The Best Boxing Movies of All-Time

Christina Newland at Paste Magazine took on the monumental task of ranking The 50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time.  Her list is a pretty good one, including several lesser known films (and some silent movies).  Before you click over, here are her top five compared to mine (using just her list) and then some overall comments.



1. Body and Soul (1947) 1. Rocky (1976)
2. Raging Bull (1980) 2. The Set-up (1949)
3. Rocky (1976) 3. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
4. Fat City (1962) 4. Raging Bull (1980)
5. The Set-up (1949) 5. Rocky Balboa (2006)

Most folks know of my appreciation of the Rocky series so I thought it only right that my best boxing movies using Newland’s list, start and end with Rocky movies.

Looking at Newland’s top five – Usually the top spot in boxing movie lists is held by either Rocky or Raging Bull, so I give her props for picking Body and Soul.  That’s a good film, but it wouldn’t make my top five.

All of my top five are films I can watch and re-watch.  Outside of the Stallone films, I’ve probably watched The Set-Up the most.  It is such a great movie, if you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend you give it a view.

“The Killing of Two Lovers” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

Next up we have the poster and trailer for The Killing of Two Lovers.

After seeing the trailer, I am surprised by the poster.  The trailer has a gritty, crime drama feel and the poster doesn’t give that vibe at all.  I’m surprised also by how much I liked the trailer.  Reading the synopsis, this doesn’t seem to be my type of movie, but having seen the trailer, I now want to see The Killing of Two Lovers.

Starring: Chris Coy, Clayne Crawford, Arri Graham
Directed By: Robert Machoian
Synopsis: David desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife. They both agree to see other people but David struggles to grapple with his wife’s new relationship.

“Minor Premise” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

The poster and trailer for Minor Premise are here.  I like the poster, but I wonder if it will make folks think it is more of a horror film than a psychological drama… or at least a different kind of horror film that it may turn out to be.

Attempting to surpass his father’s legacy, a reclusive neuroscientist becomes entangled in his own experiment, pitting ten fragments of his consciousness against each other.

“American Dream” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

I’m always game for a good crime story.  I’m hoping that American Dream will be just that.  I like the poster and the trailer looks good.

I especially like the start — if that’s what happen to a guy who owes $126.00, can you imagine what happens when you owe a whole lot more?  The problem I have with stories about guys who get in too deep to shylocks is, they knew what they were getting into when they got the cash advance.  It doesn’t make the interest or beatdowns (or worse) right, but as my man Rocky said, “If you wanna dance, ya gotta pay the band.  If you wanna borrow, ya gotta pay the man.”

Fingers crossed that American Dream is a good crime yarn.

Academy Award winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan) directs this intense thriller about the brutal struggle for success. Desperate for cash, entrepreneurs Scott (Luke Bracey, Point Break [2015]) and Nicky (Michiel Huisman, Game of Thrones) turn to Russian mobster Yuri (Nick Stahl, Sin City). After they refuse the funding he offers, Yuri gets revenge by trying to take over their construction project. The partners are terrified until Nicky’s tough Russian girlfriend Ana decides to take action herself.

John Wick by Patrick Brown!

The awesome John Wick art above is just a detail from a larger piece created by Patrick Brown who had this to say about the piece…

I’ve always wanted to do a John Wick piece, and Keanu is such a gem, it’s nice to finally finish a picture based on my fave movie franchise. Thanks to all my supporters over at my Patreon, who helped make this happen, I had so much fun with it.

If you’d like to get access to the high-res art, Photoshop docs, tutorials and more you can find it all on my Patreon. Link in bio:  I’m doing a bunch over there and we have a great art community happening.

If you would like to see Patrick’s full John Wick piece plus his step-by-step process, then click here.  I strongly suggest you check out Patrick’s Instagram to see much more of his art!

Cool “Rambo” Art – But Who is the Artist?

I first saw the art above on the Rambo: First Blood to Last Blood Facebook Page. I really like the piece and wanted to see more from the artist. When I asked if anyone knew who created it, the only response I got was from my buddy,  Regan Greenard (aka Raven when he assists me moderating my StalloneZone forum).

Regan thinks it could be Roberto Recchioni, but isn’t sure.  I did a search and could find that Recchioni created alternate posters for each of the Rambo films, but I couldn’t find this drawing.

So… I’m putting out the call.  Do any of you know who created the piece above?  Once I find out, I’ll give proper credit and a link to his/her social media.

Sean Connery Gets an Original Drink and Draw Social Club Tribute!

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!

“Blood Vessel” – The 2nd Trailer!

Way back on June 16th of this year I posted the (really cool painted) poster and trailer to Blood Vessel.  It was scheduled to hit theaters in July, but due to the pandemic, I’m not sure if it was even released.

The good news is Blood Vessel is coming to Shudder and we have a second trailer.  I’m looking forward to seeing Blood Vessel.  How can it not be fun with Nazis and vampires during World War II?

Somewhere in the North Atlantic, late 1945, a life raft adrift at sea, and in it, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship. With no food, water, or shelter, all seems lost until a seemingly abandoned German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival—if they can survive the bloodthirsty monsters on board. Starring Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek), Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings), Robert Taylor (Longmire), directed by Justin Dix (Crawlspace). A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.