Before film goodness begins, I just wanted to shout out that this is my 100th blog entry! Woo! It's only taken 402 days. Thanks for all your ongoing support and interest.
On with the show!
As we reach the end of the first month of 2013, we've already had a spiffing Tarantino film (Django Unchained) and a piffting Schwarzenegger film (The Last Stand). What other films are coming out this year which raise the pulse (or the eyebrows)?
A Good Day to Die Hard (released 14/02/13)
Awkward title aside, I'm quite looking forward to this film. The previous films have ranged from being awesome to silly-but-enjoyable and either way, the promotional material have suggested that this will be a worthy edition to the series. Word is that Bruce Willis is looking to do this film and Die Hard part 6 and then call it a day.
Stoker (released 01/03/2013)
Park Chan-wook's debut english language film looks like a terrifying psychological feature completely with Nicole Kidman on solid icy setting. Given the style of film in Chan-wook's back catalogue and you can expect a horrifyingly involving and twisted film and the 18 rating the film has been given would attest to that.
Evil Dead (released 19/04/2013)
The facts that elevates this film from simple remake status are the involvement of Sam Raimi (as co-writer and producer) and the producer of the original film, Roger Tapert. This looks like a hugely violent take on the horror classic. Add to this the other fact that the film's first cut to the MPAA was rated NC 17 and you have what looks to be the gory highlight of the year (hopefully).
Iron Man 3 (released 26/04/2013)
Considering that both Iron Man 1 and 2 AND The Avengers were all awesome, there is no reason to believe that they'll drop the ball with this film. Include writer/director Shane Black is taking over from John Favreau and considering the promotional material so far, the film looks like a deeper, darker look at the character post-Avengers.
Star Trek Into Darkness (released 17/05/2013)
The first Star Trek film showed off the quality casting and scripting and made the first film a great piece of entertainment although the plot left something to be desired. This time around, the film looks to be going darker and deeper (again) and the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain could be a masterstroke.
Fast and Furious 6 (released 24/05/2013)
The Fast And The Furious franchise enters its twelfth year and ever since 2009's Fast and Furious, the series has progressively dropped its single minded car-porn mind set and instead focused more on character and stunning action. The series has gone from strength to strength and 2011's Fast Five was great fun. Here's hoping it goes on in that fashion.
Man of Steel (released 14/06/2013)
Looks to be an action packed and beautifully shot realistic take on the most famous Superhero of them all. Hopefully they can bypass the innate character flaws that he is distant and impossible to relate to. Impressive cast and talent on display and it all looks like this film will stand shoulder to shoulder with the classic Christopher Reeve films.
World War Z (released 21/06/2013)
CGI heavy zombie film that looks truly apocalyptic in scale. Brad Pitt is usually watchable even when on autopilot so and this looks like a challenging role. Based on the cult book of the same name, this film elevates the scale of an invasion to worldwide and the trailers are trying very hard to sell the scope of the film and hopefully the film will satisfy.
That's all for now. Next time, July - December 2013.