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Great Scenes – THE LAST DRAGON

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this movie do so first, but keep it mind that for full effect it should be seen on the big screen with a crowd of teenagers during the heyday of the summer blockbuster – 1985, the greatest year for theater-going (’84 was good too). And while normally I’m a stickler for Lau Kar Leung-like choreography in my martial arts, in the case of Michael Schultz‘s The Last Dragon I’m willing to accept a little good-natured style over substance. There’s a ton of pomp and posing in this tale of an underdog named Bruce Leroy (played by Taimak) going up against an evil, almost supernatural force – and one of the greatest villains of all time – Sho’Nuff (the late great Julius Carry). Leroy is one of the nicest, gosh-shucks heroes to ever grace the screen, embodying the quiet shy-cool of an ass-kicking Michael Jackson. This film is a classic from the year that brought us Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Commando, Gotcha!, American Ninja, The Goonies, My Science Project, Teen Wolf, Weird Science – all eminently watchable, and all of which I saw in theaters! Today we’re lucky if there’s one good movie to satisfy our summer celluloid urges! The Last Dragon‘s got it all: water dunking, great buildup, bad hair to spare, and cheesy Prince-lite soundtrack. Plus it’s got Vanity, who’s easy on the freakin’ eyes. Anyone who saw this classic on the big screen gets goose bumps when Leroy taps into his glow, and launches into the strobing Bruce Lee windmill. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore. To the beat of the rhythm of the night, bitches.

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