Friday, September 22, 2017

"Rocky" By: Anthony Ruggiero

*Spoiler Warning*

Rocky is a 1976 drama/sports film about a boxer named Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) who gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is offered to fight the world heavyweight champion of the boxing industry, Apollo Creed (Carl weathers). 
                    Throughout the movie Rocky is portrayed as being a bum because he only does underground boxing matches. Also he lives in an apartment that is all dirty and messy and very small almost like a tenement. Rocky is also a debt collector so he can make some extra money on top of the $40.55. In one scene Rocky is told to break a mans fingers if he doesn't pay the full amount of $200 but he chooses to take the mans money sum of $132 and not break his fingers. In this scene it seems like Rocky is kind and doesn't like to have a lot of violence even though he is a boxer.
                    Later on in the movie he starts to date Adrian (Talia Shire) the girl from the pet store he goes to all the time to get food for his turtles, Cuff and Link. Adrian eventually moves in with Rocky after her brother Paulie (Burt Young) comes home drunk and throws a big fit. In one scene Rocky is almost kind of disrespected when the promoters got his shorts colors wrong on a banner, instead of the shorts being white with a red stripe they are red with a white stripe.
                     When the fight starts Apollo Creed is fooling around and toying with Rocky until Rocky knocks Creed to the ground and shows him how much power he really has. Come round 15 both fighters are still standing but in the end Creed edges out Balboa to take the win. In the final scene Rocky is surrounded by a ton of people and instead of attending to the people he screams "Adrian", and the movie ends.
                       In my opinion the movie was great, it thought it had a very well done story and great character development. The only part I did not agree with was Rocky losing the fight but at the same time its kind of a surprise to the viewers who thought Rocky was gonna win. Other than that the movie was everything you'd ever want in a movie. Rocky has now become one of my favorite movies and I am glad it is a cult classic in the film business.

Rocky By Shanelle Lester

Rocky made in (1976). An Academy award-winning film based on [the life of fictional boxer] Rocky "The Italian Stallion" Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Who is a small time boxer that is apart [apart as one word means separate from] of the working class, living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is chosen to take on the heavyweight champion Apollo Creed played by Carl Weathers in getting a second chance to shine.

Rocky who is down on his luck in boxing, struggles to make money, leaving him to work as the muscle for a loan shark named Tony Gazzo played by Joe Spinell . Rocky is a merciful guy, who loves animals, gives people advice, let them walk all over him saying anything they want to say and spares people life even when his boss the loan shark tells him to hurt someone just so they will pay up. Rocky is a boxer yet he takes all the disrespect that people give him. Rocky has a reputation as being an underdog, he is called a loser, creepy and etc. Although rocky boxes and works for a loan shark he take interest in his best friend Paulie (Burt Young) younger sister Adrian played by (Talia Shire) who at first denied her interest in liking rocky but later on in the movie she starts to fall in love with him.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Rocky: The Peoples Champion" By Juwan Sims

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In the [if you add "Academy" then award becomes a proper noun and requires capitalization] Award-winning film Rocky by director John G. Avildsen and screenwriter/actor Sylvester Stallone, they have put a recurring theme [ of the main character Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) being an underdog. They did this by first showing Rocky boxing in an underground ring against Spider Rico (Pedro Lovell) and even though he [Rocky?] won his match he still had to “bum” a cigarette off of someone.

As well when he got paid from the match it wasn’t a lot of money and even his opponents aren’t much and are referenced as “bums” as well and after his match was over he keeps asking when was his next match eager to fight again but they keep telling him they will let him know the next match was. Rocky even has a side job as muscle to a loan shark named Tony Gazzo (Joe Spinell) which he isn’t that good at either since he was supposed to get Gazzo’s money from a dock worker but he left him off easy since he was supposed to break the man finger but instead he took what was in his wallet and left. Of course, he was yell at by Gazzo but other than that there were no repercussions. Later on that week Rocky decided to go to his local boxing gym that he went to for over Ten years that was owned by Mickey (Burgess Meredith) to found out all his stuff was put on “skid row” and his locker was taken by another boxer that Mickey think has more potential. When Rocky started to walk home he decided to try to help a young girl and was telling her that reputations are what everyone remembers by but after telling her all that she still called him a creep. Rocky would later get his come up after being challenged to a fight by Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) which he was reluctant to do it and even after training non-stop, the night of the fight he was feeling like he couldn’t beat Apollo. In his match with Apollo, he manages to knock him down which was a first in a while for Apollo and survive 15 rounds with him

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rocky "the American dream" By: Henry Seyue

Rocky Dir. John G. Advilsen
Feat. Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Burgess Meredith (Micky), Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed), Talia shire (Adrian), and Burt Young (Paulie)

Rocky is truly a coming of age tale that sets the criteria for what is considered a classic in every sense of the word; it's long but doesn't overstay it's welcome, it's relatable (even if you aren't a lower class Italian-American), it has undeniable substance, it has the cameraplay that is essential in any revered piece of cinematography, it has a recognizable musical score, and most importantly it has what I would call unprecedented replay value. I personally have watched it what is now five times and I must say, it hasn't yet begun to depreciate. I believe the reason for this is because the concept of the film is something that never loses it's worthーthe American Dream. The logic is fairly simple, you create a film with a priceless topic and you get a priceless film. This must be something that both Advilsen and Stallone understood well as they brought their minds together to create a script and scenery that coincides perfectly with the concept of the film. I don't say this too often, but I believe that Rocky is a rare five out of five star action film that is yet to be duplicated.

The film begins inside a church of all places, where we actually see Christ looking over Rocky as he fights a battle, both metaphorically and literally. This is some of the clever cameraplay of Advilsen I spoke of earlier. After Rocky gathers his meager compensation of forty bucks (or 176$ in today's money) he is out on the streets where his metaphorical battle continues. We hardly hear Rocky talk until he is back at his apartment engaging in conversation with his animals, implying he has a poor mental state. This aspect of Rocky is beautifully captured by Stallone as Rocky lacks any intelligent lines in the film as well as Stallone's performance in various scenes that seem too genuine to have been scripted. We would later meet Rocky's love interest, Adrian. This would make his character more relatable to viewers who have ever had that special someone in their lives that never seemed to reciprocate their energy. Besides the aspect of unrequited love, there is more to relate to as the film progresses. 

Rocky would later become an underdog when challenged by Apollo Creed. As If having the odds stacked against him in life wasn't enough, the odds are now against him in the ring. As rocky prepares to fight this provides us with one of the most epic training montages in film history. As he climbs the steps of independence hall we witness an iconic and relatable moment, the ascension of an underdog. The cameraplay that made this scene possible also marks a pivotal moment in film history.When the fight finally happens it takes place on a star spangled banner, which is symbolic of many things. As it relates to the American dream this is Rocky's dream come true. Rocky would go on to lose the fight but I think he already succeeded at receiving the American dream. The American dream is simply one of participation, it isn't a game, thus there are no winners or losers. With this logic in mind,  I think Rocky "won" the moment Apollo challenge him, he earned a chance to prove himself which is all the American dream is.

Now, clearly I am very passionate about this film. I really feel as though it is a gem in the filmography of Stallone and everyone involved in it, but nothing is made for everyone. If you aren't into older, grainy films I wouldn't recommend Rocky. If you aren't into action films that play with multiple other genres then I certainly wouldn't suggest it, but if you're like me and enjoy the mere aesthetic of a classic film then I'd say Rocky is a must see.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Rocky" by Damyia Jackson

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I honestly didn't really enjoy the movie. Maybe it's because I didn't watch it from the beginning [good point - relfective viewer] because everyone else says that they love it, but I wasn’t really that interested. From my understanding the movie was basically about a guy that didn’t really have experience in boxing but was challenged to fight an undefeated boxer, the undisputed heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed.

The inexperienced guy was Rocky; there were parts of the movie where he was just training and it was a video montage. (Montage is a technique in film editing in which a series of short shots are edited into a sequence to condense space, time, and information [fantastic]). I automatically thought of foreshadowing (foreshadow a warning or indication of a future event) since he was the underdog I thought it was going to at least be a happy ending for him, and he would come out on top. What made me think that was when the montage kept going and he was getting better and better, then when the fight finally came and they started he was so confident and he was doing very well compared to before [Run on]. Of course automatically I thought he was gonna win, like most people and in the end it was a turn around and didn’t expect Rocky to lose. The fight was a little interesting to me because I thought it was funny so I made that part into my own little comedy so I could at least get into one part of the movie. If I was to watch it again I would watch it from the beginning so that I could see what everyone else saw and was so interested in but right now if I had a choice I wouldn’t watch the movie again.

Monday, September 18, 2017

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On November 21, 1976, the debut of Rocky occurred. directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film centers around the "rags to riches" American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated “bum” yet soft-hearted working-class Italian-American boxer who works as a debt collector/intimidator for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia. He is also known for being a small time club boxer.

Rocky Balboa is viewed upon as a "bum" throughout the movie, beginning with the opening scenes as he wins his underground boxing fight; he is seen asking for a bogie and only receives $40 for his win, equivalent to $176 today [nice touch]. It is as if he is simply beating his life away, just another working class man with no purpose in life. Living in the slums of Philadelphia, rundown buildings, trash, and debris alongside the sidewalks and buildings; the neighborhood represents Rocky, hopeless and beatdown [good analysis/observation]. Rocky begins to reflect upon his self-worth and through his stagnant facial expression, he expresses shame, lack of self-respect and regrets his decisions that led him up to this point thus far.

Although Rocky is sought upon [word choice] as a "bum" or "loser," he still obtains principles. The biggest principle is respect. Yes, granted he doesn't have self-respect for himself in beginning of the movie, he still advocates respect for others. As he approaches one of the men who owe the loan shark money, he doesn't break his thumb instead he preaches to break his mindset, giving him the advice to get his life together and not be a loser and waste his life away. As he walks little Marie home he preaches to her to not be someone she isn't because she'll carry a bad "rep" hanging with "the coconuts in the corner." Although he cannot fully comprehend how to take care of himself he still obtains the soft-heartedness to take care of everyone before he takes care of himself.

The film constantly reminded me of  the saying, "Are you an actor or an extra?" The saying is meant to represent two types of people, the ones who star throughout their lives and be somebody or the ones who obtain it for a moment having no recognition. Rocky began as an extra, having no self-worth nor purpose for life, only obtaining gratitude through his close to no name fights. It wasn't until he was willing to make a change, to acknowledge the fact he was a nobody, had no set purpose in life, no meaning. He became an actor once he finished his fight against Apollo Creed, he didn't do the fight for everyone else he did for himself. He embodied the American spirit of not giving up regardless of the forces against you because those are the moments that create your true perception.