With the release of Texas Chainsaw last weekend and Gangster Squad heading into cinemas this Thursday, it’s clear that the year in film is well under way, and with that comes a series of expectations, even prejudices, about what’s going to come our way in the next 12 months. Some of these predictions will seem obvious, some will not, and some are going to be completely wrong, informed by everything we’ve seen so far, and sure to be betrayed by either a director failing to fulfil their promise, deceptively good marketing, or even on the odd occasion a filmmaker proving us completely wrong for the better. Like any year, 2013 is going to be a rollercoaster ride of pleasant surprises, crushing disappointments, and plenty of awesome movies that we knew were going to be from the outset.
Here are 10 movie predictions for 2013.
10. Arnie Destroys Stallone At The Box Office
In one of the more unexpected movie rivalries to kick off the year, 2013 sees Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger releasing movies within two weeks (or a week if you live in the UK) of one another, with Arnie’s The Last Stand dropping first, and then Sly’s Bullet to the Head slamming into cinemas on February 1st. What’s clear from the trailers for each is two very different movies; The Last Stand appears self-aware, drawing attention to Arnie’s age, and also has the novelty factor going for it, that this is the Austrian Oak’s first starring feature since his comeback. Bullet to the Head, though directed by legendary filmmaker Walter Hill, has all the look and feel of a humourless straight-to-video action flick, which instead of noting Stallone’s age, in fact seems to be pretending that he’s still about 30, and can therefore apparently stand toe-to-toe with Jason Momoa, who is almost exactly half Stallone’s age!
Given all this evidence, one suspects The Last Stand might even end up Fresh on the Tomatometer, maybe scraping around the 60% mark, whereas Bullet will likely score around 20%. Though Bullet might be a box office success, we expect the novel value of The Last Stand will ensure that Arnie trounces him financially.
This article was first posted on January 8, 2013