Trailer Talk: Fall/Winter Releases for 2013

I haven’t done one of these in a LONG time.  Needless to say, this entry is most overdue.  As always, these are listed by month, and all the videos are embedded below the cut.  Unless otherwise indicated, all movies have Friday release dates.

August 2013

Title: Jobs
Release Date:
August 16th
My Notes:
This could either be really interesting or really boring.  Somehow I get the impression the pace and tone will feel a lot like the Walter Isaacson biography on the late Steve Jobs—at times interesting, and incredibly dry at other points.  I promised a friend I’d see this with her, so we’ll see.

Title: Paranoia
Release Date:
August 16th
My Notes:
Between Liam and Chris, I think I’m more of a Chris Hemsworth fan; however, the more I see this trailer, the more it grows on me.  I’m sure the story is rather predictable, but I’m a little curious nonetheless.

Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Release Date:
August 21st (Wednesday)
My Notes:
I think this is one of those series that people are calling “the next Hunger Games.”  The other, I believe is Divergent.  It’s funny what kind of chain Harry Potter and the Twilight saga started.  I’m not too interested in seeing this one, and I have yet to read the book.  If I do decide to see it, I’ll probably be reading the book first.

September 2013

Title: The Family
Release Date:
September 13th
My Notes:
This looks like it could be a lot of fun.  Then again, I could be wrong and it could very well be possible that all the funny is only in the trailers.  I think I’m willing to take the risk with this one though.

Title: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Release Date: September 27th
My Notes:
I don’t remember being particularly fond of the first movie—I think that one fell in the Cars category, which I thought was one of the most boring animations ever.  Not sure why this needed a sequel, since clearly it won’t be following the book anymore (not that the first one really followed it too closely either), but on the other hand they probably just want to make more money.  This one looks like it would just be a ton of witty one-liners.  Not sure how entertaining it will be on the whole though.  My expectations are not too high.

Title: Don Jon
Release Date:
September 27th
My Notes:
I don’t really know much about this film, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of those actors that I try to support as much as possible, so if anything that will be the main reason why I go see it.  Plus, I think he’s (for the most part) pretty mindful of what type of roles he takes on, so I’m expecting a story of decent quality.

October 2013

Title: Gravity
Release Date:
October 4th
My Notes:
The lack of information the trailer provides makes me interested in seeing this.  Bare-boned trailers don’t always work for movies, but I think it does in this case.  I can’t find where I read it, but I think the story is the astronauts find “life out there.”  I’ll be interested in seeing if that actually is the case, and whether or not they make it all plausible.

Title: Metallica Through the Never
Release Date:
October 4th
My Notes:
I get the impression this is going to be some really long and bizarre music video for Metallica.  I’ll be honest—I’m almost tempted to watch it just to see how in the world they’re going to pull it off (or perhaps not) and make a story that lasts for however long this is going to end up being.

Title: Runner, Runner
Release Date:
October 4th
My Notes:
I don’t mind Justin Timberlake as an actor.  This story kind of reminds me of 21 (2008).  Looks like it’s just going to be fast-paced action.  No complaints here.

Title: Romeo and Juliet
Release Date:
October 11th
My Notes:
At least they’re being obvious that this is a remake.  I’ll probably watch this just because the theater nerd inside does enjoy this play.

Title: Escape Plan
Release Date:
October 18th
My Notes:
I’m not one for violent movies, but the trailer did catch my interest the first time I saw it.  Maybe because the story reminds me about everything I’ve ever read or heard about Houdini.  I’m a fan of magic tricks, and this looks like it’s got a little dash of that.

November 2013

Title: Ender’s Game
Release Date:
November 1st
My Notes:
Am I the only one who thinks Asa Butterfield looks like he could be a little Jeremy Renner in this trailer?  Hahaha.  Anyway, I’m excited for this, even though I’m pretty sure Ender is supposed to be blonde.  Don’t quote me on that though—it’s been a while since I’ve read the book.  One of my favorite books of all time.  I just bought a new copy about a year or so ago because the cover had been updated and it looked pretty cool.  Glad I got it when I did too, because now that same cover has this ridiculously large “now a motion picture” seal on it that’s embedded.  It really ruins the cover artwork, in my opinion.  I’m interested in seeing how they filmed this and how different the director’s vision is from my own imagination.

Title: About Time
Release Date:
November 8th
My Notes:
This is another movie I don’t know too much about, but I’m a huge Rachel McAdams fan.  The plot seems kind of like The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)?  I could be wrong though.  Funny enough, I think McAdams was in that one as well.  I’m also reminded of Ashton Kutcher’s The Butterfly Effect (2004).  I wonder if the story is going to be a combination of the two.

Title: Thor: The Dark World
Release Date:
November 8th
My Notes:
I wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Hiddleston steals the show here—he’s always shined as Loki.  I’m looking forward to the story as well, it looks like it’s going to be a lot better than the first movie.

Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Release Date:
November 22nd
My Notes:
Josh Hutcherson is growing on me, little by little.  In general, I’m looking forward to seeing how much Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth have grown as actors.  I also wonder if they’ve decided to make this movie grittier than the last, to satisfy the fans that prefer how all the violent scenes were described in the novels.

Title: Frozen
Release Date:
November 27th (Wednesday)
My Notes:
The first trailer I ever saw for this was so strange.  I’m actually not sure what to think about it.  I don’t think the animation is particularly my style, and initially I dismissed it.  There was a second trailer though that I saw that piqued my interest a little more.  Unfortunately, I could not find that version.  Still on the fence about seeing this though, but we’ll see what happens come November.

December 2013

Title: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Release Date:
December 13th
My Notes:
I’m excited for this film.  I love Martin Freeman.  I also love Benedict Cumberbatch, and I believe he’s going to be voicing two different roles here, which I’m sure he had a blast doing.  Really hope they release the third season of BBC’s Sherlock soon though.  I feel as if I’ve been waiting forever and they’re just phenomenal there as Holmes and Watson.

Title: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Release Date:
December 20th
My Notes:
I am ashamed to say I’ve never seen the first one.  I’ve always been meaning to, and never got around to it.  I’ve heard many good things about it though, so I’ll definitely be watching that before I go to see this one.  That said, this movie looks like it will be pretty funny.  I’ll be honest—I’m going mostly for Steve Carrell.

Title: Jack Ryan
Release Date:
December 25th (Wednesday)
My Notes:
Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, AND Kevin Costner?  Does it get any better than that?  Well, yes it can, but still these are some of my favorite actors, and I’m thrilled.  This isn’t a trailer, but from what I can see, it looks like this is going to be mostly an action film, which is totally fine.  Looking forward to it.

Title: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Release Date:
December 25th (Wednesday)
My Notes:
I actually really like the trailer.  The music and visuals are just perfect.  I can’t say I’ve ever read the famous short story, so I suppose I’ll have to track a copy of that down now.  I’m getting a The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) type of vibe from the trailer, which is good, because I really enjoyed that movie.  Hopefully this one is just as entertaining.

Title: Walking with Dinosaurs 3D
Release Date:
December 25th (Wednesday)
My Notes:
I’ve always loved dinosaurs, although I’m sure if they were still real I probably wouldn’t like them so much, hahaha.  Anyway, this looks like something I’d just kick back and relax to on a slow weekend.

I’m not sure why there’s been a change in what the green screen says at the beginning of every trailer—I think I first noticed the change around Monsters University, but perhaps they made the change earlier than that.  Previews are no longer “approved for appropriate audiences,” but they are now approved to “accompany the feature.”  I just thought that was interesting.

There’s plenty of releases that look interesting coming out in 2014, but I’ll save those for next time.  Besides, I don’t think all the trailers are out yet.  Anyway, until then, see y’all later!

12 responses to “Trailer Talk: Fall/Winter Releases for 2013

  1. Do we really need a remake of the Walter Mitty? I have to see Anchorman 2 just because. I will see the hobbit but I hope it’s better than the last one. Don Jon looks interesting, and Jobs but I am thinking the Sorkin one will be better. For some reason I think the coolest part of Gravity is what we saw in the trailer but maybe I am wrong. This hasn’t been the greatest year for movies. Nothing has really blown me away this year.

    • WOO HOO! Mark!! Hahaha. I didn’t realize there was already a Walter Mitty movie. I should look into that.

      And hey, hey, this year had some decent movies. Let’s not jinx it now…no need to have a repeat of 2011…hahaha.

  2. The problem I have is that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (yes, I read it) really doesn’t translate well into a movie. Jobs, on the other hand, already holds a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. You have been warned.

  3. I’m anxious to (finally!) see Kutcher in a dramatic role in JOBS. He’s a good actor, that does crappy movies.

    DON JON is actually written / directed by JGL too, which excites the hell outta me! 😀

    Good list Rae. I’m looking forward to a few of these… the rest like MORTAL INSTRUMENTS… yuck.

    • For some reason I can’t see Kutcher as anything other than that character he played on That 70’s Show, haha.

      I’m usually really excited about just about any project JGL is in. I’ve come to associate him with decent quality films.

      HAHA to your Mortal Instruments comment. For some reason the title reminds me of the calculator company…haha.

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