These are the top 100 personal favorite films of mine. As my film collection and vocabulary grows, I'm sure this…
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…
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…
Stallone is something else, isn't he? Let's be honest, the guy has a certain charisma, but he really can't act. But still he has given life to two iconic characters that are an unmistakable part of cinema history.
It is too easy to write this film off as a simplistic and ridiculous action film that spawned moronic sequels and launched a host of copycats that muddied the waters of the action genre in the eighties. It may have done all that, but this is also a very, very good film indeed.
This was my first watch as an 'adult' and while I didn't feel the energy I felt when I first saw it…
If you want some friendly advice, get a haircut and take a bath. You wouldn't get hassled so much.
One of the greatest action movies of all time. It's gritty, incredibly dark, has an air of realism and is still a very original film to this day. I say an "air of realism" because even though some things might be unrealistic when you think about them too much, the movie is made in such a way that pretty much anything John Rambo does comes off as totally possible. That's how you make an action movie, you don't just do the impossible and call it a day. You make the impossible seem possible and THEN call it a day.
I'd like to write an unbiased review of this film, without nostalgia clouding my judgement, but I’m not sure if it can be done. I try and escape nostalgia in these instances, but it has a habit of catching up with me.
Once, it caught up with me and threw me in jail. Forcing me to fight my way to freedom.
Another time it cornered me on a cliff edge. Forcing me to make a spectacular leap into a gorge (a leap so spectacular, in fact, that I imagine if it was a scene in a film and a young boy saw it, it would completely blow his mind).
If I had more time, I could also mention the time…
A couple of years ago the term "Rambo" was introduced into the german dictionary supposedly meaning "brutish manly type, muscle man". Clearly the people who did that only remembered the sequels because "First Blood" is one of the greatest anti-war movies which came disguised as an amazing action flick. Up to this day this is my favourite Stallone movie.
John Rambo is a veteran who comes home after serving in the vietnam war who fails to reconnect with the american society after the horrors he experienced during the war. Travelling the roads not sure on what to do with his life he gets bullied by a local Sheriff and fights him the only way he knows, by starting a full…
A fun, ridiculous "social commentary" blockbuster on PTSD and the struggle that war veterans have assimilating back into society. Of course this isn't a masterpiece, but it isn't trying to be.
Sylvester Stallone will never be this cool ever again, brilliant film but the character is the highlight.
One of the best action movies of the Eighties, mainly because it owes more to the character driven action of the Seventies than it does does the overblown explosionfests that followed it.
Wanna see Rambo became he became a nonsense character? See this.
This movie is probably my favorite action film. It reminds me of the Rambo survival knife I had when I was young.
First time I saw this film, I was nearly thirty. Up until then I had always thought Rambo was this typical mainstream, all-muscles-no-brain kind of explosion-action flick, where Stallone shirtless showed all kinds of muscles while ripping throats open and killing whole armies alone with his bare hands.
It is safe to say I was surprised.
Mainly by the depth in the Rambo character. That guy has issues, and Stallone really proved himself as an actor portraying this.
The way the film deals with the issue of post war trauma is also handled really well through this Rambo character.
With a story like this, First Blood turns out to be one of the best films in the action genre.
It's certainly one of the most iconic!
"They drew first blood."
A highly enjoyable action flick!
First Blood is held together by a strong, no-holds-barred performance by Sylvester Stallone and by, surprisingly, putting the human drama on equal measure with the action.
- Apocalypse Now
- Enter the Void
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop…
- The Great Dictator
- Mr. Woodcock
- Deep Rising
- Bangkok Dangerous
- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
A list with film titles that could easily have been titles of porn movies.
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- Fish Story
- Four Lions
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…