13 for 2013: Part 1 opinion

2013 is going to make up for 2012. It has to. There are just too many mouth-watering films already about to pop that this brand-spanking new year is destined to be a great one. Shirley.

Here is the first of three selections of films due for release in 2013 that are particularly interesting.

The Place Beyond the Pines

A Ryan Gosling acting credit has fast become reason enough to go out and watch a film. But The Place Beyond the Pines not only features the star, alongside another high-riser, Bradley Cooper, but it is also made by Derek Cianfrance, who directed Gosling and Michelle Williams in 2011’s wonderful Blue Valentine. Currently scheduled for an April release.

Only God Forgives

The Gosling is back again in Only God Forgives, this time reuniting with director Nicolas Winding Refn. It will be interesting to see if they can replicate the success of concentrated-cool-in-a-can Drive – while Gosling has firmly established himself as a modern-day Paul Newman, Refn, who is also writing the original screenplay (Danger! Danger!), is yet to truly prove himself, with many overlooking his mediocre pre-Drive back catalogue.

Trance

You can’t go far wrong with the nation’s 2012 entertainment sweetheart Danny Boyle. Thriller Trance is one of the safest bets of the year and it’s also co-written by John Hodge, who Boyle worked with on Shallow Grave and Trainspotting. Pedigree, chum. Currently scheduled for a March release.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Overlooking the Coen Brothers’ contribution of a script to one of 2012’s bottom-of-the-barrel excuses for a film Gambit (they didn’t direct it, though! They didn’t direct it!), they usually come up with the goods and you get the feeling that Inside Llewyn Davis, their first (full-on written AND directed) comedy since 2009’s A Serious Man, will not be a disappointment. It will certainly be a special event.

Aaaand…

Other blips on the radar (there are so many - this is like a crazy level of Flight Control) include Brian De Palma’s Passion with Noomi Rapace, Baz Luhrmann’s extravagant epic (would you expect anything less?) The Great Gatsby, Michael Shannon in The Iceman, and if (big “if”) it’s ready in time, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s English language adaptation of children’s book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, The Young and Prodigious Spivet will, like all Jeunet films, be one of the most exciting prospects to mark on the calendar.

And the year starts off strongly. Just around the corner we have the big bang action flick (oh, and there’s that Ryan Gosling again!) Gangster Squad (10th Jan), Tarantino’s apparently-considerably-better-than-his-last-effort Django Unchained (18th Jan), and lead Oscars-contender Lincoln (25th Jan).

1st Jan 2013