Operation Kino #53: The Messy And Maybe Great John Carter, And Mourning Real Action Movies

This week on Operation Kino, we're hopping on an airship with our pet alien Woola and taking a trip to Barsoom, otherwise known as Mars. Yes, it's finally time for us to review John Carter, the new outer-space epic from Disney that has been making more headlines for its giant budget than anything else. After the review we jump into a slightly related topic, wondering why Americans don't make straightforward action movies anymore while foreign films like The Raid and Sleepless Night prove it can be done so well. Before any of that, though, we've got a lightning round inspired by John Carter, then tidbits, in which Da7e takes us through Tales from Development Hell, David gives us a preview of the SXSW lineup, Patches revisits the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, and Katey tries to sort through Jafar Panahi's This Is Not A Film. We end, as always, with your lightning round answers for dessert.

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00:00-01:20 Lightning Round

1:36 - 30:26 Introductions and Tidbits

31:15 - 51:33 John Carter reviewed

52:15 - 1:12:20 Action movies: what happened to them?

1:12:20 - 1:16:36 Dessert!

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