Release Date: October 4, 2013

What it’s about: The film shows the impact of China’s economic boon through the stories of four different people.

What it’s got working for it: Powerful subject matter.

What’s it’s got going against it: May be a little too bleak for most moviegoers.



Release Date: October 4, 2013

What it’s about: The drug cartels’ influence on Mexican pop culture.

What it’s got working for it: A frightening, almost surreal world where music and mayhem meet.

What’s it’s got going against it: Scary and potentially uncomfortable viewing.



Release Date: October 4, 2013

What it’s about: The Kennedy assassination through the eyes of some of the witnesses, doctors, nurses, and FBI agents who were there.

What it’s got working for it: A solid cast.

What’s it’s got going against it: There have been many films made on this tragic moment in history.  Will this one add anything new?



Release Date: October 4, 2013

What it’s about: Dayton Hyde and his quest to save wild mustangs in the U.S.

What it’s got working for it: Filmed over the course of 11 years, the story of a very interesting man and his very important cause.

What’s it’s got going against it: Documentaries are not to everyone’s taste, and the subject matter will narrow that scope.



Release Date: October 4, 2013

What it’s about: In August of 2008, 18 people set out to climb K2.  Only 9 survived.

What it’s got working for it: Based on a true story.  The movie questions the reasoning and risks of conquering mountains.

What’s it’s got going against it: Although a documentary, the film apparently makes liberal use of re-enactments, blurring the line between fact and fiction.



Release Date: October 11, 2013

What it’s about: When a father loses his job, he packs up the family for a trip to “a Disneyland-like theme park” where he begins to lose his grip on reality.

What it’s got working for it: A unique visual style.

What’s it’s got going against it: It just looks f**king weird.



Release Date: October 11, 2013

What it’s about: The Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game has his comfortably nerdy existence turned upside-down by a confident new player.

What it’s got working for it:  The world of RPG’s and all its nerdish trappings.

What’s it’s got going against it: The trailer doesn’t really “bring the funny”.



Release Date: October 18, 2013

What it’s about: The true story of a free black man in pre-Civil War New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.

What it’s got working for it: Critical acclaim and a 96% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

What’s it’s got going against it: Suggestions that director McQueen’s gorgeous visuals come at the expense of grounded, emotional opporunities.



Release Date: October 18, 2013

What it’s about: When his sailboat is destroyed at sea, a sailor fights for survival.

What it’s got working for it: A purely visual story with no dialogue.

What’s it’s got going against it: A purely visual story with no dialogue.



Release Date: October 18, 2013

What it’s about: A group of colorful demonologists battle supernatural forces in Brooklyn.

What it’s got working for it: The red band trailer holds promise.

What’s it’s got going against it: The regular trailer does not.



Release Date: October 25, 2013

What it’s about: A love story about a fifteen year old girl and a much older woman.

What it’s got working for it: Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Festival.

What’s it’s got going against it: Graphic sex scenes and a running time of almost three hours will turn off some people

17 thoughts on “September 27, 2013: Upcoming Under-the-Radar October Movies To Look Forward To! Or Not!

  1. Sorry off topic but perhaps someone here is interesed stefanchik buy recently many sg1 original props molds in an auction .He want to do a limited run given the precarious state of many of the molds.





    I’m just saying for anyone who did not notice. I´m no related to this people i only buy Sargate things from them and are serius guys.

  2. Parkland, Running Wild, 12 Years a Slave and All is Lost appeal to me. A lot more than the ones you had up last night (other than Gravity)! Have a good weekend, squishes to the pups!

  3. The last one? Sorry, why is shite like this even allowed, even in the name of art? The way I look at it a 15-year old is still a child, and putting a child in sexual situation with a ‘much older woman’ – as I guess those sexual situations include – just glorifies sexual predatory behavior. Can’t we in this modern age, for once, just leave the kids alone? (And yes, I am not so naive as to not realize that this stuff goes on quite happily in real life between young teens and adults, but that doesn’t make it right – legally or morally.)

    And none of those movies sound remotely interesting to me – too damn bleak. The only one that might be appealing if I know the ending before I go see it is the remake there of the old man and the sea. I love sea adventures, but only if there’s something of a good ending, because real life just has too many bad ones.


  4. Sorry if I came across a bit strong – my back has me in a bad mood, not to mention all the perverts in the news lately.

    My apologies for taking it out on your blog, Joe.


  5. Hmmm, I think I will leave these under the radar and not see any of them,,hmmm. but thanks for sharing…

  6. Wait, WHAT? Did you just say Blue,,,had three hours of sex scenes? Hmmm,,,I’ll have to check the ,,,”quality control”,,,on this one.

  7. All is Lost might be interesting…I’ll see if I have time for that one.

    As a father of daughters, one of them 16 years old, I couldn’t stomach the last film. Absolutely no chance I’ll be seeing that.

  8. A couple weeks ago you had a list and then just a few days later I saw one of the movies on pay-per-view. I thought if I just waited a month or two it will be on a regular cable channel. I guess most of these go straight to pay-per-view and never make it to the big screen. There is so many of them! Make a movie Joe! Everyone else is. How can that be? Rich people’s hobby? (Redford)

  9. @ Das – I’ll tell you what’s irritating me lately! I was checking out at Walmart and the young girl cashier was talking the whole time to her supervisor. She was telling her she has to leave today early and tomorrow she has to take off and do this because of that and she don’t care if she gets fired or what because she has to do it blah blah blah. Totally inappropriate conversation to have in front of the customer.

    Then I go to CVS and the young boy cashier is complaining about how it is just him and another person to answer all questions then the phone rings and when he answers, the caller hangs up so he is complaining about how that caller just wasted his precious time he just took to answer the phone blah blah blah. Again totally inappropriate conversation to have in front of (with) the customer.

    Stoopid snot nosed kids and their lack of professional behavior. Shut up, I don’t want to hear it! And my back doesn’t hurt. (I have a raging bone spur in my heal that is killing me though, so there you go…)

  10. I like the poster from Escape from Tomorrow. I enjoy weird movies, so this may work for me.

  11. No, not watching those. None of them look interesting, except maybe The Summit.

    Ponytail: I hope you feel better. One thing that drives me crazy is I have problems understanding what some of the kids here are saying at businesses. It’s ebonics and then they talk very fast. It sounds like they’ve said the same thing so many times, a sentence becomes one word. It takes a few minutes for my brain to translate.

    Everybody have a great weekend! Later, we have a band competition. It will be a long night!

  12. My back feels like someone is trying to dig my spine out with a dull rusty spoon, but it’s soothing to hear others are in the same boat. Misery loves company. 😉

    I think I might check out most of these films, save the child porn. Even if in my mind I know she actually isn’t 15, (she’s actually 19 in real life) still, it’s creepy when you have a daughter. Besides, when your past fifty anyone under thirty just makes you feel like a hairy fossil.

    I’m a little annoyed at the “All Is Lost” film trailer. A little hole in his boat and he let it sink? Sailor’s have had much larger holes in their sailboats and still managed to get it to safety. You have to make sure the water coming in is less then the bilge pumps can handle, electric and manual. On the other hand some boats have sunk because someone didn’t close the head’s seacock. So anything is possible. But the hole was in the top of the hull. He should have at least stuffed it with a cushion wrapped in a dozen garbage bags and taped a rain jacket over the outside of the hole, or a tarp, or both, almost every sailboat carries a tarp.

    They say you shouldn’t leave your boat until you have to step _up_ into your life raft, that the entire hull and cabin should be underwater.
    He should have, oh never mind.

    I’m still going to watch it.

    It must be complaint day on Joseph Mallozzi’s Blog. Or maybe I’m just a cranky old man.

  13. As far as obscure indies go, I might try to get my hands on a copy of Impact After the Crash, but it has a reenactment of the bus crash in it. I hope it’s not interspersed in a way I can’t skip that part.

  14. JeffW‘s gluten-free version of the cheesecake turns out great. I made my own almond flour so I could go for a coarse grind. ‘Cept I forgot to put a catch tray in the oven to keep the bottom of the oven from getting glazed with sugary butter. Also, our fire extinguisher works.

  15. Hope everyone who has back issues gets better soon. I can’t say I’ve ever had a bad back before. Closest was a knee problem for over a week fairly recently.

    Slightly offtopic but Joe, this was clearly the best Sword Art Online battle of the first arc besides the Heathcliff one.
    Couldn’t find with English subs but I thought this episode was probably the best done in anime in a long time. Videos only like 3 mins long, and I know you said you watched the series already. 🙂

    I liked the build up to it.

  16. @DP

    I’m glad your fire extinguisher works too! I did the same once; the cheesecake leaked (without a catch pan) and didn’t catch fire because of the low heat. I didn’t notice the buttery film and the next time I used the oven (making pizza), that’s when it caught. The oven locked itself (it thought it was in self-cleaning mode due to the heat), and smoke was pouring out the vent. Fortunately it burned itself out with no more further damage than a couple of drained smoke detector batteries.

    So, the almond crust was to your liking?

  17. I meant to mention I’ve been watching Steins Gate, a Japanese anime TV series. It’s a bit slow but it’s interesting. It sounded familiar but I can’t recall if anyone has recommended it here before.

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