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Film: movie review: Megamind

4 November 2010 12:04 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Most decent kids’ entertainment blends material for older and younger viewers. But DreamWorks’ latest CGI movie, Megamind, pushes this dynamic weirdly far, squarely targeting viewers who’ll catch jokes based on the original Donkey Kong, or recognize Marlon Brando from Superman, or Pat Morita from Karate Kid. The tone draws heavily on wryly postmodern, self-aware send-ups like The Venture Bros., and it’s so packed with references familiar to longtime superhero aficionados that smaller viewers may not be sure what they’re seeing, apart from bickering and explosions. There’s nothing wrong with animation aimed at adults, but this may »

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DVD: Review: DVDs In Brief: October 6, 2010

5 October 2010 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Transferring the action from California to Shanghai, and a casting a much younger Jaden Smith in the role immortalized by Ralph Macchio, the remake of The Karate Kid (Sony) has no business working as well as it does, not least because karate isn’t commonly practiced in China. But it’s easy to see why the film connected with audiences: Smith and Jackie Chan, who plays a graver variation on Pat Morita’s handyman/mentor, have good chemistry together, and the formula, which the remake follows pretty closely, still has enormous appeal. If only it weren’t so generic…  Finally »

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What to Rent: New DVDs This Week

5 October 2010 9:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

There are a few trends in this week's crop of new DVDs. First of all, two of the three picks are re-tellings of classic films. Secondly, it's clear that Halloween is just around the corner, which means there are more scary movies heading to DVD. The Karate Kid In this reboot of the beloved 1984 classic, Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan replace Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. Smith plays Dre, an adolescent who moves to China with his mother and instantly falls victim to the bullies at school. Seeking help with self defense, he finds a mentor and friend in Mr. Han, who teaches Dre everything he knows about martial arts. I thought the film didn't hold a candle to the original, but it proved to be a hit at the box office. DVD extras include a making-of special featurette. 67% A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger's back in this remake »

- BuzzSugar

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Enjoyably terrible sequels

29 September 2010 11:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

They’re cash-strapped and creatively bankrupt, but some bad sequels can be surprisingly entertaining if viewed the right way. Here’s our list of enjoyably bad sequels...

When Michael Caine came back from the Bahamas after the shoot of the dreadful Jaws IV: The Revenge, even he didn't gloss over the fact that it was an utter turkey. "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible," he admitted, with characteristic candour. "However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."

There seems to be an unwritten law, perhaps chiselled into a tablet somewhere, that dictates a franchise will inevitably sink into the mire as the numbers rack up. It's a law that applies to even the mightiest properties. The once revered Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies weren't immune to being dragged slowly into the abyss by ill-advised sequels. Only a few, »

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Actors We Miss: Mako

25 September 2010 7:03 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical

As a child I wasn't consciously aware of the Asian faces I saw on TV and in the movies, though my awareness grew as I grew into my teenage years and beyond. Eventually, I took notice of the Asian and Asian American actors who seemed to get screen work most often -- most prominently, folks like Pat Morita, James Hong and Tamlyn Tomita, who seemed to be increasingly hard to find after her promising debut in the late '80s and early '90s.

Of course I loved iconic characters like Morita's famous Mr. Miyagi, as much for the ethnocentric pride that 'The Karate Kid' and 'The Karate Kid Part II' stirred in me as for the more general appreciation stemming from the fact that I was a child of the '80s and loved just about all of the decade's glorious coming-of-age films. Morita himself surely deserves a dedicated column, »

- Jen Yamato

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Actors We Miss: Mako

25 September 2010 7:03 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical

As a child I wasn't consciously aware of the Asian faces I saw on TV and in the movies, though my awareness grew as I grew into my teenage years and beyond. Eventually, I took notice of the Asian and Asian American actors who seemed to get screen work most often -- most prominently, folks like Pat Morita, James Hong and Tamlyn Tomita, who seemed to be increasingly hard to find after her promising debut in the late '80s and early '90s.

Of course I loved iconic characters like Morita's famous Mr. Miyagi, as much for the ethnocentric pride that 'The Karate Kid' and 'The Karate Kid Part II' stirred in me as for the more general appreciation stemming from the fact that I was a child of the '80s and loved just about all of the decade's glorious coming-of-age films. Morita himself surely deserves a dedicated column, »

- Jen Yamato

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Top Ten Tuesday: Essential 80′S

14 September 2010 10:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

With the release of Easy A not more than a week away, we here at Wamg thought that we would have a little fun with one of the topics in the film… 80’s movies. You know ‘em, you love ‘em, you’ve seen them a million times on your television set, and you know ‘em by heart. These are our quintessential 80’s flicks…

Honorable Mention: Teen Wolf

Many movie fans seem to forget that Michael J. Fox had two box office hits in 1985. While Back To The Future is an enduring classic , we shouldn.t overlook the success of the more modestly  budgeted, Teen Wolf. In it Michaels. character Scott Howard has some similarities to Marty McFly. He.s an average high school student who pines for the better life( with the queen of the drama club and his lackluster basketball team). One day Scott discovers that his journey to »

- Movie Geeks

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The Moments that Mattered: Summer Movies

29 August 2010 10:31 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: We’ll see if my schedule allows me to do a compressive ‘end of summer’ box office wrap-up, but since summer 2010 doesn’t officially end until September 3rd, I figure I’ve got time. But for now, here is a rundown of the various scenes, performances, moments, and miscues that defined the summer just past. Because sometimes, discussing the ‘parts’ is more fun than discussing the ‘whole’. I’ll try to avoid divulging plot twists and the like, but consider this a Spoiler Warning.

Funniest moment of the summer: the demonstration goes horribly wrong in ‘Splice.’

No fair spoiling it here, but there’s a moment about halfway through the otherwise taut and terrific sci-fi horror picture where Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are giving a corporate presentation regarding their recent scientific endeavors. Let’s just say it’s easily the most outrageously funny scene of this nature »

- Scott Mendelson

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Kung fu master to combat 'hoodie culture' for Bravo TV series

13 August 2010 3:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Shaolin monk to teach inner-city youngsters martial arts in factual series echoing 1984 film The Karate Kid

Bravo is to air a Karate Kid-influenced series that aims to combat "hoodie culture" by using a martial arts expert to mentor troubled youngsters.

The factual entertainment series, which has the working title Kung Fu Street Fighters, promises a "risky and controversial approach to combating the UK's rising hoodie culture and antisocial behaviour".

Kung Fu Street Fighters features a British Shaolin monk and martial arts master, Matthew Ahmet, mentoring youngsters from inner-city estates "in a bid to teach them self-control, respect and restraint and help present an alternative life far removed from violence, crime, drugs and underachievement".

The six one-hour episodes, which will air in the first quarter of next year, will feature Ahmet visiting estates in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds looking for youngsters with "enough potential and fighting talent to take on »

- Mark Sweney

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The Karate Kid | Film review

31 July 2010 4:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Back in 1984 the director of Rocky, John Avildsen, had another surprise success with the not dissimilar Karate Kid, the tale of an Italian-American schoolboy relocating from New Jersey to Los Angeles and learning to hold his own with local bullies trained in martial arts by an ex-Special Forces thug. With help from a wise, gentle old Okinawa-born janitor, he becomes junior karate champ of San Fernando Valley. In this near-identical remake an African-American widow is transferred by her employers from Detroit to Beijing, her 12-year-old son's vicious oppressors are Chinese schoolmates and his teacher Jackie Chan. The new film is even longer than the original and far more violent. Jaden Smith (whose movie-star parents are the film's co-producers) is less likeable than Ralph Macchio, and Chan has the pawky humour but lacks the gravitas (or the significant backstory) of Pat Morita in the 1994 version. The British cinematographer Roger Pratt, whose films include Batman, »

- Philip French

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The James Clayton Column: Two karate kids find oneness

29 July 2010 10:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith hit the cinemas with their remake of 80s classic The Karate Kid, James examines the spiritual undercurrents in both films…

Some scruffy-looking, half-witted nerf herder punks have been picking on our kid Jaden Smith before he's even had a chance to unpack his suitcase and settle in to his new life in Beijing. The nerve of these roughhouse hoodlums!

This is wrong and unjust. They're getting in the way of his preteen romance with the Chinese violinist virtuoso girl. They're making the little American outsider feel even more homesick and alienated. Where do these bullies get off, eh?

At this point in a Will Smith film, our main man would scream "Aww, hell no!" and rise up ready to beat the bad guys' punk asses down and probably proceed to save the world. Except this isn't a Will Smith film. He's only on board »

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The Karate Kid Review

26 July 2010 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Harald Zwart’s remake of The Karate Kid is exactly the film you expect, and nothing like the film you expect.

It echoes the 1984 original endlessly, but expands it immeasurably – training montages take place on the Great Wall instead of a sour looking beachfront, the shopfronted Karate class is changed into a thousand strong academy which brings to mind the incredible opening to the Beijing Olympics; yet it never looks to poke fun at or outdo the original.

There’s some obvious callbacks right from the start, with some music choices early on having a distinct flavour of the 1980s, and it works – because it never strays into parody, one of Zwart’s best decisions here. Wink at the camera even slightly and the spell is broken. Instead what you have here is a 21st century retelling of a classic underdog story – this kind of remake I have no problem »

- Jon Lyus

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[DVD Review] Ninja's Creed

20 July 2010 10:45 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Purely as a matter of discourse, it would be interesting to see if someone could cite a movie that's worse than this miserable catastrophe, that also boasts two bona fide Academy Award nominees on its cast list - even if they are such anonymous also-rans as Eric Roberts (1985's Runaway Train) and the late, great Pat Morita ('Wax on! Wax off!' 1984's The Karate Kid - seriously). An abominable, Frankenstein's monster of a movie, Ninja's Creed purports itself to be a psychological thriller, stitched together from ideas stolen from the likes of The Princess Diaries, both Terminator movies, and capped with a laughably bad twist lifted wholesale from...well, to give that away would stamp out any hint of enjoyment from a film that already teeters on the brink of being unwatchable.

Painted as one desperate man's fever dream recollection, Ninja's Creed comes to us in the form of a great deal of (unreliable? »

- Neil Pedley

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Blu Ray Review: The Karate Kid

19 July 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The remake of The Karate Kid hits our cinemas next week on Friday, 28th July and, for many this will be a chance to relive their childhood as one of the greatest 80s movies of all time gets a rebirth. To coincide with the new theatrical movie, Sony have released the original The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid, Part II on blu ray for the first time and I was lucky enough to get advanced copies to bring you for review.

Synopsis: There is more to karate than fighting. This is the lesson that Daniel (Macchio), a San Fernando Valley teenager, is about to learn from a most unexpected teacher: Mr. Miyagi (Morita), an elderly handyman who also happens to be a master of martial arts. So when he rescues Daniel from the Cobra Kai, a vicious gang of karate school bullies, Miyagi instills in his young friend the »

- David Sztypuljak

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Box Office Predictions: Will Inception Dream Its Way to the Top?

16 July 2010 12:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

1Inception$75.2 million2Despicable Me$31.5 million3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$28.4 million4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$17.6 million5Toy Story 3$14.4 million6Predators$12.4 million7Grown Ups$8.9 million8The Last Airbender$8.1 million9Knight and Day$4.6 million10The Karate Kid$3.4 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

After only ten days on the charts the third installment of the phenomenally popular Twilight film series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, dropped nearly 50% last week to number two thanks to Universal's new animated family film, Despicable Me, which took the top spot with around $60.1 million. But with two highly anticipated new films entering the box office race this week, director Christopher Nolan's long-awaited film Inception and Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, the successful animated film will have its hands full fighting off the competition.

Predicted to debut at number one this week with an impressive $75.2 million is Inception, the long awaited sci-fi action thriller from director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight »

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Box Office Predictions: Will Despicable Me Destroy Its Competition?

8 July 2010 11:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

1Despicable Me$37.5 million2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$27.1 million3Predators$25.6 million4Toy Story 3$19.8 million5The Last Airbender$16.6 million6Grown Ups$10.2 million7Knight and Day$7.2 million8The Karate Kid$6.4 million9The A-Team$3.5 million10Get Him to the Greek$2.9 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

Last week's holiday weekend proved to be less profitable for the third installment of the phenomenally popular Twilight film series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, than previously predicted as the film made roughly less over the three-day weekend as it did on it's opening day last Wednesday. Now with two new films opening this weekend, the animated family movie Despicable Me and Robert Rodriguez's Predators, the big question still remains: will the returning Twilight fans be enough to keep the film at the top of the box office for a second week in a row?

It would seem that the answer to that question is no as early indications »

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Box Office Predictions: How Deep Will The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Sink Its Fangs Into the Holiday Box Office?

2 July 2010 1:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$150 million2The Last Airbender$46.6 million3Toy Story 3$33.1 million4Grown Ups$21.2 million5Knight and Day$10.8 million6The Karate Kid$7.5 million7The A-Team$4.3 million8Get Him to the Greek$2.4 million9Shrek Forever After$2.1 million10Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1.9 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

The disappointing summer box office might finally be showing signs of improvement. Two weeks ago Toy Story 3 opened with an impressive $109 million domestically and now The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has already made $68.5 million in just one day of release. The film opened with midnight showings on June 30th and earned a record breaking $30 million, but eventually fell short of The Twilight Saga: New Moon's $72.7 million opening day record with only $68.5 million.

So it goes without saying that predicted to take the top spot at the box office this week is the long awaited third chapter of the phenomenally popular Twilight film series, »

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Ninja’s Creed Silently Scheduled to Bow on Region 1

29 June 2010 7:51 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

I’m not sure what to make of Babar Ahmed’s action flick “Ninja’s Creed” (aka “Royal Kill”). Although IMDb has the film listed as a 2009 title, the picture co-stars the late Pat Morita, who passed away back in 2005. How long this thing has been sitting around is anybody’s guess. However, judging from the trailer I’ve carefully provided below, the movie doesn’t look half bad. Granted, I do have a soft spot for action flicks that feature lithe women performing wire-fu, so one should take that into serious consideration before putting their faith into anything of this nature. At least I’m warning you upfront, right? “Ninja’s Creed” starring Gail Kim, Eric Roberts, and Pat Morita will spin kick retail shelves on July 20th. The aforementioned clip resides below. »

- Todd Rigney

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Box Office Beat Down: Toy Story 3 Dominates the Box Office for a 2nd Week in a Row!

27 June 2010 1:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

1Toy Story 3$59 million2Grown Ups$41 million3Knight and Day$26.8 million4The Karate Kid$15.4 million5The A-Team$6 million6Get Him to the Greek$3 million7Shrek Forever After$2.87 million8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2.80 million9Killers$2 million10Jonah Hex$1.6 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

This summer's disappointing box office got a much needed injection of excitement last weekend with it's $100 million plus earnings from the opening of Toy Story 3 and even with two major new contenders, Grown Ups and Knight and Day, entering the charts this week the critically raved Pixar film managed to hold on to the number one spot for a second week in a row with an additional $59 million.

Toy Story 3 features the return of Woody, Buzz and all your favorite toys along with an all-star cast of voice actors, which include Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jodi Benson, »

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The Karate Kid (2010)

26 June 2010 6:41 PM, PDT | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

What makes a cliché a cliché?  Certainly the repeated use of ideas, concepts or expressions until the original intent or effect is rendered impotent is how clichés are forged. But why are certain storytelling elements used over and over again? It is a matter of intellectual versus emotional storytelling. The cliché is a natural outgrowth of emotional appeasance.  Clichés  became clichés because they are effective emotional elicitors.  As hackneyed as the critical community may consider them, the fact is, they work — at least superficially.

The original “The Karate Kid” released in 1984 was the master sensei of the cliché.  Although it clung earnestly to even the most diminutive details of the standard coming-of-age format, “The Karate Kid” was a monster success, both commercially and critically.  The overly familiar story took no chances, and therefore avoided disappointing audiences, and served mostly as an unoffensive bed under magnetic stars, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. »

- Eric M. Armstrong

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