Saturday 19 Apr
 
 

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0
Science Fiction
 

9


None September 24th, 2009

9

"9" is another post-apocalyptic tale, only this time with no human survivors "” just nine little humanoid thingies made out of gloves and bits of burlap. These critters are besieged by a machine that was invented by a human scientist with more intelligence than smarts "” this same machine was responsible for the destruction of civilization. None of the nine have names, only numbers.

None of them can reproduce, so there's no chance of them becoming the dominant life-form.

When one of them is captured by the machine, most of the others, following the lead of 1, write the loss off as irreversible. Only the recently sentient 9 wants to organize a rescue. And that's the plot.

RESCUE EFFORT
Of course, the rescue effort is made and the suspense, such as it is, comes from wondering which of the thingies will survive. Since they can't reproduce and so even this simulated life will soon pass away, except as a lesson in existentialism, there isn't much point to any of this.

Produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"), plus six others, this animated techno-Goth film is a visual treat, although it makes the Earth of "Wall-E " look like the Garden of Allah by comparison. It's the first full-length directing credit for Shane Acker and features the voices of Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connolly, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover and John C. Reilly.

Lovely to look at, boring to hear, easy to forget, "9" is less than the sum of its parts. I'd call it "4

 
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