Here’s Part 1, #25-20 and Part 2, #19-14 if you missed them.
Part 3 of 5: “Comic Sequels, Mech Suits, and Mindfucks”

13) PACIFIC RIM (July 11th)

When an alien attack threatens the earth, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. I’d probably dismiss this film as another BATTLESHIP if the name Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH, HELLBOY) wasn’t on it, but it is, so I am in. I may not have spazzed over this trailer the way some of my gamer friends did, but I am a genre-loving geek who can’t say he’s not into seeing a fully-realized ‘giant robots fighting giant monsters’ movie.

12) SIN CITY: A Dame To Kill For (Oct. 2nd)


Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta, and Eva Green (who plays the titular dame) join DESPERADO director Robert Rodriguez and the mostly-returning cast for another round of interweaving, hyper-stylized and hyper-violent tales about the gritty, corrupt town of Basin City. I’m a pretty big fan of the first film, one of the better comic adaptations to date, and I’m excited to see where they go with this long-awaited followup.

11) THOR: The Dark World (Nov. 8th)


Thor battles an ancient race of Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith (played by the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccelston) who threatens to plunge the universe back into darkness after the events of The Avengers. The main cast of the first movie is back for this otherworldly followup to one of my favorite of Marvel’s Phase One films. If this one had a gangbusters trailer out like the other Phase Two film released this week, it’d likely rank a little higher.

10) ONLY GOD FORGIVES (unknown)

“What the hell was that?” Exactly. Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn, who made my favorite film of 2011, DRIVE, have re-teamed for this movie, which Gosling called “the strangest screenplay I’ve ever read,” about a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster who settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match. Refn’s definitely earned the benefit of the doubt with me. I just hope I get to catch this one in the theater.

9) TRANCE (April 5th)

Danny Boyle (28 DAYS LATER, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), a filmmaker I’m very fond of, helms this flick about an art auctioneer who gets mixed up with a group of criminals, and partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting. As the wild trailer shows, the line between reality and hypnotic suggestion begins to blur, and it seems like the TRAINSPOTTING director, no stranger to vivid, trippy imagery, has some real fun with it.

8) IRON MAN 3 (May 3rd)

Tony Stark is a changed man after the events of New York, and this third installment, with new additions Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin, looks like it goes a bit deeper and darker than anything we’ve seen Marvel do to date. If you’ve seen KISS KISS BANG BANG, you’ll know why RDJ re-teaming with THE MONSTER SQUAD and the LETHAL WEAPON series writer Shane Black is a good thing, and why this film places high on the list.

UP NEXT: Lost in space, a remake, two sequels, and two threequels!

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  2. […] Part 3, #13-8 13) PACIFIC RIM (July 11th) 12) SIN CITY: A Dame To Kill For (Oct. 2nd) 11) THOR: The Dark World (Nov. 8th) 10) ONLY GOD FORGIVES (unknown) 09) TRANCE (April 5th) 08) IRON MAN 3 (May 3rd) […]

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