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2 items from 2011

[Tiff Review] The Odds

10 September 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Toronto International Film Festival media blurb for Simon Davidson’s debut feature, The Odds, likens it to a combination of Rounders and Brick. While this statement is true to a point, the comparisons remain solely on the surface. Poker plays a very small role—as gambling in general looms large—and while the plot concerns teenagers who are way over their heads in adult matters and murder, the hyper-reality of Rian Johnson’s contemporary classic is nowhere to be seen. Such broad generalizations end up doing the film a disservice by trying to pigeonhole it into a set of parameters the target audience will be familiar with. Unfortunately, The Odds can’t live up to those lofty expectations, but that doesn’t mean Davidson hasn’t crafted an entertaining thriller worth a look. Just like its lead character Desson Orr, though, it deserves a chance to stand on its own two feet. »

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DVD Review: K-9

31 January 2011 4:12 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

K-9: Series 1, Vol.1

Stars: John Leeson, Robert Moloney, Philippa Coulthard, Keegan Joyce, Daniel Webber| Directed by David Caesar, Karl Zwicky, Daniel Nettheim

Doctor Who’s faithful companion K-9 is back in the eponymously titled brand new Aussie-filmed series that takes place in the year 2059, where the UK (actually a studio hangar in Brisbane) is under totalitarian control, with a cybernetic police force controlled by the sinister “the department” and Blade Runner style floating billboards.

Following a group of rogue aliens, Jixen Warriors, who arrive at the home of Professor Gryffen through a space/time portal, K-9 sacrifices himself to save the Professor and a couple of teenagers; Starkey a homeless rebel and Jorjie, a wannabe freedom fighter. Undergoing a Who-style regeneration thanks to a new “regeneration device” implanted in his mainframe, the new look regenerated K-9 can now hover and fly and has more capabilities than ever before, only »

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