I Had Never Seen The Karate Kid — But I Love Cobra Kai

Yup, you read that correctly.

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Why Cobra Kai is so good

Since I had never seen The Karate Kid, nostalgia was not a part of my viewing process. That’s not to say I didn’t appreciate the show’s 1980s references and song choices. Even without seeing the movie, the show made me feel like I had seen the movie with purposeful flashbacks.

I Finally Watched The Karate Kid

While writing this, I decided it was time I watch The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II. I had been warned by several people to stop here, but last night, I subjected myself to The Karate Kid Part III and I have so many questions that I’ll get into below. But let’s focus on the pillar of this franchise — The Karate Kid. Low and behold, my decades-long assumptions about the film were wrong.

Now I’m in a Karate Kid-Themed Rock Band

So, now that I’m a fan of Cobra Kai and The Karate Kid films, after 10 years together, I’ve decided to join my boyfriend’s karate rock band, The Karate Kids. Every song by The Karate Kids is about the Karate Kid franchise (yes, that includes The Next Karate Kid and The Karate Kid 2010). The band’s biggest claim to fame is that Sissy Spacek watched a Karate Kids show in Austin, and Bill Murray ALMOST showed up. Musicians Nicole Atkins and Howe Gelb have played with the Karate Kids, and one iteration of the band was featured in our 2013 movie, Loves Her Gun, which premiered at SXSW.

Freelance writer; film Loves Her Gun premiered @ SXSW ‘13; used to be a Hollywood assistant; rail enthusiast; check out my dumb blog, hipstercrite.com

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