September 10, 1994 |
In The Next Karate Kid, time and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita move slowly. Arthritically dispensing zen koans and martial kicks, Morita shuffles through the film the way George Burns goes into cruise control for his stand-up act. "Ambition without knowledge is like boat on dry land," lectures Miyagi (Morita) to his new charge, Julie (Hilary Swank), a delinquent high schooler grudgingly receptive to his wisdom. By the same token, movie without screenplay is like large tree with termites.
June 17, 2014 |
AT A Q&A SESSION recently for the movie "The Karate Kid," a pregnant woman stood up, looked at star Ralph Macchio and said, "This could have been yours," referring to her swelling baby bump while her disgruntled husband stood by her side. That's not even the weirdest thing that's happened to Macchio during one of these fan-engagement sessions. Sometimes he has to reassure fans that members of the rival Cobra Kai dojo in "The Karate Kid" were not the "jackasses" portrayed on screen.
June 23, 2014 |
JUST AS Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel-san the art of trimming the bonsai - careful and deliberate, shaping it to its perfect form - so have gone the lives of the actors who played those iconic characters on the big screen 30 years ago. Ralph Macchio, a/k/a "The Karate Kid," and co-star Martin Kove were among the celebrities who appeared at Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con, which has taken over the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Day two of festivities featured a top-drawer collection of well-known comics, artists, writers and celebrities.
October 8, 2010
THE "MADE In China" label on this summer's "Karate Kid" is what made it such a surprising and interesting remake. Producer Will Smith took son/star Jaden inside China for this new version, featuring Jaden as a Detroit transplant who confronts local bullies by learning kung fu from a local master (Jackie Chan). The cast is engaging and the story efficient, but what struck me was the access the filmmakers had to out-of-the-way places, the picture they were able to present of life in contemporary China - a privilege that not many contemporary Chinese filmmakers seem to have.
June 11, 2010 |
There are different ways to make it as a child actor, but none, apparently, as effective as having Will Smith as your dad. His adorable son Jaden headlines the remake of "Karate Kid," the '80s B-movie classic that's been given an eye-popping upgrade on its way to serving as a star vehicle for little Jaden, who had three months of training from kung-fu master Wu Gang in advance of the epic four-month shoot. In place of Pat Morita is Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, and in place of forgettable SoCal locations is . . . China.
March 26, 2011 |
Ralph Macchio, Lord of the Dance. Bet you didn't see that one coming. I always get a little disoriented when a kid from TV's misty past (Macchio was on Eight Is Enough ) pops up as an adult. Scott Baio, Rick Schroder, Butch Patrick, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Cassidy, Mindy Cohn - they all give me a slight case of the whirlies when I see the ravages of time etched on their faces. (I've built up an immunity to Neil Patrick Harris.) But who would have thought Macchio would foxtrot to the top of the leaderboard on the season debut of Dancing With the Stars ?
July 25, 1996 |
Everyone who saw it said it was like something from a movie. Tiny teen gymnast Kerri Strug, her ankle aching from a nasty sprain, summoned her courage and sprinted down the runway to attempt a vault. Not much pressure. Only about a billion people watching around the world. The only thing at stake was a championship. For her. For her team. For her country. Strug believed she needed a near-perfect performance to assure her country a gold medal, and she delivered. It's rare the oversold Olympics can squeeze real tears from Americans anymore, but many admit to shedding a few when brave little Kerri hobbled through the award ceremony on her air cast.
January 25, 1990 |
A sloppy-dog comedy starring Tom Hanks, the further adventures of the Karate Kid and a walk on the zany side with "Weird Al" Yankovic are this week's new video offerings. TURNER & HOOCH (1989) (Touchstone) $89.95. 99 minutes. 1/2 Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson. A movie about a man and his mastiff. Turner (Hanks) is a fastidious police detective who adopts mangy, drooling Hooch because the beast has witnessed its master's murder. Not much of a movie (though frequently funny)
October 22, 2010
1. The Karate Kid (2010) . (PG) 2. How to Train Your Dragon 3. Jonah Hex 4. Get Him to the Greek . (R) 5. Robin Hood . (PG-13) 6. Iron Man 2 . (PG-13) 7. Splice . (R) 8. A Nightmare on Elm Street . (R) 9. Leaves of Grass 10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time . (PG-13) Top DVD titles at U.S. Blockbuster stores for week ended Oct. 17. ( New this week)