YAM’s Most Anticipated Films of 2013


The World’s End (dir. Edgar Wright)


Who didn’t laugh out loud at least once while watching Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz?  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright conclude their action comedy Cornetto Trilogy with this film, in which a pub crawl reunion turns into a fight for survival during the Apocalypse.


Twelve Years a Slave (dir. Steve McQueen)


Director Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) next project stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man in mid-1800’s New York who is captured and sent into slavery in the South. The cast also includes Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Kenneth Williams, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard, Scoot McNairy, Beasts of the Southern Wild discoveries Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, as well as frequent McQueen collaborator Michael Fassbender.

We hope it will not only be a great movie, but also counteract the major African-American-themed movies helmed by white directors last year.


Pacific Rim (dir. Guillermo del Toro) [1,2, 3]

Guillermo del Toro. Giant robots. Giant monsters. Idris Elba. GLaDoS. I really shouldn’t have to say much else outside of that to explain why Pacific Rim is one of our most anticipated movies, but in case I do, let me just add that this is a film about GIANT ROBOTS FIGHTING GIANT MONSTERS. Is this the closest thing we’ll ever get to live-action Neon Genesis Evangelion? Probably. And I’m very happy about that.


Star Trek: Into Darkness (dir. J.J. Abrams) [1]

2009’s Star Trek reboot was pure shiny adventure fun. Let’s hope Abrams maintains that energy in this sequel, which pits the Enterprise crew against a mysterious villain (Benedict Cumberbatch).


10 Responses

  1. Margot says:

    I was actually not aware of most of these films coming out, but Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots and monsters caught my eye off this list though! I still have to see Mama, are any of you guys reviewing that? or if you have, did I miss the post? haha;; anyway, I’m actually suuuuuuper excited for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones because Godfrey Gao. oddly enough I came to know about the YA book series through him as I was watching SOP Queen a few months ago and became ridiculously attracted to the man this searching for his wiki and well, long story short, I’ve read 4/5 TMI books since then, currently on the 5th. Anyway, I’m just super stoked for his role. Mostly because it’s Hollywood we’re talking about here for one and two because his English is near flawless so I reallllllly hope he’s well received and that there’s more of Godfrey in Hollywood in the future! ……oh yeah, and all of the Marvel films. lol ONE MORE THING, what are you guys’ thoughts on all of these YA books and series’ being adapted to the big screen. I recently read an article, from the NYTimes I think?, claiming that Twilight had set the stage for that to happen but I actually beg to differ and say that it was the Harry Potter series. Alright, I think I spoke… or rather wrote, too much;;;

    • @Margot, here you go: http://www.yam-mag.com/reviews/film-reviews/mama-2013/

      I think the spike in YA adaptations may be just a fad, but if it produces a good film or two, that’s fine. I’ve heard good reviews for Warm Bodies, for instance. The best thing that can happen, though, is that it can get people into bookstores, like for those looking for gifts or who don’t want to wait for online shipping. I’ve seen so many people get in the store for Hunger Games and A Song of Ice and Fire (ok not YA yet still popular), for instance. With the major bookstore chains falling, we can only hope that smaller bookstores can pick up what’s left of the book browsing market. okay sorry with my random tangent, but those are my thoughts on the matter.

      and feel free to make long comments here on YAM!

      • Margot says:

        @Diandra Rodriguez, I agree!! I was not even aware that Warm Bodies was even a book until 2 days ago actually. And as mentioned before, I found out about City of Bones and TMI book series through learning of the movie because of Godfrey, and I’ve read most and next I plan to go out and by the series while anxiously waiting the last installment due out next year. Same for Hunger Games. and well, my point is, I’m one of those people you hope these movies get into the bookstores. I first read and and then watched THG and although the movie wasn’t terrible, and despite finding it fairly loyal to following the book, I still believe the books should be read as the minor details that can’t exactly be transferred onto the big screen can make a really big impact on the reader or viewer. lastly, thanks for the link to the Mama film review. (:

    • amy says:

      @Margot, I think Hollywood (and movie producers in general, regardless of country) will always be looking for the next big anything to adapt to screen. Be it a YA book… a legend… re-adaptations of fairytales, and EEK! Board games! Dun Dun DUN!

      But yeah, at the moment, they all seem to be looking at YA novels. I haven’t loved reading a as much as I did when I was following Harry Potter. Sighs. I used to be able to read a 900-page book in 3 days, now it takes me a week to finish a 120-page book LOL

      • Margot says:

        @amy, I suppose that’s true. and yes! I definitely know what you mean about not being able to read a 900 or plus page book in 3 days or maybe even less. and the fact that I’m a slow reader by nature doesn’t really help much either. haha;;

  2. Sarah says:

    Crap, they’re really making another Sin City movie? Seriously? That’s disappointing. And that it’s in the same category as the new Wong Kar Wai movie, doubly so. Frank Miller is a nightmarishly bad person and supremely overrated, I thought Hollywood might have caught on to that by now but I guess I was wrong!

    That said, everything from #2 on is definitely on my must-see list! Cool poll.

    • @Sarah, ah, it’s only by polling chance that they’re in the same category. I guess it’s up to each viewer to decide whether or not to pay to watch any adaptations of Miller’s work. His views are icky but don’t change my opinion that he wrote some of the best Daredevil stories several decades ago, although I stay far away from anything he wrote after 300 because they’re awful in message AND quality. Yet if we kept away from all works by problematic people, we’d have…next to nothing. Again, it’s up to you to decide if and how to support their works and adaptations. And even for the works you do like, don’t keep quiet about problematic aspects of the work and/or the creators. As for Hollywood, they only care whatever way the press winds blow – look at how many actors charged with undeniable proof of assault still get jobs!

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I hope the movies that caught your eye won’t disappoint.

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