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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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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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