From Movies to T.V Shows: 5 Of The Greatest Rivalries Ever

What makes a movie, book or TV show more impactful than a rivalry between two characters, the answer is…….I don’t know!, but there is something about rivalries that brings us back to whatever it is that we are viewing. It adds to the intensity. When they are well done, its what we remember most about these films/t.v shows. So, with that in mind, here are 5 of my favorite rivalries in the realm of entertainment that I have experienced.

5) Gerald Lambeau and Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting)

Gerald Lambeau (left) and Sean Maguire (right)
Gerald Lambeau (left) and Sean Maguire (right)

While not exactly a rivalry, the love-hate relationship between these two in the film was something that I could not ignore. You see, one of the major aspects to rivalries (particularly good ones) is the admiration and hatred the characters have for each other. This is something that is present in all of my personal favorite rivalries on this list.

What I love so much about their relationship is how inconsistent it is. One moment they are respecting each other, acting like adults and another moment, they are fighting each other like kids! You can see in their fights that they once cared for each other and still do. This is more apparent when they are arguing with each other about their ideals. Gerald wants to make Will a great mathematician, considering his potential while Sean wants him to do whatever he wishes and not to be manipulated into doing mathematics for the rest of his life. Each time they argue over this, it makes for some of the best written scenes in the film and for one of the best rivalries.

4) Professor X and Magneto (X-Men First Class and Days of Future Past)

Profeesor X (left) and Magneto (right)
Profeesor X (left) and Magneto (right)

You all saw this coming, and this list couldn’t be complete without comic book rivalries. Professor X and Magneto is a prime example of a great rivalry. Like the previous spot on our list, what makes them work is the fact that they were friends once. It only makes their hatred for each other more impactful. But unlike the previous list, this rivalry isn’t one sided.

You can see both sides of the argument. Eric/Magneto hates humans and the motive behind it is pretty well explained. He experienced the Holocaust, that reason is good enough. Charles/Professor X is someone who, unlike Eric, is willing to see the bigger picture. He is willing to see what mutants and humans can achieve once they put aside their differences. This makes their rivalry work for me and was the best part about X-Men First Class and Days of Future Past.

3) The Bride and Bill (Kill Bill Vol. 2)

Bill (left) and The Bride (right)
Bill (left) and The Bride (right)

This is one that not many talk about. In fact it’s probably the most underrated rivalry ever (if there is one I guess). The Bride and Bill, two skilled assassins were once lovers. They cared for each other and their fallout led to two awesome revenge flicks (details of which I won’t spoil).

With their final showdown in Vol.2 and their rivalry coming to a close, I was rather pleased to find out that it wasn’t a hand to hand beat down. Rather, it was a conversation that led to confessions – each of them explaining to the other why they did what they did. Like other spots on this list, what the script does so well is hint at their past relationship. They seemed to truly love each other and that’s what makes the conclusion to their affair a bittersweet one and their rivalry a memorable one.

2) Batman and The Joker (The Dark Knight and all of the DC Animated Batman Movies)

You know who is who
You know who is who

Okay, this is as obvious as it comes. We all know this rivalry. Hell, people who don’t even have a clue about comic books know about Batman and Joker (at least I think they do).

The rivalry between Batman and Joker is the definition of a love-hate relationship. Batman and Joker have been arch enemies for years in comic books, movies and T.V shows and we just can’t get enough of these two. They are obstacles for each other, they test each other to their limits and will do anything to get their point across to each other – and that’s what makes it work.

Joker tests Batman’s rule of no killing and Batman tests the Joker by never giving in to his cruelty. In one way, they have this dark admiration for each other. It’s like they want to chase each other forever, despite the horrifying consequences. The Dark Knight, the animated feature The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 and the comic book The Killing Joke (It was the first comic book I ever read) are great examples. What can I say, this rivalry is a hell of a good one.

1) Tom and Jerry

Now, let’s tone down a bit. Why is my favorite rivalry a comedic one? Well, because these guys and their rivalry basically defined my childhood. I loved them for as long as I can remember. I love the chases, which define ‘slapstick comedy’. Not to mention that, rivalries in comedies almost always tend to get the best laughs.

I love the bombs, the grenades, the woodpeckers, the dogs, the high speed chases, the flat faces and so on. This is what Tom and Jerry are known for. They love to hate each other and they admire each other. Of all the rivalries on this list, they are the ones that stay true to the love-hate factor. They hate each other like any cat and mouse would, yet they stick with each other like no other friend would and that’s exactly what makes their rivalry special to me.

So, that’s about it my dear friends. Thanks for reading! Tell me, which is your favorite rivalry? Give your personal favorite in the comment section below.


3 Reasons Kill Bill Could Have Been AWESOME as an Anime Feature!

We all love Kill Bill, it is a great and highly stylized revenge flick. It has some signature Tarantino dialogue and a lot of cool action sequences filled with gore and violence. But have you guys ever wondered what this movie would be like if it were animated? I know I have, for quite a while actually.

For years, I always kept thinking to myself, “What if Kill Bill was an anime? Or at least followed the same artistic style? That would have been AMAZING.” I genuinely think that. There are just so many things they could have done with that. Now, I am not saying that what we got was bad at all. But for a guy who is a huge fan of the animation, I like to dream about such things. Its food for thought, you know. So, here are 3 reasons why I think Kill Bill would have been quite interesting if it were animated.

3) Kill Bill Is Highly Stylized, So Is Anime

The Two Have Similar Vibes
The Two Have Similar Vibes

Even though most anime (T.V Shows or Movies) are based on human characters or human designs, one cannot disagree on the fact that Anime is incredibly stylized. Whether it is the hair, the nose, the movement of the sword or even the over-the-top nature of the fight scenes. Anime has style. The over the top nature of the fight scenes, the revenge-based storyline and the world that Kill Bill has created makes it an interesting choice for an anime. In fact, there was even an animated scene in the film that follows the same art form as that of an anime.

This scene, which appears near the middle of the film provides a backstory of one of our antagonists. It is incredibly bloody, dark, stylized and exaggerated. It works perfectly and sets the stage for our antagonist and was my favorite bit in the entire film.

2) Kill Bill Has A Lot of Dialogue, Anime Does Too!!

If there is one thing that anime is known for, it is the use of exposition. Anime uses a lot of dialogue in their scenes. Seeing that Tarantino is a pretty damn good writer and the fact that Kill Bill has a lot of his well-written dialogue, I think it would have been great to see Tarantino’s writing skills in his balls-out glory. Yes, even though I am tired of exposition in Anime, I would have loved to see me some Tarantino.

1) The World of Kill Bill Is Perfect For An Anime-Based Film

God, that is one hell of a poster
God, that is one hell of a poster

When it really comes down to it, the world and the setting is perfect for an anime. It has roots of the Japanese culture that is present in it, particularly with The Bride’s storyline that involves her training. It clearly has a lot of Samurai stuff related to it, particularly with the swords and the final duel in Kill Bill Vol. 1.

Also, the movie just has those perfect niches that anime does pretty well. You have the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, the legendary sword maker Hottori Hanzo and the woman who wants to learn martial arts from a legendary master. I mean, all of this would be perfect for an anime. I say this because there are many anime that follow similar storylines and plot devices (Hunter X Hunter and Naruto are good examples). To see a movie like Kill Bill use these niches perfectly, would be amazing. Not only that, Anime loves revenge tales. Hell, one of the most popular anime, Attack on Titan, is a pretty good example (Eren hates Titans, wants revenge). Due to live action, there are a lot of limitations to what you can achieve on screen. But with animation, the designs and over-the-top nature would be captured perfectly. Not only that, it could also open people’s eyes to the fact that animation can be a lot more that family films.

So, there it is guys. I had a blast writing this, its been a while since I have felt that. But, I want to ask you guys, do you think the medium of animation could do Kill Bill justice? The comment section is yours and yours alone.

5 Reasons Why We Love Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is one of the best directors and screenwriters working today. He has directed and written eight films (seven of which, I have seen) of his own and all of them are great (Death Proof may be an exception in my case). He is loved by many and he has taken violence in film to a whole new level and damn it, we love him for it. But, to someone who doesn’t know and is wondering why people love him so much, the same way I did in the case of Alfred Hitchcock. For those who wish to know why we love him, here are five reasons!

P.S. Keep in mind, I have not seen Jackie Brown yet…

5.) His Writing Skills

You saw this coming. If there is one major reason (apart from four others) we go to see Tarantino’s films, its his dialogue. He just knows how to captivate audiences into listening to regular conversations and lengthy monologues that his characters speak. If you go into a movie directed and written by Tarantino, you can sure as hell expect a lot of talking, but man do I love listening to it.

The one movie that shows Tarantino’s best screenwriting skills was none other than the glorious opening of Inglourious Basterds. How can you have that much tension, suspense and horror in a scene that involves two people talking to each other? The answer is Tarantino.

4.) He Is Unapologetic

Whether it is the swashbuckling sword that decapitates many heads in Kill Bill Vol.1, the multiple uses of the ‘n-word’ in Django Unchained or even the mockery of Hitler in Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino neither hears nor sees what the naysayers have to say. He knows what to use and where to use it, and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what you have to say. The reason I love this aspect about him is because even the objectionable stuff (as some people would consider it), actually feeds into the story. He doesn’t put it there for the sake of it. Few filmmakers today are willing to do that.

Oh, and also, I love this interview…

3.) He LOVES Violence

Do I really need to say anything about this? It is pretty much a signature of Tarantino’s. He does action that involves a lot of violence, and boy, does it look GOOD! He just knows how to do an over the top action sequence. There is more blood, more heads and more eyeball plucking than any other gore fest you may have seen in your traditional violent films. I LOVE IT. Tarantino just knows how to do these scenes without ever making you feel disgusted. Call me messed up, but if that is what I am, then I’m glad.

2.) He Always Gets the Best Performances Out of His Actors

This is a point that not a lot of people bring up. If you are a director, then your first job is to get the best out of everyone you are working with. When it comes to Tarantino’s scripts, nothing is more necessary than to have good performances for those scripts to have an impact. Tarantino is more than ready for the job.

This is more apparent in the case of Christoph Waltz who, despite having been in just two of Tarantino’s films, he has managed to provide unforgettable performances in both. But when it comes to films he does that are not directed by Quentin Tarantino, he is just not that good. Take The Green Hornet for example, his performance as the villain was just too over-the-top and almost laughably bad. But when he does a film with Tarantino, he just gives something we have never seen before.

1.) He Knows How to Entertain Us

When Tarantino is making a revenge flick, a sort-of war movie, a western or even a film that follows a non-linear plot, he knows how to make the film worthwhile. Even in scenes where two people are talking to each other for 20 minutes straight, he knows how to keep you interested. That is something that not many people can do. He knows how the film can be funny, serious or over-the-top and that is what makes him such an endearing director and screenwriter.