Happy New Year from Filmspot!

Apologies for the lack of updates, Filmspotters. We’ve had a busy few months at Filmspot HQ, and now the last few plans are just being confirmed up for our 2013 season. We will be updating the blog with our plans, as well as the website in the next couple of weeks, so do check back soon, but in the meantime here are a few films to look forward to in 2013!

Mood Indigo [Dir: Michel Gondry]

We are big fans of the master of crafty-cinema, Michel Gondry, from his ingenious music videos to the charmingly dreamlike Science of Sleep. ‘Mood Indigo’ looks like it will be the perfect Gondry project, with some fantastic acting talent attached in the form of Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. Based on a novel ( titled ‘L’Écume des jours‘) by French polymath Boris Vian, the film tells the tale of Colin, a man who falls in love with Chloe, a woman who is suffering from an illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

Django Unchained [Dir: Quentin Tarantino]

We are not exactly devotees of Tarantino here at team Filmspot, but there’s something rather appealing about this concoction! This Western focuses on a freed slave (played by Jamie Foxx), who travels across America with a bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) to rescue his wife from a plantation owner (played with equal charisma and menace by Leonardo DiCaprio).

Gangster Squad [Dir: Reuben Fleischer]

The combination of Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and gangsters is surely enough to tell you to book your ticket early! it tells the story of LAPD Detectives who are attempting to keep Los Angeles free of gangsters during the 1940s and ’50s. Judging from the trailer we’re in for a very classy, slick looking thriller.

Kaze Tachinu [Dir: Hayao Miyazaki]

Japanese anime master, Hayao Miyazaki’s first film in five years is sure to excite animation fans the world over. Based on his manga of the same title (meaning ‘The Wind is Rising’), Miyazaki’s film focuses on the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane, flown as one of the country’s primary warcraft during World War II. Studio Ghibli will also release ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’, directed by the other founder of the studio, Isao Takahata – so 2013 promises to be a great year for animation!

Before Midnight [Dir: Richard Linklater]

Rumoured to be the final film in Linklater’s series chronicling the relationship of American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy), who met by chance on a Budapest – Vienna train in Before Sunrise (1995). Fans of Linklater’s indie films will be delighted – however, they are not for everyone. A friend who I suggested the last installment (Before Sunset) to, complained that there was ‘too much talking!’

So – in the next blog, you can expect some upcoming Filmspot dates. until then, let us know what films you’re looking forward to, either here in the comments, or contact us on twitter @filmspotter