Posted By Chris Perkins on July 3, 2013
2013 has already seen some pretty huge films hit the cinema screens of the world. Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and Man Of Steel have seemed to delight and disappoint in almost equal measures. There’s still a whole lot for film geeks to look forward to, even though we’re a little over halfway through the year, and it seems as good a time as any to look at some of the (potential) delights this year still has in store…
10. You’re Next
This low-budget horror has been building up a reputation since it screened at Austin’s Fantastic Fest way back in 2011, bagging itself four awards in the process. It’s been a long time coming, but why should we care? The trailer is effectively creepy, but suggests a fairly standard home-invasion shocker. Apparently, it has enough twists on the formula to make it something more. It has been described as “the horror movie which turns the genre’s clichés on their head” and features a seriously kick-ass heroine who gives as good as she gets.
9. Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card might have issues with certain people, but the book series he created is considered a legitimate Sci-Fi classic. This long-awaited adaptation follows a world where kids are forced to fight off an alien menace, and sees Harrison Ford making his return to Science-Fiction.
2012 was a bumper crop for animation fans, with Frankenweenie, Wreck It Ralph, ParaNorman and many more. 2013, not so much. This new computer-animated flick from Disney is a return to fairy-tale territory (it’s inspired by The Snow Queen). Last time the Mouse House went back there, we got the rather lovely Tangled. This also has the claim to fame as the first Disney film to be directed by a woman (although Jennifer Lee shares the credit with Tarzan‘s Chris Buck). The teaser may tell us nothing, but it’s a whole lot of fun.
7. Kick Ass 2
Jim Carrey may be refusing to promote this, but this adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic will still be on fans’ radars. Original director Matthew Vaughan may have moved on, but the trailer suggests that this will continue to be anarchic fun in the vein of the original. With Christopher Mintz-Plasse playing a character who’s name we can’t even say on a family friendly website, this could be an enjoyable antidote to a summer of clean-cut super-heroics.
6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
In truth, the adaptation of the first of Suzanne Collins’ fantastic young-adult novels was a bit of a mixed bag. The requirement to get a PG-13 saw the action afflicted with an over-abundance of shaky-cam, but the casting was fantastic and the world well realized. The fact that this sequel is arriving the year after the original may be a cause for concern, but nonetheless, the first trailer will get you suitably excited.
5. Thor: The Dark World
The original Thor was a hoot, largely thanks to game performances by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston (as the villainous Loki). The sequel lost original director Kenneth Branagh and replaced him with Alan Taylor. Who? Although this is his feature début, he is no stranger to directing by having directed six episodes of Game Of Thrones. For added Geek-cred, this film also features a former Doctor (Doctor Who) in the form of Christopher Eccleston taking on villain duties this time around.
In this Sci-Fi film starring Matt Damon, the population that are wealthy live in a space-station while the rest live in poverty below. As Sci-Fi set-ups go, it’s nothing ground breaking. Why should you care about this film? Because it is written and directed by Neill Blomkamp. That’s why. The first flick from the South African filmmaker since District 9, we will finally get to see if he can deliver on the promise of his blistering début.
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
It was easy to feel cynical going into the release of An Unexpected Journey, the first part of Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-Earth. Three movies for The Hobbit? Many fans found their cynicism melting away the minute they found themselves swept up once again in Tolkien’s world. Does it need three films? Almost certainly not, but, when it’s made this well, who cares? Martin Freeman is cast perfectly as young Bilbo, while the dwarves include some of Britain and Ireland’s finest actors. So, a return visit is more than welcome. Not to be forgotten, this time we actually get to see that dragon, who is voiced by Freeman’s Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch!
Giant Monsters versus Giant Robots. I’ve just explained why you need to see this. Oh, you need more? It’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro, the visionary director behind Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, and sees humanity fighting off a threat from beneath the sea with the aid of giant anime-style mechas. It also features Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from The Wire, BBC’s Luther) in his first full-on Hollywood lead. If the trailer doesn’t make you want to watch it, then I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.
1. The World’s End
Simon Pegg is a geek god. He was already in another film this summer (Star Trek Into Darkness), but here he also nabs a co-writer credit too. Any film geek worth their salt should be familiar with Pegg’s earlier collaborations with writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz). This is the long-awaited third team-up between the duo, the third part of the so-called Blood and Ice Cream trilogy. Pegg teams up again with Shaun and Fuzz co-star Nick Frost alongside a whole host of the finest talent in UK comedy, including Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). The plot sees a pub crawl comedy combined with an Invasion Of The Body Snatchers-style alien invasion flick. At least, that’s what the trailer suggests. We need to see this film as of yesterday.
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