Now that the Super Bowl movie trailers have aired, Poor Scholars is anxious to see what the rest of 2013 has to offer in the world of cinema. We polled our staff and asked, “Which new movie do you wanna see the most in 2013?”
Eli Kaberon – Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Generally I don’t like sequels, but I’m willing to make an exception for the reuniting of Ron Burgundy, Champ Kind, Brian Fantana, Brick Tamland and the Channel 4 News Team in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Ninety percent of the time, their jokes work every time, so I’m super excited to see what kind of adventures they get in to this time. Even if you’re in a glass case of emotion, or you pooped in the refrigerator and ate the whole wheel of cheese, putting down $10 to see this film will be a decision you won’t immediately regret, that’s for sure.
Troy Phillips – Oz the Great and Powerful
I feel a little treacherous not picking the movie that I just profiled in another article, but right now I think the movie that I’m most likely to enjoy is Oz the Great and Powerful. Granted it’s a Disney movie and has to follow the nearly impossible standard of the original movie, but the cast is solid and the plot seems well thought out and very open-ended. I’m looking forward to seeing James Franco as a shifty circus performer trying to make his name in the fantastic and familiar world of Oz. When done the right way, movies that involve a fantasy world are like taking a much-needed vacation; absorb yourself in Hogwarts or Narnia for a few hours and forget about the impractical car chases and cringe worthy dialogue that pervade the rest of today’s cinema culture.
Alex Russell – The Bitter Buddha
I know technically this movie came out in 2012, but it hits theaters and iTunes this year. You can’t really see it right now, so it’s the movie I’m most looking forward to. It’s a documentary about Eddie Pepitone, a comedian who has spent his whole life angrily demanding that he be thought of as more of a force in the world of comedy. He got some recognition lately for his role as the angry closer for every live “WTF with Marc Maron” where he would work himself up into a lather and scream, mostly about the TV show Whitney. Think of Sam Kinison, but more dedicated to the anger than the yelling and 10,000% more dedicated to pointing out how hilarious it all is.
The movie got a ton of acclaim last year and everyone in the world of comedy is in it, from B.J. Novak to Marc Maron to Andy Kindler to Sarah Silverman. Eddie’s 2011 album A Great Stillness was about as amazing as a comedy album can get, and if you love comedy at all then you should probably invest some time in this movie… if you live in a place awesome enough to get it. Trailer’s here; it opens in a week and a half. If you want to see if you like Eddie or not, here’s the ultimate litmus test.
Marissa Corvallis – Oz the Great and Powerful
These days, prequels have taken center stage as everyone lines up to see the story before the story. And Oz the Great and Powerful promises to deliver a more captivating tale than the original. At least that’s what I gathered from that one trailer I saw.
With breathtaking special effects and a cast that rivals Love Actually, with New Goblin/Dreamboat James Franco as the great Oz, Mila Kunis as the Wicked Witch of the West, Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch and an unsettling animated China Girl, this film is sure to amaze. Check out Disney’s page to meet the characters, watch the trailer and download some posters.
Dust of those ruby-red slippers as Oz premieres March 8. If you see one prequel this March, make it this one.
Scott Phillips – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
I cannot wait until October 4th. Sin City is one of my favorite movies and it’s been a long eight-year wait to see the sequel. And don’t worry; the cast is loaded. Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez return to direct Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson — plus more returning cast members — while also featuring Josh Brolin, Juno Temple, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Piven and many more.
Sin City at a packed Three Penny Cinema on Lincoln Avenue my freshman year of college was one of the best movie experiences of my life; I’d love to see the sequel in a packed theater once again.
Rambo Nomolos – The Lords of Salem
There are several movies coming out in 2013 that have me teeming with anticipation. Obviously, I am beyond excited for anything that stars Dwayne Johnson and if you follow our site at all you should have already known that. I would feel like I let myself down if I didn’t at least mention my unpalpable excitement for both Fast and Furious Six and Pain and Gain, but this has already been well documented. The other movie I need to mention, but won’t go into any further detail on is Evil Dead (Poor Scholars’ Troy Phillips just posted a great piece on it today). I have a great affinity for all things Bruce Campbell to say the least.
With all this being said, there is another movie that has greatly peaked my interest. Of course, I am talking about The Lords of Salem. This might seem an unconventional choice as a small budget movie written and directed by Rob Zombie. But I’ll just come out and say it right now: Rob Zombie might be my favorite director. The first time I saw Zombie’s House of 1000 corpses, the lights in the theater came on as the movie ended and an entire theater walked out wondering what the hell they had just seen. Of the people I knew, I was one of the few who had seen the movie at that time. In the week or so after I left the movie theater people would ask me how it was. While attempting to explain that it was quite possibly one of the worst movies I had ever seen, something strange happened. I began to appreciate and genuinely like the movie. Now I am not sure how I originally hated the movie, maybe it was because it was so fucked up, unlike anything I had ever seen or maybe I just didn’t understand it. Really who knows? Since then it has become one of my all-time favorite movies and anything that Rob Zombie has attached his name to has been gold in my book. The Lords of Salem might not be for everyone, but if you are a fan of any of Zombie’s previous work you are as excited for this movie as I am.