Archive for February, 2013

Because it’s still early in the year — we are, after all, only a month in — I thought it would be worthwhile to discuss exciting genre projects which will come out in the next year or so. I’ve broken these lists up by medium. And where better to start than movies?

[Note: I ripped the release dates from IMDB and, as we all know, they often change. Links are to trailers. Please note that not all content will be appropriate for all ages.]

1. Mama (1/18) Yes, this one is already out, but the reviews seem solid. It’s got a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is not bad at all, especially for a horror movie. Guillermo del Toro produced it, which is more than good enough for me. And I think it’s going to be an compelling take on a well-known subgenre.

2. Warm Bodies (2/1) I mean, you knew it was going to be on the list. (You can take the zombies away from the girl, but you can’t take the girl away from the zombies?) I saw it this weekend — it was completely awesome.

3. The ABCs of Death (3/8) Maybe I’m just a sucker for anthology style movies, but this one looks genuinely interesting. Besides, 26 leaders in the film directing 26 stories about death? I’m not sure how this could go poorly.

4. Evil Dead (4/5) Yes, I know it’s a remake and therefore sacrilege. But Ash himself has put in his stamp of approval on it. And it’s clearly more of a reimagining than a rehash.

5. Star Trek Into Darkness (5/17) I tried to keep sequels of this list (which is why you don’t see The Hobbit Pt. 2 or Catching Fire) but we’ve been waiting for this one. And I think it might actually have been worth it.

6. Pacific Rim (7/12) Guillermo del Toro + alien invasion + mecha + Idris Elba. If you don’t get awesome when you add up that equation, your math is just off.

7. Elysium (8/9) I know hardcore sci-fi like this often flops, but I’ve got soft spots for dystopias, Matt Damon, and Jodie “I’m Fifty” Foster.

8. City of Bones (8/23) Based on the first book of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, this looks like two hours of pure fun. I mean, we’re in the YA era, folks. Just embrace it.

9. I, Frankenstein (9/13) If loving any and all films, good or bad, even loosely based on Frankenstein is wrong . . . I don’t wanna be right.

10. Carrie (10/18) Another remake, yes, and just as controversial as Evil Dead, but there’s a lot to be excited about here, including the aesthetic, the casting, and the director, whose first film (Boys Don’t Cry) will haunt me. Forever.

11. The World’s End (10/25) I’m going to say definitely the film I am most thrilled about this year. I mean, it’s the third and final film in the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy. After Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go watch those movies RIGHT NOW.

12. Ender’s Game (11/1) A beloved child/adolescent favorite of many, this movie might have the most pressure on it of any coming out in 2013. I’m encouraged by the casting. On the fence about the director because I loved Tsotsi, but couldn’t stand the Wolverine movie. I guess we’ll see?

13. Frozen (11/27) 2012 was a fantastic year for animated film and I’m hoping 2013 will be the same. (Films not mentioned: Epic and Monsters U.) Also, I really wanted Disney to be consistently good again. This one looks promising, and who doesn’t dig Hans Christian Anderson?

What movies are you looking forward to in 2013?