There are very few things as memorable or as easily recognizable as the film The Karate Kid. It is one of those films that even if you haven’t seen it, through some form of osmosis you know it well enough to recognize moments, names, scenes, and characters. I refer to this as the Pop-Culture effect. If something rises to a certain level of notoriety or fame it gets nuanced into popular cultural items. It could be as simple as T-Shirts, being referenced in a song, or, with the film at hand, it is more than likely the sheer amount of times it has been parodied. Parodied might even be the wrong word for how The Karate Kid has been treated over the years. Most parodies come from a place of critique or a joke that the item/event/movie being parodied is not privy to. No, The Karate Kid is almost always lovingly referenced. Whether it’s wax-on/wax-off or the infamous (illegal) Crane Kick, you’ve seen it hundreds of times undoubtedly.
The Tax Collector is a 2020 American action thriller film that was written, directed, and produced by David Ayer. The film stars Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, George Lopez, and Shia LaBeouf, and follows two enforcers (also known as “tax collectors”) working for a Los Angeles crime lord whose business becomes upended, resulting in one of them desperately protecting his family from an old rival.
Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction comedy film that was directed by Steve Pink and starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, and Chevy Chase. The film was originally released on March 26, 2010. A sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, was released on February 20, 2015.
Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film that was directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta as the Archangel Michael, who is sent to Earth to do various tasks, including mending some wounded hearts. The cast also includes Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Joey Lauren Adams, and Robert Pastorelli as people who cross paths with Michael.
Bloodrunners is the latest film to come out by Director Dan Lantz and was written by Michael McFadden from SpeakEasy Pictures. The film features McFadden, Ice-T, Chris Boylan, Airen DeLaMater, Peter Patrikios, Julie Ek, Kelly Buterbaugh, Dan Doherty, Tammy Jean, and Tina Marie Connel and tells us the story of a corrupt cop who is on a mission to rid his town of the crew of vampires who are running the local speakeasy during the prohibition era.
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland is a 2016 American comedy film that is based on Spike TV’s television show that operated under the same name. Directed by Lev L. Spiro, the film features Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson and Chris Romano. In March 2013, Ed Marinaro stated in an interview with Class Act Sports that he was working on a film and continued to hint on Twitter at some behind-the-scenes work being done. In early March 2014, Page Kennedy had started hinting at a Blue Mountain State” reunion project on various social media platforms along with Darin Brooks, Kelly Kruger, Alan Ritchson, Sam Jones III, Frankie Shaw and Romanski. Then on April 8, 2014, the film was officially announced, followed by a Kickstarter campaign shortly thereafter, following in the same footsteps as the hugely successful 2013 campaign for the Veronica Mars movie. The goal was to raise $1.5 million by May 15 to fund the film. There were several rewards for donating to the campaign, such as personalized tweets from the cast members (for donating $10), shot and pint glasses with the BMS logo (for donating $20), and a speaking role in the film (for donating $10,000). At the end of the campaign, the final funds raised were upwards of $1.9 million from approximately 23,999 backers.
Pitch Black (titled The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black on its DVD re-release) is a 2000 American science fiction action horror film that was co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous criminal Richard B. Riddick is being transported to prison in a spacecraft. When the spaceship is damaged by comet debris and makes an emergency crash landing on an empty desert planet, Riddick escapes. However, when predatory alien creates begin attacking the survivors, Riddick joins the surviving crew and other passengers to develop a plan to escape the planet.
The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film that was directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, and the story with David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, it is the final installment in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, and is a sequel to 2008’s The Dark Knight. Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne / Batman, alongside Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman. Taking place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the revolutionary Bane forces Bruce Wayne to resume his role as Batman and save Gotham City from nuclear destruction.
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film that was directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second installment of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy and a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale and supported by Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman. In the film, Bruce Wayne/Batman, Police Lieutenant James Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City, but are menaced by an anarchist mastermind known as the Joker, who seeks to undermine Batman’s influence and throw the city into anarchy.