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Arty Chick’s Seven Flicks: Week 2

Week two of listing favorite films that may not be on your radar because they’re not new. A few of these were made before I was born, and they’re still resonant. This week’s seven run the gamut of genres and styles.

I give you a Chinese Kung-Fu comedy, a French rom-com, a Frank Capra classic, a Hong Kong gangster vs cop drama, a brilliant gothic horror tale, a women’s lib girl power comedy, and the funniest rom-com ever made.

There’s something for everyone here.

 

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid is best viewed through the eyes of today’s youth, as opposed to the eyes of aging fans (like me) of the original. I have a soft spot for Ralph Macchio as Daniel san and the late Pat Morita as his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. But alas, the 1980s are over, and this reboot will likely hold its own among a new generation of movie-goers. Its young star, Jaden Smith is graced with the looks and acting instincts of his parents, actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. And if he can keep his head on straight like the original Kid, Ralph Macchio (check out “Wax On, F*ck Off” at FunnyOrDie.com), then junior Smith has quite the career ahead of him.