The Top 10 Fight Scenes of 2015

It was the year of the single-take, or apparent single-take, fight scene.

10. Banana/Bullets/Abdomen/Testicles (Singham 123)

9. Gene vs. The Falcon (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp)

8. "Hοllywood" Dοnnie Jοhnsοn vs. Leο "The Liοn" Spοrinο (Crεεd)
A single take.

7. Sunny vs. The Widow (Into the Badlands)

6. Glαss vs. Fitzgerαld (Τhe Reνenαnt)
Mostly a single take.

5. Hallway (Daredevil)
An apparent single take.

4. Church (Κingsmαn: Τhe Secret Serνice)
Apparent single takes.

3. Auto Shop (Vengeance of an Assassin)

2. Kit and Chai vs. Ko (SΡL 2: Α Τime for Consequences)
This film also features a single-take prison riot/fight scene.

1. Nola vs. Burton (Banshee)
Partly an apparent single take.

see also:

If You're Reading This

Previously on Adam Riff™:
I am chuffed to present Mad Mix, a croquembouche of audio things 2015.

And if you're not down with that, I've got two words for you: Ben's mix.

alternate streak/download link

As Ben's mix is one seamless file, here is a road map:

Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
Robin Schulz – Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)
Jeremih – Tonight Belongs To U!
Father – Wrist (feat. ILoveMakkonnen and Key!)
Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer (Todd Terry Remix)
Disciples – They Don't Know (Cutdown)
Sons Of Maria – With You (Me & My Toothbrush Remix)
Calvin Harris – Pray To God (feat. HAIM) [Mike Pickering Hacienda Remix]
Ty Dolla $ign – Blasé (feat. Future and Rae Sremmurd)
The Chainsmokers – Let You Go (feat. Great Good Fine Ok)
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Martin Solveig and GTA – Intoxicated
Years & Years – King (DJ Amice Remix)
LunchMoney Lewis – Ain't Too Cool
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta (Ken Walker Remix)
Outasight – The Wild Life
Saint Motel – My Type
Coleman Hell – 2 Heads
The Chemical Brothers – Go
Clairity – Velcro
Powers – Loved By You
The Weeknd – Can't Feel My Face
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
Lil Dicky – $ave Dat Money (feat. Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan)
Major Lazer x DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)
Major Lazer and MOTi – Boom (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid, and Kranium)
Hayden James – Something About You (ODESZA Remix)
Selena Gomez – Same Old Love (Wuki Remix)
The Chainsmokers – Roses (feat. ROZES)
Sigala – Easy Love
Night Safari – Daylight To Midnight (feat. James Newman)
Cheat Codes – Visions (Boehm Remix)
Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive (Michael Calfan Remix)
Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Work It) [Morlando Remix]
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (Joe Maz 2AM Remix)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
MNEK and Zara Larsson – Never Forget You
Big Grams – Drum Machine (feat. Skrillex)
The Weeknd – The Hills (RL Grime Remix)
Brandon Flowers – I Can Change

Previously on Adam Riff™:

Our favourite songs. One per year.

Side B (curated by Ben)
1. Outkast – "B.O.B." [2000]
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling" [2001]
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River" [2002]
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK feat. Outkast – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"
11. LCD Soundsystem – "Dance Yrself Clean"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
14. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – "Get Lucky" [2013]
15. Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – "I Got You" [2014]
16. Major Lazer x DJ Snake feat. MØ – "Lean On" [2015]

Ben: Hate him or love him (and I love him), Diplo's become one of the most famous names in dance music and this record only seems like the beginning of something even bigger.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

3. Tiffany mistakenly thinks David Gest is dead (Celebrity Big Brother, 01-12-16)

Context: Tiffany "New York" Pollard of VH1 fame is on Celebrity Big Brother in the United Kingdom, along with Angela Bowie, David Bowie's ex-wife, and David Gest, Liza Minelli's ex-husband.

Honourable Mention

Stray Observations

(Shameless, S06E01)

  • "All women beg for more Yanis." (Shameless, S06E01)
  • Carl calling Liam "my nigga" (Shameless, S06E01)
  • Bob Saget (Grandfathered, S01E11)
  • "So where'd you meet him?"
    "On one of those online dating sites – Ratch." (Black-ish, S02E12)
  • "I haven't had the best luck meeting girls."
    "It could be because you call yourself 'The Fortress of Solid Dude.'" (Black-ish, S02E12)
  • ♫: "Gone Till November" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E02)
  • "You are a wrinkled bitch!" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E02)
  • "No one in the history of crack has ever woken up in the morning with more crack." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E02)
  • "People in the welfare store are in a pinch." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E02)
  • "Look, they're gonna get two football teams down in Carson." (American Horror Story, S05E12)
  • Sally trades her twinned addictions of heroin and misery for social media (American Horror Story, S05E12)
  • "I was a salesman in another life. In this one, I'm the mother of style. Cut me and I bleed Dior." (American Horror Story, S05E12)
  • Billie from Murder House (American Horror Story, S05E12)
  • ♫: Marianne Faithfull – "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" (American Horror Story, S05E12)
  • American Horror Story Season Grade: C
  • "You make an old condom smile." (Man Seeking Woman, S02E02)
  • We get it. You invested in Uber (Shark Tank, S07E14)
  • Adam Driver as Aladdin (Saturday Night Live, S41E10)
  • "Look at me, I'm Ray Donovan!" (Saturday Night Live, S41E10)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Fargo
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Nathan For You


Wake up, you need to make money

Off to Chicago for some R&R before heading to Des Moines to hobnob with Señor Bob and Jaime on Broad City.

Against my better judgment, I'm bringing a four-pound mic with me on the road to maintain podcast regularity.

I found a restaurant in Des Moines that makes crab Rangoon pizza. JSS, JSS.


It's that belated time of year again.

I am chuffed to present Mad Mix, a croquembouche of audio things 2015.

Thanks to Jon Wilcox and Adam Robot for the artwork, and to Adrian, Matt, Drew, Mike, and Russell for consulting.


As a third of the mix is unavailable on Spotify, I have to host a stream myself. Please pardon any lag – or download the mix.

my 70mm roadshow

alternate download link


Tony Primo and Nixxie is Joseph Mount (Metronomy) and Robyn.

Evangelist is Gavin Clark and members of UNKLE.

Jeff Rosenstock first appeared on 2005's Dreidel 2 the Grave, and then on 2009's The '09 Sound. It seems he is my musical constant.

Other returnees: Silicon Valley ('14), Chance the Rapper ('13), The Mountain Goats ('06, '08), Vince Staples ('14), Gavin Clark ('07), South Park ('05), and Miguel ('12).

Previously on Adam Riff™:

Our favourite songs. One per year.

Side A (curated by Jon)
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem" [2000]
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)" [2001]
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go" [2002]
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"
11. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Jai Paul – "Jasmine (Demo)"
14. CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share" [2013]
15. CFO$ – "Worlds Apart" [2014]
16. Oneohtrix Point Never – "No Good" [2015] – as heard on Mad Mix

When I listen to it, I feel the totality of my life.

Kaneda! What do you see?

I need to experience it live, and want it played as I'm cremated. Have fire kick in at 1:30.

Breathe in deep and debride your life

Previously on Adam Riff™:
I am chuffed to present Backwash, a podcast by Adam Robot and I.

Episode 6:

1. White Dudes Wearing Shorts in Cold Weather / "Same Old Love" / Vampire Selfies / Gift Cards
2. Virtual Reality / Auto Shows
3. Fuller House / MADtv's 20th Anniversary Reunion / Guns N' Roses
4. Jon's Ideas
5. What Horrible Things Did We Do to Our Penises Last Year?

I got a new mic, so the sound quality is better.

Oh and Backwash is also available in the iTunes store now!

Expanding on an idea I share in the above podcast…

Idea: One day, all of the guns in the world mysteriously vanish. How do gun owners react, particularly when they realize that everyone's guns vanished?

Law enforcement, gangsters, and terrorists can bluff for only so long.

While hunting lions in a remote location, a poacher's guns disappear, and his mobile cannot pick up a signal.

Two high school students plan to shoot up their school and then commit suicide, but on the day of their planned shooting, they cannot find the guns they planned to use.

Murder weapons in active cases go missing.

Crossbow sales skyrocket. Bombings increase.

As soon as a gun maker finishes making a gun, it vanishes. No new guns.

Television Show Idea: The Wirer. Namond Brice is now a Baltimore detective. He joins a detail investigating Michael Lee's drug-dealing organization. Dukie is an informant for Namond's team.


Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

2. Accents (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E01)

Honourable Mention

Stray Observations

  • Vince McMahon is 70 years old and can still do nightmarish things with his pectoral muscles (WWE Raw, 01-04-16)
  • Dr. Phil playing a doctor (Grandfathered, S01E10)
  • "Please don't dump my sperm on us!" (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E11)
  • "Grow up."
    "Grow up? I have a Roth IRA. I eat wheat toast! You grow up!" (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E11)
  • "In 4000 feet, stay straight."
    "You interrupted the song for that?!" (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E11)
  • "It could be very difficult to make a good impression when you suffer from bad necktie behaviours, such as… 'The Peeping Tom.'" [cut to Kevin's tie] (Shark Tank, S07E12)
  • The title of this episode is "The Olyphant in the Room" (The Grinder, S01E10)
  • The part in Junior's hair gotta go (Black-ish, S02E11)
  • The part in Junior's hair disappeared mid-episode (Black-ish, S02E11)
  • Queenie from Coven (American Horror Story, S05E11)
  • "It's my vacation, bitch!" (American Horror Story, S05E11)
  • "Kill me, but screw me first." (American Horror Story, S05E11)
  • "Who do you buy it from?"
    "Frooom Sysco…" (Restaurant Startup, S03E01)
  • The running gag of the gang recording over the same VHS tape (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E01)
  • "We're like Moby. Reeeeeemix!" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E01)
  • Frank's flag (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E01)
  • "We're mainlining wine. It's not beer. We switched Level 2 to wine because you can't mainline beer because it's got bubbles in it and shit." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E01)
  • "Shits and Ladders: Each member must take a laxative and get on a ladder. The one who can hold it in the longest wins. Also known as 'Chutes and Splatters.'" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S11E01)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Fargo
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Nathan For You


Ixnay on the Hombre

W. Kamau Bell's upcoming CNN series United Shades of America looks interesting.

In [the] series premiere, he uses humor to challenge Klansmen looking to rebrand their message. [source]

Shades of TV Nation.

Bill Burr on WTF with Marc Maron:

You never throw anything out. Everything you've ever owned exists someplace on this planet, unless it was biodegradable. It's out there – your rollerblades, everything that you stopped using.

You know how at the end of Big Fish, all of the characters in Edward's stories show up at his funeral?

Idea: A variation on Big Fish in which the estranged son ends up in the Great Pacific garbage patch at the end and sees stuff from all of his father's fanciful stories floating in the water.

His father lives in Hawaii, is dying, and wants to go on one last boat trip. He reluctantly accompanies his father on the boat trip. They get lost at sea. His father dies. The boat drifts into the Great Pacific garbage patch.

Bespoke Tranche Opportunity

British docu-television titles are the best.

In the labourer communities of Lahore, the concept of gayness hardly existed: instead it was MSM – men sleeping with men – not because of sexual preference, but because they couldn't afford women prostitutes.

Surely women who aren't prostitutes exist…?