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Seriously, how many more Wick clones are we gonna get at this point? I like old-school style action or action that is of the non-shaky variety, but get your own material people!
Yeah honestly I wouldn't mind less grounded action movies now. I guess that's what the MCU is good for.
 
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Dune

New adaptation of Frank Herbert's science-fiction novel Dune, which has had a few of them already. Famously, one of the first people attached to it was Hollywood's very own witch doctor Alejandro Jodorowsky, with a rather overambitious take on it. An actually finished version was directed by David Lynch and stands as one of histories biggest studio hackjobs. There was a miniseries, at some point, I think, and now quebecois wunderkind Denis Villeneuve got to release his take on the material.

Villeneuve made a name for himself as a SciFi director with Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. You know, I rewatched BR49 very recently and came to the conclusion that it doesn't hold up as well as I remember it. While the production values are excellent, it seems like a much colder, much more sterile and emotionally empty movie than Ridley Scott's original. I mention this because I have some of the same problems with Dune. So, what it's about? There is a desert planet named Arakis on which a material named Spice can be found. Spice is both a drug and a material necessary for interstellar travel . Arakis belongs to the powerful Harkonnen dynasty, but, in a political move by the galactic emperor, is given to the Atreides dynasty, its youngest son Paul being our viewpoint character, a melancholy aristocratic prettyboy.

Dune deals with the escalating conflict between the Atreides and Harkonnens and Paul eventually having to flee the capital to live with the planets natives, a nomadic people called the Fremen, eventually becoming something a bit like a futuristic Lawrence of Arabia, though the movies doesn't get that far.

Here's something you might not have been aware of: Dune (2021) doesn't actually cover the entire book. While the movie itself gets the fact that it's a Part 1 out of the way fairly quickly, the marketing seems to deliberately omit that fact, which left me rather dissapointed right away. The movie gets just about to the novels halfway point before rolling its credits, but overall adapts it fairly well. It glosses over a lot of backstory but trying to fit it in past the point it's necessary to follow the plot would have been excessive, considering it has quite a lot of exposition as it is.

Somewhere inside Dune, the novel, there's a relatively straight forward Heroes Journey, that you'd think would lend itself to a movie adaptation, but it's decorated with generous helpings of spirituality and space opera weirdness that are by nature a bit of a hard sell. With Lynch's version from the 80s I always got the impression that Lynch didn't take the material especially seriously. Villeneuve does. Boy, does he ever. He adapts Dune with the leaden self importance of a war drama. The colors are muted, the score is heavy and pounding, practically every actor plays their role with stone faced seriousness and almost every aspect of its visual design appears to go out of its way to avoid anything that could be considered too whimsical. While the film follows the books plot just fine, I'm not sure it really captures its spirit. Mind you, I haven't read it since I was a teenager but this adaptation struck me as weirdly sterile.

While Dune is certainly a visually impressive work, a lot of it felt a bit sterile to me. Almost all of its locations feel very sparse and empty, even those that are supposed to express wealth and power. Most of Dune is set in mostly empty rooms with murky lighting. Even a lot of the spaceships look like brutalist architecture that somehow learned to fly. Dune is at its most impressive in its depiction of futuristic warfare, its what its gritty visual style actually seems to be best suited for. The violence is intense and feels grounded, even when the technology on display is rather fantastical. It expands on what Star Wars: Rogue One only managed to hint at.

Dune has quite the all star cast, though it's a movie that feels a lot more concerned with places and events than characters which means that hardly any of them manage to really stick out. My personal favorite was probably Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Harkonnen. Skarsgard brings a very menacing aura to a character whose defining personality traits are gluttony and cruelty and reminded me rather of an old Marlon Brando.

Dune is an impressive piece of film making on a technical level, but a lot of it fell a bit flat for me. Most of it for the same reasons Blade Runner 2049 fell a bit flat for me and considering that is a widely beloved movie I imagine Dune will end up that way too. It does its best to turn a classic novel into a work of shakespearian drama and by god, does Villeneuve want you to know that he's taking this story seriously. It pays off in some regards but hurt the movie for me in others. It lacked a sense of wonder for me, it didn't draw me into this world because, frankly it made that world look lifeless and dreary, even past the point that it made sense for the setting.
 

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Yeah honestly I wouldn't mind less grounded action movies now. I guess that's what the MCU is good for.
If you ever get the chance, look up action movies that feature Scott Adkins as main lead. He does mostly old school style martial arts movies. Here's a list: Ninja, Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear, Close Range, Hard Target 2, and The Accident Man. They'll keep you busy for a while.
 
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I felt like I was at the very tip of excitement, wanting Shang Chi to break out and be the bad ass he is in the comics. He failed to impress me (the bus scene was very, very close though). He seemed almost an afterthought in his own titular movie! He seemed to react to things, rather than assess the situation and resolutely plan his response.

And be careful what you wish for. I asked myself how this movie could differentiate itself from your run of the mill martial arts picture. In the end, the martial arts is what I liked best (that bus scene). The CGI ending bored me.
I disagree with you big time, but that's your own personal problem you'll have to deal with. I can't nor do I want to change your mind. I never read the comics, or any newer iterations or adpations of the character, but, I don't care. Not every comic book movie has to bat for 1000% accuracy. The movie matched my expectations and I am looking forward to what comes next.
 
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I disagree with you big time, but that's your own personal problem you'll have to deal with. I can't nor do I want to change your mind. I never read the comics, or any newer iterations or adpations of the character, but, I don't care. Not every comic book movie has to bat for 1000% accuracy. The movie matched my expectations and I am looking forward to what comes next.
I have a buddy that is very angry when anything deviates from the comics. I try to tell him, the 1st time Spiderman defeats the Sandman, he does so with a vacuum cleaner. You don't want a beat for beat adaptation of the comics.

The Dark Knight is currently my all time favorite individual movie and that Batman is NOT comic book Batman (though any time there is a new writer/artist for Batman, you could argue that is a new continuity as comic book Batman can vary wildly depending on who is handling him ie Frank Miller vs. Carmine Infantino.

But I do think there are things you need to get correct. I read of one continuity where Batman complains of having to be a detective and that isn't something he ever bargained for. I thought that's just wrong.

I thought Shang Chi in the movie was just wrong.
I worry I'll have the same reaction. I'll wait for streaming.
I've seen both the Lynch and Sci-Fi TV mini series (buddy gave me on DVD, 4x3 ratio!). And while I loved the Pink Floyd trailer, I'm thinking, OK, this story, a 3rd time, and it is only 1/2 the 1st book.
you write that this is a typical hero's journey but from the book series, that is a head fake. Paul becomes a fallen hero, with his son trying to show the people the problem with following fallible human beings. There is sooo much to this series and I have to wonder are we ever going to get there!?!? At least Sci Fi channel adapted some of the later stories to and made a mini-series, "Children of Dune" with James McAvoy from the Xmen series as Paul's son, Leto. I'll have to watch that ASAP as it has been some 30 years since I read the series.
 
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I have a buddy that is very angry when anything deviates from the comics. I try to tell him, the 1st time Spiderman defeats the Sandman, he does so with a vacuum cleaner. You don't want a beat for beat adaptation of the comics.
Hence why they are called adaptions. They need to adapt. It's why a 1-to-1 adaptions of manga don't always work, nor are they fool proof. Especially if there are story, character, and structure issues. And that's if the story is already bad or mediocre to start. I get some of your complaints, but rarely anything felt wrong with Shang-Chi. The only complaint I do have with the CG, is the muted color palette towards the end. I know they're fighting evil demons and everything, but it's no excuse to get rid of all of the colorful scenery. Other than that, it's an A+ movie for me.
 
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I worry I'll have the same reaction. I'll wait for streaming.
I've seen both the Lynch and Sci-Fi TV mini series (buddy gave me on DVD, 4x3 ratio!). And while I loved the Pink Floyd trailer, I'm thinking, OK, this story, a 3rd time, and it is only 1/2 the 1st book.
I've only vaguely been following the production but apparently the decision to break the first book into 2 films was either a studio or directorial decision due to costs and runtime, so apparently if Dune makes enough money they'll make Part 2 ASAP. And if it doesn't make enough money, it won't. One of the Youtubers I follow(Quinns Ideas) is really big into DUNE so he's been covering it a lot lately, but he's also really big into DUNE so he's VERY invested in it succeeding and it's making me wonder if it's affecting his opinions on the whole thing(notably he's embracing the positive reviews but dismissing all the negative ones).

So we'll know soon enough if we're going to see a second part. I do want to see it but I'll either have to stream it or hopefully, see it in the theater depending on how bad Delta is when it comes out(Right now we're finally over the hump and cases are on a decline again).
 
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A respectably crafted and unique film which made me look up and learn certain cultural moments in US history afterwards, that provoked mixed feelings in of itself. The only issue for me is I didn't feel honestly scared at any particular moment, but it also didn't seem like the film was trying to be scary either, more like it was more interested in using the horror aesthetics and genre expectations to exercise the points it wanted to make. So in that sense it succeeded, just at the expense of the romantic plans I had made between my bowels and my fresh definitely-not-stolen underpants.

In The Tall Grass (Netflix)
Not...great. but almost interesting enough to see it through to the end without quitting in total despair. Some space egg shenanigans, some time loop/jump shenanigans, paranoia and lots and lots of tall grass - gotta hand it to the title for not fucking around there at least. The actors, they do try in that earnest-but-not-engaging sense, apart from the child actor...they were actually the one character I found intriguing, with their sweaty bug-eyed, spaced-out performance: Hopefully they'll blossom in to the next generation's Steve Buscemi if we don't completely burn humanity into nothingness in the meantime.

Been seeing a lot of impressively reviewed horrors hitting cinema lately, but am too poor and alone to go watching anything on the big screen unfortunately. So if anyone's got any horror recommendations available on streaming, I'd be very happy to indulge ppl's favourites - stuff like the most unsettling, dread-inducing, soul-destroying horror preferably. Sci-fi horror is a bonus, but alas a terribly rare combination when factoring in quality too. Currently have got Lake Mungo and Virginia on the list up next!
 

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Finally saw Fear Street Part III: 1666. Nice way to cap off a trilogy. I am sure, that there will be more FS stories that involve other monsters and tales. Considering that open ended credit sequence involved someone taking the Satan book off-screen. There will be plenty more to show at some point.
 

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Zack Snyder's Watchmen, the 3-hour director's cut. 8/10.

Still probably his best film alongside Dawn of the Dead '04. Although it's screamingly obvious that Snyder just does not understand the point of the source material, and all his trademark traits are pretty rampant here, it's still a very entertaining and well made movie. The director's cut editions are used well, and make it a better film than the theatrical version: some extra dialogue, some scenes are longer, and some entirely new scenes are added which give better insight into the story. The acting is great (bar Malin Åkerman), the action is crunchy and well done, it looks great and the VFX hold up really well. This time I took more notice of the slightly over the top sound design (Ozymandias' foot makes a whip cracking noise for example), but it's just restrained enough that it doesn't become distractingly silly. There are some elements where you have to take the bad with the good, like the costume design and the ending, but I'd still heartily recommend it to anyone. It might actually be a bit of fresh air nowadays compared to on release, because we've been so inundated with formulaic Marvel movies that a grimier, more realistic and grounded superhero story with far more concrete stakes stands out.

But like I said, Snyder doesn't get the source material at all. I think it's better to view this as a grittier, alternate reality superhero story rather than an adaptation of a fundamental deconstruction of superheroes. That way your head will hurt way less.
 

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Schumacher: Interesting / Great

Documentary on the life and times of Michael Schumacher, one of Formula 1's most prolific drivers. I'm relatively new to F1 (been watching for a few years now,) but since being in the thick of it, I keep hearing comparisons of current "greats" to Schumacher, so this documentary was right on time. He was indeed pretty incredible, bringing greatness to one the sport's most icon teams at Ferrari.

What makes me sad is that his son, Mick, featured in dozens of pictures as a child throughout the film adoring his father, now drives in F1... for the objectively worst team: Haas. He routinely races for second-to-last place with his Hass teammate Nikita Mazepin who can barely keep the car on the track; they're a joke. I don't think I could bear the weight of driving in my father's shadow, the weight of the Schumacher name, and not have the proper tools to do the legacy proud. My hope is that Mick learns and improves at Haas (good luck there,) and is given a proper shot with a competitive team in the years to come.
 
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Survivor (2015) - 2/10

Look its watchable, but its watchable the same way a car accident is. What's frustrating is that there is enough talent in the movie: Mila Jovavich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Angela Basset, Frances Delatour that had the script not been radioactively shite you'd have a perfectly good mid budget thriller on your hands. But there are several huge issues that prevent it from being so. To whit:

Mila is the right actress, but they've saddled her with the wrong character. She is a senior security analyst of the US Embassy in London regarding visas. Buuuut she's thrust into deadly cat and mouse with no background as to how she's doing this other than dumb luck. At one point a British Counter Terrorism police officer postulates based on her rapid rise and fluency in multiple languages that she's former/active CIA. She should have been.

Dylan McDermott is her boss and he's okay; guy's been a solid presence in mid budget movies and television for a long time. What I'm less enthused about is how he swans around London armed with a pistol, kicking down doors and seems to go places he shouldn't by virtue of saying 'American Embassy' and when the British Police take the not unreasonable idea that Mila is party to the bombing she survived and has made no effort to speak to anyone - though in her defence she had to escape an assassin - he says she has diplomatic immunity and the British Police can't touch her. Uh, she's suspected of an act of terrorism on British soil, Dylan. You bet your arse they can touch her. Also that isn't how diplomatic immunity works.

Though to the movie's credit, both factions of the good guys manage to swing their jurisdictions at each other in ways that are correct one minute and blatantly incorrect the next.

Pierce Brosnan is making a late career of playing amoral pieces of shit and I'm gonna be honest, it kind of works. All that charm and charisma he had as James Bond now being used for evil makes him pretty magnetic as a bad guy and I hope he gets to flex his dad bod self in better movies. Because they kind of waste him here: they talk him up as if he's a latter day Carlos the Jackal but because Mila is the protagonist and must evade him until movie's end and then defeat him, they end showing him as kind of dumb because its somehow beyond his skill to put a bullet in a high level but otherwise unremarkable bureaucratic functionary.

Also, Mila is somehow able to FLY from Heathrow to New York AFTER the Metropolitan Police have issued a warrant for her arrest and her face is all over every news channel and website in the fucking world. And this is arguably the movie's biggest scripting failure. By 2015 most people would be aware of the massive amounts of security, vetting and cross departmental cooperation involved in getting on an international flight so the fact that she does get there shatters the movie's already fragile grip on reality.


If it puzzles anyone that I've bothered to write this much about a movie I thought was crap, well, its because watching it and seeing the better movie it could have been was weirdly frustrating.
 

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That's probably a more acute comparison. I just thought Batman with his strict "no kill" mantra, then thought of the Punisher who pretty much kills anyone within a moral boundary. But yeah, Peacemaker is more the direct antithesis to Captain America. Good call.
In fact, there are many superheroes who kill for some moral reason.
 

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While Dune is certainly a visually impressive work, a lot of it felt a bit sterile to me. Almost all of its locations feel very sparse and empty, even those that are supposed to express wealth and power. Most of Dune is set in mostly empty rooms with murky lighting.
I had the same issue with Blade Runner 2049. Like someone had turned the textures down by 40%. And while I understand the world it's depicting is supposed to look unappealing, I don't think that's supposed to extend to the actual filmmaking. I know Roger Deakins can movies look exceptional - he worked on No Country for Old Man for god's sake - but whatever new digital technique he's applying feels like it's draining the life out of the visuals.
 
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I had the same issue with Blade Runner 2049. Like someone had turned the textures down by 40%. And while I understand the world it's depicting is supposed to look unappealing, I don't think that's supposed to extend to the actual filmmaking. I know Roger Deakins can movies look exceptional - he worked on No Country for Old Man for god's sake - but whatever new digital technique he's applying feels like it's draining the life out of the visuals.
He is a creator, he sees so.
 

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Likewise I quite enjoyed the remake, but maybe not as much as you did.
I mean, it's one of those films where, even though I know it's good and feel comfortable recommending it, I also know that my experience of it is going to be unusually positive because the subject matter or tone appeals to me in a special way. In this case, both.

I'm just not sure why everyone (well, to be fair, mostly horror bros) hated it so much, other than the fact it has a very gay sensibility and it wants you to feel stuff. One podcast I listen to made a good point, that a lot of the people complaining about Suspiria being meandering or plotless or style over substance also tend to be the people who loved Mandy.

This is a great movie. About inevitable destruction and how two sisters deal with it. (Also part of the reason Majora's Mask is one of my favorite Nintendo games ever. I wish they explored darker material in their kid-friendly games still.) Kirsten Dunst plays the depressive one who embraces it. Charlotte Gainsbourg's character is the more hopeful one who can't. Both played very well. First we get to know their characters in an hour long wedding reception and some eerie nightmare visuals. I've long wondered what an event like this would be like. It made me think of some things I hadn't considered.
I have to admit, I have incredibly mixed feelings about that film. I think it's the most honest depiction of depression I've ever seen, but to me it also raises the question of whether that's actually a good thing.

There are times when I feel like the movie is going for some kind of negative capability, like maybe it's sometimes trying to suggest that absolute misery can be this intense and beautiful experience. There's that scene where Claire catches Justine bathing in the blue planetshine from Melancholia, and I feel like there's something going on there. But so much of the film is also deliberately ugly and cruel. Again, it's very honest, but I'm just not sure what it was trying to convey.

Still enjoyable though.
 
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My friends were talking about how great Kung Fu Panda 3 was, and I insisted that it was the Return of the Jedi of the trilogy. The pandas are just the ewoks, they went a little too far the the humor (especially after a particularly dark 2nd movie), and they end with an incredibly cheesy montage.

So we ended up watching it last night, and my feelings were validated. My friends then realized they had attributed elements they liked from the first two movies to this one, and agreed that it was the worst of the bunch. I guess it was totally worth completely fucking my sleep sched over to prove my point.

But yeah, my rating: meh. A disappointing end to a trilogy that I enjoyed as a kid and and still do today. The bare minimum I ask from movies like this is to have good action scenes, and while the movie has some pretty good visuals and animation, they dedicated most of the time to shitty "pandas are fat and stupid" jokes. The previous 2 movies made me laugh out loud and impressed me with their kung fu action. This one felt like it was aimed far too much at children.

A sidenote, the Kung Fu Panda cast is so weirdly star studded. Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, Gary Oldman, J K Simmons, Jack Black, and others. Makes me wonder if Jack Black handled all the networking himself.
 
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Mortal Kombat: Scorpion's Revenge (7/10)

So, I'm calling this movie good, and ergo, better than the 1995 MK movie. However, that's with the caveat of me already being familiar with MK, and as such, how much you enjoy this movie will likely depend on that. As in, MK 1995 can probably stand on its own, whereas Scorp's Revenge is something made "for the fans," so to speak.

Anyway, this is a loose adaptation of MK1. It's called Scorpion's Revenge, but very little time is actually spent on Scorp's actual revenge, nor is Scorpion really the main protagonist. This isn't too bad, but it's noticable. Anyway, general thoughts:

-Action is great, blood and gore is great. That's something I rarely say, but it's so over the top and so, well, bloody, that I couldn't help but have a smirk. Benefit of animation I guess.

-The characters are good, but that's mostly contingent on you being familiar with them, and not all of them get equal screentime. Liu Kang gets a grand total of two fights, and loses the second one against Goro. Sonya's pretty decent, Johnny's fab, poor Jax is just a punching bag, Shang Tsung is appropriately scheming and sadistic, Raiden is somehow both badass and useless, and Scorpion...well, this ties in with what I said earlier. Scorpion is basically a death machine here, to the extent that even in Hell (sorry, the Netherealm), he ends up killing the very demons sent to torture/capture him (so, buddies with the Doom Slayer then), but...well, he starts off as a death machine, dies as a death machine, and his titular "revenge" on Sub-Zero is a single scene, with Sub-Zero barely featuring himself, before he goes on to kill Goro, and then Quan Chi. So on one hand, this isn't in-depth character writing, on the other...well, rare as it is for me, this is one of the few cases where constant violence, blood, and gore is stuff I can enjoy because of how over the top it is.

-Arguably a minor point, but while the rules of how the tournament works are vague, it's somehow still better explained better than either the 1995 film or the reboot, where it seems how things progress is how the plot (or Shang Tsung) demands it. Here, at least I get a vague setup - equal numbers of Earthrealm and Outworld (or aligned) warriors teleported to various points on the island, and left to do a battle royale of sorts. Of course, that Shang Tsung gets to choose who faces whom (because that isn't potentially biaised at all, Elder Gods...idiots...) is questionable, but hey, it's something.

So, yeah. The movie's dumb, but it moves so quickly and so briskly, that if you can enjoy the constant action and bloodshed, that doesn't matter. For me, in this case, it didn't. Having watched this and the 2021 MK film in the same year, there's no competition.
 
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Mortal Kombat: Scorpion's Revenge (7/10)

So, I'm calling this movie good, and ergo, better than the 1995 MK movie. However, that's with the caveat of me already being familiar with MK, and as such, how much you enjoy this movie will likely depend on that. As in, MK 1995 can probably stand on its own, whereas Scorp's Revenge is something made "for the fans," so to speak.

Anyway, this is a loose adaptation of MK1. It's called Scorpion's Revenge, but very little time is actually spent on Scorp's actual revenge, nor is Scorpion really the main protagonist. This isn't too bad, but it's noticable. Anyway, general thoughts:

-Action is great, blood and gore is great. That's something I rarely say, but it's so over the top and so, well, bloody, that I couldn't help but have a smirk. Benefit of animation I guess.

-The characters are good, but that's mostly contingent on you being familiar with them, and not all of them get equal screentime. Liu Kang gets a grand total of two fights, and loses the second one against Goro. Sonya's pretty decent, Johnny's fab, poor Jax is just a punching bag, Shang Tsung is appropriately scheming and sadistic, Raiden is somehow both badass and useless, and Scorpion...well, this ties in with what I said earlier. Scorpion is basically a death machine here, to the extent that even in Hell (sorry, the Netherealm), he ends up killing the very demons sent to torture/capture him (so, buddies with the Doom Slayer then), but...well, he starts off as a death machine, dies as a death machine, and his titular "revenge" on Sub-Zero is a single scene, with Sub-Zero barely featuring himself, before he goes on to kill Goro, and then Quan Chi. So on one hand, this isn't in-depth character writing, on the other...well, rare as it is for me, this is one of the few cases where constant violence, blood, and gore is stuff I can enjoy because of how over the top it is.

-Arguably a minor point, but while the rules of how the tournament works are vague, it's somehow still better explained better than either the 1995 film or the reboot, where it seems how things progress is how the plot (or Shang Tsung) demands it. Here, at least I get a vague setup - equal numbers of Earthrealm and Outworld (or aligned) warriors teleported to various points on the island, and left to do a battle royale of sorts. Of course, that Shang Tsung gets to choose who faces whom (because that isn't potentially biaised at all, Elder Gods...idiots...) is questionable, but hey, it's something.

So, yeah. The movie's dumb, but it moves so quickly and so briskly, that if you can enjoy the constant action and bloodshed, that doesn't matter. For me, in this case, it didn't. Having watched this and the 2021 MK film in the same year, there's no competition.
Make sure to watch Battle of the Realms when you get the chance. The follow-up which is actually better. Scorpion's Revenge, it's sequel, and the original 95 Mortal Kombat movie are all good. I do like Battle of the Realms more than the original 1995 film, but it still has a special place in my heart. BoR has its own flaws, but nothing that ruins the entire experience.
 

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Cry Macho: Bad / Great

Tale of an ex-ranch hand who's tasked by his old boss to go to Mexico and retrieve his 13-year-old son for him. The Clint Eastwood branding comes with high expectations, and almost none of them were met in this film.

It's a poor PG-13 rated, 1 hour and 40 minute film that easily could have been a great R rated, 2 hour and 40 minute film. No real violence, no real action, no grit. Not saying a 90-year-old Eastwood should be Dirty Harry all the time, but in a film about his toughness tasking him to kidnap a child and abscond with him from Mexico, I'd say it's fair for people to expect it. Hell, they even implied it: he sounds like he always does, low and raspy, no fear. At one point he even squares up the kid, putting up his dukes and looking every bit the old man he is. Oh, and apparently, he's still got "it" in his ability to break wild horses; certainly a stunt double was used for that scene.

It also feels really rushed, like, they jump from plot point to plot point with no reasonable, intuitive evolution of story. Worst is how the characters don't properly develop or delve into the deeper implications of what they're dealing with, oh my God, was that awful. The kid he rescues can't act his way out of paper bag, and both he and Eastwood jump between disparate emotional states like hummingbirds on crack! One moment "I hate you!" 10 seconds later, after no real substantive information has been exchanged, "Ok, I'll go with you." Or how the boy begins to melt Eastwood's signature, icy exterior within the ostensible first couple of days of their journey.

I'd LOVE to see the cutting room floor for this film; I'm almost certain, there's an entirely different, much better film down there. That, or Eastwood's finally lost it.