Top Ten Remaining Films of 2013

Top10 2013Here’s my pick of the top ten remaining films left in 2013. Now I’m using the English release dates to form my list, so there’s is no ‘Wolf on Wall Street’ or ‘Under the Skin’ on here, as much as I’m really looking forward to both of those movies! In fact (just as an aside) they, along with several others on this list, are currently sitting tucked away at the bottom right hand side of my blog in a new ‘What I’m Looking Forward to’ section. I just want to give a shout out to a couple of great blogs which I have essentially ripped that idea from, and that’s Mettel Ray Movie Blog and Cinematic Corner, please check them both out if you haven’t already, they’re excellent.

Anyway, let’s move onto the list!

Carrie10. Carrie – Despite the fact that it feels like a pointless remake of the classic De Palma movie, I’m still interested in Carrie as it stars my favourite actress Julianne Moore and the very promising talent Chloë Grace Moretz.  No matter how good or bad the film turns out to be, I’m hoping that this pairing will be worth checking out!

Gravity9. Gravity – I’ve finally given into the buzzing anticipation for Gravity. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Children of Men, and that fact combined with the trailer not doing too much for me meant that I was left cold for a while. But it does seem that this will be at least visually spectacular, and with James Cameron recently heaping praise upon the film, I’m now ready to believe that it may turn out to be quite special.

Filth8. Filth – James McAvoy seems to have thrown himself into the role of a bipolar junkie law enforcer judging by the trailer, and it should be interesting to see just how an intense a performance he gives. Aside from that though, we have Eddie Marsan and Shirley Henderson in supporting roles which is very exciting, and the film is an adaptation of an a Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) novel. So altogether there’s a lot of promise for this one.

Philomena7. Philomena – Steve Coogan plays a journalist who winds up writing a human interest story, it’s about a woman who is searching for her son after he was taken from her years ago when she was then forced to live in a convent. Judi Dench plays said woman, and although the film’s trailer seems a touch too lighthearted, we all know how talented Dench is, and I have a suspicion that she will be excellent in this role and could be fairly heartbreaking.

Short Term 126. Short Term 12 – Brie Larson stars in this film as a staff member at a foster care facility, and judging by several reviews it seems that she is pretty fantastic in it. Also it promises to be an emotionally charged, quietly affecting story, with an number of solid supporting performances. It’s fair to say that I’ve gotten my hopes raised pretty high for this one.

Hobbit5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – As flawed and somewhat disappointing as the first film was, I have to say that I still did have a good time with it in the cinema. Now I’m hoping that with the groundwork set, this movie can raise its game and eclipse the first both in terms of intensity and heart. I still have my reservations, but there’s no doubt that I’m really looking forward to seeing The Desolation of Smaug this December!

Pieta4. Pieta – This Korean film has just been released a few days ago in England and I’m very much hoping that I get the opportunity to see it. It’s about a ruthless, violent, and powerful loan shark who encounters a woman who claims to be his long lost mother. The film is supposed to be powerful and daring, and it in fact won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. However it turns out, I imagine that it will be pretty different to Philomena’s tale of a long lost mother!

Don Jon3. Don Jon – Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who then has gone on to star in the film as well, Don Jon is a film about a guy who only cares about a few things in his life, and one of those is porn. It has shaped his expectations of life and he has to overcome those when he meets and falls for his potential true love. It promises to be a sharp and intelligent film, and has supporting performances by Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore – what’s not to like?

American Hustle2. American Hustle – An excellent cast comprised of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner make this film about con artists, mobsters and politicians a must see. Then throw in the fact that director David O. Russell has directed most of his primary cast in Oscar nominated/wining performances in the past, and this one looks set to be excellent.

The Counselor1. The Counselor – Cormac McCarthy (novels: No Country for Old Men, The Road) has written the script, Ridley Scott is directing, and the cast includes Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz – on that basis alone this film looks incredibly exciting. That’s one impressive cast, but both Bardem and Fassbender rank amongst my very favourite actors working today, and so the fact that they are acting opposite one another is enough to draw me into a cinema seat.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think of my list in the comment box below, what are you anticipating?


  1. I like your list but the only one out of these I will likely GO see is Gravity. The others I’ll catch on TV some time (but we have different tastes) : )

    1. Fair enough, we certainly do have different tastes! I had kind of expected you to be going to see Carrie though.

      1. I was excited for a while but the trailers aren’t impressing me much…

        1. I’m the same about the trailers actually, I just am placing a lot of faith in Moore and Moretz!

  2. Great list, The Counselor and Philomena look good.

    1. Thanks Vinnieh, they certainly do – especially The Counselor.

  3. Great list! There were a couple on here I hadn’t heard about yet, so I’m excited to check those out!

    1. Thank you! That’s very good to hear!

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing Filth just because most of it is filmed near my house!

    1. Oh really? That’s pretty cool, did you try out as an extra at all?

      1. No, would have loved to but work gets in the way of these things 😦

        1. Ah man, that’s a shame 😦

  5. Great list. Including a lot of what I have as well. Gravity and Don Jon are my 1 and 2 though.

    1. Thanks Nick, I can understand those placings although as I said in the post, I’ve only recently come around to Gravity. I’m excited in one way or another about all of the films on my list, but American Hustle and The Counselor are the only truly essential must sees in my eyes!

  6. Nice list, I’m also really looking forward to gravity. I’d add Inside Llewyn Davis, The Past, and Her. The Wolf on Wall Street’s coming out here in the US in November, so that would be one of my picks as well.

    1. I strongly considered Inside Llewyn Davis actually. Yeah, The Wolf on Wall Street is easily one of my most anticipated – it’s a shame it couldn’t make my list!

  7. Great list! Most of these would be in mine (if I had one). Actually, your 1 and 2 picks would be mine, only inverted. And I’m not looking forward to The Hobbit AT ALL, lol!

    1. Cheers! That’s good to hear about 1 & 2 – I’m very excited for both of those.

      I guessed that you wouldn’t be!

      1. LOL, everybody knows how I hated The Hobbit so I’m not looking forward to the sequels.

        But on the other hand, America Hustle and The Counselor have my mouth watering.

        1. Oh yeah, as soon as I heard about both American Hustle and The Counselor I knew immediately that I had to see both of them! They are so promising!

          1. Yes. Hopefully they won’t disappoint!

  8. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO ANCHORMAN 2 ???????????????? 😦

    1. I suspected that you may say that Tyson 😦 There’s a reason for it not being on here, but I don’t know if it will make you better or even worse, but here it is – I’ve never seen Anchorman.

        1. Haha, if I fix this error will I see you back here at some point? Or is the damage already done?

          1. If you see Anchorman, then give it the 10/10 it deserves I’ll be back 🙂

          2. We will have to see, I would love to have you back but as to whether Anchorman is as good as Drive and Alien… Hmmm – I guess I’ll find out!

  9. Nice picks. Some of these weren’t on my radar, most notably Pieta and American Hustle, but now are.

    1. Thank you, well I’m very glad that I could bring those to your attention!

  10. Seeing Gravity this Thursday, can’t freakin’ wait!! Nice list James, glad to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I actually enjoyed the first one 😀

    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy it!
      Thanks Ruth, I enjoyed the first but thought that there was definitely room for improvement. Here’s to hoping that the second is as good or better!

  11. Some here I don’t recall knowing about and am interested in like Pieta, Short Term 12 and Philomena. But I want to see several of the ones you have listed here. Nice

    1. Thanks, I didn’t know about Pieta or Short Term 12 either until I researched this list. I’m really glad that I did it now!

  12. Gravity, Desolation of Smaug and Don Jon seem worth checking out. It would be nice to see JGL’s directing debut.

    1. Yeah I’m hearing good things about his debut, apparently he looks pretty promising for the future should he wind up taking more directorial projects!

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