The End of an Era….

So it seems this week is shaping up to be a rough one…Today while surfing the World Wide Web I stumbled upon some very disheartening news – rumour has it that Robert Downey Jr will be leaving the Iron Man franchise when he reaches the grand old age of 50.

50?! But he’s already 48! I hear you scream – yes it does seem very young to be throwing in the iron helmet, but let’s face it, if RDJ doesn’t think he can do the role justice do we really want to see him and our beloved Tony Stark suffer? I think not. As much as I love Iron Man and RDJ, as he said in his interview things can’t last forever.

No they can’t – no matter how many sequels we may want some things are better left when in their prime (producers of the Saw franchise TAKE NOTE).

RDJ is a sensational actor but I don’t want to see a half hearted attempt – if he’s ready to leave I’ll stand and give the ovation he deserves.

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I’m Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world. – Tony Stark, Iron Man 3.

 

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20 Films To Watch Out for in 2013!

So another year of film ends, and a new one begins. Here’s a list of the top 20 films I am very much looking forward to (in no particular order)

Beautiful Creatures

This film comes out later this month and is based on the best-selling book of the same name. The trailer looks great – a perfect mixture of romance, dark comedy and supernatural obstacles that the heroine must face. With the novel being the first in a 4-part series, if this movie is received well at the box office, we can probably expect a couple of sequels to come of it. I know that based on the trailer, the books are certainly on my reading list.

White House Down

A blockbuster action film that is scheduled for summer release, this film stars Channing Tatum as a secret service agent charged with protecting the President (Jamie Foxx) after a group of parliamentary soldiers take over the White House. It also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods, and looks like a great summer action movie. No trailer as of yet but expect it to be appearing in theatres in the next month or two.

I Give It a Year

This movie has just come out and after first seeing the trailer last month and spotting The Mentalist’s Simon Baker in the film I hooked by the film. It’s a romantic comedy about a couple who get married but then face some marital issues in their first year of marriage. As well as the delectable Simon Baker, it also stars Rose Byrne, Minnie Driver, Anna Faris and Rafe Spall. I know I’m biased but primarily I do want to see this film because of Simon Baker’s involvement, but it does look like it’ll be a good date movie, especially as its released right around Valentine’s Day.

Star Trek into Darkness

J. J. Abrams returns to the director chair for the sequel of his 2009 Star Trek with this follow up, a film that sci-fi geeks have been anticipating for just over a year now, since the first images were leaked online of the cast filming and the announcement that the new geekery God Benedict Cumberbatch had been cast as the villain in the film. I must admit, I have not even seen the first Star Trek movie, however I am extremely looking forward to seeing this movie, hoping that the hype will live up to the movie. I’ve never been a fan of the Star Trek franchise however the star power of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg can’t be wrong right?

Iron Man 3

Marvel’s Phase 2 officially kicks off with the release of the 3rd Iron Man movie, with Robert Downey Jr. returning as Tony Stark along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and newbees Ben Kingsley as this movie’s villain The Mandarin and ex 24-star James Badge Dale. By the looks of the trailer, the movie promises to be every bit as awesome as the other two films, as Marvel looks to build on the success of the Avengers film and kick off the next stage of their plan with big money at the box office.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The second movie of the Hunger Games trilogy is released this November and with the popularity of the series rising after the release of the first movie, and the star potential of Jennifer Lawrence growing, this movie is sure to be another box office hit. The second film sees Lawrence’s character Katniss back in the arena fighting for her life yet again, and with the third book set to be split into two movies, the Hunger Games train is set to keep going full steam ahead.

Man of Steel

Director Zach Snyder will be hoping that his Superman reboot will light up the box office and be as a big as a success story as Nolan’s Batman franchise. Henry Cavill steps into the red and blue suit with Amy Adams as Lois Lane and a star-studded cast including Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and Diane Lane as the film goes right back to Clark Kent’s roots, as we find out how he became Superman. There’s a lot riding on this film – Warner Bros want it to be as big as Batman, this film needs to be a success, especially if the rumoured Justice League movie is going to happen. So, no pressure Mr Synder.

Oz the Great and Powerful

A film I first spotted at Comic-Con, Sam Raimi directs the story of the great wizard Oz first arriving in the Land of Oz, with James Franco as the lead and Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as the three witch sisters. As he lands in Oz he must discover which of the sisters is good and which is evil before it’s too late. The trailer for this look great, with stunning visuals and again I’m biased but anything that includes Rachel Weisz means I’m automatically signed up.

Thor: The Dark World

Stage 2 in Marvel’s Phase 2 plan opens in the winter of this year with the sequel for Thor, the God of Thunder with hair that could have its own L’Oreal advert. Starring Chris Hemsworth again in the title role, the film has mostly been shot, although the storyline is still not particularly known.  Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston are believed to be back and the events do take place after the Avengers film.

Monsters University

The long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s Monster’s Inc, depicting the story of Mike and Scully meeting at university. There isn’t that much known about the movie, and there hasn’t been a full trailer yet, but the first movie was such a hit, that the sequel will hopefully bring the same magic that made the first movie such a big hit.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The second film in The Hobbit trilogy will again open in late winter, and it is unclear how much of the book the second film will cover, especially considering The Hobbit movies were only supposed to be two. What we do know is that Benedict Cumberbatch and Evangeline Lily will be joining the cast for this film and that we’ll get to see more of Smaug the dragon. I’ll certainly be waiting patiently for this movie, and hope that it will help justify Peter Jackson’s decision on splitting the novel into three films.

Pacific Rim

A Sci-fi film involving aliens attacking Earth and humans piloting giant robots in order to stop them + the fact it’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro surely equals box office and geek gold? Scheduled for release in the summer, the trailer for it looks brilliant, with some amazing effects. Sci-fi geeks everywhere will flock to this movie and I’ll go see it with a equal amount of intrigue and excitement.

The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman returns to the role that made him a house-hold name in another stand alone movie. It’s directed by James Mangold, and sees Wolverine travel to Japan. Not much is known about the storyline but a couple of promotional pictures have been released and Jackman has said the body in the picture is all him. With the X-Men: Days of Future Past set to start shooting very soon, and Jackman and a lot of the gang from the first set of X-Men films set to reprise their roles, if this film is successful perhaps more Wolverine films could be on the cards.

Jack Ryan

The Jack Ryan novels get a movie reboot this year, this time starring Chris Pine as the young CIA agent. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars in it alongside Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley.  Aside from a few promotional shots, nothing major has been released about the film, but it looks set to tick the boxes of being an action movie hit.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

When Anchorman first came out the movie turned into a massive hit, firmly putting Will Ferrell on the map as a comedy actor. After almost 10 years the sequel is finally here, and with the original cast returning it should hopefully not disappoint.

A Good Day to Die Hard

A perfect Valentines date is not complete without a trip to see Die Hard at the movies and that’s what many couple are looking forward to this year as the 5th Die Hard movie comes out on February 14th. Bruce Willis returns as John McCaine and brings his son along for some action and adventure. It’s Bruce Willis in perhaps his most infamous role – what more can a girl ask for on Valentine’s Day?

Jack the Giant Slayer

A modern day retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor. It comes out in the next few months and the trailer looks good – the movie could also potentially seal Nicholas Hoult as an actor to watch in the future.

Fast and the Furious 6

After dismissing the Fast and the Furious franchise for a long time, I saw the 5th movie last year and even through its testosterone filled action and an absurd amount of cars I weirdly enjoyed it, and director Justin Lin gave the franchise a much needed boost. Now he’s back to direct the 6th one and is forced with the task of trumping his own movie. The trailer was released earlier this month and it looks brilliant and May cannot come fast enough.

Now You See Me

This film I stumbled upon whilst thinking of movies to include on this list and I’m quite pleased I did. The movie is about a group of illusionists who commit bank heists whilst doing performances and reward audiences with the stolen money. An all-star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine, the trailer looks intelligent and brilliant and a movie I will certainly be lining up for at the cinema.

World War Z

The final movie on this list stars Brad Pitt and promises action, adventure and plenty of effects. Pitt’s character must travel the world in order to stop an outbreak of a deadly virus. Some of the film was shot near London and it is due out for release this summer.

 

There we have it – my personal top 20 anticipated movies to see this year. More movies will surely pop up along the way, and if you think I’ve missed a movie that you’re excited about drop me a comment!

 

The Mandarin: Ladies, children, sheep…Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: Heroes – there is no such thing. (Iron Man 3)