Following in the footsteps of one of the most competitive cinematic years in recent memory was always going to be a tough task, but 2013 showed a lot of promise with its big budget headliners and artistic endeavours. It began strongly as many awards season winners arrived from overseas to cash in on their Oscar-glory, but as summer arrived fewer and fewer of the year’s biggest releases managed to hit their mark and it wasn’t until autumn where a succession of fresh contenders emerged.
“What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”
When the Wachowski siblings and co-collaborator Tom Tykwer announced they would be creating an adaptation of Cloud Atlas message boards erupted with doubt and trepidation. Despite their shared filmmaking acclaim, could they really manage to film what many commentators had naturally assumed was an unfilmable novel? Having each previously excelled with imaginative, high concept films – the reality-questioning Matrix trilogy and the time-shifting thriller Run Lola Run – the trio decided the answer was “yes” and set about removing the ‘un’ from unfilmable.
As the adaptation of David Mitchell’s so-called ‘unfilmable’ book, Cloud Atlas, makes its big screen debut, Lee Curtis charts the rise of a mind-bending and time-bending epic Continue reading On Cloud Nine
As another year draws to a close, we can reflect on 2012 and recognise it as a fantastic year for film, with audiences supporting cinemas in terrific numbers. The staggering box-office success of Avengers Assemble, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II has laid the foundations for a revival of the cinema industry. To follow a year as saga-concluding, record-breaking and Bond-resurrecting as 2012 will be a tough task, but 2013 is abundant with enticing films capable of doing so. 2013 is a year of returning franchise pieces (The Hangover Part III, Fast and Furious 6 and Paranormal Activity 5), Hollywood remakes (Oldboy, Evil Dead and Carrie) and 3D re-releases (Monsters Inc, Jurassic Park and Independence Day). Here are my thirteen most anticipated films for the fast approaching ’13.