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by John Lindstedt

18 Jun 2010


In an age where movies about board games are being green-lighted faster than the speed of reason, it’s refreshing that someone would actually try to see if a property could, y’know, work before it was produced.

That’s the case with director Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which is not a trailer for a movie that exists (yet), but a pitch to see what said movie would be like. And what it would be like is a darker, more realistic,  and overall more legitimate interpretation of the fighting game franchise than 1994’s Mortal Kombat (which is not without its charms).

The promotional film takes place in an alternate version of the Mortal Kombat universe, with Michael Jai White’s Jackson “Jaxx” Briggs going over case files of other beloved characters in order to get to the bottom of the murder of movie star Johnny Cage. The characters have different origins than we have seen in the past, but it serves to give the story a touch of realism,  not disrespect the source material.

If the “trailer” is any indication of the future product, this project is more than welcome. The Mortal Kombat universe has always had an interesting mythology that’s never realized its full potential in the story department. Who wouldn’t want to see all these characters in respectful story arc. I say get started on this project ASAP and “FINISH IT”.

by John Lindstedt

18 Jun 2010


Well, here it is. The anticipated (in the “ripping of a band-aid” sense) film adaptation of another ‘80s property is crapping its way to a theater near you. Does it help that its updated with CGI and a rap remix of the only endearing element of the franchise? No, no it doesn’t. Does it help that it features the talented Neil Patrick Harris and John Oliver? Yes… it does, kinda! Is the previous positive aspect totally negated by the fact that they had to include an apostrophe in the verb-ification of the movie’s title? Is anyone else sad? That would help.

by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010


Mr Mashup, Pogo, celebrates the release this week of Toy Story 3 (yes, it’s another summer of sequels) with “Toyz Noize”. Read more in depth about Pogo in L.B. Jeffries’ recent Moving Pixels article, “Pogo: Turning Classic Films into New Songs”.

by John Lindstedt

16 Jun 2010


As we are flooded with images of the recent Gulf oil disaster, there are some who worry about the future of our planet and its wildlife, while others are concerned with who is to blame in this epic botch job.

Before anyone arrives to these concerns, however, they are reminded of one thing and one thing only—“Pipe Dreams”, the Saved By the Bell episode where Bayside strikes oil. When witnessing the sea of nameless crude-covered ducks we are reminded of Becky, Zack’s close friend and confidant (and duck) who met her untimely demise in the wake of the gang’s capitalistic interests. The episode was generically prescient and made The Onion AV Club‘s list of “amusingly misguided eco-friendly entertainments.” Anyways, someone made this great mash up of the ironically enjoyable episode with the slightly more renowned There Will Be Blood, and it’s awesome.

by Jessy Krupa

15 Jun 2010


Chances are, at some point in the last couple of years, you have seen animated rabbits re-enact at least one famous movie in thirty seconds. This is because of Jennifer Shiman. In 2004, the independent animator’s website, angryalien.com, already had novel, interactive Flash-animated shorts such as Pigeon Kam, which showed the world through the eyes of a pigeon, and Amy’s Diary, a re-telling of a child’s diary. It was just a tiny blip on the internet’s radar until she debuted a new feature, The Exorcist, as re-enacted by bunnies in 30 seconds. Slowly but surely, the success of this short, and its hilarious follow-ups of Jaws, The Shining, and most notably, Titanic, led to international attention. Spotlighted on CNN and the Today show, the “buns”, as Shiman lovingly refers to them, garnered praise and requests from internet visitors from all over the world.

This led to a deal with Starz, who got exclusive first access to newer send-ups of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sixteen Candles, No Country for Old Men, March of the Penguins, and others, which they aired on their website and during airings of the original movies on their cable network. In 2005, the Titanic short was included as a bonus feature of the 1997 movie’s four-disc DVD re-release. As her website won Webby awards for Online Animation and the people’s choice, Shiman denied rumors that the buns would move on to their own TV series or movie, saying that she hardly had the time. Still, the bunnies became quite an internet presence, with annual animated holiday “cards” featured on the website and official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Now after six years and 68 re-enactments, Shiman announced that the upcoming Evil Dead II short would be the bunnies last, but “Never say never; we may be back some day with our interpretation of more movies.” Stating that her partnership with Starz had ended, she left no reasons as to why, but revealed that she would continue work on other projects. Though this could start rumors about an upcoming TV special or series, all bunnies fans can do for now is see most of their work on the “30-Second Bunnies Theatre Collectible DVD”, available at Amazon.com.

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