Here we go again…

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This little gem came to my attention quite by accident – being told by a friend over on DevArt – and because nothing gets Fangirl going more than the dangled carrot of promise about more official Rambo content.

I am always really skeptical when it comes to more Rambo, the last time I went hunting for information on future instalments I ended up buying a really terrible rail shooter called Rambo:The Video Game. But the image above was first shown on Stallones official Instagram account, so there must be some truth in it, right? I mean, the big man himself wouldn’t tease us with false promises when it comes to something so… important.

My gut reaction was a general mixture of excitement and trepidation; because I have been here before. Hopeful that Rambo V will come along and been shown the middle finger for my crimes. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this new image and information sticks about and something comes of it, but I won’t hold my breath.

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Movie Review – Creed

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I’ve been meaning to watch Creed since it came out at the cinema, but for some reason I never got round to it. Maybe because it’s not the sort of film my partner would enjoy – having never seen the rest of the series – and to be completely honest I wasn’t so sure the 7th film in the series would actually be any good.

I’m not so sure about anyone else, but I got the impression that a dead horse was being flogged. Still, being the Stallone fan that I am, I knew I would watch it. And seeing as my husband was doing a longer day at work I figured I would enlighten Marcus to the joys of Stallone films (He’s not even 4 months old and wasn’t impressed.) Back to Creed – I was suitably impressed.

As stallonea basic premise for those that havn’t had the pleasure of seeing it yet – The son of Apollo Creed wants to prove himself in the boxing ring in his own right. Asking Rocky Balboa to be his trainer. Of course, Rocky refuses to begin with wanting to leave that life behind, but he comes around to Adonis’ side and takes on the challenge. There is enough padding out in that to allow the story to hold it’s own as a drama also, but I wouldn’t like to spoil anything.

What is actually rather good about the film is it uses Stallone age (70 today, hurrah!) to it’s advantage. It’s not a film about Rocky making hs own come back to the arena – that’s been addressed already – it’s about Creeds son ad his trials, both personal and professional. And it’s great to see Stallone passing on the mantle of the series onto the younger generations in a sympathetic and well written way. It’s not only a fitting end for Rocky, but also a fitting beginning for Adonis Creed. It’s wonderful to see Stallone in a supporting role in one of his more recent films, rather than taking the lead. He’s done some wonderful films lately, I’m mostly on about The Expendables here, which have lent themselves brilliantly to cheesy action movies of the 80’s/90’s.

The first scene of the movie made me think that Creed would follow that same cheesy theme that The Expendables would follow, but I am pleased to say that it didn’t. (It had it’s moments, like scenes with dirt bokes) There were also wonderful gems of Rocky in the movie where you can see his younger, more care free, nature coming out to play which gives credit to Stallones acting.

Yes. Hold the Phone. Stallone can act!

There is one scene in particular that really stands out to me in the film, and it’s not even about boxing where Stallone totally steals the show. Having just been given some bad news (understatement of the century) and how he deals with it. It’s pretty powerful and helps to carry the story to just more than a film about boxing.

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Also, the closing scene with the steps shows the bond that grows between Rocky and Adonis.
“One step at a time.”

It’s a film worth seeing, even if you have no interest in the sport. However, I don’t know how well it would stand up without having seen the rest of the series. Needless to say Rocky (1978) is a little bit out-dated by current movie standards and they all become a little bit predictable as you go along. It would be interesting to hear some others – who havn’t seen the Rocky series – opinions on this.

I’ve seen rumours that there is going to be another in series (Rocky 8/Creed 2) but as with these things, it’s a rumour mill. Something to keep an eye on, but I think I’ll be as hesitant to seeing Creed 2 at the cinema as I was Creed. Mostly because that dead horse isn’t going to be breathing anytime soon.

 

Wait until I catch my breath

I was doing an innocent little search on my phone earlier – looking for some information to confirm a suspicion or two – when I stumbled across some information that has just made today a whole lot better.

Rambo V has been announced and I hear is in the works.

This is especially exciting news for Fangirl, cause this is her main fangirly obsession!

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Already I have heard people saying “Stallone can’t act. Stop doing sequels.” ect. I don’t understand why people feel it’s right to judge something before they have even given it a chance? I am the first one to admit Rambo 3 didn’t really do it for me and it’s the least watched DVD in the set.

I came across this with Robocop as well, people so judgemental and resistant to the idea of change that they lash out against it.

Obviously, I am thrilled and well over the moon about the announcement of Rambo V and cannot wait to hear more about the plot. I am a little worried about the way Stallone treats the character, I really hope that he sticks with the feel of Rambo from First Blood and Rambo 4 – rather than the gun happy, pro-American loppiness that seemed to take over in the middle ground. You know, I really have faith in Stallone here. His work on Expendables really stepped up the gear for action movies and if anyone knows Rambo it’s Stallone – I even think he has successfully stolen the character from it’s original source.

So yes, Happy Fangirl all around.

Obsessions gone wrong

Today, while taking a break from writing my dissertation (which I shall go back to after writing this post) I watched a Stallone film I hadn’t seen before. I needed a bit of a cheer up, but something easy to watch while my brain melted after the hard writing it had done on consumerism.
So I picked out a film called Rhinestone

Country music is something that I have never really had an opinion on, other than listening to Toby Keith, who I rather enjoy. I don’t think that there is a person alive who hasn’t heard of Dolly Parton? If there is, seriously, they need shooting! She has the most infectious way with music I have ever heard! I loves her! xD

So what is this film about? Jake (Dolly Parton) is a singer with a contract to the most sleazy man in Manhattan and his club, the Rhinestone. She wants out. He wants her. So they make a deal, Jake has to teach a normal average person to sing. Enter Nick (Stallone) a taxi driver who is the third man in the deal. Obviously, I just watched this film cause Stallone was in it, I am never going to deny that! Apparently Stallone classes it as one of his worst movies, and I can see his point. It’s not really the type of film you associate with the guy, but from my point of view it makes a refreshing change.

A such I rather enjoyed it. It has already won it’s way to my guilty pleasures list. I mean, it’s not exactly what Stallone is known for, and he’s not a singer I’d like to ever listen to again! It’s no Cobra or Tango and Cash, but it has certainly got that 80’s appeal to it!

It had me laughing on my own in my room and almost in tears with laughter trying to keep it in and not make myself out to be a twat! I am paranoid about some of the stuff that goes on in my room due to the thin walls in this place (Sounds dodgy!!) so having Stallone yelling into a microphone in my room had my turning the volume down on my laptop to try and conceal I was even watching the film. Some might call the film embarrassing, and yes I guess it is, but who really cares? It was a good way to relax and wind down after the dissertation writing stress.

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