Rocky: "Ah come on, Adrian, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood."
When it comes to Rocky movies, you won't find many bigger fans than me. My favorite Christmas gift this year was the "Rocky Collection". Unfortunately it includes "Rocky V", oh well! When I first heard that Slyvester Stallone was going to do another Rocky movie, I was skeptical to say the least. How could he try and do another Rocky movie? Even a big fan like myself, doesn't want to see another subpar Rocky film. As previews started to play on tv and I heard more about it, I started thinking "it might not be that bad!" To get myself pumped for the release, I watched the previous five all over again on OnDemand. I even dug out my Rocky soundtrack on vinyl and blasted that to get excited about seeing the new one.
Wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and sporting a black winter hat- just like "The Italian Stallion" I went to see it. Man, I really liked this movie!!! I liked it so much, I changed my 2006 best movie list to include it (sorry Marky Mark, you got bumped, only room for one movie about an underdog from Philly!). "Rocky Balboa" feels like the first two, kinda low budget and very grainy. What made Rocky such an icon is the fact that it felt so real, so relatable. That's what makes this new and last installment so good.
Rocky is back in the old neighborhood and owns a restaurant named after his recently passed wife Adrian. It was weird watching a Rocky movie without Adrian. He's retired, doesn't have a close relationship with his son and only has Paulie to keep him company. His conversation with his son about "Sunshines and Rainbows" speaks to why everyone loves Rocky. He's one of the more endearing charcters ever on screen. Of all of the Rocky movies, the boxing "villain" in this movie is the weakest. Mason "The Line" Dixon is champion and has alienated boxing fans by not beating talented boxers. I don't need to tell you what happens next.
Without saying to much about the movie, Rocky regains his pride and gets back in the ring and proves he is still a "fighter". It's really a fitting end to a great movie saga. Sly, who wrote and directed "Rocky Balboa", went back to the roots with this final Rocky movie. To bad George Lucas didn't use this formula for his "Star Wars" prequels.
If you like Rocky, you should really enjoy this one. This movie made me want to go and run up some stairs afterwards. There is nothing like that theme song. Once you hear that "Rocky Song", you know it's time for Rocky to get in shape and whoop some ass! It's just awesome to see him on the big screen again! Big up Sly for bringing back Rocky and giving him some dignity on the way out. Rocky, you're not "just another bum from the neighborhood"!
Live Free or Die Hard is a standard action flick. Well, maybe not standard. It's really over the top. The action scenes are almost cartoonish and very unbelievable. The villain is lame. He looks like he belongs on a soap opera. He's got nothing on Han Gruber (Die Hard). I wish we could have gotten more of Maggie Q., who played the evil sidekick. She was really good, she would have made a better lead villain. It's PG-13, so John McClane has the clamps on. He can't be the vulgar jerk we're used to. Is it the worst Die Hard? No. Is it as good as the first two? No. It is entertaining though. It's cool seeing these old guys (Rocky, Rambo, Indiana Jones, McClane) making watchable action movies again. If you just want to watch things get blown up, car crashes, Kevin Smith playing a basement nerd, and Bruce Willis getting bloody and dirty (Happens in every Die Hard), then you can spend your $9 on alot worse, like Fantastic Four.
Another go see! After you pay for "Shoot 'Em Up", sneak into or pay to see "Superbad". If not for "Knocked Up", this would be the funniest movie of the year. Judd Apatow, who brought us "Knocked Up" is responsible for this comedy soon to be deemed a classic. I hate most teen-based comedies because they are not accurate or relatable. I found I could relate with "Superbad". Detractors of this film have complained about how the characters are so vulgar, but this is how teenage boys talk. This isn't "Leave it to Beaver"! Just like "Shoot "Em Up", turn off your moral compass and just watch it for what it is. Easily, one of the top ten of 2007.
Being a big fan Mr. Bean, I've been looking forward to seeing his new film "Mr. Bean's Holiday". The first Bean movie from ten years ago is awful. It didn't stay true to the tv show. This new movie does. Some of the gags are similar to the show, but Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) does a new take on them. I urge everyone to see this one. It is safe for all ages. My 12-year old niece and I loved it. If you like the show, you should like this movie. It has some moments where it loses steam, but it holds your interest for the most part. The best scene is when Bean tries to make money by singing along with an opera song word for word. Classic Bean!!! I'm not going to say see this unless you like Mr. Bean. If you don't know who he is or don't like silent comedy, then don't bother. If you like Mr. Bean like I do, then you'll be pleasantly surprised.