Welcome back to my ongoing series exploring the mystique and joy of the 80s Action Film (approximately 1983 - 1992). This time, we feature two action film cliches.
First up is The Kick-Ass Fight Scene. This would be your classic mano-a-mano fight, with two guys toughing it out. I could have pulled clips together from almost every film of the era for this section, but really there is one scene that just says it all. And so, engaging in the awesomest buddy fight in cinema history, please enjoy Roddy Piper and Keith David in They Live.
Which leads us nicely into our next cliche: Male Bonding and Homoerotic Subtext. Sure, you may argue that these scenes only seem homoerotic out of context, but even within the confines of tough guy macho Reagan-era action these moments really do play out like the love scenes that they are. The entire middle of this section is devoted to one film in particular, Showdown In Little Tokyo, which is so loaded with innuendo that I would actually recommend it for inclusion in any Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.