Sylvester Stallone

First Blood

First Blood has to be one of the most distressing movies ever made. Things go badly for John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) from the very first scene, and it only gets worse from there. After learning that his last living war buddy has succumbed to cancer, Rambo walks to the nearest town for something to eat. …

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Rambo

Sooo, I finally saw Rambo. It was fine. Okay, it wasn’t fine. It wasn’t fine at all. It made me mad. And I know it got decent reviews and was less crappy than anyone dreamed, but Sly TOTALLY missed the mark with this one. It’s the Rocky V of the Rambo saga, and now he …

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Rambo III

I don’t recall ever having standards, but at some point in my young life, I must have decided that 96% action and 4% dialogue was a bad ratio for a movie. I remember feeling that Rambo didn’t hold a candle to First Blood, and must have boycotted Rambo III entirely, because when I turned it …

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Creed

We first meet Adonis Creed as a troubled twelve year old whose father (Apollo) died before he was born and whose mother has also passed away. Though intelligent, Adonis is constantly acting out and regularly in trouble for fighting. He is essentially an orphan when Mary Ann Creed (Phylicia Rashad) steps forward and takes him …

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Reach Me

It’s probably a sign of weak character, but I’m usually kind of a sucker for stunt casting. I mean, how is it not a great idea to put everyone with a SAG card into one movie?! It’s like a big old game of “Where’s Waldo?”, where you just sit and pick out all the people …

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Rocky

Rocky is a film so iconic, so ingrained into our collective consciousness that it feels like we’ve seen it whether we have or not. Who doesn’t recognize the classic theme song “Gonna Fly Now”, know the origin of “Yo Adrian!”, or remember Rocky’s triumphant run up the steps at Philadelphia’s Museum of Art? Just because …

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Rocky Balboa

As Rocky movies go, Rocky Balboa is most like Rocky II. You wind up laughing at parts of it, but also find yourself genuinely moved by it. Though it’s impossible to recapture the magic of the original, this is a fitting swan song for our beloved hero, and it goes a long way to make …

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Rocky II

When Rocky says that he’s a dumb guy in the first movie, you’re inclined to go, “Aww, you are not.” He may be uneducated, and he may be a little simple, but he’s intelligent in all the ways that count. He’s a good person who knows how to survive. He’s kind to animals. He’s respectful …

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Rocky III

As Rocky III begins, we get a taste of the excess that defines Rocky IV. Years after taking the heavyweight championship from Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa is on top of the world. He’s mastered the world of endorsements, appeared in countless magazines, and now resides in a mega-mansion with Adrian (who gets prettier with each …

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