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.
The third instalment in the Rocky series, the story of Rocky III is set 4 years after the events of the previous chapter and follows Rocky Balboa who, after many successful title defences & his ever increasing fame, is strongly considering retirement but falls into depression after losing the title to a rookie boxer and turns to a former enemy to get himself back in the ring.
Written & directed by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky III is a mediocre sequel that takes the series into a slightly different direction and features a more campy tone that soon becomes very annoying. The screenplay isn't good at all for the plot wastes time on sequences that don't even play any relevant role in the final…
Interviewer: Do you hate Rocky?
Clubber Lang: No, I don't hate Balboa. I pity the fool, and I will destroy any man who tries to take what I got!
Sylvester Stallone is back directing an action sequel to a boxing movie, Rocky III is not about the story at all (that being its biggest problem) its all about the sweaty, muscley, boxing sequence's, so this franchise went from drama to action and even though I find it to be an issue (Rocky III not having much of a plot to it) its not always a bad thing because if you can keep me entertained even without a story that's good and well Rocky III does, its got montage's, more Apollo…
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.
Sylvester Stallone's career will always boil down to two iconic characters he played on more than one occasion. He played Vietnam veteran John Rambo in four films and is currently filming his seventh film as boxing hero Rocky Balboa nearly forty years after the first. This third installment in the Rocky Franchise sees Stallone himself return to the directors chair he'd filled in Rocky II with a box-office bonanza in his sights.
So Rocky's now the Champion Of The World and living the good life with wife Adrian and his young son. His world however is about to come crashing down around him as he questions his own ability following revelations from manager Mickey that he handpicked his opponents during…
If you compare the trajectory of the Rocky franchise alongside the trajectory of Rocky the character, if the first picture saw the underdog rise and surprise everyone, then the second saw a solid fighter consolidate its position as iconic, Rocky III inevitably tackles the age old question: what do you do when you reach the top? Sylvester Stallone, again writing, directing and starring as now world champion Rocky Balboa, answers that by pulling the king of the ring down off the pedestal he spent two movies putting him on; here Rocky, and perhaps the franchise itself, must find a way to continue his success while riding the crest of a wave, and inevitably pride and success come before a fall.…
Everyone loves the first one and those in the know praise the excellent "Rocky Balboa" but too often the middle films (5 def not included) are dismissed as goofy cash ins. I don't see them that way and feel that 2,3,4 are among the most effortlessly enjoyable and re watchable movies period. Two is great but three steps it up with Adrian managing to stay coma free throughout the duration and the addition of a much needed new foe for Rock to face in the iconic Mr T aka Clubber Lang.
One of the inherent difficulties of the series is to repeatedly set up Rocky as an underdog which this movie does beautifully. Sure its easy to make fun of…
The characters get a bit lost here – Adrian is basically a prop on the sidelines, Apollo Creed’s temperament has radically changed and Rocky has transformed into a dumb galoot – but I think “Rocky III” has both the best closing boxing sequence and the single most moving scene of the whole series. But I think what I’m really responding to here is the sheer ’80s-ness of the thing: This feels like a Saturday morning “Rocky” cartoon made flesh, with Mr. T and “Eye of the Tiger” and that goofy training montage on the beach tipping this over into almost irresistible camp at times.
Part 3 of "Yo Adrian, we did it!!" RANKING THE CINEMATIC JOURNEY OF ROCKY BALBOA
In Rocky 3, we join Rocky as he's been a fighting champ for a while. After beating Apollo for the title, Rocky has gone on to defend his title multiple times, and also, is living a much more luxurious lifestyle than he was previously used to. Gone are the days of run-down apartments and clothes with holes in them, as Rocky, Adrian and Rocky Jnr is now living in a much better house, with fancy sports cars and all the abundance that comes with being the boxing world champ...
However, a new threat is around the corner, as an up and coming contender that has…
Ormai #RockyIII si è appesantito. In compenso è trainato da una canzone pazzesca e da personaggi che si avviano a diventare leggende. #privè
I swear I saw this as a child but the only memory I had was of running on the beach. Like, I knew Mr. T was in it, but didn't really know. Or remember Hulk Hogan at all. Anyways.
Pretty much a mess in the first half until Apollo shows up. Then it becomes focused and fun. The bromance is a hoot and Clubber a unique foil. It's also crazy racist and Rocky doesn't really seem like the same guy from the previous films. But it can also be a lot of fun and that kind of trumps the rest by the end.
A surprising improvement from the second installment.
Eye of the Tiger, baby.
I know that this isn't the best Rocky film, but it might be my favourite depending on how 4 holds up.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Less a character drama with boxing as its backdrop, ROCKY III is arguably what most of us think about when reflecting on this franchise. It's a lot brasher and stupider than the previous two, but also a lot more fun. I like how writer-director Sylvester Stallone keeps finding ways to continue Balboa's story, and ROCKY III is almost a combination of the first two film's ideas.
Here, Balboa is the reigning heavyweight champion of the world and a global superstar, successfully defending his title ten times. He's a multi-millionaire and it seems his humble beginnings back in Philly are far behind him, as he now lives in a huge mansion, gets to unveil statues of himself, brawls with Hulk Hogan…
This film is notable because it's one of those films that's criticizing the very thing it is. It's also a kind of predictive meta-commentary on the career Stallone was about to have.
In the six years between Rocky and Rocky III, Stallone only made 4 films that weren't Rocky movies. Of those 4, Victory is the only one I've heard of or seen. All of them though seem, at least from their IMDB descriptions, to be smaller movies that were at best modestly successful. Stallone was basically in the Rocky business during this time and it wouldn't be until his first film after Rocky III that he would have a bonfide hit outside of Rocky with First Blood, the first…
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
The book celebrates and chronicles over one…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…