Friday, December 08, 2006

Rocky Balboa

Rocky is Back for his 6th and final movie.
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Is Rocky a Christian?
The opening scene of the first movie (written by Stallone) is an image of Jesus. Stallone has been talking openly about his faith in Christ and how it relates to his writing, directing and acting. He says the story of Rocky is somewhat spiritually autobiographical. He feels like God has chosen him (Stallone) for no apparent reason (just like Rocky was chosen for no apparent reason). He thinks that he has been able to conquer incredible (spiritual) foes as a result of this "election" just as Rocky did.

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Blogger nickg said...

Dude! are you a Rocky fan?

The original Rocky is THE greatest sports movie of all time.

Rocky V is possibly one of the 10 worst movies of all time (any genre).

I really want to see this movie though. Hey, what city is halfway between St. Louis and Miami? We should meet at a theater there and see it.

1:53 PM, December 07, 2006  
Blogger W Sofield said...

Yes. I love the Rocky movies. The original is the best, but I like them all except the last one was really stupid.

I'm so excited about this new one!

1:56 PM, December 07, 2006  
Blogger nickg said...

On another note, Rocky is partly responsible for why my brother hated me for a long time.

When we were kids, whenever we would see a movie like Rocky or Karate Kid, we would get all jacked up on adreneline. So, we would pull out our winter gloves to use as boxing mitts, and we'd use our living room as a ring. Since I was 5 years older than him, he was allowed to punch me anywhere above the belt, but I was only allowed to punch him on the arm. I was ruthless. I would pound away on his poor arm. I remember going to dinner after one of our matches and he could barely lift his arms up to eat.

Believe me, I know I'm an evil bastard. But now he's bigger and stronger than me, and every once in a while he sucker-punches me in the arm or leg and I feel like I'm going to be paralyzed. So, we'll be even before too long.

2:00 PM, December 07, 2006  
Blogger nickg said...

Yes, objectively, the original was the best movie. But my favorite was IV. The scenes when he's training in Siberia with Journey or some other rockin' 80's band on the soundtrack and then he climbs a mountain a cries, "Drago!!! Drago!!! Drago!!!"--that is classic stuff

2:03 PM, December 07, 2006  
Blogger W Sofield said...

I know IV better than the rest. The training montage is amazing! The music is awesome. Why doesn't anybody try to copy the training montage music? But you also have James Brown's "America" in there.

I'm with you. The original is a better movie overall, but IV is more fun to watch.

Best quote from the original, "I just want to go the distance."

Best quote from Rocky IV, Drago, "Death from above: I must break you." Rocky, "Go for it."

Arbitrary, of course, but illustrative of the styles of the two movies. Love 'em both.

2:12 PM, December 07, 2006  

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