Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris, Patrick Stewart's Crazy Early Role, Thor Motion Comic, and More -- The LRM Weekend

– by David Kozlowski
  By David Kozlowski   |   30 June 2017

Welcome to Issue #2 of The LRM WEEKEND, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome LRM community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

LAST ISSUE: 6.23.17

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Why do we love superheroes, martial arts, fantasy, and sci-fi? The big fight scenes, of course. Every week we'll bring you an epic brawl from the recent or distant past -- we want to hear from you, share your favorite fights with us!

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon (1972)

BONUS: Chuck Norris Talks About Bruce Lee

The original movie poster from 1972!

What Is It?

If we're going to have a serious, weekly conversation about proper fight scenes, we have to go back to the source...THE martial arts fight that all other martial arts fights measure themselves against: Chuck Norris vs. Bruce Lee, the climactic and final encounter from Way of the Dragon (1972).

Why Should We Care?

Way of the Dragon was Bruce Lee's directorial debut (he also wrote the film)! According to legend (and other sources), Lee cast Norris in his film because the two were frequent training partners, and Norris was one of the few fighters (at the time) who could match Lee's speed and technique. Norris, who trained in the Korean art of Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do while stationed at Osan Air Base in the 1960s (located in the county of Pyeongtaek, South Korea, 64 km south of Seoul), was the reigning US Karate Champion at the time of the filming.

According to some reports, this fight was carefully choreographed -- supposedly almost a quarter of the script was dedicated to breaking-down the battle. Yet, other accounts (see above) suggest that Norris and Lee improvised much of the combat. If you watch closely, you'll see that many of their punches and kicks actually land, these two made serious contact with each other (Lee's blood was fake, of course).

SOURCE: ShoutFactory

Who Should We Choose For Our Next Fight Of The Week?

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Each week we'll highlight interesting, and offbeat, videos regarding some of our favorite LRM topics currently trending on YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, and other popular video sites around the Internet.

Hot Ones Interviews Seth Rogen and Dominic Cooper

What Is It?

First We Feast's Hot Ones is a series of web-exclusive interviews with popular actors and performers to promote their latest works...while eating increasingly hot and spicy chicken wings. It's some of the funniest (and cruelest) stuff on the Internet!

Why Should We Care?

On the very special, Season 3 finale of Hot Ones, comedian Seth Rogen and actor Dominic Cooper brace themselves for some hot questions, and even hotter wings with Sean Evans. Rogen (“Preacher” creator) and Cooper (Jesse Custer) are used to battling supernatural forces for our entertainment, but how will the team fair against demonically spicy hot sauces like Mad Dog 357 and Zombie Apocalypse?

For three seasons (and over 85 videos) the team at First We Feast has tortured celebrities with deliciously intense spicy hot wings that no sane person should consume, much less attempt to carry on an intelligent conversation. This particular episode might be their best yet. It's actually hard to watch, as these guys are clearly suffering (for our entertainment).

This is the just the kind of video that we love to stumble across -- please share with us cool videos like the above, and we'll post it in future LRM WEEKEND columns!

SOURCE:First We Feast

What Do You Want To See In Next Week's Trending Video?

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There are fans and then there are super fans -- the kind of folks who create epic costumes, shoot amazing short films, and share highly-creative homages that blows us away. We want to highlight the incredible stuff people are creating in service to their favorite heroes and villains!

The Defenders Fan-Created Promo Hype Video

What Is It?

An awesome fan-made music video for Marvel and Netflix's The Defenders. This video combines a bunch of existing footage to setup the upcoming mini-series with greater energy and clearer storytelling than the actual official trailer.

Why Should We Care?

We're just over a month away from the Netflix premiere of The Defenders, but all we've got so far is a trailer, some motion posters (yawn), and a lot of behind-the-scenes photos. C'mon Marvel, you're killing us! This fan-created video combines a lot of footage that we've seen before (along with some cool music by Taner). Honestly, it feels more engaging and exciting than the official trailer.

From Cantrous, "I was already excited for The Defenders series but after watching the trailer I'm even more hyped. The Matt & Jessica interactions were great, loved seeing them all fight together and Luke's reaction when Danny told him he's the Iron Fist was priceless. Can't wait for the series!"

You may note a few shots of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) in this video, which is probably wishful thinking. As far as we know, there's no Punisher in The Defenders...but you never know (I wouldn't rule it out).

SOURCE:Cantrous

Tells Us About Your Favorite Fan-Made Video!

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Each of us grew up watching a wide range of movies and TV shows from the 60s-90s that turned us into the fanboys and fangirls that we are today! Whether it's Ultraman, Jackie Chan, Voltron, Akira Kurosawa, or Knight Rider (you know who you are!), we want you to hear about your favorite movie and TV trailers.

John Boorman's Excalibur (1981) Movie Trailer

BONUS: British TV Interview With A Young Patrick Stewart

Master Hollywood poster artist Bob Peak at the height of his skills!

What Is It?

Film: Excalibur (1981)

Starring: Nigel Terry (with Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson)

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table receives its most impressive screen treatment in Excalibur, from visionary director John Boorman (Deliverance, Hope and Glory). All the elements of Sir Thomas Malory's classic Le Morte Darthur are here: Arthur (Nigel Terry) removing the sword Excalibur from the stone; the Round Table's noble birth and tragic decline; the heroic attempts to recover the Holy Grail; and the shifting balance of power between wily wizard Merlin (Nicol Williamson) and evil sorceress Morgana (Helen Mirren). 

Why Should We Care?

The legend of King Arthur has been portrayed on film many, many, many times (some good and some not so good). John Boorman (Point Blank, Deliverance, The Tailor of Panama) created the definitive, high-energy version of the legendary story of the Lady in the Lake, Guenevere, and Sir Lancelot -- Excalibur was incredibly violent, highly sexual, often surreal, and spectacular cinematography. This movie was way, way ahead of its time.

On the trivia side, you will see young versions of Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne in key roles (I won't spoil it, you should watch and see for yourself). Excalibur also has some of the coolest-looking medieval armor you will ever see on film. Trust me, you've never seen the legend of King Arthur like this, and you should!

SOURCE:TrailersPlaygroundHD

Give Us Your Ideas For The Next Throwback Trailer!

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What Are We Watching?

It's the weekend, which means it's finally time to catch-up on all the stuff we've bookmarked on Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo, Twitch...you get the idea. The LRM community has millions of hours of stuff on our collective DVRs. We want to hear from you, tell us the shows, movies, etc. you've recently finished, or have queued-up!

Marvel Knights -- Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers Motion Comic DVD

What Is It?

LRM fanboy, David Kozlowski, recommends the amazing Marvel mini-series: Thor and Loki: Blood Brothers (2011), a revolutionary motion-comic (that even motion-comic haters kinda love). The DVD can be found on iTunes or Amazon.

Why Should We Care?

Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers is a four episode motion comic from Marvel Knights Animation released in April 2011. It is based on the 2004 miniseries Loki, by writer Robert Rodi and artist Esad Ribic.

Motion comics are (in my opinion) just kind of blah. They're not cartoons nor are they comic books, they're a Frankenstein that nobody really needs, but Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers is a different story, the quality of the animation and storytelling here is light years ahead of just about any motion comic I've ever seen (to be fair, I haven't seen them all, so I admit that I may be wrong -- c'mon LRM fans, school me!)

In Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers we see a more gothic and authentically Norse iteration of the characters -- it's all grounded in Marvel lore, but this is a version of the God-Prince of Thunder and the God of Mischief than you've probably seen before. Much like in Neil Gaiman's recent Norse Mythology book (a great read, btw), Thor isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Loki is a conniving son-of-a-bitch with a sad origin story. If you love Marvel's Thor, or have even a passing interest in Norse tales, I strongly recommend this DVD (it's super cheap on iTunes too).

SOURCE:Shout! Factory

Simon West's Underappreciated Con Air (1997)

What Is It?

LRM fanboy Nick Doll recommends fans check out the "classic" film Con Air (1997) staring Nicolas Cage.

Why Should We Care?

Con Air continues in the tradition of the age of Nicolas Cage blockbusters actually doing business, seeing the release between The Rock and Face/Off, perhaps his two other most ridiculous, yet badass action flicks. Cage plays Cameron Poe, a newly paroled ex-con who becomes trapped in a prisoner transport plane when super-criminals, led by Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom, seize control from the guards.

Cage is at his wackiest in Con Air with his silly southern accent and ridiculous hair-cut, but the rest the cast also shines including M.C. Gainey, John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, and Ving Rhames as the infamous Diamond Dog. This 1997 film may just be Die Hard on a plane, but it's a great, ridiculous popcorn flick perfect for a summer night at home. I watched it because it finally hit Hulu, so head over there to check it out! 

SOURCE: YouTube

Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)

What Is It?

LRM fanboy Joseph "Jammer" Medina recommends the third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from the folks behind NBC's classic 30 Rock sitcom.

Why Should We Care?

This is a show that's as silly and cartoony as it gets, but despite that, it manages to deal with some very real traumatic issues. The story follows a girl (Kimmy Schmidt) and her transition back into society after being kidnapped and trapped in a bunker for 15 years. It's a dark subject matter, but it's handled very lightly, with a tone that makes 30 Rock look like Irreversible. It always takes me 3-4 episodes to get into every season, but once I do, I have a hard time stopping. This season is no exception. It's out on Netflix now!

SOURCE: Netflix

What Is It?

LRM fanboy Michael Connally recommends this amazing sports documentary CounterPunch, by director Jay Bulger, about the fall and rise of amateur and professional boxing, which is now streaming on Netflix.

Why Should We Care?

With all the interest and fandom towards the McGregor/Mayweather fight it has brought an interest around the sport of boxing.  This documentary gives the audience of what the life of a boxer is really like.  Counterpunch follows three different fighters all trying to achieve greatness while navigating through all the rules and corruption outside the boxing ring.  With so much attention being brought to the McGregor/Mayweather fight it will be interesting to see if this fight will have a positive, or negative, impact on the boxing world.

SOURCE: Netflix

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