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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
The movie that helped launch Sly further into an action star, still the best movie of the Rambo series, the movie based on a book of the same name by David Morrell features Sly as a presumed drifer, passing through a small town which has a very clean reputation. The local sheriff takes offence to this and tries to bully him out of town with devastating results. Rambo takes them through the local forests in order to escape, and is hunted down. Although over 30 years old, this film still holds up against today's action movies. Great film that I like to watch along with Commando for an exciting day off.
Like most 80s action, there isn't a strong plot, and I'd recommend reading the book afterwards so you have an idea of how the author wanted this told.
First watch in many years. One of Stallone's best films - the smaller scale, the emphasis on character, strong performances (especially Dennehy) and gritty, thrilling action make this far superior to anything that followed.
Sylvester Stallone 's best film and one of the best war movies ever!!!! great filming locations in British Columbia , Canada, in a town called Hope!
'You are gonna die Teasle!
Stallone talked to several Vietnam veterans ans i always look for a movie behind the scenes!
For the escape out of the police station Ted Kotcheff (the director) had help from a navy seal from the US Army
'they do first blood ! Stallone did some dangerous stunts himself and he was in good shape!
The most popular action movie of the decade, it's got a good story and a lot of exciting action. I highly recommend it.
Si como yo crecieron en una sociedad, familia o escuela que los llenó de prejuicios sobre ciertas películas, libros o música se darían cuenta de las muchas cosas que se perdieron de niños. No era que me prohibieran ver cosas en casa, solo me decían "eso es muy sangriento y no debes verlo" y seguramente me lo decían cuando había mucha sangre o salía el Alíen o Depredador y yo como buen niño sensible y obediente que era me tomé esa instrucción muy apecho. Lo que no explica las muchas veces que vi The Wall de chamaco y el horror que me hacía sentir lo de la carne molida. Supongo que no hubo adultos responsables cerca en esos momentos
I never watched a complete Rambo movie, except for the fourth instalment a few years ago. Of course with the character being such a huge part of film and pop culture I knew many, many iconic scenes from all films, the basic plotlines and had a pretty precise idea of how the series evolved. Thus I was pretty hesitant for a long time, as detailed knowledge ruins many films before you even start them up but after another rewatch of the splendid John Rambo from 2008 I felt it was time to fill that gap.
And First Blood was a terrific watch despite having no surprises for me in store. It’s an amazing, suspenseful action film and a great Anti…
I've certainly never been a fan of Stallone, but First Blood has convinced me that not being able to speak properly shouldn't stop you from making movies. Well as long as you don't speak very much.
The concept is perhaps a bit silly, but at least it doesn't take itself too seriously, and gets away with it in a way that only 80s actioners can. Director Ted Kotcheff is a fairly steady pair of hands and makes sure Rambo doesn't go too far off the rails and successfully makes a very enjoyable film.
95. ¿Cómo? ¿Qué esto que late en mi pecho? ¿Es acaso MI AMOR POR LAS PELÍCULAS DE GUERRA Y SUS DERIVADOS? Sí, eso eso lo que sentía mientras veía Rambo.
Cosa rara, tenía décadas que no la veía, y no recordaba absolutamente nada. Debe ser que luego los megamaratones en el canal cinco, dobladas, con sus millones de comerciales hacen todo difuso. Se parece tanto a la primaria, por eso no me sé ninguna capital.
Es gloriosa, pero faneando en Reddit, no sabía que estaba inspirada en un libro, mucho menos que hay un final original (que pueden encontrar en youtube). Mi teoría es que vieron futuro en la franquicia, por lo que el final original no servía. PERO, lo que vi en youtube me gustó mucho, hay poder, hay desesperación y angustia y AGH.
"People start fuckin' around with the law and all hell breaks loose."
- 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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- Son of the White Mare
- 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…