If all you know of Rocky is Mr. T and Ivan Drago, you might be shocked to find out this won an Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director and earned Sly Stallone a writing Nomination. That’s right kids, once upon a time, Rocky was actually good!
Jim and A.Ron got a one-two punch to their sense of nostalgia as Creed 2 relentlessly broke us and a theater full of Rocky diehards down. It should not be possible to build so much pathos and legend on the somewhat shaky foundations of Rocky IV, but we’ll be d*mned if they don’t. Up and coming director Steven Caple Jr. recaptures the magic of the original Creed, Michael B. Jordan is amazing as always, Sylvester Stallone continues to age like fine wine into the role he was born to play, and Tessa Thompson once again shows that playing a boxer’s wife/girlfriend doesn’t require you to be a human wet blanket. If you’re a Rocky fan, you’re going to like this film.
Merry Christmas! Jim and I kick off the Bald Move Bad Ass Christmas celebrations for our Club Members with 1985’s Rocky IV. What makes Drago v Balboa a holiday film, you ask? Their climactic battle takes place on Christmas day. Plus, there’s snow, and pine trees like you wouldn’t believe. Very Christmasy. Anyway, this is a great terrible film that might have helped win the Cold War. We discuss the film, it’s place in the Rocky pantheon, and behind the scenes tidbits and stories straight from the Sly’s mouth. In case you missed it, we Live Watched this thing to, so be sure to check that out.
Jim and A.Ron pre-game our Bald Move Bad Ass Christmas celebrations with a Live Watch of Rocky IV. Grab this video, play it on your mobile device or laptop, sync it up with your copy of the movie, and enjoy your commentary. As a bonus, we drink a dram of fine whisky at 30 minute intervals. Who will go the distance? Rocky, Drogo, or our livers?