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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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