Peter Hall

Grow Up Tony Phillips

It’s not often that you get to see an exciting filmmaking talent growing and developing before your eyes, but one such example can be found in Emily Hagins. It’s impressive enough that she’s directing a film at the age of nineteen, but when you realize her latest will be her fourth feature? It’s enough to make a person wish for a time machine so they could go back in time to light a fire under their own ass. Hagins’ last movie, My Sucky Teen Romance, was a popular feature on the festival circuit and saw a DVD release last month from Dark Sky Films. Again, impressive for a film featuring no name talent to speak of. (Apologies to the two hundred and forty eight Austin bloggers who appeared throughout the film in various capacities.) She’s stepping up her game for her new film with both a more mature story and some recognizable talent in front of the camera. Genre and indie favorites Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and AJ Bowen (The House of the Devil) have signed on to star in Grow Up, Tony Phillips which is scheduled to begin production in the next month or so. Even better, you can have a hand in the film’s production too. Check out the full press announcement below or go straight to the film’s Kickstarter page to help make Grow Up, Tony Phillips a reality (and score some pretty cool swag in the process).

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As always, the episode itself is embedded at the bottom of the review. This episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy quite thankfully abandons the cheese of the last two in order to switch gears and introduce the character of Raiden. Raiden is one of the characters that I remember best from my youth playing the original Mortal Kombat video game. He had one of those big, ridiculous Chinese straw hats, he could teleport to the other side of the screen, and he could shoot lightning out of his hands. That’s some pretty cool stuff, eh? But how would it translate to live action? Turns out pretty well. This is a decidedly different take on a lightning God coming down to Earth story than we recently got in the big screen movie Thor. When Thor came down to Earth the circumstances of his place of landing led to him getting a cute new girlfriend. Mortal Kombat: Legacy goes to significantly darker places. When Raiden lands on Earth he does so on the property of a mental institution. It’s not too long after he proclaims himself as being Lord Raiden to the guards that he finds himself spending the rest of the episode strapped down, pumped full of drugs, and lobotomized.

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