The Film Release Calendar is something I do each year to preview the upcoming year’s slate of films. It started as both a way for me to start paying attention to what was coming out (since I was really slacking around the time I started the blog) and to be able to see how well I know myself and how much I know exactly what I’m gonna think about a movie before I even see it.
What I do is, I go through the list of films scheduled to come out in a given year (using my go-to article, Wikipedia’s year in film article), month by month. I write down what they’re about, who’s in them, and generally what my thoughts are on what I see. And then I guess what I think I’m gonna rate it when I see it. Because at this point — I’ve seen so many movies — I know what a movie is gonna be. I’m running about a 70% correct percentage on guessing stuff in January. Plus, that aside, it also gives me a chance to see what movies, come the end of the year, surpassed (or fell way below) my expectations (or everyone’s). So it’s not all just a chance for me to talk about how awesome I am (since, believe me… I’m gonna do that anyway).
Today, we’re looking at all the films that currently have no official release date, and, for the most part, were just announced and haven’t even been shot yet. Odds are most of them won’t come out in 2013, but I figure, if I preview them now, it’ll save me the trouble of having to deal with them year after year. And then it’ll also allow me to maybe get the few late-year additions that I’ve missed the last few years, because I couldn’t believe they could start shooting so late and make a release date. Oh, and we’re also gonna look at the movies I previewed last year that still haven’t come out yet. (more…)