Posted 05 June 2006 - 08:02 AM
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 10:48 PM
(Maltin specifically complains that First Blood "Throws all credibility to the winds about the time [Rambo] gets off with only a bad cut after jumping from a mountain into some jagged rocks." And of the second film, he writes: "Never boring but incredibly dumb; if one were to take it seriously, it would also be offensive, as it exploits real-life frustrations of MIA families and Vietnam vets." Whereas of the third film, he writes: "A definite improvement over RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, this one remains firmly rooted in the genre of Idiot Action Movies..." So the problem is not that Maltin dislikes serious films, but that he dislikes serious films that aren't really serious, whereas he does like not-serious films that remain not-serious -- and he seems to waffle on the middle film because he seems to think it's a not-serious film that might be taking itself seriously.)
(I suppose one might also ask why Maltin doesn't seem to think Rambo III exploits the real-life frustrations of the mujahedin.)
Anyway, to go by this trajectory, the new movie oughtta be worth 3 stars out of 4!
Posted 02 August 2006 - 08:50 PM
Posted 03 August 2006 - 10:46 PM
Hah! I'd forgotten about that connection. It must be really tough for guys with ordinal names (i.e. C. Rambo IV)
We try not to go any further than "Jr." in our family, but we do have some traditional given names that can be rearranged in a variety of combinations and confuse everyone at family reunions and weddings far into the future.
Now returning you to your regular discussion of rocket launchers and Really Big Knives.
Posted 07 October 2006 - 07:24 AM
Posted 20 February 2007 - 01:19 PM
I mean, at least all the Rocky movies had the word "Rocky" in the title, and we all knew that his surname was "Balboa". But the first Rambo movie didn't have the character's name in it at ALL -- it was simply called First Blood -- and there is something about tacking a first name onto a surname that doesn't work so well for me as taking a surname onto a first name (or onto a nickname, whatever "Rocky" was).
Tacking a first name onto a surname is especially kinda iffy if the first name is as generic as "John". "Balboa" is an unusual last name and helps to make "Rocky" sound more grounded and particular. But if Rocky's last name had been Smith, I wouldn't have called that movie Rocky Smith, y'know?
Posted 20 May 2007 - 02:02 AM
Posted 20 May 2007 - 02:46 AM
I heard mention that this "trailer" was "rated NC-17", but I didn't see any verification of that on the AICN wall of text accompanying it.
Posted 21 May 2007 - 02:33 AM
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 01:08 PM
Stallone is now editing "John Rambo," which will be released in January, and said he Is trying to strike a balance and grapple with the question, "Are you making a documentary or a 'Rambo' movie?"
Associated Press, October 1