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BOUNTY KILLER

Release Date: September 6, 2013

What it’s about: Bounty hunters compete to take down white collar criminals in a near future run by corporations.

What it’s got working for it: Looks like silly, over-the-top fun.

What’s it’s got going against it: Perhaps a little too goofy.  Also, some of the performances feel very iffy.

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OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY

Release Date: September 6, 2013

What it’s about: Cantor Fitzgerald which lost 658 employees in the September 11th attacks.

What it’s got working for it: A poignant study of those affected by the tragedy.

What’s it’s got going against it: In certain ways, a painful movie to watch.

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BLUE CAPRICE

Release Date: September 13, 2013

What it’s about: A psychological thriller that explores the relationship between the young boy and the father figure responsible for the Beltway Sniper attacks.

What it’s got working for it: The promise of answers for the seemingly senseless killing spree.

What’s it’s got going against it: If Fruitvale Station taught us anything, it’s that fascinating true-life source material doesn’t always guarantee a great movie.

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GMO OMG 

Release Date: September 13, 2013

What it’s about: A documentary about genetically modified foods and its effects on our world.

What it’s got working for it: An important subject that effects us all directly.

What’s it’s got going against it: Documentaries like this one run the risk of being so slanted they can undermine their credibility.

1INFORMANT

Release Date: September 13, 2013

What it’s about: The story of Brandon Darby, a radical left-wing activist who became an FBI informant.

What it’s got working for it: A fascinating story.

What’s it’s got going against it: Again, it depends.  Is this a straight-forward documentary, or does the filmmaker have an axe to grind?

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A SINGLE SHOT

Release Date: September 20, 2013

What it’s about: A hunting accident leads to a killing, a cover-up, and a box of cash. It all culminates in a game of cat-and-mouse in the backwoods of West Virginia.

What it’s got working for it: Some solid actors including the Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy.

What’s it’s got going against it: Could be a white knuckle suspense thriller – or an entry from the seen-it school of filmmaking.  Hard to tell from the trailer.

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C.O.G.

Release Date: September 20, 2013

What it’s about: A young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm.

What it’s got working for it: Based on the works of the hilarious David Sedaris.

What’s it’s got going against it: The trailer looks very un-Sedaris and pretty un-funny.

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THE COLONY

Release Date: September 20, 2013

What it’s about: In a second ice age of the near future, a small group leaves the relative comfort of their underground society to investigate the mysterious happenings at a sister colony.

What it’s got working for it:  A great half a premise: the ice age, the mystery, the investigation….

What’s it’s got going against it: And a disappointing half a premise: vampires?

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PLUS ONE

Release Date: September 20, 2013

What it’s about: Three friends experience a temporal disturbance at a house party.

What it’s got working for it: I love a good time travel story.

What’s it’s got going against it: But only when it makes sense.  Which it rarely ever does.  And, yes, I’m looking at you Looper.

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AS I LAY DYING

Release Date: September 27, 2013

What it’s about: A family crosses the Mississippi in order to deliver their mother’s body for burial in her hometown.

What it’s got working for it: Based on the novel by William Faulkner.

What’s it’s got going against it: I’m guessing Faulkner didn’t write the screenplay. The trailer looks a little bleak…and incomprehensible.

12 thoughts on “August 24, 2013: Upcoming Under-the-Radar Movies To Look Forward To! Or Not!

  1. I’m glad to see a documentary about GMO’s. Monsanto is a company focused purely on profits and power. People should know what is going on.

    The Colony, to me, looks like one of those movies where the writers figure, “I don’t know what to do to make this script more interesting. So, lets add Vampires!”

  2. How is Lulu doing? any news on the conference call,,last Monday?
    Thanks for finding all these movies for us to see, if we want, or not,, never heard of half of them. I like William Macy and Sam Rockwell.
    Is your pulled muscle feeling any better? And the r2d2 oven, how is it faring these days? I missed my oven when it was on the blink, some things you just can not do in a microwave or toaster oven..we are spoiled aren’t we..

  3. Airelle pretty much covered the things I wanted updates on.

    Out Of The Clear Blue Sky: I had a school mate die there and he worked for Cantor Fitzgerald as did another man who went to our school in a previous graduating year. Last July when I went to New York for my high school reunion, I went to visit the 9/11 Memorial site. I think the only reason why I would watch it is to see if there was anything on him. If you guys are interested in reading it I wrote two and did a YouTube video.

    Here is the first:
    http://pbmom.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/my-visit-to-the-national-september-11-memorial/

    http://pbmom.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/video-tribute-to-my-school-mate-who-died-in-911-attacks/

    I cannot tell you the panic I felt trying to locate all my friends in New York as I did not know exactly where in the city they worked. It will probably be as difficult as my watching “The Cove” but I will.

  4. I don’t want to see a movie about a serial killer even if the serial killer(s) are not making a cent. I prefer my big screen monsters to be of the fictional variety.
    As for “Out of the Clear Blue Sky” Joe said: “In certain ways, a painful movie to watch.” I still haven’t watched Flight 93 for much the same reason as above. I prefer my TV monsters to be fictional, as a way of escaping the ugly realities of life, rather then punctuating them.

    I agree with Arcticgoddess that GMO industry needs to have a light shined on it, including exposing the capturing of government regulatory agencies so we don’t have a choice about what we eat. Or about the truly broken patent system.

    But I rarely hear a decent argument about the true perils of the most powerful technology ever developed on the face of the earth on TV because the subject is more complex then most people want to hear. I’ve rarely heard a well balanced view, and I’ve never seen one on TV, certainly not on what passes for news shows these days.

  5. BTW, in honor of Elmore Leonard’s passing I’ve been reading some of his novels that I’ve been meaning to get to. I just finished his book “The Hot Kid”, a good novel about a young man of 15 who witnesses a holdup and murder while getting a peach ice cream cone at a drugstore. Throughout the book the young man is always bringing up how the criminal asked to taste his peach ice cream cone, and how he got some on his mustache. The young man, Carlos, becomes a marshal himself after killing a cattle rustler on his fathers property and meeting some Marshals.

    It’s an enjoyable read. It also gave me a powerful craving for peach ice cream. With all the flavors of ice cream available, do you think I could find peach ice cream anywhere? Of course not. I am sorely disappointed. Instead I bought a 20 lb flat of Okanagan peaches, most of which I will can, and some of which I will make into fresh peach ice cream.

    I’ve also read his Raylan Givens novels, which are good and very close to the TV series Justified. They haven’t kept the show exact on the books plot, but they are close and one of the books is covered in a seasons worth of episodes so we don’t lose a lot.

  6. I just read on io9.com that SyFy has ordered a pilot for a series based on 12 Monkeys. I hope it has better luck then it did in the voting here…

  7. @Mike from Canada

    Here’s hoping it has more luck than Red Faction Origins and BSG Blood and Chrome. Oh dear. I tend not to care much about pilots on the network till they get a the greenlight to go straight to series.

    Red Faction Origins made great use of its budget but didn’t come to anything which is an awful shame.

  8. Randomness
    I just tried to watch Red Faction Origins. I couldn’t finish it. It’s not terrible, but it didn’t hold my interest. Blood and Chrome I watched, I enjoyed. That was a real shame it wasn’t followed up. I suppose some guy runs the numbers and decides if they are going to make more money running reruns of Stargate, Eureka and various other shows, or roll the dice and run a new show (or prequel, sequel) and take a chance on not making enough.

    I follow a guy on Facebook who did some work on BSG Blood and Chrome, Dax Pandhi, he does computer graphics and CG training relating to the landscape rendering program Vue. He did some of the background snow scenes on the BSG prequel. He is very good at creating CG life like outdoor scenes.

    He is currently working with a number of other people trying to get Star Trek Enterprise back on the air. I’d like to see it, but I don’t see it happening. I don’t think the networks want shows that require lots of sets and heavy special effects when they can often get good ratings or better from shows that don’t require them. But I’m just guessing.

    I hope I’m wrong.

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