8. Rocky IV: “…is silly fun, a skeleton of a film held together through a series of montages. Candy is cool, but you shouldn’t make a meal of it.”
8. Rocky V: I totally agree that binging Rocky back to the street level was a good idea. Fans hated Rocky has to lose everything to get him there, so it was a tough needle to thread. I also think that Sly’s Rocky mannerisms go to over the top in spots.
7. Rocky V: “…Bringing Rocky back to the street level is a good decision, though much of the film feels like a superfluous dry run for both Rocky Balboa and Creed(if you love those films, Rocky Vis kind of a necessary beast).”
7. Rocky IV: is very much a product of the 80s with the music and montages. I’ve grown to appreciate Rocky IV even more because it sets up the return of Drago in Creed II and we get to see the results of Rocky’s win in IV from Drago’s perspective.
6. Creed II: “ …the film runs through a mild remake of Rocky IIand leads to a good training montage.”
6. Rocky II: Rocky II is a worthy follow-up to Rocky. Sly in the director’s chair!
5. Rocky II: “…Rocky IIis special for other reasons. It’s the last bit of “human” Rocky Balboa we’ll see for a while. “
5. Creed II: Some fans were upset that an altercation between Rocky and Drago that was filmed didn’t make the final cut of the movie. I may be in the minority, but I don’t think the scene was needed.
4. Rocky III: “…He’s transformed from a street-level thug to full-on Stallone megastardom. He’s still Rocky, but you have to use your imagination. That would be fatal if not for Mr. T’s incredible Clubber Lang, the most underrated character in the series.”
4. Creed: Saathoff’s summary of Creed is perfectly stated. I couldn’t agree more.
3. Rocky Balboa: “…In 2006, the idea of making an old man Rocky movie was a joke. Yet here comes Stallone, visibly aged and hurting from a long string of flops, delivering the second best film to wear the Rocky title.”
3. Rocky Balboa Never under-estimate or doubt Sly Sallone. Despite all odds, Sly brought back Rocky and showed that there was more to his story!
2. Creed: “…the greatest thing happened: a creative handoff to a young and hungry talent capable of seeing the character through new eyes. Ryan Coogler managed the impossible with 2015’s Creed, which simultaneously started a new franchise while offering a deeply respectful seventh entry to Stallone’s. Creed is very much a sequel to Rocky Balboaand yet yields Balboa to a main character who seems his opposite: cocky, smart and brash.”
2. Rocky III Rocky is transformed from a street-level, journeyman fighter into a world champion celebrity and I loved it!
1. Rocky: “…No number of decades or sequels can dull the feeling of triumph Rockydelivers in its final moments. It’s one of those rare films that make you cry because you’re happy rather than upset.“
1. Rocky I’m simply going to go with Saathoff’s quote: “No number of decades or sequels can dull the feeling of triumph Rocky delivers.”
One of the big reasons why he chose to make Collateral was the way Stuart Beattie’s script captures an entire story in a very short period of time. The whole movie is “like the third act of a traditional drama.” He likes how it doesn’t go backward to offer more detail into these characters’ lives, and instead we’re just catching them at this moment. (I like movies that movie in real time or that all the action takes place during a short, specific time frame. Movies with those parameters seems to really move and probably because of necessity to get the story told. – Craig)
Vincent is being intentionally rude upon first entering Max’s cab, but it’s not because he’s a jerk — he’s testing Max to see if he’s a man with an aggressive streak. Had he been, Vincent would have quickly changed cabs. (And we just thought Vincent was rude. It’s these little touches that make viewing a movie repeatedly fun. – Craig)
He and Cruise worked out where exactly Vincent came from, and while nearly none of it is mentioned in the film their collaborative backstory is pretty detailed. “If he was in a foster home for part of his childhood, and he was back in public school at age 11, that would have been sometime in the 70s. He would have been dressed very awkwardly. He would’ve probably been ostracized ’cause he’d have looked odd. We postulated an alcoholic, abusive father who was culturally very progressive, he was probably part of Ed Sadlowski’s Steelworkers Local, he was a Vietnam veteran, he had friends who were African-American on the South side of Chicago. The Checkerboard Lounge is thirty minutes away on the Calumet Skyway. The father was probably an aficionado of jazz. There was a great jazz scene on the South side of Chicago, but it’s almost as if the father blamed the son for what happened to the mother. The father never tutored the boy in jazz…” And so on. (Look at the attention to detail! Funny thing is there are other actors who’d be like, let’s do the scene, I don’t need the background stuff. – Craig)
If you’ve never seen the series Wiseguy, it’s worth searching out (at least for the first few story arcs). Ken Wahl played an undercover cop, Jonathon Banks was Wahl’s supervisor and Jim Byrnes was his handler. The series was one of the first to have story arcs going over several episodes with guest stars playing the criminals. Wiseguy was one of the best shows on television at the time.
I bring this up because the fine folks at Me-TV present 10 Undercover Facts about Wiseguy. Before you click over, here are three of my favorite of the facts and my thoughts on each…
Wahl suffered some serious injuries. (Sadly, Wahl’s acting career was cut short due to injuries. Wahl missed part of season two due to an injury to his Achilles tendon. In 1992, he fell down steps and broke his neck! After filming a 1996 Wiseguy reunion movie, Wahl retired due to constant pain. – Craig)
You can’t see every episode in reruns due to music (licensing). (There are several episodes where music played such an integral part of scenes that to lose the music lessen their impact. The biggest casualty was the conclusion of the Sonny Steelgrave arc which used Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues. – Craig)
Wahl left the series early. (Wahl left after the third season and the series just wasn’t the same. But we will always have those early story arcs. Check them out! – Craig)
Here’s the poster and trailer for the new CBS limited series Coyote starring Michael Chiklis. I cannot wait for this one!
Coyote is the story of Ben Clemens (Michael Chiklis), who after 32 years as a border patrol agent, is forced to work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America. Now exposed to life on the other side of the wall, Ben will start to question his black and white views of the world, challenging his ideology and his loyalties.
Here’s a movie tidbit that I didn’t know until today. During the scene in The Hateful Eight when Kurt Russell destroys a guitar, the instrument wasn’t a prop, but instead a $40,000.00, 145 year old museum piece!
The Hateful Eight saw Kurt Russell fill the boots of a weathered bounty hunter named John Ruth. While transporting a known murderer across the snow-topped mountains of Wyoming, a blizzard forces Ruth’s party to hunker down in a nearby lodge. In response to his bounty’s incessant singing, the bounty hunter eventually takes a six-string guitar and smashes it against a wooden beam. “Music time’s over,” Ruth growls. But Unbeknownst to Kurt Russell, the guitar was an irreplaceable 145-year-old museum piece, which the studio was borrowing from the Martin Guitar Museum. – James Fenner from Top 10 Blunders That Will Go Down In History – 2020 at Listverse.
Check out the scene below and watch as Jennifer Jason Leigh, in shock at Kurt’s actions, breaks character! She obviously knew what Kurt Russell hadn’t been told!
We have the poster and trailer for FBI/MLK. I like them both and look forward to seeing the film.
Director: Sam Pollard
Starring: Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic documentary, award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard (Editor, 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MO’ BETTER BLUES; Director/Producer, EYEZ ON THE PRIZE, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME) lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won.
My wife and I are working our way through the Columbo series and really enjoying it. Columbo is experiencing a revival of sorts with the series running in several places and more social media posts about it. I watched and enjoyed Columbo when it first aired, but it is all new to my wife.
Columbo first appeared in a tv movie in 1968. It wasn’t until 3 years later that the series of Columbo tv movies started. It then ran from 1971 – 1978; 1989 – 1995; 1997 – 1998, 2001; and 2003.
Peter Falk does not appear until 30 minutes into the story. (This is one of the things that made the Columbo series unique. The star doesn’t appear until well into the movie and viewers know who the killer is. What makes it fun is watching how Columbo figures it out. – Craig)
Lt. Columbo had more stylish footwear. (At this point, Falk had not worked out all of Columbo’s unique traits – the crumpled, old raincoat, the scuffed shoes, his beat-up foreign car and more. – Craig)
This was not the first time Columbo had appeared on TV. (Bert Freed first played Columbo in an episode of an anthology series. Freed is probably best remembered from his role in Billy Jack or any of his dozens (and dozens) of guest appearances on popular tv shows from the 1950s through the 1980s. – Craig)
The Original Drink and Draw Social Club is made up of a group of extremely talented professional artists (Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, Jeff Johnson and honorary host – Joe Quesada) who get together regularly to livestream as they draw and hangout. The cool thing is that they a theme. I’ve embedded their Sean Connery tribute below and here’s a link to their Original Drink and Draw Social Club Page.
Do you like James Bond? Indiana Jones’ father!?!?! Hunting for Octobers that happen to be red? You’re in for a treat then!