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Armagedons 2013: Its the Ends of the World as We Know It!   2 comments

The year 2012 has come and gone and now more than a week out I think it is fair to say that we are all safe for the Mayan Apocalypse.  Woo… breath easy folks! It looks it we are gonna be fine!

Unless…That was what the Maya wanted us to think?

Lull us into a false sense of security and then BAM! Fake out! Hit us when we are unprepared in 2013!

I’m on to you, the Maya… Looks like we better start prepping for end of the world in 2013.  Never know when those shifty fallen civilizations are going to try and pull a fast one.

So lets all take a look at 10 upcoming end of the world movies for 2013!

This is the End – June 14

Seth Rogen, James Franco and their whole regular crew play themselves in what looks like the aftermath of an alien attack  based on the people you see getting teleported in the trailer. I was wrong, it was the biblical apocalypse. Update 7/1/13

What I find the most interesting about this movie is that whole Judd Apatow crew have dispensed with the notion of writing movies with characters who are thinly veiled versions of themselves and just made themselves the characters.  Could be a fairly brilliant move, considering that their brand of humor typically revolves around them acting like themselves any way.  On the flip side, this could have the negative effect of lazy writing considering there is less of a need for it.   I’m a big fan of meta comedy, but I have seen similar ideas go wrong before (My Name is Bruce comes to mind, but that’s a whole other post) so I am cautiously optimistic about this one.

The World’s End – October 25

The_World's_End_posterThere isn’t a lot of detail avaliable yet for the final installment of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost‘s “Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy.”  Reportedly it follows the story of a group of friends who are trying to recreate a pub crawl they went on years earlier and somehow end up becoming the last hope for humanity.   Pegg and Frost are one of my favorite onscreen duos (Paul is underrated. There, I SAID IT!) so I will be in line to check this out, probably after a marathon viewing of Spaced.

Warm Bodies – February 1

This is the end of the world movie that I am the most excited for right now.

I feel like the Zombie genera is constantly on the verge of petering out, and every few years something breaths new life into it (easy pun). Three years ago it was the ultra dark and gritty Walking Dead TV series and in 2013 I think it will be this seemingly light hearted zombie romantic comedy.  I love when stories play with, or even throw out, the cornerstones of their genera.  In this case, the idea that zombies can’t cured.  And that they can’t find love.  And its just in time for Valentines day!  So much win!

World War Z – June 21

And then on the flip side of that there’s this…

World War Z is based on book of the same name, in pretty much the same way that Battleship the movie was based on Battleship the board game.  The movie was set to release last year but underwent heavy rewrites and reshoots, pushing it back to this summer.  The quite understated tones of the book have been washed away and turned into what looks like a natural disaster movie.  And I am sure that disaster is the correct word.  This one is going to be a huge bloated mess that won’t make a good action movie or a good zombie movie.  Skip it and read the book.

The Host – March 29

Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Twilight for the sexy adaptation of Stephanie Meyer‘s other novel, The Host.  In a lot of ways this parallels Warm Bodies, in that they are both about regaining your humanity in a world that has stripped it away from you.  The book is the first of an intended trilogy, so the success of the film will likely have an effect on if and when Meyer’s completes the rest of the series.  I had no interest in Twilight, but this looks like it could prove to be much more interesting.  Might end up on my Netflix Que.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – November 22

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Catching Fire is guaranteed to be a box office success.  It is the second installment in the dystopian Hunger Games Trillogy, where our hero, Katniss, ends up in another Hunger Games, where she will then have to fight for her life… again.  I have not read the books and I found the first movie pretty bland, only being able to understand the nuances of it after people who had read the books elaborated on what had been left out, which seemed to be a lot.  This entry in the will need to make up for that error in the first film if it wants to stand up to the books.

John Dies at the End – January 25

Based on Cracked editor David Wong‘s novel of the same name and from director Don Coscarelli of the Phantasm Series. The story follows John and David, ostensibly the writer of the story, who through the use of a psychoactive drug become clued in to a threat to humanity.  As a fan of surrealist horror, particularly Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep I am excited for this film.  Also, the trailer promises a meat monster.

Win.

Oblivion – April 19

Typically I only get excited about Tom Cruise when Top Gun is on TV, and Oblivion isn’t doing much to change that.  Director/Writer Joseph Kosinski‘s previous big credits include Tron: Legacy and… done.  End of list.  The trailer gives away a lot of what I expect to be the big twist, unless there is a twist on the twist.  But who do they think they are? M. Night Shyamalan?

After EarthJune 7

Huh? Speak of the devil….

The Will/Jaden Smith father-son team are on screen again in M. Night Shyamalan’s big budget sci-fi flick about a father and son who crash land on very dangerous post-human Earth.  It first got notice at last year’s San Diego Comic Con with the release of this video that explains some of the film’s back story.  I am frankly surprised that anyone was willing to hand over the money it took to make this to a director who hasn’t produced a hit in over ten years.  Also, the fact that the SDCC video was to produced to explain 100 years of alternate history that must somehow become relevant to a story that takes place 1000 years in the future leads me to believe that we are headed for an overly complicated script.  I have low hopes for this one.

Pacific Rim July 12

Its trailers like this that make me sad that Guillermo del Toro turned down Star Wars VII.   Pacific Rim looks like all of the best Saturday morning cartoons come to life.  Giant Robots vs Godzilla Monsters.  What more could you want? And from a director that takes genera story telling to all new levels.  The success of this file could even mean new life for del Toro’s long since shelved adaptation of H.P. Lovecrafts’s At the Mountains of Madness, so there is a lot riding on this one!  Pacific Rim will probably be the only summer block buster that will provide more than mindless explosions and one liners, so it is guaranteed to have my butt in a seat.  Lucky it.

So those are the 10 up coming ends of the world that 2013 has in store for us!  What ones are you excited about? Which ones do you think are going to suck? Tell me below!

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