Feature: Top 10 Movie Rivalries Guest Writer March 19, 2014 Features 2963 Paul Crowderâ€™s documentary 1: Life On The Limit is an action-packed cinematic film that channels the speed, excitement and abject danger inherent in the most glamorous sport of Formula One. Charting its journey from its humble beginnings through to the game-changing events of the 1976 season recently examined in Ron Howardâ€™s Rush, 1: Life On The Limit showcases a world where drivers were akin to rock stars – and rivalries were in full swing. With the film hitting Blu-ray and DVD on 17th March 2014, courtesy of StudioCanal, we count down the most memorable rivalries in cinema… James Hunt vs. Niki Lauda – Rush (2013) The reason why the movie rivalry in Rush rings truer than most is dedicated to the fact that everything you see in Ron Howardâ€™s latest is real. Playboy schmoozer James Hunt and uptight perfectionist Niki Lauda – two figures who would never have met if it wasnâ€™t for Formula 1 – clashed on the race course like no other ever has (with disastrous consequences, caught brilliantly on screen.) Rocky vs. Apollo Creed – Rocky (1976) World heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) comes up with the idea of allowing a local underdog a shot at his title when his opponent drops out of the championship due to an injured hand. Selecting Rocky Balboa when he takes an interest in his nickname (â€˜The Italian Stallionâ€™), what occurs is a rivalry of the most professional kind. The film culminates in the fight to end all fights, with the two clashing in a monumental battle – the winner? If youâ€™ve not seen it, Iâ€™m not going to spoil it for you here. Woody v. Buzz Lightyear – Toy Story (1995) Itâ€™s actually pretty difficult to recall a time when Woody and Buzz Lightyear werenâ€™t each otherâ€™s favourite deputies. Yet the entire first half of Pixarâ€™s groundbreaking 1995 original is moulded around Woodyâ€™s jealousy of Buzzâ€™s presence as Andyâ€™s new toy of choice. Forcing to contend with the deluded space toy, Woody even attempts to trap Buzz in a gap behind Andyâ€™s desk before the plan goes disastrously wrong and he is forced into a rescue mission which helps the two from a close bond for the films to come. Neo vs. Agent Smith – the Matrix trilogy (1997-2004) A rivalry that extends throughout The Wachowskiâ€™s famous Matrix trilogy, Keanu Reeves begins the series as Thomas Anderson – an ordinary guy who doesnâ€™t realise that he lives in a virtual reality world. A hacker in his spare time (he goes by the name Neo), he becomes aware of the matrix which leads him to suspect the world he lives in – forcing the agents to come after him – namely, Hugo Weavingâ€™s unstoppable Agent Smith. Professor X vs. Magneto – the X-Men franchise (2000-) If youâ€™ve seen X-Men: First Class (2011), youâ€™ll know from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbenderâ€™s portrayal of Professor X and Magneto that the two mutants started off as friends when they were otherwise known as Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr. The latterâ€™s need to avenge his motherâ€™s death causes the paralysis of Xavier sparking off a dark side which spills into the remaining films of the franchise – with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen starring as the two. Harry Potter vs. Lord Voldemort – the Harry Potter franchise (2001-2011) It could be argued that the true rivalry at the heart of the Harry Potter franchise is with his fellow student, Slytherinâ€™s Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton). However, save for a few scuffs during Transfiguration, itâ€™s oleâ€™ Lord Voldy (Ralph Fiennes) who Potter must ultimately do battle with. Inextricably linked since being a mere babe in a blanket, Daniel Radcliffeâ€™s â€˜boy who livedâ€™ survives his attack, instead adorned with a lightning bolt scar on his forehead, always there to bring him down whenever he seems to win a Quidditch match or be drinking a Butterbeer, causing him pain whenever Voldemortâ€™s plan to take over the wizarding world is stepped up a notch… but you already knew all of this. Thor vs. Loki – Thor (2010) / Avengers Assemble (2012) / Thor 2: The Dark World (2013) It all started off so well; brothers â€˜til the end. Well, until Tom Hiddlestonâ€™s Loki realises he is in no way related to Thor, a Norse God banished to earth from Asgard for defying the orders of his King father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Before too long, Loki is plotting to kill the man he believed to be his father so he himself can take over the reign of Asgard, not to mention attempting to destroy New York City in Avengers Assemble. Betrayed by these actions, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) is the one who must stop Lokiâ€™s plans from coming to fruition time and time again. Cady Heron vs. Regina George – Mean Girls (2004) A high-school rivalry like no other, Lindsay Lohanâ€™s Cady attempts to infiltrate â€˜the plasticsâ€™ by becoming the faux friend of Regina George – and attempting to bring her down in the process. As the film goes on, Cady becomes more embroiled in the inner-group of the high school clique she so desperately wanted to destroy. Regina gets more jealous as Cady gets more ruthless paving the way for one hell of a showdown. Robert Angier vs. Alfred Borden – The Prestige (2006) In Christopher Nolanâ€™s The Prestige, the rivalry between Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Borden (Christian Bale) stems from the consequent tragedy of a magic trick gone wrong; what ensues is a rivalry between the two small-time magicians who attempt to outdo each other in spectacle as their profiles rise. As the film goes on, the two reach extraordinary lengths to discover the secrets of each otherâ€™s tricks – building to a climax thatâ€™ll leave you jaw on the floor. Batman vs. The Joker – Batman (1989) / The Dark Knight (2008) Although branched out in Tim Burtonâ€™s 1989 film Batman, in which Jack Nicholson took the equally-as-psychotic yet lighter approach, it was Christopher Nolanâ€™s sequel to Batman Begins (2005) which solidified the character pairing of Christian Baleâ€™s Bruce Wayne and Heath Ledgerâ€™s unnamed Joker as a serious case of classic movie rivalry; an unstoppable force truly meets an immovable object, and the repercussions have consequences which spill over into trilogy-closer The Dark Knight Rises (2012). 1: LIFE ON THE LIMIT is now available to download from 7th March 2014 and is also out on Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD, courtesy of StudioCanal. You can read our review here.