It’s that time of the year! The time when discussions and lists about movies in 2012 wind down and discussions and lists about movies forthcoming in 2013 emerge. Most of your looking-ahead lists will contain your usual suspects – your “Superman: Man of Steel”, your “Star Trek 2”, your “Iron Man 3”, your “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, your “Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” (what the hell does that even mean?). Thus, we here at Cinema Romantico would like to draw your attention to the movies scheduled (hopefully) for release in 2013 that we most want to see.
1. Top Gun 3D (February 8). I have long wondered what it would be like to see Val Kilmer chomp his gun at Tom Cruise in 3D. Now I'll know!
2. Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8). A prequel of sorts to the landmark 1939 "The Wizard of Oz", Sam Raimi's film chronicles the rise, fall and redemption of The Wizard himself. Franco re-unites with Kunis, finally.
3. The Iceman (May 3). Michael Shannon assumes the role of a real life hit man/family man. But frankly, the above photo is really all you need to see to know you need to see it.
4. Frances Ha (May 17). Noah Baumbach, master writer, reunites with Greta Gerwig, awkwardly luminous. If I can only see one movie this year...
5. White House Down (June 28). Roland Emmerich. A paramilitary group invades the White House (because of course they do). A Secret Service Agent saves the day (because of course he does). Stop looking at me like that, okay? Can't a dude want some empty cinematic calories now and again?
6. Gravity (October 18). Finally!
7. The World's End (October 25.) Synopsis per comingsoon.net: "20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again." And......I'm there. (Oh, it's also the latest product of Pegg/Wright/Frost. So you know.)
8. & 9. & 10. Labor Day & Blood Ties & The Bling Ring. The latest efforts of, respectively, Kate Winslet & Billy Crudup & director Sofia Coppola, all three films are scheduled for 2013 but sans official release dates. I want to see all three of them a whole big lot. Crossing fingers.