. I’ve never seen a bad David O. Russell film and feel coming off The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, he is operating at his highest level. I’m all in on Bale and Adams and have come around on Cooper as well. The true political scandal would be appealing on its own. Russell is not listed as the writer and that’d be my only fear. I hope and expect that the script will be filtered through his own distinct style and come out feeling like one of his own. I wish they’d keep that great title!

ETA : TBA/Late 2013

The Counselor

Directed by Ridley Scott, Written by Cormac McCarthy, Starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz

Short Synopsis - A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

Why - The cast is strong. Ridley Scott, at least in my opinion, did some interesting things in Prometheus. The plot synopsis is plenty vague, but the big selling point is screenwriter Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy is considered one of the great American novelists, with his books having been turned into such strong and bleak recent films as The Road and No Country for Old Men (My favorite film of 2007). This is not an adaptation, but instead his first produced screenplay. 

ETA :  November 15th

Mood Indigo

Directed by Michel Gondry, Written by Luc Bossi, Starring Audrey Tatou and Omar Sy

Short Synopsis - A woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

Why - While I’d be crying tears of excitement if this were the rumored Gondry adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s brilliant sci-fi novel Ubik, I’m still anxious for Mood Indigo because, well, it’s Michel Gondry . He does quirk and fantasy as good as anyone (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep), but with a very distinct visual style and this story sounds ripe for him. Also, if you are going to make a French film, Audrey Tatou has to be near the top of your actress wish list. 


A Most Wanted Man 

Directed by Anton Corbijn, Written by Andrew Bovell, Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe

Short Synopsis - A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror.

Why - Anton Corbijn has proven himself capable, but my excitement here mostly has to do with it being a John le Carre’ adaptation. His novels have turned into such great stuff as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Constant Gardener and one of the most perfect films in recent memory, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Having one of the best actors working in Phillip Seymour Hoffman and then a favorite of mine, Willem Dafoe along is also a huge plus. 

ETA : TBA/Late 2013


Directed and Written by Jeff Nichols, Starring Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Michael Shannon

Short Synopsis - Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trailer and to reunite him with his true love.

Why - The synopsis doesn’t inspire me. The cast doesn’t inspire me. The reaction to it after playing Cannes in 2012 doesn’t inspire me. BUT it’s written and directed by Jeff Nichols whose last film, Take Shelter is my favorite film in almost twenty years. He’s has proven to have a very strong handle on small town/rural America. I can’t help but count the days until I see this thing. (If it had a distributor/release date I could count the days anyways!)


The Place Beyond the Pines

Directed by Derek Cianfrance, Written by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder, Starring Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta

Short Synopsis - A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.

Why -  A few years ago a film directed by Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling called Blue Valentine came out of nowhere and shattered me. It was as naturalistic, real and emotionally affecting as anything I’d seen and I was blown away. I find Cianfrance interesting and based on the interviews I’ve seen he has a very different approach from other directors working. I just want to see what he does next and this is it. The March release date scares me some, but I have high hopes for The Place Beyond the Pines.

ETA : March 29th

Upstream Color 

Directed and Written by Shane Carruth, Starring Shane Carruth, Amy Seimetz, Andrew Sensenig and Thiago Martins

Short Synopsis - 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.

Why - In 2004 Shane Carruth wrote, directed and starred in a film he made for seven thousand dollars called, Primer. It’s every bit the definition of a “mindfuck film”, but I also believe it to be one of the best sci-fi films I’ve ever seen and easily the best time-travel film I’ve seen. I love that film and Upstream Color is his first film since Primer. Carruth writes, directs and stars in this one as well.  

ETA : April 5th

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by Martin Scorsese, Written by Terrence Winter, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler and Jean Dujardin

Short Synopsis - A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration.

Why - It’s Martin Fucking Scorsese! He’s my favorite director ever, so I’m all in for any and everything he has going. I recoil at the subject matter, as I have never ever been able to make that leap and accept attempts to humanize the Wall Street crooks. It’s a lot that I just never want to hang with, whether it be in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, Margin Call or any other. I have tons of confidence in Scorsese and even more when he has his muse DiCaprio on board, so I’m sure it’ll be great and I’ll be in that 10 A.M. screening the day it opens. A new Martin Scorsese release is like a holiday in my home. 

ETA : Late 2013

The Young and Prodigious Spivet 

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Written by Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, Starring Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis and Dominique Pinon

Short Synopsis - A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. 

Why - I love the grimy fantasy worlds that Jean-Pierre Jeunet creates. He’s a director I really like, whose films are immediately recognizable as Jeunet films. He brings his own usually perfect mix of whimsy and darkness. All of his French films are good, while his one big shot in Hollywood, Alien 4 was pretty terrible. This looks like it’ll be in English and luckily will be sans aliens. I worry about anything with an unknown child lead, but I really like much of the supporting cast. 

ETA : TBA/Late 2013

The Zero Theorem 

Directed by Terry Gilliam, Written by Pat Rushin, Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw

Short Synopsis - A computer hacker’s goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

Why - Any time Terry Gilliam is given money to make a film AND completes it, it’s an exciting thing. He has such history of catastrophe. Everything looks good here. The concept sounds awesome, the cast is strong and I’m OK with Gilliam not taking on the writing responsibilities himself. He has an unmatched imagination, but even still, one of the best films he’s made was written by others, 12 Monkey’s. The screenwriter has no track record, so who knows, but knowing Gilliam he’ll just toss it aside and film a bunch of crazy shit that’s rattling around in his head anyways. He hasn’t made a great film in over a decade, so I really hope this is his next. 

ETA : TBA/Late 2013


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  3. poetnine said: Strong line-up. Hadn’t heard of most of em and they look exciting.
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