VFX Artists React to Casper

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as visual effects artists react to the big screen debut of Casper from 1995. Plus, watch the cast of Smallville get back together for a virtual panel for the 2020 New York Comic-Con. And finally, see what happens when Rambo joins the fighter roster of Mortal Kombat 11 in the next round of downloadable content. Read More »

Mortal Kombat

(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 Movie: Mortal Kombat

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Based on the controversial and wildly popular fighting video game series of the same name, Mortal Kombat brings together bad actors, cheesy dialogue, dated special effects, and a poor excuse for a plot to create one of the most fascinatingly terrible attempts to adapt a video game. And it was all done on a shoestring budget of $18 million.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Even though most video game movies still aren’t much to write home about, it’s important to see how far we’ve come from the earliest days of studios attempting to turn popular video games into viable blockbuster franchises. If kids were willing to cough up quarter after quarter in arcades and beg their parents for money to bring video game cartridges home, then surely they’d be willing to fork over some money to see their favorite games on the big screen. The studios were right about the box office draw, but unfortunately, they were way wrong when it came to actually adapting the games into movies, and Mortal Kombat is one of the many early experiments that just didn’t pan out. And that’s what makes it so damn fun to watch. Read More »

Insert Coin Review

(The SXSW Film Festival may have been cancelled, but our coverage will go on with reviews of films and TV shows made available to our critics.)

Today, most video games are played from the comfort of our own homes. But there was a time when adults, teens, and kids flocked to arcades to play the latest video games. The late 1970s and early 1980s is considered the golden age of arcade games, but it all came crashing down suddenly and hard in the late 1980s. However, there was a renaissance of coin-operated gaming in the 1990s, even in the face of Nintendo and SEGA bringing more and more advanced video games into the home. At the heart of this resurgence was Midway Games, a group of tech-savvy geeks who would create some of the most influential and popular video games of all time.

The new documentary Insert Coin, which was meant to play the SXSW film festival, tells their story, and it’s an excellent look back at this exciting period in gaming history. Read More »

animated mortal kombat movie

Mortal Kombat is taking the fight across different mediums. An animated Mortal Kombat movie is currently in development at Warner Bros. Animation and is set to debut before the new live-action film even hits theaters. Warner Bros. Animation has set the animated Mortal Kombat movie, titled Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, for a 2020 debut with Joel McHale and Jennifer Carpenter set to star.

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Mortal Kombat logo

After the mixed reception to the original ’90s Mortal Kombat movies, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are taking the video game adaptation for another round on the big screen. As producer James Wan and director Simon McQuoid begin production on the video game movie reboot, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have unveiled a new Mortal Kombat logo.

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Mortal Kombat Stars Play Mortal Kombat

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as two of the stars from the original Mortal Kombat movie playing Mortal Kombat II on an arcade cabinet and reminisce about making the blockbuster video game movie. Plus, take a closer look at how some big Hollywood stunts were pulled off in movies like Baby Driver, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Point Break, and more, and see what oddball filmmaker John Waters picks from the Criterion Collection closet. Read More »

New Mortal Kombat Movie

Mortal Kombat was already given the big screen treatment back in 1995 when the controversial video game was at the height of its popularity. The movie may have been a big hit, but it certainly wasn’t what you would call good. But Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are ready to give the video game franchise another shot on the big screen for a proper adaptation, and production has just begun on the movie. Read More »

Update: Variety reports that Chin Han (who played corrupt businessman Mr. Lau in The Dark Knight) has been cast as the evil Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, while Hiroyuki Sanada will play Scorpion. Sanada played the gangster who was killed by Jeremy Renner’s Ronin in Avengers: Endgame, and has credits on shows like Westworld and Lost. Our original article from earlier today continues below.

The Mortal Kombat reboot has found its Sonya Blade and Kano. The Meg actress Jessica McNamee is in final talks to play Sonya Blade, while Australian actor Josh Lawson has closed the deal to play heavy-hitter Kano. Joining them in the Mortal Kombat cast is Wu Assassins and Deadpool 2 actor Lewis Tan in an undisclosed role.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Downloadable Characters

If you’ve grown tired of the same old Mortal Kombat characters facing off in bloody battles whenever a new iteration of the fighting video game comes around, we have some good, weird news.

Mortal Kombat 11 was released for for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One back in the spring. But so far the only characters available to play have been standard fighters from the previous Mortal Kombat games, as well as some new characters. However, when the first piece of downloadable content arrives, it will bring a few surprising characters with it, like Arnold Schwarzenegger as a T-800 Terminator, The Joker and Spawn. Find out more about the added Mortal Kombat 11 downloadable characters below. Read More »

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Mortal Kombat cast quartet

Update: THR now reports that in addition to Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, the new Mortal Kombat film has cast Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl), Tadanobu Asano (Thor: Ragnarok) and Australian newcomer Sisi Stringer as Jax, Raiden, and Mileena, respectively. Our original report follows.

From one video game martial arts-fighting character to another, it looks like Ludi Lin won’t have to change up his outfits anytime soon. The Power Rangers star, who recently appeared in the Black Mirror episode “Striking Vipers,” is in talks to join the Mortal Kombat cast in the role of Liu Kang. The New Line Cinema adaptation of the popular video game franchise is already assembling quite a cast, including The Raid star Joe Taslim. Read More »