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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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  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    ★★★

    Besides the fact that I liked this Heavy Metal street-bandits fantasy adventure more than I remembered and that unapologetic Ritchie style can compensate for a lot, this rewatch made me realize that we need a Lies of Locke Lamora movie from Guy Ritchie ASAP

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★½

    Easily Taylor Sheridan’s weakest project yet, lacking the bite, pulp, or nuance of his other films and scripts. A shadow of better movies (a lot of Firestorm, some Coen & Tate, a dash of Gloria) that’s aiming for the style of ‘90s mid-budget action usually relegated to VOD nowadays. Those Who Wish Me Dead occasionally pops with rugged violence and its cast is strong all around, but the film’s best efforts only result in a pedestrian thriller. Jolie is great in…

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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…

  • Gozu

    Gozu

    ★★★½

    Leave it to Miike to out-weird Xtro

    Hilariously absurd (note to self: beware Yakuza attack dogs), legitimately unsettling (that ending). A darkly-comic Yakuza odyssey through surreal psychosexual insanity like only Takashi Miike could deliver.