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  1. grudlian.

    Episode 203 - Perfect Stranger: LIVE!

    So, a really weird thing taking up space in my brain is that I've heard the phrase "no matter how attractive a woman is, there's a guy tired of her." The place I heard it was on one of those VH1 comedians joke about the news shows like Best Week Ever or I Love The 90s. The news event I remember it being in was Halle Berry's husband cheating on her. So, I wondered if that was put in there intentionally because those shows were all over the place for a while and it's something Halle Berry or someone writing a Halle Berry movie could easily have seen.
  2. grudlian.

    Rocky

    I've seen the movie several times and, even this time, I thought "Is the fight only 10 minutes?"
  3. So, I'm listening to the episode and Jason says, "and then he dies...and credits. What if the movie ended there?" That's exactly what happened in our viewing.
  4. Also, because Cam Bert wasn't there to see it, John Ennis from Mr. Show was also in this movie.
  5. grudlian.

    Rocky

    I don't think it's meant to come across as predatory. I don't think that necessarily even crossed Rocky's mind. I'm not even sure if it crossed Adrian's mind. Although as syncasey said, the scene of Rocky holding the door shut features a look from Adrian at Rocky's muscular arm that is very uneasy. That could just be a shy woman on her first date but who knows? I'd be interested in a movie from Adrian's perspective but she stops wearing her glasses halfway through. So, the movie probably gets pretty blurry.
  6. grudlian.

    Rocky

    Their date really came across as almost monstrous to me this viewing. I know it's supposed to convey Adrian just being an incredibly shy introvert that Rocky's natural bonhomie wins her over. But he doesn't have a phone, no one will hear her scream, he takes off clothes immediately, he locks her in, he slams his muscular arm against the wall to keep her in, his apartment is disgusting. In any other movie, this would end in sexual assault.
  7. grudlian.

    Rocky

    I haven't seen Creed since theatres. So, my memory of it is fuzzy. When I think back about it, the cancer thing does seem unnecessary. But I don't think that in the moment. I'm 100% on board while it's happening. But, again, that's how I feel about a lot of moments in the Rocky franchise. I think the reason Creed is better than most the Rocky movies (besides Coogler just being a better director) is most the other Rocky movies aren't good. I like them all. Rocky 4 is fucking stupid. Drago is basically a cartoon bad guy. That ridiculous speech at the end. The robot. It's the one Rocky movie where I get pulled out of it regularly with how dumb it gets. Rocky 5 is kind of boring but it's not insulting to watch.
  8. grudlian.

    Rocky

    Amy's opinions on Creed are technically true but I disagree with her. There's a lot of things that don't hold up to scrutiny or are awfully convenient. But you watch it and it feels right in spite of its logic issues (which is how I'd describe most of the Rocky movies). I'm not sure where Rocky ranks for me on the list. Keep it for sure and probably pretty high. It's just a great watch and it's a weird kind of feel good movie.
  9. grudlian.

    Rocky

    One thing about Rocky that comes up is the inconsistency of making it. There is a lot of conflicting stories on how scenes are filmed or even created. There seems to be a lot of mystery to what actually went down. One thing I read years ago online that I've never seen since (and can't confirm unfortunately and could be completely untrue), is the whole idea that Stallone demanded he play Rocky despite the producers complaining may not even be true. The gist of the story was that they never really balked too much at Stallone playing Rocky. It was a super low budget movie with little risk and, had a functional nobody made such demands, they probably wouldn't have relented. But the story of Stallone making his own rags to riches, underdog story just to make Rocky plays better. So, they just let it go and eventually it became the real story. A print the legend kind of moment. Again, I can't verify any of this and I can't remember the website. But keeping what we know of the making of this movie and how a lot of the stories conflict. Knowing what we know about Stallone being a revisionist storyteller of his own life, it's seemed plausible to me.
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    Rocky

    1. Amy is the best for recognizing the greatness of Rocky Balboa. It is so underrated as a Rocky sequel. 2. Amy and Paul mention Stallone being in a bunch of movies and name Klute and Bananas. I've seen those movies. Stallone is in Bananas but I don't think he has a line. He's just an uncredited tough looking guy but recognizable. In Klute, Stallone is a barely recognizable blob in a crowd scene you'll only notice if you're actively looking for him. But, yes, Stallone had notable parts in Lords Of Flatbush, Death Race 2000 and Capone. So, he wasn't a complete nobody.
  11. They missed a real opportunity to call it the ChristMoose.
  12. grudlian.

    Episode 202.5 - Minisode 202.5

    I'm just out of Creed II. My current thoughts are that I'd put it above Rocky II but it's been a long time since I've seen it (and I might be running the series this week because there's something about Rocky movies that makes you want to do that). I love how it kind of humanizes Ivan Drago from cartoonish supervillain to, well, probably what a lot of failed (Russian) athletes turn into. I also never realized how much I don't want Phylicia Rashad to be disappointed in me.
  13. I'm learning a lot about celebrity relationships today because I didn't know this either.
  14. Today I learned Susan Sarandon isn't her birth name and that she was married to Chris Sarandon.
  15. I wonder if this is one of those things where people are fascinated and find meaning in it that isn't there. If you've ever heard of The Shaggs, they have genuine fans. Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain considered their album great even though it's objectively garbage. If they got together today, The Shaggs next album or tour would do some business. I wonder if Florence Foster Jenkins was Cole Porter's The Shaggs.
  16. But on the plus side, no raisins! William Hung released multiple albums and a Christmas EP. He's arguably on par with Florence Foster Jenkins for success.
  17. My problem is that the movie goes on way too long. It feels like it really only has a couple things to do. Once you've heard her sing, it doesn't really change. It's a different audience but it's the same reveal...again. The only real change after "lol she's terrible... can you believe it?" is pushing just how sweet Hugh Grant is by going this distance for her. I quite like the buildup to her reveal. I like the emotional bits at the end. But that's maybe an hour of movie and this is nearly two hours. I know you need to have a middle section but could it have been shorter?
  18. grudlian.

    Episode 202.5 - Minisode 202.5

    My main problem with Rocky II is that Rocky wins. It works emotionally but is this even plausible? The first movie works because Apollo is basically expecting an exhibition. He hasn't properly trained. He's not the mentally. But could Apollo the heavyweight champion go into Rocky II against a nobody and realistically lose? I admit I don't know anything about boxing but is there a real world analogue to this at all? Anything even close to this happening?
  19. grudlian.

    Episode 202.5 - Minisode 202.5

    1. Rocky 2. Creed 3. Balboa 4. Rocky II 5. Rocky IV 6. Rocky III 7. Rocky V I'm seeing Creed 2 tomorrow. So, I still don't have a ranking but I'm going in cautiously optimistic. I think Balboa, until Creed came out, is the first Rocky sequel that got what made Rocky so special. It's got the drama, the heart, the emotion that separates it from the hundred other sports movies that all follow the same formula. The problem is you can't really have Balboa without at least a few of the sequels. Rocky IV is debateably the worst of the series. It's only better than III and V because it gets so goofy that it turns laughably good in parts. The robot alone is practically a joke. It would be impressive now. Let alone 30 years ago.
  20. grudlian.

    A Clockwork Orange

    I definitely don't think art "should" make you feel uncomfortable. Art should make you feel something but it doesn't have to be discomfort. And a lot of things that aren't art make me feel uncomfortable. And I'm not sure how Taxi Driver doesn't make someone feel uncomfortable. So, it meets that criteria in spades. I'm also not a fan of A Clockwork Orange either. I've always thought a lot of it came across as almost amateurish. I just think of bits like a person getting stabbed with a giant penis and the, I guess, subliminal messaging of cutting to the paintings during the stab. Things like that feel like film school student saying "did you get the symbolism?????" I know there's more to the movie than that but ehhhhh. This is just boring. I'm not offended by the content. It just doesn't do anything for me.
  21. grudlian.

    Episode 202.5 - Minisode 202.5

    It looks like Perfect Stranger is free to stream on hoopladigital.com if your library or school uses that resource.
  22. grudlian.

    Episode 202.5 - Minisode 202.5

    I have some real issues with Paul's ranking of the Rocky movies. I do appreciate him putting Rocky 4 near the bottom where it belongs though. I'll probably get into it more during the Unspooled board during Rocky.
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