The first topic is what is: What movie is, or was, your “go to” Saturday matinee — the comfort movie you always popped into the VCR on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the movie you watched over and over again, driving your parents crazy while you recited the lines along with the characters on the screen?
For me this isn't a hard question at all. Sure there are tons of movies i could post here like Robocop or Indiana Jones, both great movies but not my "Go To" movie.
Nooo my "Go To" movie is much more BAD ASS than both those films. Of course I'm talking about the one and only BLOODSPORT! Jean-Claude Van Damme's best movie ever.
JCVD plays Frank Dux, like put up your dukes right. A martial artist trained by the famed Tanaka to participate in the most deadly fighting competition of all time the Kumite! The flick is jam packed with martial arts action. Damn near every participant of the Kumite has their own style ranging from Muay thai to sumo wrestling.
Along the way Frank Dux meets and befriends another American fighter the bad ass biker Ray Jackson played expertly by Donald Gibb. Ray Jackson is my favorite character from the movie. He has all the best lines and is just bad ass personified.
The villain of the film is the immoral Chong Li portrayed by Bruce Lee's personal friend Bolo Yeung. Chong Li is a ruthless bastard that will do anything to win including killing his opponents. Bolo Yeung plays the perfect heel.
So there you have it. My favorite "Go To" Saturday matinee. I've seen this film over 150 times and still watch it regularly. I ruined my original VHS copy due to wear and tear.
p.s. Did I mention it also stars a very young Forest Wittaker?