Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
His life is happy, his fights have seemed easy. Now a young upstart is going to make him prove just how far he can still go...
Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring. His lifestyle of wealth and idleness is shaken when a powerful young fighter known as Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter rival Apollo Creed to help him regain his form for a rematch with Lang.
Matt Singer had it right, after all: This is the best of the Rocky sequels, a satisfying blend of superhero cartoonishness (Clubber Lang, Thunderlips, etc.) and residual "authentic" feeling from the first film. Great montages, greater short shorts.
Looses half a star because Adrian can't sing "Doo-doo doo doo" correctly.
Regains half a star for Survivor's excellent "Eye of the Tiger".
“You know, Stallion? It’s too bad we gotta get old.”
“Ah, just keep punching Apollo.”
My favourite Rocky film and the one with probably the best theme tune. Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" ramps up that eighties soft rock ballad bollocks to Spinal Tap proportions.
This is also the only film where Mr. T. doesn't look like a fat fuck and Talia Shire gets more than just a few lines of dialogue. It's not exactly rocket science as Rocky wins,then Rocky Loses then Rocky wins against all the odds. We've seen it all before of course but it's another eighties guilty pleasure that stands the test of time.
This is the point where Rocky went from an underdog to a superhero and you know what? It's not as bad as it could have been. Afterall, where else can you see Rocky fight Mr. T AND Hulk Fucking Hogan? Plus, combined with a nice training montage and Eye of the Tiger, it's a pretty cool film.
Rocky loses the eye of the tiger and his father figure, befriends Apollo Creed, regains the eye of the tiger. Adrian now has self-esteem and a new haircut. Paulie becomes marginally less racist. All of this is conveyed in a famously hyberbolic, visually slick, hilariously homoerotic style that helped define "'80s movies" as we understand them. I used to think this made the movie bad, but I was letting my assumption that "cheesy = bad" dissuade me from understanding that any cheese as entertaining as this is good cheese. It's a huge departure from the first two, of course, but it works because it's clearly coming from the heart just as much as the earlier films. The theme of Rocky…
If only there was something to put in-between the fight scene and montages...
Nothing I can add that I haven't put in my previous three reviews but it is Rocky III and I love it. That is all.
Stallone got seriously lean for this!
Easily the most entertaining of the ROCKYs, though definitely not the best (a title that still goes to the first one). From the gonzo Hulk Hogan sequence to the frighteningly raw emotion Stallone displays when Mickey dies to the hilariously homoerotic training montage with Apollo to that furious fight climax (which doesn't last nearly as long as I remember -- it's a quick and brutal three rounds) this just zips along. The worst-written scene is probably the most important one: Adrian's beach monologue to Rocky about why he needs to get his shit together and fight Clubber. Listen to the train of thought she goes through and it seems like the first draft of the script (as if it were…
Mediocre effort that gets its rating for the montages, The Eye Of The Tiger and the view of Carl Weathers in that cropped tee.
All of Rocky III feels like going through the motions, but it's undeniable entertainment and high camp because Sylvester Stallone's convinced he's making art — or at least a blockbuster with prestige. His big argument with Talia Shire or rambling, incomprehensible mourning of Burgess Meredith are meant to be anything but uproarious, but their absurdity compounds. These repeated confrontations without context or consequence are deliciously meaningless melodrama. Without a real director to guide them, Shire, Meredith and especially Mr. T give high-pitched, completely unrestrained performances.
Stallone's egomania is on full display. Per usual, he's interested in fetishizing his own body over anything else. But Rocky is a Stallone stand-in, a man at the height of his celebrity who's determined, beloved…
The scene on the beach is more painful than getting beat down by Clubber Lang. Everything else is glorious though.
The shots from ringside during the final fight are among the most beautiful ever committed to celluloid.
My favorite Rocky film if it were not for Rocky IV and I pity the fool that does not agree with me.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 24 Hour Party People
- 28 Days Later...
- 49th Parallel
Probably of little interest to anybody but me, here is my personal film collection on various formats that I've collected…
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Breaking Bad was a pretty self-contained show, but occasionally, little references to the world of cinema bled through.