My picks for 2013

Last updated 08:26 21/12/2012

Gosh, doesn't 2013 sound futuristic? Can you believe we're about to enter the year 2013? It is a year so futuristic sounding it should only be said in a robot voice.

"Greetings, jabbajabbajabba, the year is 2013 and you pathetic earthlings must prepare for ... EXTERMINATION, jabbajabbajabba.''

Surely we should have flying cars by now. And robot butlers. And hoverboards. As I write this, shouldn't a shiny silver robot be handing me a cup of tea as I stare gloomily out the window of my Mars colony?

Sadly, there will be no flying cars or hoverboards in 2013. But what will the year 2013 have in store for us movie fans?

Well, here's my pick of the coming attractions:

Superman: Man of Steel

Check out this new trailer for the latest Superman movie. Superman goes on his Big OE and then gets in trouble with the law. I always knew Superman was secretly Kiwi. I wonder what he got in trouble for? Peeing in a shop doorway in Shepherd's Bush?

Seriously, though, this does actually look pretty good. Fingers crossed.

 

The Master

Director Paul Thomas Anderson with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams in 70mm? Count me in.

As a Christchurch resident, I will have to travel to the North Island to see this in the cinema as it is not getting screened down here for some godforsaken reason. Grrrr.

 

Django Unchained

You always have to see Quentin Tarantino on the big screen.

This is his long-awaited slave western and it looks cool.

Check out the trailer:

 

This is 40

This looks very funny. Judd Apatow is always good value and, unlike many, I really enjoyed his slightly indulgent Funny People.

This is 40 has a great trailer:

 

Zero Dark Thirty

A film from the director of Point Break about the hunt for Osama bin Laden? Heck yeah.

Point Break is a classic and director Kathryn Bigelow had a great comeback with Hurt Locker the other year.

Her follow-up, Zero Dark Thirty, has been getting pant-wettingly enthusiastic reviews.

 

Star Trek into Darkness

A sequel to the fantastic Star Trek reboot with Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain.

Another cool trailer:

 

The Great Gatsby

My gut feeling is that Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of the literary classic will be a big old mess, but visually splendid.

The trailer seems to support this hunch:

 

Pacific Rim

Giant robots fighting great big monsters from the director of Hellboy and fantasy classic Pan's Labyrinth.

This is what Guillermo del Toro moved on to when he left The Hobbit. Good call.

 

Gravity

Out of all the films on this list, this is the one I am most excited about. A new film from the genius director of the best Harry Potter film and the hugely influential Children of Men. Gravity is Alfonso Cuaron's first film in six years and it is set entirely in space. Can't wait.

 

What are you looking forward to next year? Anything I have missed from my list? Post below.

Stuff blogs are taking a Christmas break. See you back here on January 7.

Peace out, movie fans.

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