Movie Feature: Top 15 ‘Gotta-Sees’ of 2013

comingsoonPicturenose just keeps getting better and better – we would like to warmly welcome our latest recruit, Brussels resident Tom Donley, who joins us to cast a cold eye over new releases and personal faves/hates. He begins with a look ahead to the rest of the year – take it away, Tom.

Now that the awards season is coming to an end, we can begin to look forward to the next crop of entertaining movies in 2013. With thousands of films being released every year throughout the entire world, it can be difficult to zero-in on what films to get excited over. Whether it’s the director or cast members attached to each film, here are the 15 films I am most looking forward to in 2013.

1) To the Wonder
Director: Terrence Malick
Cast: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem
Why: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011), The Thin Red Line (1998), and The New World (2005) are all among my favorite movies of all time. You either love his style or hate it. I gobble it up.

2) Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Director: David Lowery
Cast: Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck
Why: The buzz out of last month’s Sundance for this film was extraordinary. It reminds me of the buzz Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) received last year, and that movie turned out to be my second favorite film of 2012.

3) Simon Killer
Director: Antonio Campos
Cast: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul
Why: Just watch the trailer.

4) Before Midnight
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Why: Richard Linklater has always been able to captivate his audience. Havingbeen responsible for such mainstream films as Dazed and Confused (1993) and School of Rock (2003), this third installment of the Before series (Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004)) is sure to please.

5) Gravity
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Why: If you have never seen Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También (2001) or Children of Men (2006), then you will not understand the excitement for his latest challenging project.

6) The Young & Prodigious Spivet
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Kyle Catlett, Judy Davis

Why: One of my favorite directors, Jeunet has considerable range as a storyteller. His previous films Amélie (2001), Delicatessen (1991), and The City of Lost Children (1995) are all prime examples of his ability to tell a story like no one else.

7) Only God Forgives
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Tom Burke
Why: If it weren’t for 2011’s The Tree of Life, Winding Refn’s Drive would have captured my favorite film of 2011. In Only God Forgives, he again teams up with Ryan Gosling as a gangster in Bangkok.

8) Pacific Rim
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, and Ron Perlman
Why: Guillermo del Toro. Ron Perlman. Idris Elba. Charlie Day. That is why.

9) Star Trek: Into Darkness
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana
Why: The biggest surprise for me was how much I enjoyed Abrams’ first Star Trek remake. All the actors are back and, based on early footage, it looks just as good as the first.

10) Trance
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel
Why: Boyle has never disappointed. He has the greatest ability to move his audience through the music he incorporates into his films. Trainspotting (1996), 127 Hours (2010), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), and Millions (2004) are all soundtracks that I own.

11) Her
Director: Spike Jonze
Cast: Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, and Joaquin Phoenix
Why: About a writer who creates relationships through an operating system designed to meet his every need. Spike Jonze has shown he is capable of producing thought-provoking material surrounding unconscious relationships with his previous films Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Being John Malkovich (1999).

12) The Counselor
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz
Why: The film is written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men (2007), The Road (2009)) and includes the heaviest cast in any movie this year.

13) Nymphomaniac
Director: Lars Von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, and Stacy Martin
Why: Von Trier’s movies are not for the weak. To put it simply, they are not films you recommend to someone, but the films change you and your outlook on life. Not something that commonly occurs with most movies. Best example would be Dancer in the Dark (2000).

14) Inside Llewyn Davis
Directors: Ethan & Joel Coen
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan
Why: Like Boyle, the Coen Brothers have a knack for incorporating songs into their story in a way that takes the story to the next level – the Coens have always been able to direct knockouts.

15) The Place Beyond the Pines
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes
Why: Cianfrance’s first release Blue Valentine  (2010) had so much raw emotion and was so well acted that I was shocked it didn’t get more press. I am looking forward to his sophomore project.

Plus five comedies to look forward to in 2013:
The To-Do List
Anchorman: The Legend Continues
The Bling Ring
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
This Is The End

2 thoughts on “Movie Feature: Top 15 ‘Gotta-Sees’ of 2013”

  1. Mostly agree. 🙂

    I’m a little tired of von Trier trying to foist his unpleasant version of porn onto us. If that’s how he gets his jollies, fine – and I think it’s fair to say that I’m neither faint of heart nor prudish.

    However, I will generally watch anything by Boyle, Abrams, Cuarón, del Toro, Jonze, the Coens…yep, it’s shaping up to be a not-too-terrible year thus far.

  2. I am with you Col on the ‘mostly agreeing’ part but, for myself, I am afraid that I happen to ‘enjoy’ (if that is the right word) von Trier’s singular vision of sex, I find that it shares similarities with Cronenberg’s earlier work which, I am also afraid to say, I ‘dig’ too. Read into this what you will… 😉

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