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  1. "First Blood" may be my favorite of the original "action-adventure" pictures featuring the lone anti-hero against the mob. We've all seen "First Blood," but Sylvester Stallone (who plays John Rambo) draws an interesting parallel between "Rambo" and "Frankenstein": From Amazon X-Ray: "Stallone compares John Rambo to the monster of Doctor Frankenstein, and Colonel Trautman to The Doctor, in the respect that Rambo is a war machine monster created by America [Sam Trautman is named after Uncle Sam] to do its bidding, but then he escapes and runs amok, but also wants to fit into a society who shuns him, and Colonel Trautman was basically instrumental in making Rambo into what he is and feels remorse for how he turned out and does what he can to help make things right." *** SPOILER ALERT *** Don't click on either of these if you haven't seen "First Blood" or "Mulholland Drive" It's startling how much Rambo's jump-scare knife attack against Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) appears to be a direct, visual influence for David Lynch's "jump-scare diner scene" in "Mulholland Drive." If you have the fortitude, and haven't yet seen the films, I urge you not to click on these thumbnails, although I've tried not to give too much away. More than anything else, even the darkened skin, it's the demonic grins that link these shots together.
  2. Sometimes, you just gotta have cheap escapism. I'm watching an HD version of this film on Amazon, and the cinematography is fantastic. The movie starts off strong, then gets progressively more incredible (as in, "not credible"), but it's good, tawdry entertainment, as well as being an important part of American pop culture.
  3. Presenting the Academy Award Winner for "Best Movie" in 1976: "Rocky." I think we can safely say this was a break-out film for Stallone. The first movie I watched from the Rocky series was Rocky III (with Mr. T as Clubber Lang). I was in college, and it was right up my alley - I *loved* it, in a way that I loved Terminator 2, or even The Twilight Zone believe it or not. It was a combination of superficial, gut, ra-ra survival (Terminator 2) and well-executed pulp escapism (The Twilight Zone). Then, the second movie I saw was Rocky IV (with Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago) which I thought was really pretty bad, even at my tender age. I don't think I saw any of the Rocky films beyond this one. It wasn't until years later that I saw Rocky and Rocky II, and despite having just rewatched Rocky (the original which won an Academy Award for Best Picture), I just can't bring myself to love it, and I'm wondering if it's because my teenage mind was tainted by the superficial glories of Rocky III. I would love to know other people's opinions on this film. Best Picture? Really? Maybe it's like Momofuku Noodle Bar - the right thing at the right time?
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