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Zombie (aka Zombi 2)

The Movie: Lucio Fulci's in-name-only sequel to the re-titled/re-edited Italian version of Dawn of The Dead.

The Moment: Zombie versus shark.

Exactly what it says. A zombie. Underwater. Fighting a (real) shark. Beat that, Walking Dead.

Swordfish

The Movie: Sean Archer (or is it Castor Troy?) hires Wolverine to pull a cyber-heist, Fred Flintstone's former secretary helps.

The Moment: Storm's front.

Halle Berry, at the time a superstar entering what looked to be her prime and one of the most beautiful women in film, appears topless for the first time ever on film - supposedly netting a huge paycheck for doing so. The worldwide consensus: Money well spent, too bad about everything else in the movie. Not long after, she would score a history-making Oscar victory, followed by infamy-assuring career suicide in Catwoman.

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Movie: One of the most important science fiction films of all time.

The Moment: The ultimate trip.

2001 is a masterpiece in every sense of the word, but at the time studios were terrified that its deeply cerebral plot would perplex and alienate mainstream moviegoers of the time. They were right - early screenings were disasterous. John Q. Public wasn't ready for Kubrick's vision, but fortunately for investors, Mr. Public's substance-"experimenting" kids were. The surreal psychedelic lightshow of the film's surreal finale was a huge hit with the LSD-enthusiast crowd, whose repeat attendance with the aim of tripping in tandem with said finale is often credited with making the film a profitable hit.

Return of the Dragon

The Movie: Here's the uncomfortable truth about the handful of movies Bruce Lee made prior to Enter The Dragon and his untimely death: They weren't very good - mostly formula crime/revenge movies intersped with really good fight scenes and a charismatic leading man. Return is more of the same, but oh, what a fight scene.

The Moment: Bruce versus Chuck.

Having failed to destroy Bruce Lee by sending normal foes against him, the heavies of Return (Way, actually - made in China before Enter the Dragon but retitled as a sequel in the West after) call in the Big Gun: Chuck Norris. What follows is, without a doubt, the single finest one-on-one fight scene of either man's movie career - if not the entire history of realistic martial arts cinema. If you've never seen it, see it.

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