People like end of the year lists: favorite movies, best movies, worst movies, disappointing movies. I generally don’t like lists, but even if I did, I haven’t seen everything that was released this year, so compiling a “best of” or “worst of” would be hopelessly incomplete. So instead of telling you the best/worst movies I did see (and having to admit I saw World War Z and not 12 Years a Slave), here are the top ten movies I didn’t see this year that I am most looking forward to seeing in the coming months.
1. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – I’ll make a point to see this movie in the theater, even though it’s a pain going to the movies without a car. I would love to see a more faithful adaptation of Tolkien’s classic done at some point (and my guess is I’ll live long enough to see it), but I’m a total sucker for Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, even if it’s not Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Slavish devotion to source material has never been a concern of mine – I have Tolkien’s books and an imagination so I’m willing to see someone else’s interpretation of the stories.
2. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – I hate when people complain about long movies. I also hate having to go the bathroom halfway through a movie because I don’t have enough impulse control to not buy a 44 oz. bucket of Coke Zero. I’ll almost certainly wait for the Blu-ray, but it might be the rare movie I buy the day it’s released. I love Scorsese. I love that he’s still challenging himself by making movies that are not instantly recognizable as a new version of an old film. I love that he and DiCaprio continue to work together.
3. G.I. JOE: RETALIATION – I mean, I saw the film that was released under this tile, but I want to see the version where they don’t off half of the movie’s charisma after 10 minutes, where we don’t have to deal with Bruce Willis’ “I’m here for the paycheck” smarm, and where we get way more of the excellent Storm Shadow / Snake Eyes half of the film.
4. 12 YEARS A SLAVE – Chiwetel Ejiofor is a brilliant actor, but it’s what I’ve heard about the depiction of white people in the movie that has me most interested in Steve McQueen’s film. At this point, I think we all get that slavery was a horrible system, but I don’t know if I’ve ever been properly convinced about the deeper evil of of the people who created and maintain the system, and that’s what I hear McQueen’s film does.
5. FROZEN – I don’t have kids, so animated films are almost always “wait for the Blu-ray.”
6. MAN OF STEEL – This one is a half-cheat since I’ve had the Blu-ray from Netflix sitting here for two weeks. I do want to see it, yet I always find something else to do instead of playing it. I like watching Zack Snyder movies, though, and I’ve never been a huge Superman fan, so it’s less a matter of me being worried (as so many of my friends have argued) that Snyder ruins or doesn’t get Superman, and more a case of, “It’s Superman.”
7. THE GREAT GATSBY – More than any other director I like, I have to be in the right mood to watch a Baz Luhrmann film. Most of the time, I’m not in the mood to appreciate his love of spectacle, so I’ve learned to not watch his movies until I’m ready for the Luhrmann experience. In the month that I’ve owned GATSBY, I have yet to be in the mood.
8. 47 RONIN – People keep telling me it’s awful and that makes me want to see it even more.
9. ONLY GOD FORGIVES – The most polarizing film of the year – I think the trailer looks phenomenal, but plenty of people who’s opinions I respect have bagged on the movie.
10. THE SMURFS 2 – Eat me, SMURFS 1 was awesome.
That’s my list. What did you watch this year that you loved that’s either not on my list or not reviewed around the Anxiety?