Here’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!
10. 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!
9. 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.
8. 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.
7. 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.
6. 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.
5. 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!
4. 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!
3. 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?
2. 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.
1. 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?