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.
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Mr. T may be somewhat of a jokey association with the 80s (at least with the ninja bacon mustache crowd), but give the man some credit: His persona is so strong that in this, his first feature film, he's given maybe a cumulative 3-minutes of screentime to speak, and he crafts a character that is very well defined and memorable. Some actors can't do that with 150 minutes.
Also worth noting the audience I watched this with was really jamming on the homoerotic undertones between Rocky and Apollo Creed.
Oddly despite having seen Rocky, Rocky 2 & 4, I had never seen this part.
This is where it goes big budget Hollywood action film but still holds onto Rocky as being kinda real, as he loses his edge and becomes materialistic.
Features Mr T as the most annoyingly angry bad guy in the world.
Also features Paulie, comic relief perhaps, but actually just really really annoying.
Great cameo by Hulk Hogan though.
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".
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.
What I loved about the first two Rocky films was the sense of desperation, the idea that Rocky needed to win the fight and do it for a reason. Rocky III basically turns the franchise into a WWE match, throwing in Hulk Hogan (to be fair, he is pretty great) and Mr. T (who is an incredibly lackluster villain) and making Rocky III the first film in the series that feels silly.
There's basically nothing for the usual supporting cast to do, whereas in the past, they all sort of had their own directions to go in. Paulie starts the film incredibly pissed off at Rocky, then a few minutes later, the anger has completely disappeared. Adrian is boiled down…
two words: THUNDER LIPS
Und noch mal muss der Boxer ran. Diesmal hat er einen klassischen Bösewicht als Gegner; Mr T mag Rocky nicht ... #ausGründen ... und ist dazu eine Kampfmaschine ohne Gleichen.
Rocky ist aber nach drei Jahren Karriere nicht mehr mit Biss dabei und muss ... zu sich selbst finden. Ich kann sein Dilemma nicht nachempfinden, ist er auf der Suche nach seinem alten Willen (der mir eh immer nicht so stark vor kam), oder bekämpft er eher sein Trauma vermöbelt worden zu sein und Micky verloren zu haben.
Zumindest ist die Story mal ein wenig anders, die Dialoge von Rocky haben sich gebessert (eine echte Entwicklung von Rocky?), die Kämpfe machen noch mehr Spaß (ich sach nur: Hulk…
This is a movie that is easy to not think about compared to the greatness of Rocky and Rocky IV, but Rocky III is a fantastic movie. It grips you from start to finish, and I enjoy every moment of it. It's just a feel good movie that makes you root for The Italian Stallion once again. The fight scenes with Mr. T are very well done, and every punch sounds as brutal as they look. This is just a movie that puts a smile on my face.
It was on this film that the Rocky franchise jumped the shark and became all about which bigger, stronger opponent does Rocky have to, against all odds, beat this time?
I mean, for what it's worth it's not bad. It's certainly depressing as hell to see Mickey die, it's inspiring to see Apollo and Rocky join forces, and it's the debut of that goddamned Eye of the Tiger song that's way overplayed. But remember that the beginning has Rocky and Hulk Hogan (not as Hulk Hogan, but) having a wrestling/boxing match. Seriously. What the fuck was that shit?
And Clubber Lang is way too cartoony. It's just kind of a ridiculous movie that's fun, sure. But, like Rocky II, doesn't hold a candle to the original. Increasingly, it was becoming a parody of itself more than a true sequel. However, the last shot is goddamned awesome, so what am I complaining for?
One of the top films of the Rocky series in which Rocky Balboa faces a young and hungry contender as he later gets the help of old foe Apollo Creed to get back his edge.
This time around Rocky becomes Apollo – who then gets trained by Apollo to become Rocky again. Sounds complicated, but it ain't.
Three years into his championship title Rocky finally managed to do commercials, but still not to cover himself in a fight. And because he does take Mr. T for a fool, he gets his ass handed to himself. Only to get his black on in a L.A. gym and come back stronger than ever.
The structure is kind of weird, considering that we see two fights in the second half of the film: one where Rocky is a bum and the other where he's the shit. I liked the now blooming friendship between Rocky and Apollo though. And…
The emotional impact of the 'Micky' scene and the scene of Rocky and Adrian on the beach are enough to revisit this film.
This one is a bit different. On paper it seems like Stallone tried to combine the best elements of what made the first two films work, and it works surprisingly well.
The random charity fight with wrestler Hulk Hogan is pretty much played for laughs, which is fun.
In this movie you also get Paulie being constantly racist (why is he always part of Rocky's entourage), and Apollo Creed coming forth as an ally. Great Carl Weathers! Oh yeah Mr. T is the main villain of the film, surprisingly maintains a menacing presence despite his later career being associated as a punchline.
With so much time dedicated to fights (and we have never gotten into the ring so early into…
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