Tag Archives: Rocky

Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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“[Ryan Coogler is] unspoiled, he’s unfettered with material success, and he’s hungry. He reminded me of some other brash young guy in 1975.” – Sylvester Stallone

What a gorgeous and honest interview with Sylvester Stallone about his Oscar-nominated performance in Creed. (I wrote on Creed for Rogerebert.com’s year-end roundup.) He is so so good in Creed, and I’m grateful that I’m in the group of people … Continue reading

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December 2015 Viewing Diary

Christmas, Again (2015; d. Charles Poekel) So good. I reviewed for Rogerebert.com. Back Street (1932; John M. Stahl) Back Street is the story of a woman who allows herself to be a “back street” woman: a long-time mistress to a … Continue reading

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Fandor’s Best Feature Films, 2015

I was invited to participate in Fandor’s end-of-year poll about the best feature films of 2015. Here are the results. Whether or not your favorite is or is not there is irrelevant (at least in my view). I’m not a … Continue reading

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Seeing Creed Today

It’s one of my most-anticipated films of the year. Not just because of my long-standing Rocky obsession, plus my love of Sylvester Stallone, but because I think Michael B. Jordan is so excellent too (Fruitvale Station!) Plus the wonderful Tessa … Continue reading

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The Creed Trailer

Well. THAT was phenomenal. Never mind the fact that it pours right into my Rocky obsession, but the film is directed by the enormously gifted Ryan Coogler who brought us the harrowing Fruitvale Station. I’m thrilled he’s at the helm. … Continue reading

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The Man In the Mirror

You didn’t think I’d forgotten, did you? I forget nothing. I still haven’t written the damn thing but I now have a file folder on my desktop filled with screengrabs of men looking at themselves (or at somebody else) in … Continue reading

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Burt Young Smashes Up the Apartment

If you don’t remember the scene, here is what happens, in recap, let’s break it down: Paulie has invited the press to come and watch Rocky train at the meat locker … without Rocky’s permission. Rocky and Paulie have a … Continue reading

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Being Mean To Rocky Balboa

Freezing cold twilight. I was waiting for the bus. I was alone. A guy was also in the area, and he was in the process of painting a sign up on the wall of a new Thai restaurant. As I … Continue reading

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Pumpgirl and Rocky Balboa

Review of a play I really want to see. Its reputation precedes it. Interesting comments there about Ireland, and also what is going on over there right now, in terms of plays, and playwrights. It’s no secret that Ireland is, … Continue reading

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