I did a 3-part blog early last year counting down my most anticipated films of 2012, and though I’m a little late this year, I’ll be doing the same thing for 2013. This time around, I’ve got 25 films, which will be divided up into several posts, so let me get this thing started. First off, a few films that I am looking forward to, but didn’t make the cut:
STOKER,  UPSTREAM COLOR,  OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL,  KICK-ASS 2,  NYMPHOMANIAC,  ELYSIUM.


Part 1 of 5: “Dramatic Double Shots of DiCaprio, Fassbender, and Pitt”




25) THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Christmas)

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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio (GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE AVIATOR, THE DEPARTED, SHUTTER ISLAND) are teaming up for a fifth time to adapt the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, a former stockbroker who was convicted of Securities fraud in the 1990s. His firm, which bilked investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars, was the inspiration for the 2000 film BOILER ROOM. Scorsese, the subject matter, and the interesting supporting cast—Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, and Jon Bernthal among them—gets this one on the list.




24) THE LORDS OF SALEM (April 26th)

The always-divisive Rob Zombie (HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) looks like he takes another step away from the Grindhouse, and I hope, another step forward as a filmmaker. The second studio trailer that debuted last month gives you a bit more of the storyline, but the bizarre, almost Dario Argento-like imagery in the initial trailer linked above looks like something out a Clive Barker fever dream. The HALLOWEEN remake(s) notwithstanding, I am a fan of Mr. Zombie, and I’m hoping for the best with this.




23) THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (March 29th)

Ryan Gosling reteams with BLUE VALENTINE writer/director Derek Cianfrance for what looks like a powerhouse crime drama. The “Hey girl” meme plays a motorcycle stunt driver who moonlights as a bank robber to provide for his lover (Eva Mendes) and their newborn, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective (Ray Liotta). I’d like this one to get a wide enough release to catch in the theater.




22) 12 YEARS A SLAVE (release date unknown)

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Not much is known about this adaptation yet, but it’s based on the memoirs of Solomon Northrup, a free carpenter and fiddler who was deceived by two men who originally offered him work as a musician in New York state, then drugged, kidnapped, and sold him into slavery while in the nation’s capital. The film will mark the third collaboration between director Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender (HUNGER, SHAME), which is already enough for me, but throw in Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giammatti, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the titular character, and I am more than sold.




21) THE COUNSELOR (Nov. 15th)

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Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt headline another film on my list, this one from the living Scott brother. Sir Ridley’s producing and directing the crime thriller, the first original screenplay by NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN author Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a lawyer who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking, and co-stars Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem. The talent behind and in front of the camera definitely have me on board for this.




20) THE GREAT GATSBY (May 10th)

You remember when Martin Scorsese cast Vincent Chase in a modern version of this on HBO’s Entourage? This is not that movie, but Marty’s BFF Leo did snag the lead role of Gatsby, while the part of Carraway went to a Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) instead of Aquaman. This glitzy adaptation, also starring Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton, comes from Baz Luhrmann, meaning it’ll sure look pretty, even if it barely resembles F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. This movie is already better than AUSTRALIA.




UP NEXT: A couple of classic genre adaptations, a blockbuster sequel, and a little film from the Brothers Coen.

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