Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

Every “Rocky” Movie, Ranked

On February 27, 2015, USAToday posted Every “Rocky” Movie, Ranked  by Chris Chase.  For details check out the piece, but here are Chris’ rankings and mine.  We differ quite a bit, but there’s nothing wrong with that.


Chris Chase
Craig Zablo
6. Rocky V 6. Rocky V
5. Rocky Balboa 5. Rocky II
4. Rocky II 4. Rocky IV
3. Rocky 3. Rocky III
2. Rocky III 2. Rocky Balboa
1. Rocky IV 1. Rocky


Reel Champions: The Post Doles Out its All-Time Sports Oscars

On February 21, 2015, The New York Post published  Reel champions: The Post doles out its all-time Sports Oscars by Brian Lewis.

Sly won a couple of awards…

Best picture


The ultimate underdog “Rocky” pulled off the upset against sports movie heavyweights “Hoosiers” and “Raging Bull.” Sylvester Stallone got the inspiration for the screenplay after watching the heavyweight title fight between Bayonne’s Chuck Wepner and reigning champ Muhammad Ali, and insisted he play the lead. Good call.

Stallone, who trained with Jimmy Gambina every day for about five months before shooting, became a star, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, ranked 57th on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Movies — 10th Anniversary Edition.

Stallone got sued by Wepner for a share of the profits and settled in 2006. For the movie that gave us the most-used workout music in history — “Gonna Fly Now” — the line “Yo, Adrian!” and five sequels, it’s the least he could do.

Nominees: “Hoosiers,” “Raging Bull,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Natural,” “Remember the Titans,” “The Fighter,” “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Hustler.”

Best hero

Rocky Balboa

Seriously, what other movie hero actually has his own statue? Sylvester Stallone donated a life-size statue of Rocky Balboa to the city of Philadelphia, and it still sits near the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the titular character ran during his iconic training scene. The character starred in five more sequels, fought villains like Ivan Drago and Mr. T, gave us lines like “Yo, Adrian!” Oh, and Balboa was ranked seventh on AFI’s 100 Heroes and Villains list.

Nominees: Roy Hobbs in “The Natural,” Crash Davis in “Bull Durham,” Terry Malloy in “On The Waterfront,” Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger in “Rudy,” Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own,” Daniel-san/Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate Kid,” Paul Douglas in “Angels in the Outfield,” Norman Dale in “Hoosiers.”

The Top Ten Sylvester Stallone Movies

On July 5, 2014, The Celebrity Cafe, posted their choices for The Top Ten Sylvester Stallone Movies.   Click over for full details, but for the record their choices were…
  1. Rocky
  2. Assassins
  3. Demolition Man
  4. The Expendables
  5. Rocky IV
  6. Rocky V
  7. Rocky Balboa
  8. Grudge Match
  9. Oscar
  10. Expendables 2
It’s their list, but how could you not include at least one of the Rambo movies or Cop Land or Nighthawks… and Rocky didn’t make the cut??

Rocky and Rambo PodCasts

Earlier this week, I received the following e-mail:

Hi Mr. Zablo,
I’m Mat Bradley-Tschirgi, Producer of the Sequelcast, a podcast looking at movie franchises. I’d thought you and your StalloneZone readers would be interested in checking out the podcasts we did of the Rocky films this past month. We also covered the Rambo films a few years ago. The podcasts might contain brief moments of explicit language.
Here are the links:
ROCKY III (Guest Paul Goebel of Beat The Geeks):
ROCKY IV (Guest Eric Lichtenfeld of The Ultimate Stallone Reader):
ROCKY V (Guest Ryan Hoss of the Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive):
ROCKY BALBOA (Guest West Anthony of The Auteurcast):
FIRST BLOOD (Guest David Morrell [author of the original First Blood novel]):
RAMBO (Guest Eric Lichtenfeld [author of Action Speaks Louder]):
Keep up the good work with StalloneZone. The Expendables 3 looks to have a mightier cast than the second. I’m just wondering where Barney’s goatee went in all the promo shots for the film.
Mat Bradley-Tschirgi
Thanks Mat for the kind words and the links to the Stallone-related podcasts! – Craig
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