Mortal Kombat

In the summer of 2010, a Michael Jai White-starring short film set in the “Mortal Kombat” video game universe hit the Internet. Nobody really knew what it was at first, but it ended up being a proof of concept short that Kevin Tancharoen directed in order to prove that there was room for a new Mortal Kombat movie that would take a different approach than New Line’s original take on the material. That short has since become known as Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and though it didn’t immediately land Tancharoen an offer to do a full-length film, it did garner him some additional studio change from Warner Bros. to fund an entire series of web shorts, which were called Mortal Kombat: Legacy. I guess they were another toe dipped in the water to see if there was any interest in a new series of Mortal Kombat films. Stretching the original short out to a series of them had mixed results in this reviewer’s eyes, but the reaction to them must have been positive and large enough to prove something to someone, because it’s looking like Tancharoen is finally going to get to direct his feature. Heat Vision is reporting that New Line is picking up this ball and running with it, as they’ve hired Tancharoen and his writerOren Uziel to come and make a new feature-length Mortal Kombat for them. New Line’s last attempt at a full length Mortal Kombat movie was 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which was pretty much a giant bomb.

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A short, fan-made film called Batman Dead End hit the web like a meteor in 2003 and the shock waves are still being felt.  Though it was low budget and independently produced, many felt that Dead End was the treatment on the Batman character that they had been waiting for. A string of imitators has followed, including most recently a Mortal Kombat fan film that has been picked up by Warner Brothers to be produced as an official web series. Perhaps buoyed by that success, the next, “that looks cooler than anything the studios have done” fan film has been made and released via FightTheFoot.com. This film seems to be inspired more by the darker, grittier, original TMNT comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird than it does the cartoon series or live action films of the late 80s/early 90s. Like the Batman and Mortal Kombat films before it, this one looks slick and professional, the turtle effects seem beyond the capabilities of a mere fan, and I’m sure it will probably make a lot of fanboys smile. I’m not sure I want to live in a world where every comic book movie has to be a real world approach to some gritty series from the 80s though. Do we really need a Foot Clan that looks like some sort of psychotic SWAT team? What was wrong with them being a bunch of kids who lived in a warehouse with skateboard ramps, stand-up arcade games, and all the cigarettes you […]

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Last summer, this fantastic short film featuring the characters of Mortal Kombat hit the internet with a furious vengeance as if it were trying to rectify the first two movies. It might have succeeded. The short starred Michael “Dynamite” Jai White as Jax, and it’s led to a 10-episode web series. That web series may very well lead to a movie produced at Warners.

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this shit late at night, what do you expect?

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Welcome back to that thing the title line said it is! Well another year has passed and you’ve wasted dozens of Fridays scarfing down bad movies until your eyeballs cry out for mercy. Good for you! When Master Chief Neil Miller asked me to a be a part of the Film School Rejects 2010 Year in Review, I cursed him for making me put forth some modicum of effort. I mean honestly, how could I possibly choose my 10 favorite Junkfood Cinema entries when I don’t feel any of them are worth celebrating? So instead, I’ve decidedly to launch what will surely not become a yearly tradition: The Junkfood Cinema Awards. Prepare yourselves…for The Junkies!

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Junkfood Cinema

Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; the only place where second helpings are mandatory. This is the first internet movie column to be firebombed by the American Heart Association, but at least we are fully, suspiciously, endorsed by Fat Guys at the Movies. Every week I bring the best of the worst in cinema from all corners of the globe (except everywhere that’s not America, Italy, or Canada) and regale you with their many faults. But the truth is these movies have graduated beyond guilty pleasures for me because I feel absolutely no shame at all in my love for them (I’m pretty sure I just plain have no shame left but that’s another discussion). I will also pair each film with a food item that has absolutely no business being part of your diet to emphasize the so-bad-it’s-good quality of the films. Today we kick-punch our way through the inter-dimensional travesty that is Mortal Kombat.

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Mortal Kombat Movie

Forget the silliness of the last attempt to adapt the Mortal Kombat video game into a film, there is new life in the franchise. As you know, Warner Bros. has been trying to get a new project off the ground for a while now. And as of today, it would appear as if they are succeeding. Succeeding with flying colors.

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Hollywood hasn’t quite been able to grasp the video game adaptation, which is a shame. Because, much like the power glove, most video game films are so bad.

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Another 90s video game is being relaunched as a movie franchise following the heels of the 2009 mega-blockbuster “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.”

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Officially Cool

The Joker doesn’t really come off as the fighting type, but as you can see in the new Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe game… it would be pretty damn fun to play as The Joker.

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Officially Cool

My first troubling thought though – ‘Will there be fatalities? So will I see Batman get his head cut off or something? Because I don’t know if I could handle that’.

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