The “Rocky” Series Most Inspiring!

On May 2, 2010, PasteMagazine.com posted their list of the Five Inspiring Movie Montages.  Of course the Rocky series had to be represented… and what better way than to include ALL of the Rocky movies.  Here’s what they had to say:

5. All the Rocky movies
Each Rocky movie could honestly have occupied a slot on this list—if you’re watching one, you’re eventually going to see Sylvester Stallone pulling a cart through the snow, or doing one-armed pullups on a Philly playground, or doing wind sprints down a beach with Carl Weathers. Eye of the tiger, baby.

To see the full list as well as the montages for the movies, click here.

“Go for it!”

On March 25, 2010, USAToday posted a piece showing how movie lines are making their way into the political debates on health care.  Here’s where Sly comes in…

Then there’s the money line in Obama’s speech, his challenge to Republicans who want to repeal the health care bill: “Go for it.”

The Oval can’t help but wonder if the president was flashing on the less-than-classic Rocky III, released in 1982. Before the big fight, Sylvester Stallone’s heroic underdog character is confronted by the evil Clubber Lang (played by none other than Mr. T.)

“I’m going to bust you up,” Clubber says.

Rocky’s response: “Go for it.”

Needless to say, Rocky triumphs and goes on to another sequel.

You can read the whole piece here.

Rocky for the Holidays!

Hey SZoners! The holidays are quickly approaching and I wanted to remind everyone that Rocky sculptures are still available through A. Thomas Schomberg studios. These statues were created by Mr. Schomberg [who created the original Rocky sculpture seen in the Rocky movies] in collaboration with Sylvester Stallone and MGM studios. Here’s my interview with Mr. Schomberg. [part two of the interview is here] for the SZ.

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Mr. Schomberg
and his lovely wife, Cynthia, are offering the following discounts for statues purchased between
November 27 through January 8, 2010

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20″ ROCKY bronze plated
sculptures normally $468 – holiday special $395 (includes shipping) Nov. 27th to Jan. 8th, 2010 plus one year interest free time payments now available
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20″ ROCKY limited edition cast bronze
sculptures – $2600 – holiday special free shipping Nov. 27th to Jan. 8th, 2010 plus two year interest free time payments now available

Remember, if you’ve purchases a statue, I’d love to post a picture of you with it on the StalloneZone! – Craig

“Rocky” The Undisputed Collection

The HDRoom.com has announced that on November 3rd, a seven disc collection of all of the “Rocky” movies will be released on Blu-ray.  Amazon.com has the collection listed at 30% off for pre-orders.  Hopefully this will be the definitve collection that all fans have requested.  As more information on the extras becomes available, we’ll post the information.

Why “Rocky Balboa” Works

On June 27, 2009, Christopher Crespo at the Orlando Movie Examiner posted an article titled “Why Rocky Balboa Works Where the Other Rocky Sequels Failed”.  Crespo actually has some good things to say about “Rocky II” and “Rocky III” but focuses his attention on how “Rocky Balboa” (like the original “Rocky”) mirrors what was happening in Sly’s life and “Stallone (didn’t) pretend things (were) different from what they (were).” You can read the full piece by clicking here.

Rocky’s Best Opponents

William Russo, over at the Bleacher Report, takes a look at “The Best and Worst Opponents of Rocky Balboa.” There’s an online poll and right now Apollo and Clubber are at at 30% with Drago close behind at 28%Thunderlips [2%], Tommy Gunn [6%], and Mason Dixon [4%] are lagging way behind.

Click here to read the article and get your vote in!

Sly’s Underrated Sequels

Simon Brew, at the Den of Geek, lists 19 Underrated Sequels That Deserve a Second Chance.  Here’s what he had to say about some Stallone-starring choices:

Rocky II, III & IV

Our love of Rocky IV has already been documented at Den Of Geek, but the saga of Sylvester Stallone’s Italian Stallion is really enjoyable right up until 30 seconds before Rocky V starts. The second movie is a glossy and very functional sequel, but let’s cut film three slack for loosening up and having some fun, with Mr T’s Clubber Lang a great introduction to the franchise. Rocky IV, of course, remains without modern day parallel…

You can read the entire article here.