That's a great idea for a podcast, with Mark too, this is gonna be fun Top of my head. Bruce campbell fighting his own hand in Evil Dead 2, Mr Smith and Neo in Matrix Part 1, the Opening fight scene in Kill Bill and the full colour House of Blue Leaves Showdown, and Kung Fu Hussle... Every Fight, and finally the Final Zombie Massacre in Braindead aka Dead Alive
You guys sound like PC bros with the shot at M. Night Shammalammadingdong. It's stupid but I don't think it's racist at all. Guy has made shitty movies for forever at this point and that's why people do that. There are dozens of directors with names that can be parodied.
I disagree, but not because I think it's ignorant or racist, but because it's not funny. At all. It might be kind of funny, if it was 1999, and an 8 year old said it. But adults saying it in 2015? Come on. And no need to act like they're saying it as a criticism of his work. They say it because it's a funny and unusual name, and because they're painfully unoriginal and unfunny people.
I don't think it's funnier either. I don't think I claimed as much - in fact I said it was stupid. But it's definitely not racist either.A great director with that unusual of a name wouldn't get similar treatment. While it might not be a direct result of his movies the reason it is perpetuated is because he makes awful movies.I also find it hilarious that they make that racist statement at the top of the show and then proceed to use the term "savage".
Ive not listened to the podcast yet but Mark Kermode British critic has been using the Shamalamadingdong name thing for years now, I have no idea where it all started from, I am looking forward to The Visit though, I never give up on Directors, its never too late ;)
But would you agree that anyone who does say Shamaladingdong, is doing so because they think it's funny? There's no other reason to say it. Like Dennis says, Kermode has been saying it for years. And while I think he's a good critic and a smart guy, he's really unfunny. I feel like those dumb YouTube critic like Schmoes Know would say it too. They are also a barren wasteland of humor. And it hasn't coincided with his poor movies, I've heard it as early as Signs (which isn't great, but he was still respected at that point). Also, in what context did they use savage? Because on its own, it's not a bad word. Like, Savages isn't a movie about primitive cultures, it's about a director completely losing his mind.
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I agree Brian, its a cheap shot, im very happy to agree with you and Patrick on the podcast and lets all just all move on from that crap jokeDelete
"We go together,Like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dongRemembered foreverAs shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boomChang chang changitty chang shoobopThat's the way it should be, wha ooohhh"
I just you tubed that Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning fight... holy shit it was awesome!!
You need to check the whole film - the final fight sequence is exhausting!
Do I need to have seen any other universal soldier movies to enjoy it? It is on netflix
Hmmm...I don't really think so, although Universal Soldier: Regeneration (the one right before it) is badass too! Same Director as well if I remember correctly. Those two are the best so only watch the originals to appreciate how DTV sequels CAN be fantastic!
It might help to see Regeneration -- which, as Chaybee says, is incredible -- but it's not completely necessary.
Sweet I'll definitely check them out
Sweet I'll check them both out!
Yes, Chaybee, it´s the same director. John Hyams, son of Peter (Timecop, Outland). Just today I read that he should helm a Maniac Cop remake, produced by Nicholas Winding Refn....now that sounds interesting.
Not sure if it counts, but I really like the scene at the end of Fight Club (Spoilers!!) when we see clips of Edward Norton fighting with himself in scenes from earlier in the movie. I also really like the airplane fight in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
I need to finally see a Scott Adkins movie so I can finally get past how, every time someone says his name, I think they're talking about Scott Adsit from 30 Rock and Big Hero6.
Off the top of my here a few scenes that I really like are the Fight with Desh in Bourne Ultimatum. Opening scene Kill Bill Vol 1. Bane and Batman Dark Knight Rises although painful to watch. Hotel room Scene in Haywire. Gas Station Scene in Home front with Jason Statham.
When Patrick prefaced his second scene by saying "the fight in the bathroom..." I thought he was going to talk about that Bourne Ultimatum scene too. The World's End is a great pick, but whenever Ultimatum is on TV, I find myself sticking around for that fight with Desh.
I liked all the picks and thought it was a great topic. Cannot think of any that top these but are maybe comparable. I was a little disappointed that "I'm gonna kill you, I'm gonna cook you and I'm gonna fuckin' eat you" wasn't included, but, yeah, I'm biased. I also like the Raiders fight scene with Indy and the huge guy under the plane. Indy's punches always sound like shotgun blasts and I love that! No Gymkata?! What the F?! :) I like the Raid fight scenes a tiny bit better than the Raid 2. I think it's cause I was all "holy shit!" when I first saw it whereas for the Raid 2 I was all "Holy Shit" but I knew I would be. To me, the Raid is the 2nd best action film of all time.
I also wanted to hear a little mention of McClane vs. Karl, but I'm trying to limit my Die Hard mentions in these comments to once a month.
I was close to adding one of those EQUILIBRIUM scenes, but I already had too many on the list.
Great podcast! I am so glad you had Jackie Chan on your list, because those are the first fight sequences I thought of when you mentioned the topic for this week's podcast.Including some of the ones you mentioned, I'd list the fight between Indiana Jones and the swordsman in "Raiders of the Lost Ark;" the fight between Ripley and the Alien Queen in "Aliens;" and - I might regret sharing this one publicly - I laughed really hard when Adam Sandler and Bob Barker fought in "Happy Gilmore." I know ... I'll show myself to the door.
Thanks to Mark for including Hard Boiled. I think it is the greatest action movie ever made. The Mad Dog fight is action poetry. I dock The Raid 1 and 2 points for use of CGI blood. Woo's squib work puts CGI to shame.
Haven't finished the podcast yet. I stopped at the mention of Mad Dog characters as there was no mention of Tony Jaa squaring off against Mad Dog in Ong Bak. Also when I saw this was a fight scene podcast I immediately thought of my favorite fight scene between Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang towards the end of Crouching Tiger where Michelle Yeoh demonstrates so many weapon techniques. Plus, the fight scene in the sporting goods store Patrick spoke of is so bad ass because its when Scott Atkins remembers/realizes his inherent abilities, much like Neo at the end of Matrix in the hallway. The use of baseball bats in the scene between Atkins and the antagonist is almost like a samurai sword fight.
I will finish the podcast as this is my favorite movie podcast. Didn't stop the podcast out of frustration because Ong Bak wasn't mentioned.
Sorry about the lack of Tony Jaa love. I really like him, but it's hard for me to distinguish his movies from one another. If it makes anybody feel better, I do love in THE PROTECTOR when he breaks everybody's bones in the final fight.
I'm surprised neither of you guys picked The Story of Us. That had some good fights.
I always enjoyed when Reiner showed the montage clips of their relationship, often Willis and Pfeiffer are wearing the same clothes. Guess they didn't shop much during their marriage.
After the podcast and Mark's discussion I re watched Enter The Dragon, the fast single punches against Scarface dude are incredible, small note on some little fact I noticed while watching is that the Weightlifting Kungfu master Bolo Yeoung in the film dosent have a character name, they just call him Bolo, its still a great movie, I watched the uncut Dvd version with Numb Chucks and a few naked women scenes I did never notice on the Tv versions I had seen before
Just for fun I remembered some shared Misery, just like Patrick was when he fell asleep and missed Welcome to Frogtown I had a similar let down in life that I never forgot I set my alarm clock early and woke up 7am on a Sunday morning for an early morning Warfilm. Morning Warship! I was soo excited, and then Morning Worship Started ; (
Ps Mark " What is a Vhs tape?" Get on your knees. Say five Hail Marys, 10 Our Fathers and pray for forgiveness
I still have all of my Star Wars Special Editions on VHS.
You guys introduced me to a couple of killer sequences, thanks!I just wanted to put in $.02 for an incredible Jackie Chan sequence that gets overlooked, and that is the short exhibition match at the Police Academy in the beginning of Supercop. Between the super-quick choreography and the sound design of the impacts/blocks - it comes across as spontaneous as anything I've ever seen. If only it was in context of a "real" fight with real stakes and emotional investment...
Great podcast guys! Just wanted to plug a few of my favorites:The Man From Nowhere - toward the end when he takes on several guys while avoiding being shot. I like the weight and realism.Ip Man - when he takes on 10 guys at once in front of the general.13 Assassins - the last half of the movie.
Reading "10 guys at once" reminds me of "The New One-Armed Swordsman" from 1971, where in the finale David Chiang is fighting hundreds of guys at once...with just one arm. Old but still a great sequence.
Really nice podcast, guys. I wish we'd hear Mark Ahn more often.Super glad you mentioned Day of Reckoning - hell of a fun movie.Talking about Jackie, here's something y'all might be interested in, if you don't know it already:https://vimeo.com/113439313That guys does awesome videos, you might wanna check out his work. Pretty fascinating.(in a totaly different genre, the Edgar Wright video is great too)Cheers from France!
Awesome podcast guys. I couple I'd like to throw into the mix:- Knife fight at the end of "The Man From Nowhere"- Fight at the Punks hideout from "Rumble in the Bronx"- Last Fight from "Once Upon a Time in China"- You guys already covered "The Raid II" and this technically isn't one fight, but I loved scene where they cut between Hammer Girl, Baseball Bat Boy, and Kitchen Fight Dude. Very well edited and I don't think I've ever seen anything as badass as BBB walking up on ol' dudes dragging the bat on the ground. - Swayze in "Road House"- The flaming log fight in "Iron Monkey"- Light Saber Yoda- And I know this one is gunna be controversial, but I love the boxing match between Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas in "Play It to The Bone". I don't know why, but I do.Also, Mark are you available to read bed time stories to me so I can go to sleep. Not that you're boring or anything, you just have the most soothing voice I've ever heard.
I'm only reading stories that include Woody Harrelson. These are my demands.Really love you mentioning the fight at the end of ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA. The movie itself feels like lesser Jet Li to me, but that final fight really makes the movie worth it (hint everyone: ladders). Another one that narrowly missed the list was the end of FONG SAI YUK 2 (also called THE LEGEND 2), with the benches that get stacked and re-stacked in the course of the fight.
Patrick, it's funny that you mention John Wayne fight scenes kinda jokingly, but the fight between John Wayne and Victor McLaglan in The Quiet Man is pretty great in a lot of ways.
Kevin, I'd include the all out brawl in McClintock above the mud pit. "More Whiskey!"