Screen Junkies » gladiator http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:08:17 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘John Carter’ And 9 Other Epic Sci-Fi Gladiator Battles http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/john-carter-and-9-other-epic-sci-fi-gladiator-battles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/john-carter-and-9-other-epic-sci-fi-gladiator-battles/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:42:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246868 Come at me, bro!

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All eyes are on John Carter this weekend. Over the last few weeks, Disney has been releasing clips that give us a better look at what we can expect from the science fiction epic. One of the coolest clips so far finds Carter chained in an arena where he has to fight large ape creatures gladiator-style.

This is a classic scenario that we’ve seen time-and-time again in the science fiction genre. Which isn’t to say it isn’t awesome, because it is. See for yourself with these 9 classic examples.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

The opening scenes of Return of the Jedi are some of the best in the series. That’s solely because we’re introduced to badass Luke Skywalker. Boosted by the confidence that mastering the Force brings, he strolls into Jabba’s throne room and demands the release of Han Solo. He’s laughed off and thrown into the Rancor pit, where he is to die for Jabba’s amusement. Of course, no one is laughing when Skywalker punks the Rancor.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

After being car-jacked, Mad Max finds himself in the post-apocalyptic craphole known as “Bartertown.” This is where people go to trade food and goods and take in a fight to the death or two. Max finds himself in the arena where he’s forced to take on the mutant Master Blaster, which is technically two against one. Or one-and-a-half against one. Or whatever.

The Coneheads

When Beldar Conehead returned to his home planet, his superiors were less than happy with his work on Earth. His punishment: face certain death when he is oredered to NARFTLE THE GARTHOK. However, narftling the Garthok isn’t as impossible as it seems, assuming you get your golf game down to a score of 65.

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In Honor Of Floyd Mayweather: 8 Of The Dirtiest Fighters In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-floyd-mayweather-8-of-the-dirtiest-fighters-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-floyd-mayweather-8-of-the-dirtiest-fighters-in-film/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 19:24:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=229050 Always bet on the cheaters. It's the smart move.

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With Floyd Mayweather undergoing widespread scrutiny for his questionable hits during Saturday’s fight against Victor Ortiz, we would like to see what kind of company Money Mayweather keeps in the realm of dirty fighters in film. Honestly, it’s not looking like he would even crack the list, unless he stabbed Ortiz in the kidney, then released a tiger on him. That will probably happen in the Pacquiao fight.

Had he done that, I would officially sign on as a boxing fan for life with no questions.

8. Jerry Mitchell – Three O’Clock High

Sure, everyman protagonist Jerry was completely bullied by Buddy Revell, but Jerry ends up knocking out Buddy with the use of some brass knuckles tossed back to him by his sister. Lame.

A schoolyard fight is binding contract in which both parties agree there will be no dirty fighting. Granted, Jerry wanted nothing to do with this fight at all, but he showed up, which demonstrates a tacit adherence to the rules.

7. Ivan Drago – Rocky IV

This may sound a little quaint of me, but…THIS GUY USED STERIODS! He also killed Apollo, but I don’t lay blame on Drago for that. I mean, who REALLY stops at the bell when they’re boxing? Maybe the losing boxer, but you keep going. Drago was also a communist, which I view as a manner of political cheating, but we’re really just looking at the fighting and boxing here, so I won’t dwell on my political beliefs.

We see Drago getting injected with a mysterious substance during the training montage, which is disheartening because we know that reputable American athletes would never use steroids because of both the health risks and the unfair advantage they create.

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