Release Date: April 2, 2014

What it’s about: Following a near-death experience, an ex-felon safecracker attempts to re-connect with his estranged daughter – and pull off one final score.

What it’s got working for it: The trailer suggests a movie with a Sexy Beast, Layer Cake, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels feel.  Three movies I quite enjoyed.

What’s it’s got going against it: I’m admittedly reluctant to embrace Jude Law as an aging tough.  But I’m perfectly willing to be won over.



Release Date: April 4, 2014

What it’s about: A documentary on the true life 1930’s murder mystery on the Galapagos Island.

What it’s got working for it: It’s like a very dark Gilligan’s Island.

What’s it’s got going against it: The fact that the truth surrounding the strange events remains a mystery could leave some viewers unsatisfied.



Release Date: April 4, 2014

What it’s about: The internet crashes.  Society soon follows.

What it’s got working for it: Rather than focusing on the large-scale destruction of our civilization, this movie instead tells a more personal story about a close-knit group trying to weather the storm.

What it’s got going against it: The trailer doesn’t pack the promised weight.



Release Date: April 4, 2014

What it’s about: An alien predator takes human form to hunt her prey but, in time, begins to embrace her humanity.

What it’s got working for it: Looks spooky.  And unique.

What it’s got going against it: It faces the challenge of covering ground already well worn by the Species series.



Release Date: April 4, 2014

What it’s about: From the barren desert delta to the biggest arch dam in the world, this documentary studies our relationship with water.

What it’s got working for it: Shot in 5k ultra high def.  Stunning scenery.

What it’s got going against it: It’s a movie about water.  90 minutes worth of interesting?  Maybe.



Release Date: April 11, 2014

What it’s about: The story of Jayson Blair, one of the most shocking serial plagiarists in history.

What it’s got working for it: The curiosity factor.  How did he get away with it for so long?

What it’s got going against it: Hopefully not a movie that celebrates this word thief.



Release Date: April 18, 2014

What it’s about: A down on his luck salesman is offered rewards for the completion of 13 sinister tasks.

What it’s got working for it: An intriguing premise.

What it’s got going against it: Nicholas Cage has never been all that picky about the types of movies he’ll do.  Could be very interesting.  Or just plain awful.



Release Date: April 18, 2014

What it’s about: Two women in a support group form a bond that engenders dark consequences.

What it’s got working for it: Looks like a suspenseful thriller.  In the tradition of Single White Female?

What it’s got going against it: The performances seem a little shaky…but it could just be the edit.


27 thoughts on “March 27, 2014: April under-the-radar releases to look forward to! Or not!

  1. So, in “Goodbye, World”, why are people freaking out about the lack of internet? Because they won’t be able to post that they’ve reached the 5000th level on Candy Crush as a FaceBook status? I mean I can see the problems it would cause in commerce I guess, but would people really be rioting in the streets? The worst part of that whole scenario is that we wouldn’t be able to read Joe’s blog, but I bet THAT’S not covered in the movie. Bleh.

    “Under the Skin” sounds almost EXACTLY like “Species”, which I thought before you mentioned it.

    The water one actually does sound interesting!

    Nice sunny day here today, if still really windy. It was actually sunny enough to at least get a start on the melt of all this snow.

  2. @Das: (from yesterday) Your sister sounds like a very interesting person! And yes, I do sound Canadian – like a Maritimer, actually!

  3. I agree with gforce..

    I love the internet but when I’ve been without it I manage to switch from indoor cat to outdoor cat fairly easily. *shrug*

    It’s been so cold here I’ve had to drag my boots and jacket back out. Crazy spring!

  4. The internet crashes? So what?, I guess the post office and phone companies are going to pick up a lot of business. I just don’t get it. But I don’t get the movie “Her” either. Wrong generation, I guess. I suppose businesses would have issues for a while going backward with technology, but it is hardly the end of the world.

    Of course, it would mean the end of Joe’s blog….

    It’s the end of the world!

  5. @Sparrow_hawk: Actually the sun today melted away everything that was on the streets. It was weird, if it wasn’t for the snowbanks, and the remaining wind, it was like yesterday didn’t happen.

  6. I’m quite looking forward to the Noah movie, always did think Russell Crowe was a good actor.

    South Park even did a show within a show about him. This was from a while back but its quite hilarious.

  7. I’ve been watching Doomsday Preppers on (free) Hulu. Goodbye World looks like a typical prepper scenario. Because of the crash, the electricity goes out (we see this briefly). Maybe there’s no phone communication. Transportation is disrupted. All that has a major effect on the food supply. Supposedly there is only a three day supply of food in urban grocery stores.

    Some people use electric heat. My gas furnace has an electronic ignition.

    I agree with the folks who say we got along fine before the internet. I remember it. But, I would not be fine without electricity, refrigeration, heat and food. Also, my cat would hate it.

    If the Goodbye World characters had watched Doomsday Preppers, they would have a security perimeter and an arsenal prepared to deal with their non-prepping neighbors.

    Alas, for me, I have no preps. My emergency food supply is a can of chili, a can of tuna, some outdated olives, and a three months supply of tea.

    There’s a Redbox dvd rental place, one block from my home, open 24 hours a day. If I see any of these movies, it will probably be from there.

  8. A Fragile Trust sounds interesting, but I’m curious why they decided to make the movie only about that one reporter. I mean, Stephen Glass invented stories out of wholesale bullshit for The New Republic, George, and Rolling Stone — stories that did serious reputational damage to the victims of his lies. Then he went on to lie first to the New York State Bar and then the California State Bar, in a desperate attempt to pass the Moral Turpitude investigation for admission to the bar. He wasn’t admitted to either state’s bar, thank goodness, but it took a California Supreme Court decision and countless taxpayer dollars for that ruling to be finalized. Jayson Blair’s a scumbag, but he’s not the only scumbag who deserves to be skewered. I’m just concerned that he’s being demonized to the exclusion of other, just-as-guilty parties.

  9. @ gforce – I tawk like dees guys:


    Broawd Street, cauwfee, wooder – the whole [Italian] South Philly thing that migrated down the shore. I do not, however, say ‘youze’ (though I will type it now and then).

    I’d like to think that my accent is mellowed a bit by the ‘down Jersey’ accent, which has a little southern drawl to it. The only vid I have with my voice on it is this silly thing – not sure if you can tell I have any sort of accent, or not:


    I think I sound annoying. 😛


  10. Oh, and can I just say that I’m gonna punch the next guy in the friggin’ mouth who says, “WE are pregnant.”

    No, you are not. YOU are sitting there drinking a beer while SHE is waddling around with a bowling ball in her uterus. Got it? Good.

    (Sorry…just heard yet another person say that and it’s like fingernails on the blackboard to me. Just imagine how I’d react if I actually had ever been pregnant. 😛 )


  11. das: My MIL says “youze”, and she’s from northern Alberta. The farthest she’s lived from there is Kelowna, BC, with the exception of 6 months spent in Tasmania. The first time I heard it come out of her mouth, I was gobsmacked. Wasn’t expecting that! My husband doesn’t say it, and he has no idea where his mom got it.

  12. Just had the wonderful opportunity to be without:
    Baaaaaadddd, Just Baaaaad.

    Hope this is not an indicator of what the “real summer” will bring considering it is still March and so freaking cold aarrrrrgghhhh!

  13. A few of them looked interesting (Dom Hemingway, The Galapagos Affair, and Under the Skin) and then I saw the trailers…yikes!

    Maybe I’ll watch them on Netflix when I have nothing better to do. Jude Law’s accent was distracting, The Galapagos Affair seemed more like the Hatfields and McCoys rather than an intriguing mystery, and Under the Skin came off as a modern day 2001 – A Space Odyssey meets Species (as Joe noted) without as much continuity or explanation. Hmm, I may have to miss this one on Netflix too.

    Well, on the business travel front, I’ve had a number of good meetings in Calgary and now Vancouver with a lot of action-items and follow-ups, and I still have two more meeting days to go (Friday and Monday). It looks like I’m going to have a busy April!


    Glad to see you survived the Snowmageddon! As for the resurgence of winter…PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!! I really am done with it. Hopefully when I get back to Chicago on Tuesday night, it will have passed and spring will finally have arrived.

  14. @das You’re cracking me up 😀 As someone who has carried a bowling ball around in her uterus (twice!) I agree.

    The video made me gringe when the one woman pronounced the s at the end of Illinois. *shudder* THAT is a major pet peeve of mine. It’s “ILL-ah-Noy” people! Don’t say the s! Gah! I was born in Chicago. If I can learn to talk without the horrible accent (and I have) then everyone can learn to pronounce my birthplace correctly.

    Because I’ve lived in So Cal and Florida I have a “news anchor” accent. Although I can do a pretty mean valley girl. The southern accent is a little more difficult but every once in awhile a word will pop out of my mouth that’s definitely been hijacked by the south. 😀

  15. After a little research, THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR sounds the most interesting to me…very much so. But I’ll wait for DVD. Very intriguing story.

    @ gforce – I think soon – maybe not at this very moment – but soon, if the internet went down there would be some major problems. For one, there is the suggestion that crime has actually dropped because more people spend time indoors on the internet, or playing games both on the net and on gaming systems (not sure if there’s any real statistics on it, however). Many people have become ‘paperless’, using the internet for everything from communication, to shopping, to managing their bank accounts, to paying their bills. There’s also a younger (and often more volatile) generation that only knows how to function through electronic devices.

    I just remember how several years back people literally – and I mean literally – freaked out when they were cut off from the outside world for just a few hours after Hurricane Katrina. I’m not talking about those who were wet and tired and hungry, or who had lost homes and loved ones, but those who just couldn’t deal with a lack of communication. And the use of the internet for instant answers to everything has increased greatly since then.

    I’m not interested in the movie as I’m sure it’ll be a bit over the top, but I can certainly imagine all hell breaking loose on a smaller scale in some places, especially in cities where idle youth won’t have a thing to do besides cause trouble.


  16. Of the movies Sexy Beast, Layer Cake, Lock Sock and Two Smoking Barrels, I watched the last two an enjoyed them. I only recently saw Layer Cake. I just watched a few trailers for Sexy Beast and I’m not a big fan of shows about these types of people. I’ve known people like this, ultra twitchy and very violent angry people. I don’t want to be around them, why would I watch a movie about them? It seems to me a disproportionate number of them (psychotics) work as cooks. That said, Dom Hemingway, unlike Sexy Beast, looks like fun.

    Dasndanger: it’s kinda like saying “We have kidney stones”, or ring worms. No, “we” don’t. Of course we WILL be losing sleep, changing diapers, watching the clock on weekend nights when they get older and flushing money down the toilet. But that’s definitely after the pregnancy.

  17. @ Kathode – A lot of British people say ‘youze’, so perhaps that’s where it comes from since there is a British influence in Canada?

    @ whoviantrish – I don’t say the ‘s’ at the end of Illinois, but maybe that’s because my dad’s from Iowa so some of his bad habits have rubbed off on me. 😉 Philly definitely has a unique accent and vocabulary.

    This is fairly accurate, though – perhaps – a bit exaggerated:


    (I don’t say paymint, zink or warsh…thank god. I am definitely guilty of many of the rest. 😛 )


  18. @Das: Cool accent! Around here there are some pretty significant differences in accent, if not in expressions. It’s pretty easy almost immediately to tell if someone’s from PEI or Cape Breton. Newfoundland is another story (and arguably language) altogether!

    Re: the Internet – I don’t mean to say that there wouldn’t some pretty major inconveniences, but I think people are pretty resourceful and adaptable, for the most part anyway. Not to mention that my IT background keeps coming to mind in that the multi-routing design of the Internet was intended specifically to PREVENT such major disruptions. It was intended to be able to survive a nuclear attack, so I think a computer virus (which are rampant anyway, and still barely cause a bump) would be pretty minor. I just can’t get too excited about possibility of the whole internet going down. Really, if conditions are such that the whole internet is down, you probably have much, much bigger problems on your hands.

  19. @das I’m glad to know you say Illinois correctly. 😀 I think Wisconsin accents get overlooked too. I have family there. They definitely say certain words in a… unique way. For instance they say “What’s in the beg?” They actually mean “What’s in the bag ” I try really hard to decode accents but I really had no clue that “beg” meant “bag”.

  20. I take back the “nuclear attack” claim – I got thinking afterward that I remember that might be a bit of computer lore, and that’s the case. But ARPANET (the internet’s progenitor) was designed to route around failure prone and unreliable early nodes and links that composed the early network.


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