What i’m looking forward to in 2013…

2013 is an epic year for all sorts of reasons. There are a dozen plus movies that i cannot wait to see, some awesome books being released and Murray just won Wimbledon. I thought it would be a good idea to do a post on just a few of the things i’m most anticipating this year. 

Movies and TV

The Desolation of Smaug

The one movie i have been looking forward to more than any other is the sequel to last years epic, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Ever since i learned the book was being divided into three, i was anticipating each and every installment. And now having been privy to the trailer, Desolation of Smaug has become my must see movie of this year. Not least because i want to see Smaug, but because epic fantasy adventure movies have been few and far between in recent years. And who doesn’t want to see Evangeline Lilly as an Elf? 


Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel

Man of Steel/Iron Man 3/Thor: The Dark World

I’m a huge Marvel/DC fan and these three movies are high on my ‘can’t wait to see’ list. Where many people hated Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns i really enjoyed it, and even though i’m no fan of Superman or Smallville, i am a fan of Zack Synder. Iron Man and Thor are two of my favourite Marvel movies and so the sequels inevitably are movies i’m looking forward to seeing. And the news that Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor is on board to direct, Thor 2 i expect a much more epic, gritty movie than its brilliant predecessor. 

Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro is one of my top five directors, coming a close third behind Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson and beating JJ Abrams and Christopher Nolan. The Hellboy movies and Pan’s Labyrinth are masterpieces of fantasy cinema, and so Del Toro’s first foray into science fiction action is something i will definitely not be missing. Anyone who doesn’t enjoy robots battling ancient monsters must be mad. 


Robots vs Monsters: its going to be epic.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Even thought the first Percy Jackson movie butchered one of my favourite books, i still found it an enjoyable, if not groundbreaking, film. Having seen the trailer for Sea of Monsters i am decidedly more optimistic about where this movie franchise may go. It seems new director Thor Freudenthal has stuck a lot closer to the book, and will be offering us every creature from Greek mythology to boot. With less than a month to go until this is released, we’ll soon see what the future holds for Percy Jackson. Could this be the series to replace Potter?

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

I enjoyed the second book in Suzanne Collin’s ridiculously successful series immensely and so the sequel to the awesome Hunger Games movie is another film i’m highly anticipating.  With a new director and a whole host of famous faces, i can’t imagine this being anything but brilliant.

There are plenty of other movies i could talk about here (not least Star Trek Into Darkness, which i have not yet seen, but have already pre-ordered on DVD), but i’m sure nobody wants to read a post that is a dozen pages long so i’ll move onto TV.

Game of Thrones season 3

Not having Sky i’m one of those who has to wait for the DVD’s to be released and so where almost everyone else has probably already seen half of season 3 i am still awaiting the release of the boxset. With season 2 delivering more thrills, action, epic-ness and awesomeness i have had season 3 pre-ordered ever since it became available on Amazon. 

Walking Dead season 3/4

The Walking Dead has fast become one of my all time favourite shows and even though i’m only a couple of episodes into season 3 i  think this show just goes from strength to strength.

Other shows i have to wait for on DVD, and have had pre-ordered for a long time are:

– Elementary

– Grimm Season 2


I need the Season 3 DVD now!

– Mentalist Season 5

– Castle Season 5


















I won’t even bother to attempt to list every book i’m looking forward to in 2013, there are simply too many. But two i’m itching to read are House of Hades by Rick Riordan and the thirteenth book in Joseph Delaney’s Wardstone Chronicles (the first of which is soon to be adapted into a movie titled the Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore). 

Final thoughts…

I could go and on and on about the things 2013 has to offer, but this post would end up being a novel. What are you looking forward to this year? 



About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

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