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Top 30 - Most Anticipated 2013

When I first started looking through releases for next year it didn't look that special, but as I dug a little deaper more gems started emerging. Even with cheating it was a struggle to narrow this down to 30 (Check the honorable mentions for more sweet looking films). Hopefully these all actually get a release this year, a few that were on my most anticipated list last year still haven't come out so they might re-apear on this list as well.

30. The Monuments Men (George Clooney) - The story doesn't get me too jazzed (In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them), but now that he has pull Clooney refused to put out crap, ever.
monuments men book coverMonuments Men Actors

29. Her (Spike Jonze) - Didn't love "Where the Wild Things Are" and unfortunately he still doesn't have secret weapon Charlie Kaufman helping him out, but still, he's been responsible for enough classics that I still have faith. And the premise, Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with a computer, sounds weird good.

28. Trance (Danny Boyle) - Although the London Olympic's opening ceremonies didn't blow me away, Boyle's movies are usually pretty great.

27. Upstream Color (Shane Carruth) - I didn't bust a nut for Primer quite as much as most nerds, but I do recognize how scientist smart the script was.

26. Man of Steel (Zach Snyder) - I haven't particularly loved any of Snyder's previous films, but most of the problems have been from his script input. Hopefully with David Goyer on script duties and with the guidance of Chris Nolan he can pull this off.

25. Oz: The Great and Powerful (Sam Raimi) - Raimi's been out of the game for a while, but ever since the Evil Deads he's always been one of my favorite and most reliable directors.

24. Stoker (Chan Wook-Park) - Korea's been the most reliable country outside of USA for quality films (Which is a big reason you're starting to see a lot of their directors make their way to Hollywood), and the director of this is the one who started all the hype with Oldboy. I haven't been as huge a fan of his films since Oldboy, but they've always at least looked incredible.

23. Oblivion (Joseph Kosinsky) - I wasn't a massive fan of Tron (Same director), but the design was incredible and hopefully the script for this from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) will help make a better sci-fi film.

22. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater) - Previous films in this series are 2 of the rare romantic drama's that I've actually really enjoyed, it'd be highly impressive if they could keep the magic going in this 3rd outing.
Before Midnight

21. 47 Ronin (Carl Rinsch) - I love samurai films, and the director is Ridley Scott's son-in-law. Aslo, I've always kinda like Keanu Reeve's stiff acting.
47 Ronin

20. This is the End (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) - Significanly more pumped for this than Anchorman 2 (Comedy sequels are almost guarunteed crap). All the films Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have written together I've liked, and for the first time they're also in charge of co-directing.

19. Machete Kills/Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Robert Rogriguez) - Hopefully both these Rodriguez films get released, I was a bigger fan of the first Sin City than Machete, but Machete Kills has a Mel Gibson!
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18. Iron Man 3 (Shane Black) - The previous Iron Man's have all been pretty average to me, but this time Shane Black is behind the camera and , though he didn't officially write it, I'm sure he had some effect on the script. I have a lot more faith in him than Favreau (Don't understand why most geeks are still so in love with him, hasn't made a really good film since "Made").

17. John Dies at the End (Don Coscarelli) - Great Book, and Director's been responsible for a lot of low budget B-movie classics (Phantasm series, Bubba Ho-Tep, and The Beastmaster).

16. The Counselor (Ridley Scott) - Ridley Scott directing, Cormac McCarthy writing, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Michael Fassbender starring. An embarassment of riches, if I knew more about it it'd be higher on the list.
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15. Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor) - I'm not a big Thor fan (Comics or film), but they got the director of the Australian film "The Horseman" to helm this. One of the most brutal revenge films I've ever seen, hopefully he can bring some grit to this.
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14. Monsters University (Dan Scanlon) - Despite a recent small dip in Pixar's amazingness, they're still the most reliable studio around. And the OG Monster's Inc was one of their best.

13. Riddick (David Twohy) - Vin Diesel and Twohy have been trying to get this made for so long and are so passionate about it that it's got to be good.
Riddick Vin DieselRiddick Concept Art

12. Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow) - Not too pumped they got a different director/writer than the 1st one, but the character of hit girl coming back is enough to keep my excitement up. If they can keep her killing at a similar rate to the origional I'll be pleased.
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11. OldBoy (Spike Lee) - Origional is a badass film masterpiece, and Spike Lee is generally better when he's not working from one of his own scripts... And I don't think you could make a better choice than Josh Brolin as the American Oh Dae-su.
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10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Peter Jackson) - I really liked the first one, I just hope there's lots of killer, and not too much filler as they stretch out the Hobbit into 3 films.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

9. The World's End (Edgar Wright) - Haven't read much about it, and am trying to avoid doing so as much as possible. I've got faith in the team of Wright, Pegg and Frost, haven't dissapointed me yet.
The World's End posterThe World's End Pegg Frost Freeman

8. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Wending Refn) - Drive was my favorite film a couple years ago and this pairs the same star and director. Hopefully they can strike gold a second time.
Only God Forgives poster

7. Star Trek into Darkness (J. J. Abrams) - Starting to look a little more Star Wars than Trek, but the main stream probably like's it more that way. And the last one was a massive improvement over most of the previous Trek films (Except for Khan!).

6. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorcese) - Scorcese has probably the best resume of any living director.
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5. The Evil Dead (Fede Alvarez) - My teenage years were filled with repeated viewing of the original trilogy and the small amount of footage released for this make it look like they're focusing a lot on making a hardcore horror film with lots of gore and scares. As it should be.

4. Elysium (Neill Blomkamp) - District 9 was totally badass, this time around Blomkamp has a bigger budget, which hopefully to more goodness. Also, I Graduated from same school as the director (His final demo reel pretty much blew away everyone else's at the school).

3. Gravity (Alphonso Cauron) - All the word I hear about this makes it sound like something special (Even Sandra Bullock's performance!). And the director's previous film, Children of Men, was my one of my favorites of the 2000's.
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2. Pacific Rim (Guillermo Del Toro) - Hype is reaching dangerous levels in the nerd community over this (I've heard multiple comparisons to Star Wars), hopefully it can live up to it. Trailer looks appropriately epic.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) - Sequel to my favorite movie of all time, starring the best badass actor working today. I'm just praying all the troubles this film has had getting made don't adversely effect the final product.
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Honorable mentions - The Wolverine (If this was still being helmed by Darren Aranofsky it'd be top 10), The Last Stand (Arnie's official comeback vehicle with a respectable Korean director running things), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (First one was OK, but this time they have a better writer and director), Dead Man Down (OG Girl with Dragon tatoo director re-teaming with OG Lisbeth Salander), The Tomb (Arnie and Sly team up, director and writers don't inspire confidence though), The Heat (Paul Feig's last film was Bridesmaids, which was great, hopefully he can keep the funny coming with Sandra Bullock replacing Kristen Wiig in the lead)
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