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My Look Ahead To 2013

Monday 31 December 2012, 16:15

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

As the old year ends here are some of the films that I am especially looking forward to in 2013...Happy New Year!

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    Comment number 1.

    Is this video filled with clips from trailers even though Mark told us we shouldn't watch 'em?

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    Comment number 2.

    Can't be, for that very reason.

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    Comment number 3.

    Sorry Mr. Kermode but this look looked rather disappointing ... aside of Side by side, the documentary I am really interested in along with the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl's debut "Sound City". For that matter thanks for bringing my attention to the Belfast punk scene film, I'll try to check that out!

    Other than that really promising films for me include "Inside Llewyn Davis" - love the Coens -, Sin City 2, The Wolf of Wall Street (Scorsese is a no brainer) and Park Chan Wook's first US-made picture "Stoker".


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    Comment number 4.

    Mark, they are the Maya, not Mayans. The n is only used is possessive contexts.

    That being said, arthouse Bay sounds utterly terrifying.

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    Comment number 5.

    There are a lot of films I'm really looking forward to. There's the final part of the Three Colours Cornetto trilogy with The World's End, there's Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim, Cloud Atlas and Elysium. I'm also really looking forward to the Carrie remake and Kick-Ass 2, both of them for the same reason and that's Chloe Grace Moretz. Her performance in Kick-Ass 2 needs no introduction if she's as good as she was in Kick-Ass 1 and I think she'll be the saving grace (no pun intended) of Carrie, especially considering that all of the other actors playing the teenagers in the film are at least 5 years older than her. I also have to say that the Evil Dead remake seems a bit pointless considering the deconstruction of these types of films with The Cabin in the Woods

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    Comment number 6.

    Cloud Atlas was awesome, it's visually amazing, and the story and performances are of the highest quality, it is on the long side though, which i didn't mind but i'm sure some people will, and it does require your full concentration, if you zone out at one point, you will probably be lost for the rest of the film.

    Flight was outstanding, that his how CGI should be used in films not to make giant talking robots, Denzel was at the top of his game and so was Kelly Reilly, i can see her being overlooked, but she deserves a mention, the very last scene in the hotel room you will think 'would that really happen' and there are some Cliché moments but in this case, Cliché is good.

    Daniel Day Lewis was amazing in Lincoln as you'd expect, but i felt there is a certain amount of knowledge of american history that you need going into this film. There are some scenes when your left scratching your head thinking...'what?' but that was my only gripe with the film, Spielberg knows how to evoke emotion, even when people are just talking. Master Director.

    Side by Side is very good, when you watch a film you don't appreciate everything that has gone into creating that moment where you can sit in a theatre , this documentary shines light on the creation, production and consumption of films shot on film and digitally. It's interesting to see how passionate some people really are for one side or the other.

    I will see any film it seems for Jessica Chastian and 9 times out of 10 they are good films, i hope Zero Dark Thirty is aswell.
    Tarantino is something special, and i just know Django will be amazing
    and to be honest, judging the trailer, i don't think russell Crowe sounds bad at all.

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    Comment number 7.

    World War Z can't hope to touch the book which is written from various points of view after the end of the Zombie Wars. The decision to use a single protagonist may make a fine, albeit derivative zombie pic, but the concept looks to stray too far from the style of the book. Why even call it World War Z in this case?

    With so much high-quality zombie entertainment of late (The Walking Dead), this movie's best hope is simply to look like it cost more. That's not saying much.

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    Comment number 8.

    Hello - British student of modern languages, home for Christmas and New Year from a year abroad in Germany, who can't hold back from saying that Cloud Atlas (which is already showing in Germany, since November) is completely brilliant. Have already seen it thrice, and if it's still playing when I get back in a week or so will be going to see it again. I don't want to overhype it, but seriously you guys, go see it when it gets here. SEE IT TWICE, SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS.

    Other than that, thanks for the round-up, a few films I haven't heard of and am now looking forward to. Two I'd like to mention in addition - the kid in me who fell in love with the Terminator would kill me for not mentioning The Last Stand, which I am very much anticipating. And for similar reasons, the horror/comedy John Dies at the End finally has a release date confirmed for pretty soon. Excited for both.

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    Comment number 9.

    Does anyone else have the "...not available to plau yet..."?

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    Comment number 10.

    A happy new year to everyone…

    The list of most eagerly anticipated films of 2013 is already shaping up as being potentially more interesting the previous year. So then, the first titles that spring to mind, in no particular order...

    Mad Max: Fury Road
    A Field In England
    Django Unchained
    Park Chan Wook's Stoker
    Man of Steel
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Anchorman: The Legend Continues
    The Worlds End
    Pacific Rim
    World War Z
    Evil Dead (wasn't looking forward to this at all until I caught the trailer… it might work?)
    Sound City
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    John Dies At The End
    Star Trek: Into Darkness
    Kick-Ass 2

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    Comment number 11.

    Cloud Atlas is absolutely abysmal after about the 1st hour (wow some great unexpected alliteration there!), because the set-up is intriguing and spectacular and if the plot(s) actually went anywhere interesting it could have been a great film.

    The point of it is pretty much your bog-standard, Buddhist-derived philosophy, which is made abundantly clear early on and is hammered home thereafter, to increasingly predictable and saccharine extents. In fact the trailer may as well be the film essentially.

    Monumentally inferior to the Fountain, a film I think is appropriately comparable.

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    Comment number 12.

    No, Doc, those that interpreted the Mayan calendar's end as the end of the world were wrong.

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    Comment number 13.

    There are many SF films to wait for in the year next, it seems, as previous posters have pointed out.

    But the film I'm most eager to see appears to have escaped attention:

    "Europa report".

    Fairly scant publicity for it (there's one trailer that I know of, and the website is mostly feature free), but I for one am stoked about what seems like a hard SF take on exploring our cosmic neighborhood. With, apparently, a tinge of horror thrown in for flavor.

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    Comment number 14.

    @ #9. PJ Hughes - kermodeandmayo always goes up if you are having problems with the bbc site, on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWBqS4Yk7hk

    Happy New Year all ! Doc, you're looking a little tired: Been burning the midnight oil recently, or are the latest films are that bad?! Have you ever considered making a film: New Year's resolution much? Secondly: What sort of blog features will be jazzing it up this year (film club etc.)?

    Looks like a set of entertaining films, except the sequel/remake + cgi-mtv-3d-48fps additional category being added to that. :& . Also why do the Oscars get such prominence in the calendar when we are invariably and rightly lambast their hollowness? Finally there was a skew with mainstream fare, what about the foreign films... those are my favorite invariably. And any documentaries also.

    I'm glad all that Maya Calendar phony business is over. Sood it: Watch this instead and learn the true wonder of the ancients: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YeQ_497Uko

    2013 seems to be the sci-fi year: All good. @ 13. Mihai Pomarlan - thanks for the heads up.

    From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/dec/30/2013-film-preview-tarantino-star-trek?intcmp=ILCMUSTXT9384

    Interested in Pedro Almodóvar's "I'm So Excited" - as his other recent films were a little too self-referential towards the movie world. This looks like an interesting premise with his style.

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    Comment number 15.

    I'm a big fan of Wong Kar Wai and can't wait to see The Grandmaster (if it actually gets released and screened at QFT).

    Hopefully Studio Ghibli's new films will make it to our shores this year too. It will be the first time since 1988 that co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will have their films open on the same day (in Japan at least).

    Takahata doesn't receive the credit he deserves in general after the foreign success of Miyazaki's films, like Spirited Away. So I really hope his film makes it to the UK as well as Miyazaki's. I feel that everyone should see Takahata's utterly heartbreaking Grave of the Fireflies (in Japanese with subtitles).

    Hope you enjoy the new year Mark!

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    Comment number 16.

    Maya rather than Mayans, but who says "May"-a rather than "My"-a?

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    Comment number 17.

    Whats the Pacino/Walken film that looks like it'll be really funny or super cringeworthy ??
    Pacific Rim looks like a a blast and thumbs up to the guys who already mentioned John Dies At The End. Hope its as funny as Bubba Ho Tep !!

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    Comment number 18.

    I'm looking forward to 47 Ronin at the end of the year. As long as it's not delayed yet again....

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    Comment number 19.

    Sequels, prequels, remakes, how about something new for 2013? Like the Dodge Brothers' Memphis album you have been promising us? You can't hide behind your screen persona for ever, Dr Kermode, where are the goods?

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    Comment number 20.

    Surely Oz: The Great and Powerful is worth a mention if only because it has got to be the longest gap in film history between orignal and prequel. Also you may laugh at Monsters Inc 3D but surely it's just there as a buildup to Monsters Univeristy, a film i am genuinely exited about. Lastly Anchorman 2 anybody?


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