Forget to tune into the 17th annual MTV Movie Awards last night? No problem — here’s a list of the evening’s winners, including the coveted Best Summer Movie So Far award!
Of course, a list of the winners only tells part of the story. To get the full experience, you’ll have to head over to the MTV website (link below) and cue up the many available video clips from the ceremony (either that, or wait for one of the 650,000 inevitable repeats).
Here’s a list of Hollywood’s latest popcorn trophy owners:
Best Movie: Transformers
Best Male Performance: Will Smith in I Am Legend
Breakthrough Performance: Zac Efron in Hairspray
Best Female Performance: Ellen Page in Juno
Best Comedic Performance: Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worldâ€™s End
Best Fight: Sean Faris and Cam Gigandet in Never Back Down
Best Villain: Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Best Kiss: Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman in Step Up 2 The Streets
Best Summer Movie So Far: Iron Man
To read (and see) more, follow the links below!
It’s almost time to hand out some golden popcorn — the nominations for the 2008 MTV Movie Awards have been announced!
To cast your vote for each category’s winner — and to choose your favorite of the fan-created movie spoofs in the, um, “Best Movie Spoof” category — head to MovieAwards.MTV.com (link below). A complete list of the nominees follows:
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
I Am Legend
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Best Male Performance:
Will Smith, I Am Legend
Shia LaBeouf, Transformers
Denzel Washington, American Gangster
Matt Damon, The Bourne Ultimatum
Michael Cera, Juno
Best Female Performance:
Ellen Page, Juno
Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up
Amy Adams, Enchanted
Jessica Biel, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Denzel Washington, American Gangster
Angelina Jolie, Beowulf
Topher Grace, Spider-Man 3
Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men
Best Comedic Performance:
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Adam Sandler, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Jonah Hill, Superbad
Seth Rogen, Knocked Up
Amy Adams, Enchanted
Matt Damon vs. Joey Ansah, The Bourne Ultimatum
Tobey Maguire vs. James Franco, Spider-Man 3
Hayden Christensen vs. Jamie Bell, Jumper
Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet, Never Back Down
Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan vs. Sun Ming Ming, Rush Hour 3
Alien vs. Predator, Aliens vs. Predator Requiem
Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer, Disturbia
Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey, Enchanted
Daniel Radcliffe and Katie Leung, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Ellen Page and Michael Cera, Juno
Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman, Step Up 2 The Streets
Zac Efron, Hairspray
Seth Rogen, Knocked Up
Jonah Hill, Superbad
Michael Cera, Superbad
Chris Brown, This Christmas
Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray
Megan Fox, Transformers
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Superbad
Best Summer Movie So Far:
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Sex and the City: The Movie
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Source: MTV Movie Awards
In a piece of news almost as heartwarming as the film itself, Son of Rambow came in at second place in the UK box office this week, with the British indie nabbing almost £1million in the first four days.
Set on a long, hot summer in 1982, the film revolves around two 11-year old scamps Will and Carter, who — after seeing First Blood for the first time, decide to film their own sequel with nothing more than a camcorder and, natch, some imagination.
The film has been in distribution limbo for the past year after its triumphant debut at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, due to issues surrounding the rights to the real Rambo films. But now it’s finally here and it seems a strong advertising push and good reviews (83% on the Tomatometer, compared to Rambo‘s 32%), has seen it rocket up the charts. Empire’s Dan Jolin summed up the critical consensus by saying: “If you only see one Rambo movie this year, make sure it’s this one.”
In fact, the film would surely have come in at number one had it played on more screens. Instead 27 Dresses, (which played on over 150 more theatres than Rambow), is still grimly hanging onto top spot, despite taking in almost 50% less cash than last week.
Meanwhile sweaty Karate Kid-meets-Fight Club-alike Never Back Downalso made a healthy opening debut this week, coming in at fourth place. Reviewers generally scorned this lightweight effort, with the movie’s laughable homoerotic undertones and checklist of clichés arousing particular critical ire. Greg Kirschling of Entertainment Weekly fame even branded the film as, “yet another product that makes you feel bad about today’s youth culture.” Sadly however ‘Grandad Greg’ and his ilk couldn’t stop the cool kids pouring into cinemas though, and the film made a healthy £840,000 over four days.
If anyone in Hollywood can make a movie whose soundtrack has room for “Walk Like An Egyptian” and “Kung Fu Fighting,” it’s Will Smith.
According to an article published in Sunday’s edition of Jam!, he could be getting ready to do just that. Pointing out the glaring lack of “a sword-and-sandals epic” in Smith’s oeuvre, Jam!‘s Jim Slotek and Kevin Williamson report that Smith has commissioned a script titled The Last Pharaoh from Carl Franklin. The film will tell the tale of Taharqa, the, um, last Pharaoh of the Nubian Dynasty.
Franklin has apparently “already banged out” the script, which is now being “polished” by Chris Hauty, who wrote Never Back Down (“so look for some mixed martial arts to excite the masses”). As Hauty tells Jam!, “it’s an open writing assignment from Will’s company. It’s something he’s taken a big interest in.”
As we’ve seen repeatedly, when Will Smith takes a big interest in something, millions of people are willing to pay to see it. Anybody want to bet against this making crazy money at the box office?
March Madness hits the North American box office as three new releases hit the multiplexes hoping to take down the reigning Dr. Suess toon. Tyler Perry returns with his latest comedic drama Meet the Browns, Owen Wilson makes a return of his own in the comedy Drillbit Taylor, and Joshua Jackson jets off to Japan for his horror flick Shutter. The Good Friday holiday will help boost weekend numbers since the majority of students and many adults have the day off. But the start of the NCAA college basketball tournament will keep many male moviegoers and sports fans glued to their flat-screens watching the endless string of games all day everyday over the weekend. Fox meanwhile will try to repeat at number one with its animated hit Horton Hears A Who which could become the top-grossing film of 2008 after only ten days.
Shooting for his fourth $20M+ opener, filmmaker Tyler Perry goes hunting for elephants at the box office with his latest work Meet the Browns. The PG-13 pic stars Angela Bassett as a Chicago single mother down on her luck who travels down to Georgia after the death of her father to meet the family she never knew. Starpower will come primarily from Bassett and from Perry himself who in addition to writing and directing brings the wildly popular Madea character back to the big screen after a two-year absence. The role is small but the marketing has made it known that the outlandish law-breaking matriarch is back for some laughs. Former basketball star Rick Fox also has a major role and could be useful in drawing hoops fans.
Perry has been a dependable box office sensation for over three years now drawing in sizable African American moviegoers with stories that skew a bit female. There’s no reason to believe that Browns will fail to reach the heights of his last film Why Did I Get Married? which opened to $21.4M in October. Good Friday and Easter should help boost the numbers too. Hollywood routinely underestimates Perry’s power so expect a sizzling average here. Hitting his top debut, $30M for Madea’s Family Reunion, may not be in the works, but a strong second place showing is a virtual guarantee. Lionsgate will open Meet the Browns in 2,006 theaters and may find itself with around $23M this weekend.
10,000 BC should stabilize after its 53% plunge last weekend. A fall of 45% seems likely giving Warner Bros. $9M for the weekend and $76M after 17 days. A similar decline could await Never Back Down putting it at $4.5M for a ten-day sum of $16M for Summit. Martin Lawrence hasn’t exactly been setting the box office on fire with his latest comedy College Road Trip. The Disney title might drop by 30% to roughly $5.5M and lift its cume to $33M.
LAST YEAR: A six-pack of new releases cleaned house in the top ten led by the animated actioner TMNT which still had turtle power with a $24.3M debut. Warner Bros. went on to bank $54.1M with the toon which had weak legs. The studio followed in second with its Spartan blockbuster 300 which collected $19.9M in its third fight. Modern-day action was at the center of Mark Wahlberg‘s Shooter which opened in third with $14.5M on its way to a solid $47M for Paramount. Disney’s Wild Hogs followed with $13.9M. New Line’s The Last Mimzy bowed in fifth with $10M while the horror sequel The Hills Have Eyes 2 debuted close behind with $9.7M. Final grosses reached $21.5M and $20.8M, respectively. Adam Sandler‘s dramatic turn in Reign Over Me led to a $7.5M launch before a $19.7M finish. Lionsgate suffered the worst opening among the new titles with just $3.5M for the swimming drama Pride which ended with a $7.1M take.
Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com
North American film fans heard the call of the elephant and stampeded to the box office to see the animated Dr. Seuss pic Horton Hears a Who, which enjoyed the largest opening weekend of the year so far. The testosterone flick Never Back Down launched to decent numbers; however, the virus thriller Doomsday was dead on arrival in its debut. But ‘toon power was able to revitalize the marketplace, sending the top 10 above the $100M mark and ahead of year-ago levels for the first time in a month.
Jim Carrey and Steve Carell lent their voices to Horton and ticket buyers responded, spending an estimated $45.1M on the Fox hit for a strong number one premiere. The G-rated tale bowed ultrawide in 3,954 locations and averaged a sturdy $11,406 per theater. The Whoville story generated the fourth best March opening ever, behind 300 ($70.9M), Ice Age: The Meltdown ($68M), and the original Ice Age ($46.3M) and also landed the fifth largest opening in history for a G-rated film.
Horton took advantage of star power, the popularity of the Seuss brand, and an open marketplace with few options for families to help it post the year’s best debut. But the film went beyond just parents and kids — the studio reports that 47 percent of the audience was non-family, with teens kicking in a significant contribution. Budgeted at $85M, the animated feature also garnered glowing reviews from most critics. Horton also bowed in 29 international markets this weekend, and captured an estimated $14.2M tally.
Animated films opening in March usually enjoy strong legs thanks to the Easter holiday and school vacations. Ice Age‘s opening weekend represented only 26 percent of its eventual $176.4M domestic final. Fox’s 2005 film Robots witnessed a 28 percent share, Meltdown played like a sequel and saw 35 percent, and last year’s Disney offering Meet the Robinsons grabbed 26 percent. Horton should follow in the same footsteps, as direct competition in the coing weeks is not too fierce, leading to possibly $150-175M from North America alone.
Trailing the animated elephant were the woolly mammoths of 10,000 BC. The not-so-accurate account of prehistoric times fell 54 percent in its second outing to an estimated $16.4M and pushed the total to $61.2M after 10 days. Given the bad reviews, negative word-of-mouth and the genre, the sharp decline was expected. The Warner Bros. title is playing almost exactly like another spring historical actioner, 2002’s The Scorpion King. The Rock starrer generated similar numbers with a $36.1M debut and $61.3M 10-day take before concluding with $90.5M. 10,000 BC should find its way to the same vicinity domestically. Overseas, the prehistoric pic collected a mighty $38M this weekend as it saw top spot debuts in the United Kingdom, Korea, and Russia and second place launches in France and Italy. The international cume has risen to $73M putting the global gross at an impressive $134M.
So far this year, moviegoers have been showing up in the same numbers, but have spread their dollars across a wider selection of movies than in 2007. Overall domestic box office is up 4 percent compared to the same period last year, and when factoring in the annual increase in ticket prices, total admissions are up only a slight amount. But at this point in 2007, six films had crossed the $50M mark, including three that broke the $100M barrier; this year, none have reached nine digits yet, but a whopping 10 have vaulted ahead of $50M (not including Horton, which is just days away from surpassing that mark).
The Mixed Martial Arts drama Never Back Down debuted to mediocre results and landed in third place with an estimated $8.6M from a wide 2,729 theaters. Averaging a mild $3,155, the PG-13 high school tale is the first in-house production from new distributor Summit and played to an audience of young males. Research showed that 59 percent of the audience was male and 60 percent were under 21. Never was budgeted at $20M.
Martin Lawrence’s second comedy of the year, College Road Trip, dropped a moderate 42 percent in its second weekend,, grossing an estimated $7.9M. With $24.3M collected in 10 days, the G-rated family flick should end up in the neighborhood of $45M.
Sony’s action thriller Vantage Point has been enjoying surprisingly strong legs, and slipped only 27 percent this week, to an estimated $5.4M for a solid cume of $59.2M. Rival actioner The Bank Job posted an even greater hold, sliding only 17 percent in its sophomore frame to an estimated $4.9M, giving Lionsgate $13.1M in 10 days. The high-octane pics should reach about $75M and $27M, respectively.
Universal suffered a dismal opening for its futuristic virus thriller Doomsday, which bowed to just $4.7M, according to estimates, from 1,936 theaters. The R-rated pic averaged a miserable $2,450 and should find its real audience on DVD this summer.
Will Ferrell‘s basketball comedy Semi-Pro fell 49 percent to eighth with an estimated $3M, pushing the total for New Line to $29.8M. Look for a final of roughly $35M, making it the comedian’s lowest-grossing lead performance in a wide release since 1998’s Night at the Roxbury.
Sony’s The Other Boleyn Girl dipped only 28 percent to an estimated $2.9M for a cume of $19.2M. The kidpic The Spiderwick Chronicles rounded out the top 10 with an estimated $2.4M, off 49 percent, for a $65.4M sum. Final grosses should reach $26M and $70M, respectively.
Warner Independent had a mixed weekend with its pair of limited release titles. The Naomi Watts thriller Funny Games opened in 289 theaters and grossed an estimated $520,000 for a dull $1,800 average. But its promising platform release Snow Angels added one Los Angeles site and took in an estimated $26,000 from three sites for a potent $8,667 average. The Kate Beckinsale starrer expands to the top 10 on Friday during its third session.
Three solid box office performers fell from the top 10 this weekend. Fox’s sci-fi flick Jumper dropped 42 percent to an estimated $2.1M, lifting the total to $75.8M. The $85M Hayden Christensen–Samuel L. Jackson actioner should conclude with about $80M. It’s already banked $100M overseas and counting.
The $70M adventure comedy Fool’s Gold collected an estimated $1.7M, off 38 percent, for a $65.4M sum. Warner Bros. looks to end with just under $70M. Step Up 2 the Streets, the latest teen dance drama to score with audiences, took in an estimated $1.5M, down 51 percent. With $55.4M taken in thus far, the Buena Vista release will reach close to $60M, putting it within striking distance of the $65.3M gross of 2006’s surprise smash Step Up.
The top 10 films grossed an estimated $101.3M, which was up less than 1 percent from last year — when 300 remained at number one in its second weekend with $32.9M — and up 13 percent from 2006, when V for Vendetta debuted in the top spot with $25.6M.
Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com
at the movies, we’ve Seussian silliness (Dr.
Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, starring
Carrey and Steve Carrell), mixed martial arts madness (Never Back Down,
starring Sean Faris and
Djimon Hounsou), and apocalyptic action (Doomsday,
Rhona Mitra). What do the critics have to
Virtually no one denies the
genius of Dr. Seuss’ books, but it’s been an open question whether their
compact, staccato whimsy could be translated into feature-length films; the
results thus far have been middling (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 52
percent on the Tomatometer) to poor (The Cat in the Hat, 12 percent).
However, critics say the CG Horton Hears a Who is easily the most
Seussian Seuss feature, and therefore the best. Horton (Jim
Carrey) is an
elephant who stumbles across the microscopic Who-ville; he promises to protect
the tiny inhabitants, despite ridicule from his fellow pachyderms. The pundits
say Horton is filled with deft animation, solid voice work, valuable life
lessons, and good cheer — and if the runtime is a little padded, the movie
still maintains the enchanting, thoughtful spirit of Seuss’ books. At 74 percent
on the Tomatometer, Horton may be a cut below the animated
Grinch Stole Christmas (100 percent), but it’s still cause for Who-bilation.
(Check out co-director Jimmy
Hayward’s favorite animated films
Never Back Down
another film in which a wayward teen learns about martial arts — and life —
from a stern-but-caring teacher. Wasn’t Ralph Macchio in a movie like this a few
years back? Perhaps, but critics say NBD is still a reasonably involving
take on old material. The movie stars
Sean Faris as an unmoored, ill-tempered
youngster who, after being humiliated in a fight with a classmate, learns mixed
martial arts under the tutelage of
and, in the process, how to better focus his bluster. Pundits say Never Back
Down‘s premise may be old as the hills, but pundits say it’s made with more
skill and panache than the material would indicate. At 36 percent on the
Tomatometer, the critical reception to Never Back Down puts the “mixed”
into mixed martial arts. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, where we take a
fond look at movies in which people get punched in the face.)
The folks behind
must have feared a critical apocalypse. Why else wouldn’t they screen their film
for the scribes before its release? Directed by
Neil Marshall, the film tells
the story of a group of scientists who’ve been dispatched to a country where a
deadly virus has broken out. A note of interest: Marshall’s previous movie was
modern horror masterpiece The Descent,
likely marking the first time a
director has gone from Certified Fresh on one movie to not-screened on the
next. Kids, climb out of that fallout shelter in your backyard and guess that
Also opening this week in
Jim Carrey Movies:
8% — The Number 23 (2007)
28% — Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)
70% — Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
49% — Bruce Almighty (2003)
Three new releases roll into multiplexes across North America – one the size of an elephant, the others like specks of dust. Fox aims to deliver the largest opening weekend of the year so far with its animated family event film Horton Hears A Who which could very well triple the gross of its nearest competitor. Summit counters with its action title Never Back Down while Universal also targets young men with its horror flick Doomsday. Overall, the marketplace looks to bounce back and even stands a chance of beating year-ago figures for the first time in a month.
Almighty pals Jim Carrey and Steve Carell play nice this time in the first-ever animated feature version of a Dr. Seuss tale in Horton Hears A Who which goes into
saturation release on Friday. The G-rated pic tells of a playful elephant that discovers an entire city living on a tiny speck on a flower, but can’t convince others of its
existence. Fox has a mighty big hit on its hands for a number of reasons. The property is from an author that all generations are familiar with so parents and kids
alike can relate. The marketplace has very few viable options for children at the moment. Plus starpower from the two leads makes this a comedy juggernaut that
will allow the film to go beyond its core family audience and tap into business from teens and young adults too.
With one of the sharpest marketing departments around, Fox has the means to mine riches from this surefire spring blockbuster. Who else could propel lame
kidpics like Night at the Museum and Alvin and the Chipmunks to $200M+ megahit status over consecutive holiday seasons? The studio has used March as a
launching pad for its animated offerings from Blue Sky Studios allowing the films to steer clear of summer and holiday hits from Pixar and DreamWorks. In 2002,
Ice Age surprised everyone with its $46.3M debut. Three years later its Robots opened to $36M while the 2006 sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown bowed to a
mammoth $68M. Forgotten are the days of Titan A.E. Horton Hears A Who is destined to join its March brothers on the hit list.
The key to grosses skyrocketing lies in the interest of teens. Will they look at this as a Carrey-Carell dream team laugh-a-thon and line up? Chances are many will,
especially with no other major comedies doing substantial business. Appeal is broad with males and females of all ages opening their wallets. Sure it’s not as funny
as you’d hope given the two big C’s involved, but moviegoers will eat it up nonetheless. Plus with Good Friday and Easter helping the second weekend, long-term
prospects seem rosy too. Debuting ultrawide in over 3,900 theaters, Horton Hears A Who could collect about $50M over the Friday-to-Sunday period.
Disney’s College Road Trip will take a direct hit from Horton this weekend as the family crowd will have a much bigger film to rally behind. A 40% drop would
put the Martin Lawrence–Raven-Symone comedy at $8M for a ten-day cume of $25M.
Audiences have been receptive to the presidential assassination storyline of Vantage Point which could drop another 40% to $4.5M this weekend for a cume of
$58M for Sony. Lionsgate’s The Bank Job probably saw the bulk of Jason Statham fans rush out on opening weekend so a 45% fall would give the heist thriller
$3M and $11M in ten days.
LAST YEAR: New releases were no match for the top two films in North America which remained on top of the charts. The mammoth Spartan smash 300 tumbled 54% in its second weekend but still posted a hefty $32.9M sophomore tally. The Disney comedy Wild Hogs showed good legs dipping 31% and ranked second with $19.1M in its third lap. Faring best among the freshmen, Sandra Bullock‘s supernatural thriller Premonition opened in third with $17.6M for Sony on its way to a solid $47.9M. Rounding out the top five were fellow newcomers Dead Silence with a moderate $7.8M and Chris Rock‘s I Think I Love My Wife with a disappointing $5.7M. Final grosses reached $16.8M for the Universal pic and $12.6M for the Fox Searchlight laugher.
Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com
Hitting theaters this week:
Never Back Down, the story of a
rebellious teen who channels his rage into underground fighting. With that in
mind, we’ve devised a tribute to that wonderful cinematic element for this
week’s Total Recall: the punch.
Everyone loves a good sock to the face. It’s the one thing
that unites the disparate strands of filmgoers like nothing else. From early
newsreels of boxing matches to
Edward Norton‘s descent into
audiences have displayed little sign of cooling toward the practice of one
person striking another. There’s no way to whittle down a list of the best jabs,
uppercuts, and hooks from the entire history of cinema; with millions to choose
from (and that’s just
Jackie Chan‘s filmography!) it’s an impossible task.
Nonetheless, we’ve compiled a by-no-means-definitive list of the punches we find
Wicker Man (2006, 16 percent on the Tomatometer)
Some critics feel there’s an undercurrent of misogyny in
the films of Neil LaBute. We’re not here to weigh in on such matters (we follow
the Tomatometer, not the Sexismometer), but we have to admit that this clip from
his remake of The Wicker Man gives us pause.
Nicolas Cage plays a cop
who’s investigating the disappearance of his daughter on a mysterious,
cult-infested island. During his search, he punches a lot (and we mean a lot)
of women in the face. Give LaBute points for originality: Cage delivers one K.O.
while wearing a bear suit.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
(1989, zero percent)
Though boring, sloppy, and all-around reprehensible, the
eighth Friday does give us one of the Jason’s finest moments.
After deciding to stand his ground, teen survivor Julius Gaw (V.C. Dupree)
commences landing punches on Jason for two non-stop minutes. Afterwards, he utters these ill-chosen words
“Take your best shot.” Sorry, Julius. And you were doing so well!
Riki-Oh (1991, 78 percent)
Endless bloodletting, strangulation by intestines, and an
ending sequence affectionately referred to by fans as “the meat grinder finale:”
is not a post-apocalyptic movie applauded for its subtlety. The movie became a
cult sensation for the clip of this thuggie getting his head punched in, which
Craig Kilborn played obsessively when he hosted
The Daily Show.
Fist of the North Star (1986, 17 percent)
And along the lines of Riki-Oh, we come to the similar
of the North Star, one of the most ridiculously violent animes ever.
Traveling around a ravaged Earth, Kenshiro protects the innocent with wicked
martial arts, including a punch
that expands and pops heads like balloons. If you’re squeamish, we will
definitely not tempt you into pressing play on the clip below. We will also
not entice you to fast-forward to the 2:00 mark when the awesomeness starts. We
have your best interests in mind.
The Fast and the Furious (2001, 53 percent)
There are a lot of punches thrown in The Fast and the
Furious; Vin Diesel and
Paul Walker seem to be teeing off on someone every
time they’re not behind the wheel. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t give props to
Michelle Rodriguez. In the world of movie punches, it’s quality, not quantity,
that makes a blow particularly devastating, and at around the 2:50 mark in this
clip, Rodriguez brings the pain in a big way.
The Next Karate Kid
(1994, seven percent)
Hilary Swank dealt some devastating combos in her
Oscar-winning turn as a boxer in
Million Dollar Baby. Where do you think
she learned to fight like that? You guessed it: Mr. Miyagi! After Swank
dispatches a non-Cobra Kai baddie in the climactic scene of The Next Karate
Kid, Miyagi shows that he doesn’t need to sweep the leg or put anyone in a
body bag to make a point, downing
Michael Ironside with a few well-chosen blows.
It should also be noted that Ironside should probably have studied the sweet
science before tangling with a master, since his punches are way way off
the mark. (For those who plan to see The Next Karate Kid in its entirety,
we deeply apologize for ruining it for you.)
Alpha Dog (2007, 55 percent)
Alpha Dog is a love-it-or-hate-it movie, all depending on
whether you buy into director
Cassavetes‘s frenzied vision of California
depravity. Especially divisive is
Ben Foster‘s performance as Paul, a diminutive
psycho with a tendency to scream into phones and inexplicably know kung-fu
during fights. Both Alpha supporters and critics have latched onto this hysterical scene in which Paul has a fist-to-face encounter with the fairer sex.
Do the Right
Thing (1989, 100 percent)
Sometimes the most devastating punches are metaphorical. Case in point: Radio
Raheem (Bill Nunn), the boombox-wielding Public Enemy fan in
Spike Lee‘s classic
Do the Right Thing. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, Raheem
Mitchum‘s speech from
Night of the Hunter (albeit with
loftier intentions) about the epic battle between love and hate. Raheem’s
impassioned words (and skillful combos) leave little doubt that hate is down for
Rocky IV (1985, 44 percent)
Historians continue to debate the factors that ended the
Cold War. Was it Reagan’s tough foreign policy? Or was it the creaking Soviet
system itself? Rocky IV posits a third hypothesis: the fists of the
Italian Stallion. As Rocky continues to battle Ivan Drago despite withstanding a
flurry of punishment, the mostly Russian crowd begins chanting his name, thereby
ushering in a new era of glasnost. We could have mentioned hundreds of
boxing movies in this feature, but the final bout in Rocky IV is such a
slugfest that it warrants inclusion.
(1964, 86 percent)
Reagan, fans of the Gipper may want to skip our
next entry. In The Killers (his last movie role), Dutch plays
dishonorable, double-crossing Jack Browning; he’s none too happy that racecar
driver Johnny North (legendary character actor and indie auteur
Cassavetes) appears to be getting cozy with his old lady (Angie Dickinson).
Objecting to Reagan’s treatment of Dickenson, Cassavetes proves to be something
of a great communicator himself — with his fists.
Back to the Future
(1985, 94 percent)
Standing up and cheering for the characters is probably the
finest approval audiences can grant upon movies. And there are few things more
cheer-worthy in Hollywood history than in Back to the Future when George McFly
makes like a tree…and sucker punches Biff in his bully mouth, ensuring his
place with the future Mrs. McFly.