Mortal Kombat Director Simon McQuoid Interview

It’s time once again for Mortal Kombat as a new film arrives based on the wildly popular, wildly violent video game franchise. Like the games and the previous films, the new movie centers on fighters from our world must battle enemies from another dimension with the fate of Earth in the balance.

The filmmaker tackling Mortal Kombat this time is Simon McQuoid, making his feature debut. In an interview with /Film, McQuoid talks about how he approached the material as someone who was initially not very familiar with the games, and spoke about the freedom in having bloody, R-rated fight scenes.

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 5 “Truth”

On the April 16, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman to have a spoiler discussion about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 5 “Truth.”

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the falcon and the winter soldier truth review

Hello, and welcome to your weekly recap of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. These are meant to be read after watching, so they will go deep into spoiler territory. You have been warned! Read More »

Bad Trip Exorcism Prank

On the April 14, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.

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Nickelodeon revolutionized cartoons in the early ’90s with shows like Rugrats and Ren and Stimpy, but by the turn of the millenium, the network was in need of some fresh voices with something new to offer that didn’t come from Klasky or Csupó. While SpongeBob SquarePants was making headlines and exploding in popularity, it was indie comics creator Jhonenh Vasquez who presented one of the most unique, creepy, nihilistic, and hilarious shows Nickelodeon ever saw. Even 20 years later, Invader Zim continues to prepare kids for their bleak and doomed futures.

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Cells at Work CODE BLACK

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)

Last year, right before the world entered into lockdown, I wrote about the fun and violent Cells at Work!, an anime with tons of monster-killing and also some important biology lessons about the wonderful things your body does to keep you alive. Now, the show’s first spin-off, Cells at Work: CODE BLACK, takes a different approach by scaring the shit out of you for not taking care of your body.

The basic plot remains the same, taking us inside the human body with anthropomorphized body cells carrying out the tasks that keep you alive and fighting with onslaught of bacteria and other creatures that are constantly trying to invade. What’s different this time is that the host body is incredibly unhealthy and constantly on the verge of collapse, making this more of a disaster movie where something threatens the world every 20 minutes.

More than just a show about unhealthy habits, Code Black is a poignant exploration of “black companies” overworking their employees, and how that affects your mental health and then your physical health, making this arguably the timeliest anime to come out of 2021

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the quarantine stream 2012

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: 2012

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: An ancient Mayan prophecy turns out to be true and the world as we know it is coming to an end in the year 2012! Can author turned limo driver John Cusack survive and save his family?

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: No filmmaker has destroyed the world more than Roland Emmerich. He’s responsible for Independence DayGodzillaThe Day After Tomorrow, and Independence Day: Resurgence. Even his upcoming movie Moonfall is about blowing up the planet (the Moon is going to crash into the Earth!). But Emmerich’s true disaster movie pièce de résistance is 2012, a bombastic, macabrely funny, nearly 3-hour showcase for the end of the world. It rules.

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Teen Beach Movie

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.)

The Disney Channel has made over 100 movies since the ’80s, but when the network entered the new millennium, it started focusing on two kinds of stories. There were wacky genre comedies with high concepts like Luck of the Irish. And there were many, many, many musical films in the vein of High School Musical

And then there’s Teen Beach Movie, which takes the best of both worlds and results in a highly entertaining musical that also features a wacky genre story that riffs on Back to the Future and GreaseSo grab your surfboard and hop on the fastest car you can find while shouting “Cowabunga!” way too often, because we’re heading to one hell of a weird beach party for what’s easily one of the best Disney Channel musicals.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The SeriesGhost Stories (clips)

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube

The Pitch: In 2000, the children’s horror anime series Ghost Stories flopped in Japan. It was a series meant to capitalize on the growing J-horror phenomenon at the time, with films like Ringu and Ju-On, by introducing younger audiences to Japanese ghostly folklore through a kiddish anime show. So when it failed, its studio Animax shipped it over to American dub studio ADV Films,  the studio behind classic dubs like Neon Genesis Evangelion, with only three conditions: don’t change the character names, don’t change the way the ghosts are killed, and don’t change the core meaning of each episode. Otherwise, ADV was given free rein. And boy, did they take it.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: I think I need to preface this by saying I didn’t seek out these clips of the Ghost Stories dub. I stumbled on them, as we’re probably all meant to do, during a feverish trip down crackhead anime YouTube, the algorithm rabbit hole that sends you to the weird part of the website after you click on a few too many “I took an arrow to the knee” meme videos (I have also never played Skyrim). But after I lazily watched one Ghost Stories clip, thinking it was just some old rip of an “Abridged” anime series (fan-created parodies of popular shows like Dragon Ball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh! that took off in the early 2000s), I was baffled to discover that this was, in fact, the officially licensed dub. And down the rabbit hole I went.

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