Favorite Fight Scenes of All Time – Part 2

Everyone loves a good fight scene, right? I know I do. Hell, I LOVE a good fight scene. There’s something about a fight scene that just gets me going. Not to the extent that I’m going to start picking fights with strangers – at least not anymore – but seeing the hard work of training and filming for months and weeks just for our enjoyment is awesome to watch. So here is where I’m going to shout out some of my favorite fight scenes of all time. Obviously, this is my list and purely my opinion, so if there is a fight that I missed, it’s probably because I simply forgot. This is also, most likely, the first installment of many articles to come.

However, before we get to the list I want to say how I will approach this, at least fight wise. I’m not including battle scenes, which pretty much excludes anything from The Lord of the Rings or the great opening from Saving Private Ryan (another post maybe?). The fights will range from one-on-one or one-on-two, or something along those lines. Also, despite the order, I’m not ranking them. Finally, some of these fights, could be final fights so SPOILER WARNING!

Alright, let’s get cracking…bones…too much? Too much.

 

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – News Team Street Fight

Oh, you thought this series was going to be just serious fight scenes? Oh no. Although, this arguably breaks my battle rule, this fight is too good to pass up on the list. It is fun and over the top in the right way possible.

 

The Raid 2: Berndal – Rama vs. Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man

I briefly mentioned this fight in Part One of the series, and I thought I’d talk about it here considering this is a great lead-in to that final fight. Berndal really builds up the threat of Hammer Girl (Julie Estelle) and Baseball Bat Man (Very Tri Yulisman) – yes, those are their credited names – throughout the entire movie on more than one occasion. So when it came down to them versus Iko Uwais’ Rama, the threat is very real.

Behind-the-scenes it’s cool to find out that Julie Estelle, who had no background in martial arts, trained for six months before starting to shoot, and all her effort really showed. Of course, it helped that she had some great teachers. Also, expect to see her name pop up again in the future.

 

The Matrix – Neo vs. Agent Smith (Subway)

When The Matrix came out, it was groundbreaking on every level; from the story, the visuals, and the characters and, of course, the fights. While it’s easy to remember the building shootout, the thing I remember the most about the movie is the fight between Neo and Agent Smith in the subway. The fight proves the Neo could go face-to-face with an agent, and hold his own, despite the lack of real training. Also, it was a chance to show off the tremendous work on every level behind the camera.

 

Atomic Blonde – Lorraine vs. Thugs & Solider (Daniel Bernhardt)

David Leitch is now become a household name thanks to his work in John Wick, and the man has been going nonstop since then. The former stuntman, now director, obviously has an eye for directing action, and after seeing John Wick, it should have come as no surprise that Atomic Blonde would have great looking, hard hitting action and fight scenes. The highlight for me is the final big showdown between Charlize Theron’s Lorraine going up against kill squad and a character simply known as The Soldier, played by Daniel Bernhardt – another well-known or at least recognizable stunt man. The fight is made to look like a one-take, and it is seamlessly done.

 

Ip Man – Ip Man vs. Ten Blackbelts

Hey look, its Donnie Yen again! Anyway, throughout all of Ip Man we see Donnie Yen’s titled character show a tremendous amount restraint during his fights, but it was at this part of the movie where he finally cuts loose, and shows the deadly side of his character and of Wing Chun. The sight is masterful, brutal and a sight to see.

 

The Protector (Tom yum goong) – Kham vs. Madam Rose’s Men (Finale)

Tony Jaa made a name for himself here in the States with the success of Ong-Bak, which we’ll see later in the series, but I’m going to focus on his second movie The Protector (or Tom yum goong). More specifically, the massive finale when Kham lets loose after seeing his whole purpose throughout the movie is gone. The rage he lets out against Madame Rose’s men who dare cross him is almost cringe worthy to watch, but so damn good to not turn away (so if bone crunching or snapping is hard for…maybe don’t watch this one).

 

The Man from Nowhere – Cha vs. Henchmen (Finale)

The Man from Nowhere is a South Korean action thriller that stars Won Bin as Cha Tae-sik, a quiet pawnshop keeper who gets befriends a young girl, but when she gets kidnapped, his violent past and abilities come back out. It’s a really worthwhile film that you should check out – it even got a Hindi remake called Rocky Handsome – and was rumored to get an American remake (still in developmental-hell). One of the great things about the film is it’s a slow-build action film. There are action bits throughout the film, but it saves the big moments for the finale that sees Cha take on dozens of guys after they mess up pretty bad.

Anticipated Movies of 2013 Part 3 (Last One)

Last part of my anticipated movies for 2013

Oct

4th: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

            Many people have been waiting for a sequel to one of the few great comic book adaptations and after years of waiting directors Frank Millar (one of the creators of the original source material) and Robert Rodriguez are going to fulfill our wishes.

 

11th: Oldboy

            One of the best revenge thrillers I’ve seen and one of the best Korean movies as well. Even though many people are against it some were eased into it when Spike Lee was announced as the director and Josh Brolin was cast as the lead with Sharlto Copley as the villain and rising star Elizabeth Olsen joining too. Brolin has been talking up how the film has original director Chan-wook Park’s blessing and is not holding back on the brutality and dark tones.

           

18th: Malavita, The Seventh Son, No Good Deed

            Malavita is directing by Luc Besson who in my mind always makes enjoyable movies. This one has a mob family being relocated and having to fit in. Although not awesome sounding Besson is not the one who makes “dramas” so we can only assume that theirs going to be some action. Seventh Son is a 18th century movie that deals with magic. No Good Deed stars Idris Elba and is directed by Sam Miller who has worked with Elba on his hit show Luther so I’m in.

25th: The World End

The last installment in their so called “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back again. This time dealing with five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival. The rest of the cast includes semi-regular co-stars Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan.

 

Nov

1st: Ender’s Game

            I’ve never read Orson Scott Card’s book (I intend to do that before this comes out) which this is based on but a lot of people are very excited for this. I’m in for another reason, the impressive cast. Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley

 

8th: Thor: The Dark World

Although some thought Thor wasn’t a good movie or Marvel movie for that matter, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not just because it was a Marvel proptery that was setting up The Avengers but because it had such great performances by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. With The Dark World it’s promising an even dark tone that Thor was hinting at and who better to bring that then Alan Taylor, the man responsible for many great episodes of Game of Thrones

 

22nd: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Frozen

Although I didn’t really enjoy Hunger Games as much as I thought I would I’m still looking forward to Catching Fire since it’s a pretty nice set up for the final installments. Disney going for another hit animated movie in Frozen which is about a young girl named Anna journey to find Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter prophecy that has fallen over their kingdom.

 

Dec

13th: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I was very surprised with An Unexpected Journey and I can’t wait to see what Peter Jackson and Co. do next.

 

20th: Anchorman: The Legend of Continues, Saving Mr. Banks,

            Anchorman was probably one of the funniest/dumbest (dumb in a good way) movies I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Saving Mr. Banks is about how Walt Disney tried to get Mary Poppins to the big screen and how better to play Walt then Tom Hanks himself right?

 

25th: 47 Ronin, Jack Ryan

            47 Ronin has been delayed multiple times within the last two years for various reasons and it looks like it’s finally coming out. Set in the 18th century it centers on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master and who’s playing one of the samurai’s? That’s right Keanu Reeves. Jack Ryan is a Tom Clancy’s creation that has been played by Alec Baldwin (Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (Sum of All Fears) but now will be played by rising star Chris Pine and I for one can not wait.