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  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    ★★½

    If you did not grow up playing hours of Mortal Kombat and reading Geocities fan sites explaining the characters individual backstories and lore, as I did, but instead walked into this as an adult in 1997 having never touched Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 then no one could blame you for not being able to make even a base amount of sense of this film. Even the first movie does not prepare you for the litany of single scene cameos from…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★½

    Shang Tsung absorbs a man’s soul through his eye. Scorpion’s hand splits open to reveal a living whip. The human form is torn apart repeatedly with the subliminity of crude CGI; a film on another plain.

    I was really fucking exhausted watching this, guys.

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  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

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

    Punishes its protagonist for the horrible crime of ... exposing frauds and exploiters?

    An attempt at an anthology style horror film with no sense for how to do the wrap around segments, wholly underwhelming with terrible dialogue delivered poorly even by a veteran like Martin Freeman.

    I'll admit to being spooked during the night watchman sequence, but even that drops the ball in its reveal. Whereas the kid who finds a demon and the rest of the jump scare laden…

  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

    Screening at the Harvard Film Archive with Obayashi in person. Best part of the Q&A came when someone asked if Gorgeous was being punished for her treatment of her stepmother or if she was simply a victim of circumstance. Obayashi's cheerful response:

    "All human beings deserve to be punished."