Tonights documentary The Real Rocky by Jeff Feuerzeig was the story of former heavy weight boxer, Chuck Wepner. Wepner has lived most of his life as a traveling liquor salesman and continues to earn his living through that trade to this day. Boxing was never Chuck’s main priority in life but it was something he was good at. He had worked his way through the heavy weight ranks, and after being beaten by Sonny Liston, Chuck had earned himself the nickname the Bayonne Bleeder due to him being from Bayonne New Jersey, and the fight leaving him with several lacerations on his face. On March 24th 1975 Wepner got his shot at the heavyweight championship of the world against Muhammad Ali. Wepner entered the fight as a massive underdog, but he managed to push Ali to the 15th and final round of the fight. Sylvester Stallone saw this fight and used it as inspiration for his famous Rocky movies. Stallone was always willing to admit that this moment inspired Rocky and even acknowledged that Ali was the inspiration for Apollo Creed, but would never admit that Wepner was Rocky. [Read more...]
Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables is a man on a mission, action all stars extravaganza being sold as an explosion a minute yarn. But if it wasn’t for a solid final 25 minutes or so of non-stop action then this film would have been a colossal failure of its potential.
Now I hate to feel a little burned by a film’s marketing, as that happens a tad too much in Hollywood if you ask me, but look at the cast Stallone has assembled here! I mean, just reading the cast’s names is a promise of big things. Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, and the list goes ever on. These guys should be beating the shit out of each other from frame one; right? Well sadly that isn’t the case and after a brief “actiony” opening sequence the film is pretty dry on fighting and action for sometime. Now I am all for character building, but after about 2/3 of the way through the movie we have been treated to one action beat that consisted of quick shoot out, a lame car chase, and a cool gimmick on a dock; that’s it.
A couple of weeks ago I excitedly told my aunt that I was going to Comic Con in a week, with a big ol’ smile on my face. I didn’t really expect her to be jealous, but I was overly excited. Then she asked if it was a gathering of comics or something. As in comedians. I then proceeded to try and explain that it was this really cool event that happens each year that has been taken over by Hollywood in the past decade or so. Basically it has everything a nerd would desire to see, including comics, writers, artists, video games, tv shows, and movies. I told her about the panels I was planning on sitting in on and some of the people that were scheduled to attend. I was adamant about making her see how awesome it was, but she just didn’t get it. Color me deflated. Oh well, I guess Comic Con is just for certain people…
Like this girl: