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  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★★

    The twenty-minute opening prologue of The Empty Man is secretly some of 2020’s best horror. It’s a bold promise of things to come, and damn, does the movie deliver. 

    I know what you’re thinking. You see that title, read the premise, and movies like The Bye Bye Man and Slender Man come to mind. But this isn’t those films; this is what you imagined those films could be if they weren’t in the Blumhouse mold.

    The Empty Man presents those…

  • Armor Hunter Mellowlink

    Armor Hunter Mellowlink

    ★★★★½

    A man and his man-sized anti-mech rifle versus walking tanks, a David-&-Goliath sci-fi revenge quest where mecha superiority is no match for cunning guerrilla tactics and a gigantic gun.

    I’m halfway through Armored Trooper VOTOMS and decided to take a break to check out this twelve-episode standalone spinoff. A soldier and his battalion are betrayed by higher-ups; everyone but him dies in battle. Sole survivor Mellowlink Arity is made a scapegoat, and now he seeks vengeance on the men responsible.…

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  • Objective: 500 Million

    Objective: 500 Million

    ★★★½

    Post-(Algerian)war heist film that’s really a ‘back home, haunted by war’ film. Sorcerer’s Bruno Cremer plays the ex-captain recruited for the caper, by the man who betrayed him during the war. But that’s all in the past now, right? What could go wrong?

    Cremer gives an excellent performance oozing with disillusionment and adrift frustration, uttering lines like “I need jungle and monsoon...” Marisa Mell is great too, practically making this her audition for Diabolik. Really well shot, a menacing monochrome of deep shadow and glaring night lights that turns the streets into a dreary new hell.

  • Bloody Parrot

    Bloody Parrot

    ★★★★

    A succession of kung-fu horror crazy. Bloody Parrot is a chaotic rush of murder, deceit, wish-granting spirit birds, vampires, demonic possession, cannibals, secret lairs, smoke and mist and colored lights all over. Never too long till another fight, usually with a new special weapon or bizarre martial-world killer. Not quite as finely-constructed as Human Lanterns, but one of the greats among Shaw Brothers wuxia-horror.

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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★

    This seriously made me re-evaluate Mortal Kombat ‘95. Okay, perhaps not re-evaluate, but certainly appreciate it more. In my journey through the MK films, some have been sincere cheese, others just...exist, but this movie has the most disappointing qualities of them all: frustrating and boring.

    Simon McQuoid’s debut didn’t waste time with annoyances, thanks to a horrendously-edited fight confirming that this film will indeed waste the talents of Sanada and Taslim. After that, we enter a dull rendition of Wanted…

  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    This movie had a $30 million budget