Tag Archives: Sylvester Stallone

Demolition Man

THE FUTURE ISN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF THEM.  In 2032, violent criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) is thawed from his cryogenic sleep for a parole hearing, but escapes; desperate for help, the police also thaw John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), Phoenix’s arch-nemesis, a cop sentenced for manslaughter. A futuristic action movie with a sense … Continue reading Demolition Man

John G. Avildsen, Friend of Underdogs

Director John G. Avildsen died yesterday at the age of 81. He will always be remembered for making Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984). In the interviews above, Avildsen talks about the lessons he’s learned behind the camera. Words of wisdom for filmmaking students. Born in Illinois, Avildsen picked up a thing or two from working as … Continue reading John G. Avildsen, Friend of Underdogs

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

THIS SUMMER, THE GALAXY WON’T SAVE ITSELF.  When Rocket steals valuable batteries from a hostile race, the Guardians of the Galaxy are hunted – and saved by a man (Kurt Russell) who claims to be Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father. This 3D sequel delivers exactly what fans of the first movie expect – colorful battles … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

We Haven’t Seen the Last of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was before my time. I never saw his fights – he was a larger-than-life character I read about long after The Greatest had retired. Watching old clips, like the one above, a 1967 Howard Cosell-hosted encounter between Ali and fellow heavyweight boxer Ernie Terrell that doesn’t end well (although Cosell looks pleased), gives … Continue reading We Haven’t Seen the Last of Muhammad Ali

Ryan Coogler, Blockbuster Director at 30

Ryan Coogler turns 30 years old today, so congratulations are in order. The clip above is an interview with the director from 2013 where he talks about his background and his breakthrough film Fruitvale Station. Based on real events, that was a powerful film and I remember seeing it at the Stockholm film festival and watching … Continue reading Ryan Coogler, Blockbuster Director at 30

Creed

YOUR LEGACY IS MORE THAN A NAME. Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of legendary heavyweight champ Apollo Creed, talks his father’s one-time rival and best friend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) into training him. After six Rocky movies, Stallone was done… but then came the talented director of Fruitvale Station (2013) and convinced him … Continue reading Creed

Judge Dredd

ONE MAN IS JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER.  In the 2080s, most of mankind live in huge “Mega-Cities” where crime is rampant; Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) works as virtually a one-man army, serving as a cop, judge and executioner. The director’s first Hollywood movie disappointed fans of the original comic book. The action is well paced … Continue reading Judge Dredd

My Oscar Predictions 2016

The ad above pretty much sums up the schizophrenic nature of the Academy Awards, which airs live on ABC this Sunday. It’s a spot that wants to be young and cool, with a smart-mouthed Chris Rock. That stands in contrast with the nominations this year that largely snubbed worthy performances by African-American actors. We’re used … Continue reading My Oscar Predictions 2016

Winners of the 2016 Golden Globes

Time flies, and the Golden Globes are already coming up. The show will be on NBC this Sunday and Ricky Gervais is coming back for another stint as host. In this promo, he’s being his usual self. I’m sure his monologue will be funny, and hopefully outrageous. Possibly, Chris Rock will choose the same approach … Continue reading Winners of the 2016 Golden Globes

Bullet to the Head

REVENGE NEVER GETS OLD. After walking into a trap, New Orleans hit man James Bonomo (Sylvester Stallone) reluctantly teams up with a Washington, D.C. cop (Sung Kang) who’s getting no help from the local authorities; both men are after the same people. I suppose Stallone was attracted by the idea of playing a character who’s … Continue reading Bullet to the Head

The Expendables 3

NEW TEAM. NEW ATTITUDE. NEW MISSION. When the CIA learns that one of the original Expendables (Mel Gibson), who went rogue and was presumed dead, has resurfaced, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) assembles a new team to capture him. The first film in the series to get a PG-13 rating, which to the disappointment of many … Continue reading The Expendables 3

Grudge Match

A RIVALRY 30 YEARS IN THE MAKING.  Former Pittsburgh boxers Henry Sharp and Billy McDonnen (Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro) have a bone to pick with each other ever since their last fight many years ago, and now the time has come for a “grudge match”. A big deal was made out of “Rocky” meeting … Continue reading Grudge Match

Rocky V

GO FOR IT! After the last movie’s big fight in the Soviet Union, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) returns home with a brain damage and few financial assets; he starts training a young, promising boxer (Tommy Morrison)… A completely superfluous sequel that tries to connect with the simplicity of the first film. Offers the novelty of Stallone … Continue reading Rocky V