In alphabetical order; I'm not a fan of every film that's listed here but, even if I'm not a fan…
This time he's fighting for his life.
When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo employs heavy-handed guerilla tactics to shake the cops off his tail.
I kind of thought it would be a mindless action film where Sly goes around killing the bad guys in the jungle with his machine gun and that's about it. Like Predator, I guess, just without the Predator.
I was wrong. It's excellent. I found it very entertaining, and also quite sad. Sure, Rambo is this bad-ass, super elite soldier who can kill a man practically by looking at him with his wonky face, but I never realised there was a subtext quite so deep to it. The way the bent cops are almost enjoying hunting him down and killing him on "his own turf" if you like is obviously a subtle (maybe not so subtle, actually) allusion to how…
If you have any doubt as to whether Sylvester Stallone was the greatest action hero of his time, do yourself a favor and watch the brilliant, underrated, and unexpectedly nuanced First Blood.
I was first introduced to John Rambo when I was nine years old. My dad somehow thought that First Blood was suitable material for his kids, and so we watched, in varying levels of distress, as Rambo fashioned makeshift weapons and methodically eliminated soldier after soldier in increasingly brutal ways. And when we got to the part where he dug a bullet out of his own arm, we were just about ready to puke.
My dad, my little brother, and I have watched First Blood more than thirty…
Your daily reminder that Stallone movies never used to be cheesy, that 90-minute action movies are the best kind of action movie, that the Pacific Northwest is one of the most cinematic environments, that Jerry Goldsmith could do no wrong, that John Rambo is more-or-less a weaponized Frankenstein's monster created by Trautman, that Brian Dennehy's character has the name Will Teasle, that Stallone's body fat used to be 2.3%, that director Ted Kotcheff also made Weekend at Bernie's. That is all.
The quintessential “one man army” flick, a classic action extravaganza, and a powerhouse of first-rate direction, taut screenplay & remarkable lead performance, First Blood is one of the most exhilarating examples of its genre that didn’t just inspire & influence numerous action films of the 1980s & ’90s but is also notable for introducing the world to one of the greatest action heroes of all time who has, since then, become a prominent part of pop culture.
Set in a small American town, First Blood tells the story of John Rambo; a Vietnam-war veteran who is in town to visit an old comrade but is intercepted & driven out of the place by an arrogant Sheriff who considers him an unwanted nuisance. When Rambo…
A post-Vietnam action thriller that comments loudly on the post-Vietnam soldier, Ted Kotcheff's "First Blood" tells a violent tale of a man thrown away by society after serving his country. Starring Sylvester Stallone as the now-iconic John Rambo, the film could be written off as late era exploitation if it were not for Stallone's commitment to his character and Kotcheff's commitment to his film's necessary themes. It all makes for an action film with its head and heart in an important place.
The story is simple: John Rambo, a Vietnam veteran who drifts town to town, trying to find his place in the post-war world, runs afoul of the law in a mountain community. The narrative follows escape and chase…
Sunday Morning Review.
God didn't make Rambo, I made him!
It's a crisp December night in a mountainous northern American town. You can see your breath in the air and taste the line flavor in the wind. Christmas lights sway from power lines and the soft glow of 80's style diners and shops are splashed across the streets. It's empty. Everyone is indoors.
And then John Rambo comes walking down the middle of the road with an M60.
Much like Die Hard, here is an action series that quickly came off the rails but is blessed with a near flawless first film. Rambo: First Blood was an unorthodox action film for the time because despite being a mentally unstable Vietnam…
Best film of stallion
No words to say but Classic!!
I've been rewatching a lot of movies I previously loved to see how they hold up. I'm also working on a list of my top 100 favorite films and also a list of my favorite action films of all time. So I was feeling it was time to pop Rambo into my blu-Ray player.
So how did it go?
Well boys & girls, it's not as sensational as a younger me once believed it to be. The first act of the film is incredible. It sets up perfectly the isolated and forgotten war hero and his literal war he faces back home. Unfortunately what happens is the writing becomes lazy. It loses everything with shoddy dialogue that lacks subtlety and becomes…
>ywn destroy a small american town because of your ptsd
I haven't seen any of the other movies of the 'Rambo' series, but I love Sylvester Stallone's work, even as cheesy as it gets, in the 'Rocky' series (though I haven't seen 'Creed' yet). Others he's made over the years, aside from the two series which have been his claim to fame, I can take them or leave them; for instance, 'Cobra' and 'Judge Dredd' were OK, though nothing worth writing home about. But THIS was an excellent movie. THIS had a very good script about the Vietnam War, some quite nuanced moments that showed an expanded acting repertoire of possibilities for Stallone, THIS had a very good supporting cast with Richard Crenna, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy and Jack Starrett,…
2016 movie viewings, #111. Back when I was in high school and starting college in the 1980s, the way you might hear my friends talk about the movie First Blood would sound something like the following: "No, dude, it's good, I swear! It's not all that fucking U-S-A! U-S-A! crap! It's, like, actually dark and smart and shit! No, dude, I swear!" That says loads about what Sylvester Stallone's career had become by the mid-'80s, when my friends and I first became conscious of him as a nationalistic, jingoistic mouthpiece for Reagan's America; so…
I felt this film never quite fulfills what it sets out to do. I like the central premise: what if an American war hero went loose on his own people? The American wilderness becomes a new jungle with civilian law enforcement fighting against one soldier. This could have been a platform used to really explore the Vietnam experience. But the film fails to deliver on ever going too deep.
The main problem is that John Rambo is presented as so obviously a hero (given Christ-like imagery in the jailhouse) while Brian Dennehy's character is so obviously a villain. This really simplified the film's conflict and there was no real substance to their rivalry. Maybe the problem was more in the…
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