the karate kid

Pony trying to impress Johnny..

From Roger Ebert’s original review of The Karate Kid in 1984: 

I didn’t want to see this movie. I took one look at the title and figured it was either (a) a sequel to Toenails of Vengeance, or (b) an adventure pitting Ricky Schroder against the Megaloth Man. I was completely wrong. “The Karate Kid” was one of the nice surprises of 1984 – an exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-warming story with one of the most interesting friendships in a long time.



Merely adding “-ing” to movie titles makes a significant difference

The addition of three little letters can truly alter the meaning of a movie’s title and suggest all kinds of new plot possibilities. That’s what Reddit learned last week when a user called Racistpuffs posed this deceptively simple question to the site’s users: “Add ‘ing’ to the end of a movie title, what is the movie about now?” The answers soon flowed in from all directions. 

The question provoked so many amusing, imaginative responses that Upvoted decided to turn the thread into the basis for an art project, tasking resident artist Li-Anne Dias with creating posters to go with the newly gerund-ified titles.

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