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The 10 Most Amazing Movie Kicks

Catch Kickboxer this month during IFC's Movie Madness.

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Rocky may have been an expert at amazing movie knockouts, but he ignores a whole half of the human limbs. Legs are longer, stronger, and, well ,there’s a reason people don’t talk about punching ass. In honor of Kickboxer airing as part of IFC’s Movie Madness, we’re counting down cinema’s most amazing kicks.

10. No Retreat, No Surrender

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You knew Jean-Claude Van Damme was going to appear on this list, and this film is where his career really, er, kicked off. Villainous henchman “Ivan Krushensky” didn’t just get an intimidating last name, he also inverted people’s faces wearing a suit sharper than a wedding tuxedo.


9. Police Story 3

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Police Story 3 is what happens you let Jackie Chan beat up every criminal in Hong Kong twice and then decide to make it more awesome the third time. Michelle Yeoh is what happens when a woman kicks just as much ass. Notice how she sportingly lets the bad guy get off a shot just so he doesn’t feel bad about what happens next, then decides that between kicking away the gun, kicking bad guys in the head, and obeying gravity, that gravity can wait.


8. Resident Evil

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Milla Jovovich takes on the undead in the Resident Evil movies, and the first rule of fighting zombies is not to fight without weapons. But the first rule of Resident Evil is Milla Jovovich kicks ass, even when that ass is a mutated guard dog. She looks like an ass-kicking M.C. Escher drawing as she stomps across the walls to deliver an even more impossible stomping. (Click here to see Resident Evil airings on IFC.)


7. Iron Monkey

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Donnie Yen doesn’t so much beat people up as speak in a language entirely of kicks, and it’s the language of a rich and ancient culture regaling us with epics and odes and poems of heartbreaking (and rib-breaking) beauty. And if kicking is a language, Iron Monkey is a dictionary, in which one of the most powerful expletives is this astonishing splits-to-single kick taking out three enemies before he even hits the ground.


6. Fist of Legend

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Fist of Legend accurately describes Jet Li. Most people remember his acting skills, as he made a superhuman effort to pretend to get beaten up by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 4, but this movie shows his real skills as he tells the Earth to just hold his hand for a second while he demolishes an idiot, then springs back ready to take on everyone else in the universe.


5. Road House

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You knew at least one of our honored kicks would have to be a nut-shot, and no nut-shot has ever been more deserved, more painful, or more beneficial for the future of the human race. Just look at how bad guy Jimmy jerks when Swayze slams his foot into the two little “Jimmies.” That’s not just pain. That’s the shock of an entire family line disappearing from the future.


4. Ong Bak

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Early man harnessed the power of fire for warmth. Tony Jaa uses it to deliver one of the most punishing kicks of all time.


3. Kickboxer

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In one of his most famous roles, “The Muscles From Brussels” kicks Tong Po into next week. Strike that — he kicks him into the next century.


2. Enter the Dragon

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Decades before 3D became the standard for every movie, Bruce Lee achieved it without special effects and using just his right foot back in Enter the Dragon. The viewer can feel this kick through the screen, through the third dimension, through their very soul. We’re rubbing our face just thinking about it.


1. Karate Kid

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The most infamously amazing kick in cinema history was delivered by a scrappy teenager with a bully problem. The Karate Kid‘s “Crane Kick” might look silly at first, but woe to the Cobra Kai member who ends up on the receiving end.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.