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Another good film

I finally saw the original Rocky tonight. I still can't quite get over how quiet a film it is, where most of the action is between people just talking (I loved watching Rocky and Adrian on the skating rink). Most of Bill Conti's score is gentle like that, too; the famous rah-rah cues are only a small part of what he composed, and you hear that famous theme more often played on piano and other often-quiet instruments, instead of as a fanfare. I've never been the biggest Bill Conti fan, but I get was he was doing there.

By the way, I understand what Rocky sees in Adrian: mousy can be sexy. ;-) I'd never known that their characters weren't yet married in the first film (only having ever seen Rocky IV, the "Rocky ends the cold war" film); I'd just assumed they were. But I like how their coming together was handled. (Ya think Rocky was nervous? Someone talking that much is probably a little nervous...)

Other day-highlights: I drove up to the Hawthorne neighborhood, took the bus downtown to the library and the Virginia Cafe (a good old-time bar and restaurant that, most likely, will be lost to redevelopment in a year or so, and I want to patronize it more than I have been), then bussed back to Hawthorne to go shopping. And three loads of laundry in two days mean I'm now much cleaner.

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leonardpart6
Feb. 5th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it - Rocky always gets a bad rap, mainly thanks to its sequels (which I will always defend). Am curious to hear your thoughts on the rest of the franchise, if you decide to watch them.
chris_walsh
Feb. 5th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm pondering at least seeing II and III. I feel no need to watch IV again, or V at all, honestly, but I might get out to Rocky Balboa.

I love that the first film's not even as much about boxing as I expected, either.

Meanwhile, the more I think about a Guardian piece Joe Queenan wrote about the Rocky films, the more I find it insulting. Queenan tries to make a good point (Philadelphia should honor Smokin' Joe Frazier more than it does) but basically says if you like Rocky you're stupid and racist and living in a fantasy world; he acts as if Frazier's not-yet-honored-enough treatment is the fault of the film (which did have the good sense to give Frazier a cameo). And Queenan seems to think Apollo Creed practically screams Hey, I'm a Bizarro World Muhammed Ali!, whereas what Creed does (especially the dressing-up stuff and the business-mogul stuff) seems nothing like Ali to me; Creed's at most very loosely based on Ali. Don't blame people's stupidity on a film, Joe.

Hey, I can rant before 6 a.m.
leonardpart6
Feb. 5th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Queenan's review got attention for crying racism, but the point the hit me was as you said: "Only morons and rednecks like these movies, and obviously I am better than you." What an idiot.

Do keep going with the series. II is pretty much a rehash of the first with a few key moments, while III does so much right that deserves a far better rep. Heck, even V has its moments.

And yet you don't need to see the sequels to enjoy the new movie, as its soul is connected mostly to the original.
chris_walsh
Feb. 5th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: support for Rocky III

And Mr. T, who is (as cleolinda might say) Made Of Win.

I'd heard of the "practically a remake" rep that II, but I'm still curious.
leonardpart6
Feb. 5th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
There is a comment on II that I'd love to share, but it's all about the ending, so I'll have to wait.
chris_walsh
Feb. 8th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Here's a comment I'll make after watching the Rocky DVD supplements:

Sylvester Stallone.

Robert Downey, Jr.

Do you think they could play the same guy at different times in his life?

I watched Stallone's video commentary, and his facial structure really struck me for the first time: "Y'know, he kinda sorta looks like..."

Am I nuts? Maybe so. I'll accept that and go on.
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