The Last Dragon (1985)
Why I Love These Scenes: As if I wasn’t feeling old enough already, it’s now been 30 years since this movie based on my early days came out. They just don’t make movies like this anymore. It was a simpler time when you could have inconsequential fun with your film, and studios didn’t delve too deeply into your background to see if your personal memoirs were truly accurate before they bought the film rights to them. I may no longer go by the name Bruce Leroy, but that doesn’t diminish the magic and joy of this movie.
In our first scene, Bruce Leroy is confronted by thugs at Eddie Arkadian’s disco palace, but a 2-year-old Ernie Reyes Jr. (and others) come to Leroy’s aid. Also, Leroy’s captured brother, Reggie, does the Motorman to free himself from his ropes. [I can’t embed this, for some reason, so click the link to watch it on YouTube]
And, of course, we have the final fight between Bruce Leroy and Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, who is one of the greatest villains of all time and glows the shit out of Leroy until Leroy grows some sack and glows him back. It’s one of the greatest martial arts fights ever committed to Betamax and is 100% true to real events. It also has one of the greatest theme songs ever, which also played in real life out of thin air.