You could be forgiven for thinking a film called Fire and Ice would perhaps be something to do with George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones. But Fire and Ice, an animated movie directed by Ralph Bakshi (Lord of the Rings), actually predates the megaseries by nearly ten years. It’s a pretty basic story: the ice kingdom of the evil Nekron and the folk of Firekeep are at war and caught in the middle is Princess Teegra and the wandering nomad Larn. Yet we don’t give a shit about them or their world. No, what elevates this film from mediocre to memorable is one guy, one axe-wielding dude with a wolf’s head for a hat. Lets get together and talk about DARKWOLF.
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Despite being weighed down with the unenviable past as a professional wrestler, I think it’s fair to say that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is becoming a modern day Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s conquering box offices, becoming a twitter force, and the sky seems to be the limit for his star power.
However it wasn’t always this good for the former NFL reject.
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Despite dying over forty years ago, it’s clear that people are still obsessed with Bruce Lee (Enter the Dragon, Big Boss). And for good reason; not only was he a martial arts pioneer, he was also the first cross-over Chinese star, whom brought martial arts movies to the West. His impact on popular culture cannot be understated.
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Thus far the Badass Hall of Fame has only featured inductees whom are famed for their martial prowess. It’s been all killing and maiming to this point, but I don’t always judge people just by how many people they can off in a film. Instead I can levy the badass moniker for a variety of other reasons. Such as services to cinema, comedy or life in general. That’s why this month’s entry is none other than the late great Harold Ramis, whom sadly died in February of this year.
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Dale Dye is an actual real life badass. He’s had small roles in enough good films that you’ll recognise him, but you’re probably not fully aware of whom he really is. As a US Marine Corps Captain he served in Vietnam and Beirut before retiring to lend his specialist knowledge and skill as a technical advisor to Hollywood.
It was always my intention to have a section of the blog devoted to cinema badasses. Some will be known. Others less so. But all will have somehow left their indelible mark upon the annals of movie history.