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  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    I wasn't planning on watching this after the first Mortal Kombat but you know, it's kind of like eating cookies without milk. They just belong together. So I brewed some coffee and started my day with a cheesy breakfast.
    Watching this with someone who's never seen it before is always a treat. Catching reactions to the PS1 special effects, the confusing storyline, and endless cast of characters that seem to have no impact on the plot is always a great…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    Essential 90s techno-action cinema. The sets are spectacular, the action is non-stop, the music all sounds like The Prodigy. I've seen this countless times and it never fails to entertain. It might be the one and only faithful video game adaptation to date that not only succeeds at capturing what makes the game appealing but also succeeds as a standalone, fun, exciting martial arts film. Anderson's attention to color, movement and fluid editing makes the wall to wall fighting never feel static or boring.

  • Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins

    Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins

    Encountered a friend who hadn't seen Mortal Kombat...
    Broke out this puppy so he could get the full story.

  • Bigger Than Life

    Bigger Than Life

    This is a fantastic dissection of 50s family values. It puts us constantly at odds with our feelings towards Ed. We know that he's an oppressor but also a victim. How can a wife and child confront that when they're expected to be a beacon of love and support? It directly confronts addiction, abuse, and mental illness in a heightened, soap opera way but is very believable thanks to a great leading performance from James Mason. Barbara Rush also gives…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    Sometimes silence can be the most unsettling thing to experience in a theater. I'm so used to movies filling the soundtrack with constant dialogue, music, ambient noise, sound effects, etc. The lack of sound in many scenes just made the tension so thick. You could feel the discomfort from the person next to you. The movie knows this and takes advantage of it. It's hypnotically immersive.
    The confidence of the filmmaking here is remarkable. It's long and definitely feels its…

  • The Equalizer 2

    The Equalizer 2

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Upon further reflection, I think Equali2er is better than the first. It's kind of like three episodes of the television series edited together. One minute he's investigating his friend's murder, the next he's schooling a kid on gang violence, then he's helping an old holocaust survivor find his sister. These stories have practically nothing to do with one another but it makes him out to be a literal superhero. I mean, he's in Turkey at the beginning in a disguise…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    There are moments in the Thin Red Line that absolutely floor me, like when there's a lull in one of the battle scenes and the camera looks to the grass while the sun emerges and brightens it. Malick's focus on nature changes the usual American perspective on War films. We're not rooting for any side, instead we're given objective eyes, observing the tragedy and futility of what we're seeing. It's an epic in every sense of the word. Not only…

  • Killing Season

    Killing Season

    This has become a favorite to revisit among my friends thanks to the Tom & Jerry antics as well as John Travolta's hilariously unconvincing performance as Serbian soldier Emil Kovac.
    It's not all bad. The first 30 minutes is a nice slow build. It's observant, has some natural conversation. Once the "war" begins though, it's about as realistic as a Tex Avery cartoon.
    Stick around til the end for the punchline to DeNini's joke.

  • Black Mirror: Hang the DJ

    Black Mirror: Hang the DJ

    A Black Mirror episode that warms your heart, not without putting it through the wringer a bit first. Some of the dialogue is a bit on the nose (there's a conversation towards the middle that spells out exactly what the reveal will be) but it does a great job not calling too much attention to the reality it takes place in.
    I also have a habit of going "ahhh" after drinking water and this made me very self-conscious about it.

  • Tot Watchers

    Tot Watchers

    How come when babies get loose from their cribs, they always end up at construction sites?
    Cute Tom and Jerry cartoon. Less violent than you'd expect since there's a baby in the mix. You don't see a lot of cartoons in CinemaScope, it looked gorgeous.

  • The Tunnel of Love

    The Tunnel of Love

    I got very excited when I found out Gene Kelly directed this. I was curious how his style would translate to a non-musical feature. The one positive thing I can say is that the cinematography was good. I love a nice black and white widescreen image. But the wide image, along with the cast of actors, was never put to good use.
    Richard Widmark is totally unappealing, Doris Day feels stifled and Gig Young comes across as slimy and lecherous.…

  • The Equalizer

    The Equalizer

    Nothing like coming home from work, getting drunk with friends and watching Denzel equalize some motherfuckers.