This list will be the continuation of the top ten list that I started a couple days ago. Like many other film fans, I tend to look forward to the end of the year since the bulk of the quality films that are often nominated for awards start to get released. Of course, the general crap is still being released, but every other week or so we get a real gem of a film that has a great story and an excellent cast.
Personally, I tend to get really excited about an upcoming film after I hear that a few of my favorite actors have been cast, and especially if they are working alongside one of the directors that I greatly respect and appreciate. A number of films that are coming out in the next few months seem to do that, and I feel that it is important to share those with everyone else in order for you to be as excited about these films as I am. You will particularly notice a comeback from directors that have not released any films in a while such as Spike Lee and Spike Jonze, while each of their films look very appealing.
For those readers that may have missed the first part of the list or need to refresh their memory of what I have already advised you to look forward to, the first five in my top ten feature can be found here, top ten movies to look forward to by the end of 2013 part 1
5. Oldboy- While I have still not seen the original version of this film, I have been meaning to for years and like many others before it, a popular foreign film is being remade in order to appeal to more American audiences. I am not quite sure how I feel about this, but one thing that does intrigue me is the fact that Spike Lee will be directing it, someone who I have always admired and respected as a filmmaker. It has also been a while since Lee has released a film and with this one being different than his others, it will be interesting to see which of his trademarks have stuck with him. This film is based on the Korean action film of the same name and tells the story of a man out for revenge after spending 20 years locked up in solitary confinement. I am excited to see Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, in another role and the film also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin. This film has a release date of November 27.
4. Inside Llewyn Davis- As a big Coen brothers fan, I am really looking forward to this film. They are set to write and direct this film as they always do and with it being their first film since "True Grit", audiences can expect another hit from the brotherly duo. The film follows a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961. Oscar Isaac, a fairly unknown actor, will play the title character. As they often do, the Coen brothers have set us up with an excellent supporting cast as well including Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. Being a lover of folk music and the time of the 60's, I am excited to see what they will do with this film. Keep on the lookout as it is set to be released on December 20.
3. American Hustle- Anyone else love "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter?" Well, so did I and this film is what comes next from David O. Russell, which really intrigues me after the success of his last two films. This film tells the story of a con artist and his partner in crime, forced to work with a federal agent and end up turning in those like themselves. This sounds to be an interesting plot that will surely entertain. David O. Russell also brings in a combination of the cast of his past two movies, which is ironic to see. This includes Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and even Robert De Niro. Look out for this one on December 25.
2. The Monuments Men- George Clooney is back again putting himself in front of and behind the camera while writing, directing and starring in this new adventure drama. This film looks great and anyone who enjoys a good historical drama will love this as it takes place during WWII and features a crew of historians trying to preserve select works of art before Hitler can destroy them. In a race against time, who will win? I always enjoy a good thriller with a realistic feel to it such as this one. It also sounds a bit like "Inglorious Basterds" with a bit of a hint of "Ocean's Eleven"...what could go wrong there? This film also stars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and more. If you are as excited as I am for this film, then you will want to find yourself at the theater on December 18 as we get ready for the holiday season.
1. Her- Anyone up for an odd new drama from Spike Jonze, the man behind Adaptation and Behind John Malkovich. If you have seen either of these two films, you will know that his film-making is nothing short of odd and extraordinary and a new film of his should not be missed. This is also exciting since he has not made a feature film in a while and in fact the last film that was his was actually Where the Wild Things Are...I had no idea that was done by him until now. He will be writing and directing this film and with its unique plot, it sounds like it will be an interesting film and will surely see it when it comes out. Joaquin Phoenix plays the main character of the film, who apparently develops an odd relationship with an operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. The film also features a stellar supporting cast of female stars including Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde. This marks an exception to my end of 2013 rule I guess, but it will be released just after the year ends on January 10 and I can almost guarantee that it will be nominated for some awards shortly after that. As a result, it seems to be a necessary inclusion in this list and everyone should see it.
Although I go into detail about each film here, there is also more about the plots especially and info in the list itself, so be sure to check out the list after reading the article.