Earlier today I posted a similar entry, in Portuguese. That list included movies that have already been released, but have not yet opened commercially in Brazil. For the English version, I will not include such movies, which takes out Silver Linings Playbook, Hitchcock, The Master and Django Unchained (even though none of them have opened in Australia either, which leaves me thinking studios have something against countries I live or lived in). Well, let’s get to the list, then.
08. Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon) – Yeah, Whedon is in heaven thanks to the indisputable success of The Avengers. And yeah, it’s a play by Shakespeare. But what makes me really want to watch this movie is that Whedon will once again be working with Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion (who just might be the coolest guy on television these days) and Alexis Denisof, my favourite actor from the whole Buffyverse.
07. The World’s End (Edgar Wright) – Not everyone associates the name with the movies, but Edgar Wright is the director of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Oh, and also two movies where he worked with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who join him again for The World’s End. Which movies am I talking about, you ask? Well, let me tell you, my friend who needs more laughter in your life: Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, nothing less than two of the funniest comedies in years!
06. Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro) – At first, the story didn’t really interest me that much. And I didn’t fall in love with the trailer. But when I think that this is basically Jaspion directed by del Toro, I can’t help but wish that this turns out to be fantastic.
04. Star Trek Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams) – 2009’s Star Trek competes all the way with Casino Royale as the most intelligent reimaginings of well-established franchises. Just for that, and because the team in charge of the sequel is essentially the same, one could already get high hopes for this one. Then the trailers came and expectations rose. And then I got the chance to watch the prologue in 3D in the big screen, and this has become one of my most expected blockbusters for the year. To read what I wrote about the prologue, click here.
02. To the Wonder (Terrence Malick) – From here will come the most criticism about this list, but I consider The Tree of Life to be one of the best movies in the history of cinema. And Malick has also presented us with nothing less than The New World and The Thin Red Line. If To the Wonder were a documentary about grass growing, it would still make the list. And the only reason why it’s not on top is because it’s competing with…
01. Man of Steel (Zack Snyder) – Superman is my favourite fictional character. Out of all. Of course, the experience of living through the expectation for Superman Returns to see it fall short left scars – and I even like Returns, there are some fantastic scenes there. But the box office results were so bad they buried the rebirth of the franchise. Until the project for Man of Steel came along. The cast seemed promising. The presence of Christopher Nolan gave some fans a nearly sexual arousal. The director being Zack Snyder stirred some controversy, but I like his style. And then came the teaser trailers, with the same images but different narrations. And what images! The cinematography is beautiful! Then came the full trailer, and any doubts left from Superman Returns vanished. I now believe that Man of Steel can be the Superman movie I always wanted to see. I’ll have to wait six months to find out, and it will be a cruel wait.