• Mortal Kombat: Legacy

    Mortal Kombat: Legacy

    My final preparation for tomorrow's new movie.

    MK: Legacy was a two-season webseries released between 2011-2013 (after the director released a single short that got some internet buzz, called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth), in nine-episode long seasons where each episode was about 10 minutes long. It was the first attempt at a more grounded, "real" version of Mortal Kombat - to mixed results.

    I think ironically this has the exact opposite problems of the 90's movies. They were silly. This is…

  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    Oh sweet goodness gracious, haha!

    This sequel is even more terrifyingly awful and hysterical than I remember. I think it is pretty much in the realm of some of the "so awful it is great" c-movies ever made now. And the CGI in this one might be some of the worst ever put to use in a major motion picture.

    This wastes NO time - from the very opening scene it is hilariously, terribly, wonderfully awful. It is like a…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    This week we are finally getting the long-awaited Mortal Kombat reboot, this time with a glorious R-rating, so why not go back and watch all things MK - all live-action things at least? The two first movies and the two short seasons of Mortal Kombat Legacy.

    Oh lordy lord. The 90's movies..

    There are people who claim that these are genuinely good..
    Look, if you were like 12 or 13 in 1995 and saw this in a movie theater, I…

  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    ★★★★

    Finally watched this too. It takes place during the main era of the show (the gang is all here) and they take on a mysterious terrorist during Halloween.

    Overall this was great. It has a few scenes that drag a little bit and the music choices were a tad odd this time, but man alive, such strong characters - Spike finally gets an earned and fully realized opponent, and the action scenes when they arrive, just.. marvelous.

    Also, even though…

  • Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop

    ★★★★½

    I'm finally clearing some "bucket list shows" off, starting with this classic anime.

    It's a single 26-episode season (and one movie), so it doesn't take long to get through it.

    I did really enjoy it and I see why it is beloved. Great characters, violent badass action sequences, amazing use of music and atmosphere, a lot of humor, and many different surprises along the way as our ship of "cowboys" (bounty hunters) go around looking for bounties.

    There are a…

  • Naqoyqatsi

    Naqoyqatsi

    The final installment of the experimental film trilogy.

    I found this the weakest one. The score is not as memorable, nor the imagery. It was released years after the first two, in the early 2000's, so the images are mostly digital, or TV or news footage, at one point they even had some Perfect Dark multiplayer matches, haha. It's just not as unique and human as the stuff in the first two "docs".

  • Powaqqatsi

    Powaqqatsi

    This was slightly different from Poyaanisqatsi, a little bit more hopeful and energetic and less "doom and gloom". It feels more African/Middle-Eastern/Asian focused, and I think I'll just say the same thing again: the music is sublime and really carries the "film", of which there is..very little traditional "film", more like experimental documentary imagery.

  • Aliens in the Attic

    Aliens in the Attic

    My boss kept recommending this to me..

    This is an exceptionally paint by numbers family comedy film about two families heading out to their vacation house when cute aliens invade. Late 2000's CGI and "comedy" ensues. I think you can kind of picture the movie in your head and you're not far off.

    I think it's the type of movie that..succeeds in what it is trying to do, but it is pretty clearly intended for a 9-12-year old demographic. I barely looked at it and I still picked up all the cliché scenes by osmosis. It's short and "harmless" (simple and dumb) though.

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★½

    Saturday night, juggling ideas of things to watch, why not begin the experimental "Qatsi trilogy" of documentaries?

    In this first installment ("Life out of balance" in the Hopi language) we see imagery, mostly from the United States, filmed in the early 1980's, of various states of machinery, pollution, overpopulation, urban stress and industry growing to a frantic pace greatly aided by the fantastic score by Philip Glass. In fact, I think this film would be very little without that score,…

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Jesus Christ Superstar

    ★★★½

    I wanted to watch something with a religious theme this Easter. I kept thinking.. have I really seen all of Jesus Christ Superstar? I've heard some songs, seen bits and pieces but never all of it I think.

    The famous Tim Rice / Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that tells the story of Jesus as a rock epic.

    I enjoyed this overall. The music is very solid (albeit a bit repetitive, with a few key themes repeated many times over), the…

  • The New World

    The New World

    ★★★½

    So..
    I said I would watch every Terrence Malick film last year. I started on the journey feeling confident, got to The New World in November, watched the first hour, paused it..
    And now I'm finishing it up.

    I'm so torn in two. I feel like Malick is a really talented filmmaker, and he makes utterly breathtaking films with great atmosphere and a unique way of conveying the story..

    But the other half of me is just screaming for plot.…

  • Chaos Walking

    Chaos Walking

    Todd Hewitt is a young man raised on a planet with only men (the women were killed years ago by an alien race). Every single thought the men have is visible and audible to everyone as a kind of smoke around them known as "noise". One day a young woman called Olivia lands, upsetting the balance of things.

    Spider-Man and Rey sitting in a tree..

    Yeah, this one was unfortunately bland as can be. It feels really "young adulty" but…