Totally Biased Top 10: Movies You Should Know About, But Probably Don’t

With the Batman trilogy coming to an end last weekend with it’s fantastic finale of “The Dark Knight Rises”, it’s only fitting to wonder what movies await us from now until deep into 2013.

I have compiled a list of ten movies that might be flying under a lot of radars. I have chosen a wide variety of genres, and any film buff should have an easy time finding a feature that they’d love to sit in the theater for. Many of the movies aren’t large block busters, such as Iron Man 3, Avengers 2, etc., but follow a more conservative pattern of smaller motion pictures that will soon garner big followers when they get closer to release date.

Also, you can click on the title of each movie to be brought to it’s IMDb page, and when possible, I also included the YouTube trailer underneath each write-up. Enjoy!

10. Cloud Atlas: October 26th, 2012

Unfortunately, there is no trailer for Cloud Atlas, but one is expected to come very soon. The film is directed by the Wachowski Brothers, who are best known for their fantastic work on the Matrix trilogy. Tom Hanks stars in a film that connects the stories of six characters, who live in different time periods and places. Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant also have supporting roles. Hopefully more information will be released shortly so we can finally get a grasp of what to expect in late October.

Trailer: Unreleased

9. Robot and Frank: August 24th, 2012

An anticipated movie list without at least one Sundance film wouldn’t be a list at all…

In Jake Schreier’s directorial debut, an ex-jewel thief is given a wonderful gift from his son: a robot who is programmed as a butler. The thief, played by Frank Langella, quickly learns to use the butler in much more “useful” ways. The movie appears to have a quirky tone to it, and it did very well during the Sundance Film Festival. This one is a bit of a personal call, but I definitely think this one is worth checking out.

Trailer: Unreleased

8. Sinister: October 5th, 2012

A warning comes before you continue any further. This film was produced by the same team that put together Paranormal Activity and Insidious. Meaning, yes, this movie has a 75% chance that you shit yourself, and a whopping 98.75% chance that you at least piss yourself… multiple times. I’d love to tell you more about the film, but I had to sit through the trailer and jump [extremely high], multiple times, so it’s only fitting that you get the same treatment.

Trailer: Warning… Do not watch at night.

7. Here Comes The Boom: October 12th, 2012

In HCTB, a high school science teacher, in an attempt to raise money to save school programs from being cut, takes up MMA fighting. Kevin James, famous for his role in King of Queens, plays the biology teacher who punches and slams his way to his [hopeful] payday. The trailer is packed with laughs, and hey, Salma Hayek plays opposite James, so… There’s that too.

Trailer: Move over Silva Anderson…

With a movie poster this badass, Dredd is sure to attract some big audiences

6. Dredd 3D: September 21st, 2012

The traier for Dredd has finally hit the big screen, often being shown before The Dark Knight Rises. Dredd is a reboot of the 1995 film, Judge Dredd, which featured Sylvestor Stallone. The movie was a flop, and from what I’ve heard, is simply putrid. Karl Urban, who takes over as Dredd, will almost undoubtedly put on a better performance than Rocky did. The plot of the film is also sure to hold attention, with Dredd teaming up with a rookie cop to take down a drug lord. Bonus: Dredd was filmed using 3D cameras, and needed no post-production conversion. BAM.

Trailer: I need me some of that Slo-Mo…

5. Gangster Squad: September 7th, 2012

Ryan. Gosling. That’s right baby. The Goss is back on the big screen. In a film chronicling the LAPD’s fight to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the Los Angeles area, Gosling teams up with Sean Penn and Emma Stone. No trailer has been released yet, but definitely keep your eyes peeled for this one. Might have another gangster movie hit on our hands here.

Trailer: Unreleased

4. The Great Gatsby: December 25th, 2012

The first of two Leonardo DiCaprio films on this list, The Great Gatsby looks stunning. For those of you who have read the book, you know it is about the story of Jay Gatsby and his extravagant parties, and lavish lifestyle. Tobey Maguire plays opposite DiCaprio, and from the looks of the trailer, does quite a fine job. Carey Mulligan plays the role of Daisy, Gatsby’s love interest, and for anyone who saw her performance in last years noir, “Drive”, knows what she can do on the big screen. And for those of you who didn’t see Drive,  stop reading now and make it happen. Unfortunately, The Great Gatsby will be the second best movie to drop on Christmas day this year…

Trailer: DiCaprio, Mulligan, and Maguire? Score.

3. Django Unchained: December 25th, 2012

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the eccentric slave owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s next big project, Django Unchained

The movie that will take that crown from The Great Gatsby, is Django Unchained. The film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, which should be enough for any film fan to purchase advance tickets. The cast is loaded with talent, ranging from Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, to Christoper Waltz and Samuel Jackson, and even Jonah Hill. Tarantino is a genius, plain and simple, and this film should be a hit.

2. Oz: The Great and Powerful: March 8th, 2013

You didn’t really expect me to get through this entire list without including a film that starred James Franco, did you? Oz is a prequel to of course, The Wizard of Oz, which stars Franco as the younger version of the wizard Oz himself. I absolutely love the trailer, especially the black and white film until he lands in Oz [or, whatever the hell it was called before he landed], at which time it explodes into color. Glinda the Good Witch is played by Michelle Williams, fresh off of her role playing the famous pin-up Marilyn Monroe.

Trailer: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

1. Looper: September 28th, 2012

Taking the number one spot is “Looper” a film featuring the young and talented Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, and Bruce Willis, who plays the older version of Gordon-Leavitt. Set in the future, “loopers” are trained killers hired by the mob. When they want someone eliminated, they send the target thirty years into the past, where a looper awaits them. In an effort to “close the loop”, Gordon-Leavitt is left slack-jawed when his older self appears in front of him. Confused already? Yeah, me too.

Trailer: I’ll make it ten minutes before asking Justin what the hell is going on.

One Response to “Totally Biased Top 10: Movies You Should Know About, But Probably Don’t”
  1. Justin Yattaw says:

    Good read, Trav! And I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for a couple of these flicks. Loopers and Dredd are my “Two To Watch” on this list, for sure.

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