Mortal Kombat 11 Shows Love to 80s Action Film Stars: Robocop, Terminator and Rambo

Still recovering from gamer’s hand after all day Halloween after playing through the story mode on Mortal Kombat 11. Took off my movie watching hat and went all in on videogaming.

Purchased the Ultimate Edition and played a ton of fighting matches. Part of the charm buying the series, besides following it off and on since its original debut in the 90s via Midway, is that it offered playing bonus characters from 80s action movies.

It was recently announced that the characters Rain and Mileena will be making their return to the hit fighting game, while ’80s action star, John Rambo, will be the surprise third DLC character. With his addition to the roster, Rambo joins characters likes RoboCop and the Terminator as classic blockbuster action stars to join the ranks of Mortal Kombat 11. This ’80s nostalgia might seems a little random to some fans, but it’s actually deeply rooted in the history of Mortal Kombat.

Why Mortal Kombat Keeps Adding 80s Action Movie Stars

When Midway started the fighter series which is famous for graphic brutal fatalities performed like ripping the spine out of your opponent at the end, playing as guest characters in game was all the rage in their other popular game, NBA Jam.

You could play all kinds of different famous basketball players and people like President Clinton.

Midway eventually was sold to Warner Bros. and they have decided to add more characters, including the Joker to Mortal Kombat. They need to add Harley Quinn to the game, she’d fit perfect.

Mackenzie Davis thinks another Terminator sequel would be “quite insane” – I disagree

Sequels are less desirable than new movies, sure, but sequels aren’t the problem. Bad sequels are.

Terminator: Dark Fate ⭐️⭐️½ , in my opinion, was a bad sequel. I don’t want to rehash all the reasons that support my thinking (for those curious, see: 20+ Reviews – Terminator: Dark Fate is Ironic, Prophetic Title), but let’s look at Mackenzie Davis’ quote:

“I really loved the movie and I’m so proud of what we did, but there wasn’t a demand for it [at the box office] and to think that there’d be a demand for a seventh film is quite insane. You should just pay attention to what audiences want – and they want new things and I want new things.

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ star Mackenzie Davis: “Thinking there’d be demand for a seventh film is insane”

The problem with quotes like this are context. We must assume Mackenzie means another Dark Fate Terminator film.

Totally agree with Mackenzie that few moviegoers wants to see part 2 and 3 of the intended trilogy surrounding the Dark Fate timeline with a bloated budget in the theaters. If that’s what she meant and only that, my headline is false and should read: I agree.

But she said a “seventh film.”

Mark my words, there will be another Terminator film someday. I don’t think that should be any time soon. In fact, if the IP were mine I’d recommend something along the Sarah Connor Chronicles route: a series on one of the streaming services to repair the franchise (think The Mandalorian and Star Wars). And it shouldn’t under any shape or form deal with the Dark Fate timeline.

The Terminator world is worth revisiting given a good story. I don’t think Tim Miller should have anything to do with it and, unless he’s taking the director’s chair, neither should James Cameron. Too bad, because Terminator should be Cameron’s baby, but after Dark Fate his street cred with the franchise is suspect at best.

When James Cameron gets done working on the multiple Avatar sequels if he announces he is going to write and direct a true Terminator 3, the one we thought we were getting with Dark Fate, yes, I’d be at least somewhat interested. Would you?

Not lobbying for this to happen, just saying that too many bad sequels can spoil a franchise and there’s little arguing that Terminator now has franchise fatigue. That fatigue doesn’t last forever, nor should it.

For awhile Halloween was considered sequel-d out. Friday the 13th is another one that people have said: too many sequels. What they’re really saying, what they truly mean, is no more bad sequels. Diehard? Too many sequels? When Jurassic Park started sucking, they waited and went with Jurassic World.

The way these streaming channels right now are everywhere hungry for content, Terminator is worthy of considering for some kind of project, just please no Dark Fate timeline.

Agree/disagree? Do you never want to see another Terminator movie or TV show?

First Ever RPX Experience Review Terminator: Dark Fate

10/31/2019 had our first ever Regal RPX with Dolby ATMOS experience

We have been waiting for the right movie to watch in Regal Cinema’s RPX which is their version, if you will, of Dolby Audio called Dolby ATMOS. Last night, 10/31/2019 we caught the 10pm opening of ….

Terminator: Dark Fate ⭐️⭐️½

The Regal RPX experience was fantastic, but the movie we saw in this format? Not so good.

You can click the title to read my review, but the movie itself was, unfortunately, underwhelming. As excited as I was leading up to seeing this movie, I left the theater disappointed.

This post is more about the RPX sound and visuals which were fantastic. Sound was crisp and surrounding. We had almost the dead center seating in the cinema. The screen is large and curved, see picture below:

Inside the Regal RPX theater before the movie started, see the large curved screen

The screen is big and bright, visuals are stunning. There is nothing about the movie we saw that wasn’t visually pleasing. We paid an extra $5.03 each for the privilege of experiencing the RPX.

Was it worth the extra $5? Not really for the movie that we saw, but it would be worth it for a better movie. There was a noticeable difference in the sound, more spatial and more 3D-surround like, but not so much better that we went, oh, man, we have to see every movie we can in RPX.

Upon leaving the theater and recording our “just left the theater video review” (included under the review above) we both agreed that Terminator: Dark Fate would be more fun to see in 4DX like we saw Rambo: Last Blood.

We need to check out the Dolby Audio, because I’ve read good reviews about that format being the best. We have experienced IMAX, although it’s been awhile since seeing any movies in that format. Love the really big screen effect of IMAX, but they only have certain movies showing in that format, typically the tentpole movies only.

1 Day To Terminator: Dark Fate – What is The Best Movie In The Series?

The #CREATEYOURFATE contest was for budding filmmakers to make a trailer

Rewatched, rated and reviewed Terminator 2: Judgment Day ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . This is, in my opinion, the most entertaining, best Terminator in the series. I haven’t seen Terminator: Dark fate yet, so maybe in a couple days I’ll be declaring that superior to T2, but that seems highly unlikely.

In fact, I think there’s a better chance I’ll run into a terminator in my lifetime than Dark Fate being the best movie in the franchise.

This doesn’t mean I’m going into seeing Dark Fate expecting it to be bad. In fact, I’m hoping it will be somewhere between the first and second movie. It would be amazing if it was better than the first movie, but, again, doubtful it can pull that off, but I’ve got an open mind.

Entertain me, Dark Fate!

Other movies watched recently with central artificial intelligence theme:

  • All other Terminator movies
  • Her ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  • Jexi ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Countdown ⭐️⭐️½ (ok, it’s a cursed phone application movie, but close to AI)
  • A.M.I ⭐️½

Will Terminator: Dark Fate be the last film in the franchise or the start of a new trilogy? Below is my final video on the film before watching and reviewing…

DISCUSS: Will Terminator: Dark Fate be the last film in the franchise or the first in a new trilogy?

10 Day of Terminator: Dark Fate Featured At

2 Days to Terminator: Dark Fate – Terminator is Fun, But Still Unrealistic Technology in 2019

At least two major technologies in Terminator ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (1984) are not going to be happening any time soon. Neither in my lifetime, and probably not in any human being’s lifetime living on the planet in 2019. Yes, I’m saying we’re at least 110+ years away from either of these two technologies being even semi-realized.

First up: time travel. Forget about it. Really just forget it.

We’re not sending anybody back in time to kill anybody. Not machines or man. Sarah Connor has nothing to worry about in any future lifetime. Not even inanimate objects are going back in time.

Time travel into the future will likely happen first (we can actually travel a few seconds into the future now, but that is more a side effect speed issue than travel in some sort of machine, sorry Bill & Ted), but again, most likely not significant future time travel won’t happen any time soon.

100 years from now? We’ll be extremely lucky to figure out how to travel significantly faster in space.

1000 years? If we haven’t killed off the planet through famine, stupidity and/or war with each other by then, still doubtful.

10,000 years? Time travel into the future, I’d accept might be possible by then, but, still, nobody is traveling back in time to change anything.

Think about it. If anybody could travel back in time from the future then they would already have been here, right? It is the major paradox of time travel.

So, scratch one off the list of James Cameron’s terrible visions of the future. Time travel is a technology maybe the human race will see someday, but almost certainly not in any reasonable future timeline and, again, it will be future travel only, not into the past.

Next up? Artificial intelligence (A.I).

“They paint a picture which is really not coherent with the current understanding of how AI systems are built today and in the foreseeable future,” says Prof Bengio, who is sometimes called one of the “godfathers of AI” for his work on deep learning in the 1990s and 2000s.

Why Terminator: Dark Fate is sending a shudder through AI labs – BBC News

A.I. robots that can fully emulate human behavior? There might be some sophisticated human programmed sex dolls/bots that will be damn good at having sex, but they will be extremely mechanical. The adult industry gets the toys first, so any sort of human-like robots will be sex bots first. That’s what I’d bet the farm on. Military application? Yeah, that’s a possibility too, but sex will be first.

There will be cars that can drive themselves, heck, those exist now.

The artificial intelligence presented in Terminator 1984, however, is very much science fiction today in 2019. The reality is it will still mostly be fiction 35 more years from now in 2054.

We’ll have more advancements in A.I that allow for robots to do more than they do now, but just the muscle memory in a human being to walk up and down stairs, carrying any sort of item(s), opening and closing doors, bending,, lifting, crawling … yeah, these actions are take tons of programmed computer instructions to accomplish these “basic” human motor-skill tasks. And to carry these actions out with a human or better level of artificial intelligence?

2054. That’s 35 years from now.

The mortality tables are telling me I’ll be at/past the age and might be dead in 2054, but people in my family live long lives, so knocking on wood that I can revisit these words in 2054 and see what things are really like from a technology perspective.

Will this blog exist in 35 years? That alone is against the odds. Heck, how many blogs don’t make it 35 day or 35 weeks or 35 months, never mind 35 years.

I haven’t done anything in my life for 35 years. Haven’t worked at the same job, haven’t lived at the same house (although close to that), haven’t even been married 35 years yet (really close to that one, though), so having this blog still operating in 35 years is unlikely at this point, but maybe I’ll have some other type of place to share my thoughts and can return to the Terminator 1984 movie and see what tech is like 70 years after Cameron’s original vision in 2054.

Let’s make it a date, shall we?

4 Days to Terminator: Dark Fate – Everything Wrong With Terminator Sequels After T2 + Discussion: Is Sarah Connor a Better Path?

Terminator: Dark Fate opens in theaters on November 1, 2019

If you missed Joel and my first discussion, it was (badly) sandwiched at the end of the create your own Terminator: Dark Fate trailer post, I’m embedding here again:

This was the very first vlog we did and the camera work sucks — but the audio discussion is why it’s here

Below, Joel and I have our final discussion about Terminator: Dark Fate before seeing the movie. We discuss several subtopics including whether Sarah Connor was the best story arc that should have been included in sequels after T2.

  • Was Sarah Connor the more important storyline than the Terminator’s and John Connor’s?
  • Should Dark Fate be the last film in the series or the start of a new trilogy as James Cameron is hoping for?

Now for some CinemaSins videos — dig the sin counter! lol (no wonder they have over 8 million subscribers!) — documenting everything wrong with Terminator sequels after T2, first up being Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines:

Funny, well done video detailing everything wrong with Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines

Next up, Terminator: Salvation:

And finally, Terminator Genisys:

5 Days To Terminator: Dark Fate – Other Movies Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong

79 reviews as of this being posted the first time with 67% fresh (positive) at Rotten Tomatoes

Thought it would be interesting to cover other movies by Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800), Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Edward Furlong (John Connor). Film titles that I haven’t seen are bolded, If I’ve rated and reviewer there will be a star rating, just click the title to read, as always.

Movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger

The following list of films excludes cameo appearances and television. For a complete filmography, visit WikIpedia. The list of films has been separated by action (I’ve seen most all of these movies), comedy, documentaries and other. Arnold has expanded into some dramas and other genres a few times.


  • Hercules in New York
  • Conan The Barbarian – saw this long time ago (I think!)
  • Conan The Destroyer
  • The Terminator
  • Red Sonya
  • Commando
  • Raw Deal
  • Predator
  • The Running Man ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Total Recall
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Last Action Hero
  • True Lies
  • Eraser
  • Batman & Robin
  • End of Days
  • The 6th Day ⭐️⭐️½
  • Collateral Damage
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • The Expendables 2
  • The Last Stand
  • Escape Plan
  • Sabotage
  • Terminator Genisys
  • Killing Gunther
  • Terminator: Dark Fate


  • Red Heat
  • Twins (1988) – with Danny Devito
  • Kindergarten Cop ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  • Junior ⭐️½ – with Danny Devito
  • Jingle All The Way


  • Pumping Iron
  • The Comeback (1980)
  • Wonder of the Sea 3D – narrator
  • The Game Changers


  • Stay Hungry
  • The Villain
  • Maggie
  • Aftermath
  • Viy 2: Journey To China

Movies with Linda Hamilton

The following list of films excludes television.

  • TAG: The Assassination Game (1982)
  • Children of the Corn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  • The Stone Boy
  • The Terminator
  • Black Moon Rising
  • King Kong Lives
  • Mr. Destiny – owned on DVD
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Silent Fall
  • Separate Lives
  • Dante’s Peak ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  • Shadow Conspiracy
  • The Secret Life of Girls
  • Skeletons in the Closet
  • Smile
  • Missing in America
  • The Kid & I
  • Broken
  • Terminator Salvation – voice of Sarah Connor only
  • Hard Times
  • DC Showcase: Jonah Hex – voice role only
  • Refuge
  • Bermuda Tentacles
  • A Sunday Horse
  • Curvature
  • Terminator: Dark Fate

Movies with Edward Furlong

The following list excludes TV. I didn’t realize how many films Furlong has acted in. He’s been more active than I realized.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Pet Sematary Two
  • American Heart
  • A Home of Our Own
  • Brainscan
  • Little Odessa
  • The Grass Harp
  • Before and After
  • Pecker
  • American History X
  • Detroit Rock City
  • Animal Factory
  • Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy – plays himself
  • The Knights of the Quest
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Intermedio
  • The Crow: Wicked Prayer
  • Cruel World
  • Venice Underground
  • Jimmy and Judy
  • The Visitation
  • Nice Guys
  • The Covenant: Brotherhood of Evil
  • Warriors of Terra
  • Living & Dying
  • Dark Reel
  • Stoic
  • Darfur
  • Night of the Demons
  • Kingshighway
  • The Green Hornet
  • This Is Not A Movie
  • The Mortician
  • Below Zero
  • Witness Insecurity
  • Tequila
  • For The Love of Money
  • Arachnoquake – TV movie
  • Crave
  • Paranormal Addiction
  • Matt’s Chance
  • The Zombie King
  • Assault on Wall Street
  • Awakened
  • Stitch
  • The Last Light
  • Aftermath ⭐️⭐️
  • A Perfect Vacation – also known as Awaken
  • A Winter Rose
  • The Reunion
  • Terminator: Dark Fate

Overview: I’ve seen the most Arnold Schwarzenegger movies including most of his action films and least featuring Edward Furlong (seems like a lot of movies he’s been in that I’ve never heard about).

Interesting seeing that Linda Hamilton has continued to act in some movies. I had this impression that she hadn’t been in any movies since the late 90s and that James Cameron helped coax her back into the business with Dark Fate.

Terminator: Dark Fate hits the US theaters in 5 days … Halloween 2019!

6 Days to Terminator: Dark Fate – Terminator 2: Judgment Day Behind The Scenes Interviews, Reviews

Terminator 2: Judgment Day various movie box art

At the time Terminator 2: Judgment Day was being made, it was an unknown expensive movie. Abyss had not been the hit hoped for and now James Cameron was involved in the most expensive movie ever at that time: T2.

This interview with Robert Patrick is fascinating because it talks about some of the unknowns at the time. It wasn’t believed that T2 would be a major hit out of the gate.

Good answer, Robert! Check out how Robert worked with the T2 CGI crew at ILM:

Making of T2, the T-1000 special effects

Robert Patrick’s expressions, mannerisms, that creepy super fast sprint sold me on the T-1000. And then you add in the cool metal alloy effects? Wow.

Terminator 2 Judgment Day interview with Arnold

More behind the scenes of Terminator 2:

Siskel & Ebert review Terminator 2: Judgment Day:

Siskel & Ebert review Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Unlike the original Terminator film, these famous critics were on the same page with T2: Judgment Day.

More daily countdown to Terminator: Dark Fate coverage

9 Days To Terminator: Dark Fate: Secret Premiere Surprises and Delights Fans
8 Days To Terminator: Dark Fate: Rotten Tomatoes 61% Fresh Initially, Critics Opinions are Mixed — Updated DAILY until 10/31/2019
7 Days To Terminator: Dark Fate: Interviews, Appearances and More

7 Days to Terminator: Dark Fate – Interviews, Appearances, More!

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton discuss women empowerment, female action stars and more!

Nothing like a little dose of female action star discussion from Arnold and Linda.

Comic Con 2019 Panel with Terminator: Dark Fate cast

And then the Entertainment Tonight follow-up interview after Comic-Con:

Listen to the cast explain their relaxed nature of saying the F-word in the movie for an R rating

Reddit does a Q&A with the panel that revs up the excitement for the movie:

Reddit July 2019 Q&A with the Terminator: Dark Fate Cast
  • Arnold is asked, “Will this movie be as terrible as the last one?” — his answer is great!
  • You can really sense the love this cast has for each other. I’m hopeful this generates some serious on-screen chemistry
  • Arnold said that in the original Terminator, at one point in casting OJ Simpson was considered to be the Terminator!

9 Days to Terminator: Dark Fate – Secret Premiere Surprises and Delights Fans

Ohhhh, wish I was there! Someday somebody will invite me to an advance screening

Clever bait and switch marketing! Alamo Drafthouse organized a special screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day which was actually Terminator: Dark Fate! (PREVIEW) Early reviewers are responding positively, too! I read them all in the article and there are no spoilers, so it’s safe to follow the article link.

Reactions to the latest film in the franchise, which sees original creator James Cameron return as producer and co-writer, have been overwhelmingly positive with many saying it’s the best film in the franchise since 1991’s critically acclaimed T2.

Fans surprised after ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ screenings turn out to be secret premiere of ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Naysayers are out saying that the early reviews are almost always “overwhelmingly positive” so perhaps there should be some hesitancy. I’m hoping it’s exactly what they are saying, however. That it is a true T3 sequel I’ve kept trying to see ever since T2.

T3: Rise of the Machines. Maybe I’ll try and rewatch this movie at some point in the next 9 days and see what went wrong. My memory of the film is that the new Terminator was just too badass. Her arms could turn into laser like weapons which violated the rules of the T-1000. Sure, there could be upgrades – it is future tech, after all — but it felt like too extreme an upgrade. I just remember being put off somewhat by that.

T3: Rise of the Machines trailer

Also, I missed Linda Hamilton. The absence of her in that film seemed to be somewhat of a gaping hole. She was initially interested, but it seemed that without a good script and character arc for her character, Sarah Connor and James Cameron in the film, she, too, was out:

Hamilton later explained her decision not to reprise her role: “They offered me a part. I read it and I knew my character arc was so complete in the first two, and in the third one it was a negligible character. She died halfway through and there was no time to mourn her. It was kind of disposable, so I said no thank you.” When Mostow signed on as director, one of his conditions was that Hamilton reprise her role. However, he realized that the character would not have changed much since the previous film and that she would not contribute much to the story, saying later, “Linda Hamilton is too important to the franchise to stick her in as the third wheel.” Mostow realized that John Connor would need to be the focus of the story,

And there is where the wheels came off for future sequels. John Connor’s story was not as compelling as Sarah Connor. Interestingly enough, Dark Fate is promising to correct this mistake. Will it? We’ll find out in 9 days.

Nick Stahl as John Connor just didn’t work either. Why couldn’t they get Edward Furlong back? I guess they tried, according to Wikipedia:

Edward Furlong signed on in August 2000, to reprise his role as John Connor from the previous film. However, in December 2001, casting began for a new actor to replace Furlong, who was dropped from the project because of a substance abuse problem. Furlong was removed by Warner Bros., which was concerned that his publicized drug problems could jeopardize the project. Furlong later stated “I don’t know [what happened]. It just wasn’t the time. I was going through my own thing at the point in my life – whatever, it just wasn’t meant to be”.

These are my memories about the film combined with the magic of Wikipedia filling in history. Where can T3: Rise of The Machines be watched? I used to own it on DVD, but it got sold when reducing our collection. reports: report says Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines current availability

Kind of surprised that none of the premium channels have Rise of the Machines. You’d think they would have jumped on the timing for Dark Fate as an opportunity to have this movie as a subscriber magnet. Missed opportunity, because I would rather have signed up for a month of a premium channel than pay to rent or by this movie I’ve already seen. Alas, I may skip watching.

I already own the original Terminator and T2: Judgment Day and will definitely be rewatching those, rating and writing reviews before seeing the new movie.

Here’s just some of what is coming to this blog in the next 8 days further embracing fan excitement leading up to the new movie:

  • Rating and reviews of Terminator and T2: Judgment Day (yeah, can’t believe we haven’t done these yet)
  • Historical videos, behind the scenes, interviews and more for T2: Judgment Day
  • Joel and I revisit Terminator: Dark Fate for a final follow-up discussion to our previous vlog.
  • Anticipation ratings for upcoming theater releases, including Dark Fate

Every day until Dark Fate releases, at least one new Terminator-related post will be here. Thank you for reading!