Release Date: September 6, 2013

What it’s about: A horror-comedy from the creators or Reno 911 that sees an expectant couple move into a haunted house

What it’s got working for it:  Cameos from some funny people including The League’s Paul Scheer.

What’s it’s got going against it: The humor doesn’t look particular “fresh”.



Release Date: September 6, 2013

What it’s about: On a desolate world, escaped convict Riddick is pursued by bounty hunters

What it’s got working for it:  The first movie in the series, Pitch Black, was surprisingly good.

What’s it’s got going against it: The second movie in the series, The Chronicles of Riddick, was disappointingly bad.



Release Date: September 20, 2013

What it’s about: When the prime suspect in his daughter’s disappearance is released for lack of evidence, a father takes matters into his own hands.

What it’s got working for it:  A solid cast (Jackman, Gyllenhal, Bello) hold the promise of something deeper.

What’s it’s got going against it: A t.v. movie of the week premise.



Release Date: September 20, 2013

What it’s about: The rivalry between Grand Prix drivers.

What it’s got working for it:  The fact that it’s based on true events makes it all the more intriguing.

What’s it’s got going against it: Fan of the Grand Prix?  Me neither.



Release Date: September 20, 2013

What it’s about: The sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sees inventor, Flint Lockwood, battling his latest unintended creation: food-animals = foodimals!

What it’s got working for it:  The trailer offers some mighty inventive visuals and foodimals.

What’s it’s got going against it: Does it offer much beyond the amusing puns and wordplay?  Hard to judge from the trailer.



Release Date: September 27, 2013

What it’s about: Media-perpetuated expectations clash when a player and  a hopeless romantic connect.

What it’s got working for it:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a very good actor.

What’s it’s got going against it: No idea if he’s an equally good writer.  Also – oof! Those phony Jersey Shore accents!

23 thoughts on “August 24, 2013: Upcoming Movie Releases To Look Forward To! Or not!

  1. Love Vin Diesel’s voice…Have to say Pitch Black was one of them white knuckle, suspense, kind of movie that I usually do not like. There are only a few things I remember from the movie – Vin’s voice…oooo – he could read the phone book good, the rings around the planet were spectacular as the “Speed of Dark” really increased to Pitch Black, then it went down hill – dark, scarey.
    Might attempt this one just because it continues the story and Riddick basically – at least I think – was a “good guy.”

    Prisoners sounds interesting…like the actors.

  2. Hmm. If they kill off the one badass female in this Riddick like they did the first…I’ll be very annoyed.

    Don Jon, well, I wouldn’t expect to like it, but I pretty much love Scarlett no matter what. So while I’ll probably watch it and be annoyed, I’ll still see it just for her.

  3. Vin Diesel’s third Riddick film sounds almost exactly like the first one. I would have liked to see how he handled becoming the leader of the Necromongers after he killed off Lord Marshall (Colm Feore). Instead, this Trailer sounded like a revisit to Pitch Black.

    Another film I am looking forward to is Pompeii, coming in February. There is a trailer on the IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1921064/). From the look of the trailer, this film is going to have some really awesome special effects.

  4. As much as I enjoy watching Scarlett, I just can’t see myself watching a what appears to be a slightly upscale version of Jersey Shore.
    I liked Pitch Black, his first movie in the series, and the second was not bad. I thought the second had a really interesting take on the death religion. This one will have Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica and Longmire. I wonder if she’s going to play an angry, hard as nails, sarcastic but capable and always willing to do the right thing when no other option exists character?

    It’s extremely unlikely I’ll watch any of them at the theater.

    I’ve been watching Hell On Wheels. A lot of Stargate actors have been on the show. I see today’s episode “The Game” has Rodney A. Grant, who played Tonane on Stargate SG1 in the episode Spirits. Christopher Heyerdahl returned in last weeks episode to continue his excellent performance as a crazy murderous preacher.

    I watched Oblivion the other day. My wife was peeved when I guessed the plot five minutes into the film. But really, what else could I have done? It was so obvious. I really liked the special effects and the design elements was first rate, even if Tom Cruise’s ship was somewhat phallic shaped. (My wife pointed that out)

    I thought some of it was just plain stupid with plot holes you could drive a massive alien space ship through. Such as, water is on a number of moons in quantity. Jupiter and Saturn has a lot of water, but even more hydrogen, which is what is used for fusion. Saturn’s rings are made up almost entirely of ice crystals. Or it could just build a Dyson sphere (or cylinder) of solar panels and hang out in front of a star for a few billion years.


    I’d also like to suggest if your a super smart computer, you might want to build into your phallic shaped ship some tech so the human can’t fire on your own battle pods. The USA does that now with some of their missiles. I also might suggest that the same super smart computer might be able to build and employ satellites so it can have 24 hour communications with it’s repair people. And it might be able to use them to see whats happening on the ground, such as hidden grottoes where Tom Cruise hangs out.

  5. Eh, I’ll probably wait until Riddick shows up on Netflix. I do love Vin Diesel, but I’m not sure I want to see this one on the big screen.

    Rush has Chris Hemsworth – he’s everywhere! – which is another plus. But I don’t think a movie about race car drivers could keep my interest, even with eye candy. Too much like the old Paul Newman movie Winning. shifted from Indianapolis to Europe.

    Don Jon looks like a good date movie.

  6. Joe, the upper sternal pain could be costochondritis (inflammation of the cartilage between the sternum and the ribs). Is it really tender to pressure? If that’s what it is, it will go away on its own eventually. It won’t show up on an ultrasound. Ibuprofen or other anti inflammatory meds help. But I’m glad that you went to see a doctor about it. Good work, Akemi!

  7. A horror comedy? Not a good mix in my horror lover opinion. I wouldn’t bother with this one.

    Huge Jackman is a very good actor.

    More movies eh? Exactly how many movies get released each year?

  8. I’m looking at these movies thinking, nope, nope, as I scroll down nope nope, still nope. Oh look no more choices lol

    Nothing there that interests me, and you’re right about the Prisoners plot, seems like something that has been done like half a million times before in tv, movies and books even. Disappearance being the central focus of a movies plot line seems so cliche. That being said if they do it right it’l be watchable at least.

    Flightplan was a good movie, I liked the way that, although the bad guys were less obvious, heck they had no motive beyond money, they pretty much played on Jodie Fosters characters fears with her daughter being missing and screwed with her head saying her daughter died a long time ago. You just need to ignore the fact it’s not possible for someone to drug someones kid, and carry them to an obscure part of the plane in a busy plane even with cabin crew and passengers around lol

    Always did think Sean Bean was a good actor.

  9. I’ll definitely see Rush, because I’ve been watching Ron Howard tweet about it for 2 yrs or something. All that work, at least I can devote 2 hrs to it. 🙂 Plus it looks pretty exciting even if you don’t care about F1. 🙂

    I’m trying to think of TV show ideas that meet all your criteria, but I’m afraid I’m not enough of a genre expert to suggest anything. Meanwhile I thought you already had 3-4 projects ready to go and just waiting on one more telecon?? 🙂

  10. I’m a bit late weighing in on the Affleck (Batman) casting! Bank Holiday Weekend = less time on the laptop.

    My thoughts …

    I’ve been piggin’ annoyed about this since I read it on Google News a few days ago! My initial reaction combined disbelief, annoyance, ranting and many swear words … which I can’t repeat here!

    Is Affleck a sure money winner? I’m personally sick of Hollywood casting from the same bloody actor gene pool! That awful movie: “He’s just not that into you.” instantly springs to mind. Instant hit my arse! Codswallop film … codswallop casting Ben Affleck as Batman!

    Inflicting ‘well known’ faces into the cinemaverse and assuming everyone will love it is lazy and disrespectful to audiences around the globe.

    @fsmn36: No, I’m NOT a fan either! (Haven’t had a chance to read the tweet responses yet … will do though, once I’ve completed Bank Holiday chores :)


    @Joe: Hope you feel better soon! You really do experience more than your share of bad luck! PS: thank you for raising the Affleck casting. I BADLY needed to vent! :)

  11. Never let someone force you to go to the hospital. Then they win.
    When I had that nail in my skull, I refused for 14 days. I probably could have gone longer if I hadn’t gone into a coma for three days.

    BTW Joseph, when are you going to phone me, about my great TV series idea? The one about Pugs being the only medium of exchange? I’m pretty sure we can stretch it to ten seasons. Call me. 250-555-0100.

    Or have your people call my people.

    FYI, the last US crank before you call telephone system was replaced in 1983 in Bryant Pond, Maine. I found that out researching the phoney phone number. There is a documentary on this telephone company which was filmed in 1980:

  12. Sylvia: You are so right about Vin Diesel’s voice!

    Maybe, Riddick and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Did you see the first Cloudy? Sweet little movie and it made me very hungry watching it. I’m saving myself for Ender’s Game though.

    On TV show suggestions, Are you looking for something non-Sci-fi?
    What about David Baldacci’s “The Camel Club”? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel_Club , No high tech gear involved. Lots of diverse characters and some with dangerous pasts.

    Is your chest better? How is Lulu’s paw?

  13. @Mike from Canada

    A nail in your skull? Wow that’s crazy. Good to see you recovered though. I’m surprised anyone could have a nail there for 14 days..

  14. It was totally cool to run into you at 7 Seas today! And a pleasure to meet you and Akemi!

    I’m kinda looking forward to Riddick. I liked Pitch Black and enjoyed Chronicles of Riddick, and this looks like more of the same thing from what I’ve seen.

    1. And a pleasure to meet you too. It’s always great to run into blog readers.

      Have you been working at 7 Seas long? We’re (somewhat) semi-regulars.


      1. Just a little less than a month! My boyfriend works out at the White Rock location and basically got me the job. It’s a bit of a commute but I don’t mind, really.

        I’ve probably been following your blog for… Years now. ^__^ I wasn’t sure if you frequented 7 Seas, to be honest, though I remember you mentioning you regularly go to Market Meats, which is next door.

  15. Rush . . . What’s it’s got going against it: Fan of the Grand Prix? Me neither.

    Actually, I am a fan and I’m looking forward to this movie.

    I quite liked Pitch Black and don’t hate The Chronicles of Riddick so I might go see Riddick. Here’s a bit of trivia that not many people know: I started working at Weta Digital in New Zealand shortly after they’d wrapped on some of the VFX for Pitch Black. Weta was about to start work on the VFX for The Lord Of The Rings and they asked to be removed from the Pitch Black credits because it looked like such a crap movie.

  16. I will definitely see Riddick. From the movie trailers, it is very much like Pitch Black but with a higher budget, but I love the old classic, too. I am excited to see Katee Sackhoff’s career blooming. I saw the previews of Rush in the movie theater and it looked interesting even though I don’t watch racing (although I did watch Talladega Nights with Will Ferrell which was a riot). I hadn’t seen or heard about Prisoners, but I may watch this when it gets to DVD.

  17. “DON JON – What it’s about: Media-perpetuated expectations clash when a player and a hopeless romantic connect.”
    I thought is was about the consequences of pornography addiction and the unrealistic expectations that Romance Novels give woman. I’m not saying there’s not a “Jersey Shore” feel to it but it’s deeper than that I think and your description doesn’t do it justice. Plus it’s got that Who’s the Boss dad, that’s pretty cool.

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