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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★

    Honestly, I was mostly bored. For a movie based on a notoriously violent video game, and that was marketing itself as a blood-soaked adaptation that wasn't going to be pulling any punches, the actual fight scenes don't tend to last very long before the action is brought to a screeching halt. And to be honest, I was a little underwhelmed by the blood and guts; there were really only two or three good death scenes (and you'll know them when…

  • Playing With Sharks

    Playing With Sharks

    ★★★½

    Sundance Film Festival 2021, Film #2

    As a kid I was obsessed with sharks, and I used to read about Valerie & Ron Taylor and obsess over their photographs. I was particularly awed by the images of Valerie allowing herself to be bitten in the arm by a blue shark to test an underwater chainmail suit on a blue shark (an experiment which is featured prominently in this film). So there was little chance I wasn't going to enjoy a documentary…

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  • Vivacious Lady

    Vivacious Lady

    ★★★

    I had never heard of this movie before and knew nothing about it except that it starred Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart... which was more than enough for me. As it turned out, it was a fairly middle-of-the-road screwball comedy, though of course with stars of this caliber there were a couple of strong moments here and there. (I particularly enjoyed Ginger's slapping contest with a jealous woman, which culminating in her punching Charles Coburn right in his monocled face...)

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  • T-Bird Gang

    T-Bird Gang

    ★½

    Watched this as part of a live riffing by Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu, which was of course an absolute delight. The movie itself, on the other hand, was predictably terrible. The script was awful, the movie score was scattershot and messy, and visually the whole thing was a dark and washed out mess. T-Bird Gang played out like an old-school film noir that had all the marrow sucked out of its bones. As Frank and…

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