Vintage Sylvester Stallone
by M. Lizabeth Currain
Another week has passed! New York successfully survived Hurricane Irene. Now I’m stuck having to listen (read) to people bitch about how it wasn’t as big as it was supposed to be. I don’t understand how people can be upset about this. So you stayed in for the weekend; was it really that awful? No. It wasn’t! There was pizza, cookies, and beer involved! And I’m sure there are people out there who’s Hurricane “Operation: Get Laid” plan actually worked. Kudos to you!
Well, on to the important matter at hand: Vintage Crush Sunday! This Sunday I am presenting you with none other than Sylvester Stallone!
Now, I am an unabashed Stallone fan. In my eyes, he can do no wrong. He wrote Rocky! Just watch this trailer…They don’t make trailers like this anymore.
Part of me wonders if he wrote the script for that trailer as well. He is all of those things that trailer says he is and more. Anyways, during my first semester of graduate school, I had a lot of spare time. I wasn’t working and wasn’t spending all my spare time deflecting OkCupid messages from guys with a ventriloquist dummy hobbies. So I spent even more time watching Netflix than I do now. I re-watched all the Rocky movies (IV is my favorite…always has been, always will be) and then I caught up on all the other Stallone movies I had apparently missed out on in my youth…or didn’t remember. Um, Cobra? Amazing! Over the Top; who wouldn’t want to watch Stallone compete in an arm wrestling competition? Of course there is Lock Up! The age old story of good prisoner vs. bad warden. The best part about Stallone is he wrote these. He took stardom into his own hands and I admire that.
Some basics according to IMDB:
Full Name: Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
Born: July 6, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA
Films/Television: 59 Films, 22 of them he actually wrote! Impressive. I mean, those first couple of Rocky movies are just…sigh, perfect. Everything about them. He also directed eight of those.
Awards: He was nominated for two Oscars for Rocky. He’s also been nominated for a lot of Razzie awards. And won several of them. Including the 2000 Razzie for Worst Actor of the Century. Which, is being a little harsh. I mean…Demolition Man was pretty terrible, but all those Rocky movies should make up for it!
…and yes for the 70s/80s/very early 90s. But have you seen him lately? It’s kind of frightening. Although, I’m working on that time machine to make all my dreams come true! Maybe I’ll set it for Rocky IV and get some of this beard action…
Here’s a little secret: I downloaded the compilation album for all the Rocky movies. It’s amazing. I have it on my gym playlist called “Gym Jams”. For a while I was just solely working out to that the soundtrack. It’s so motivating. Try not to get amped up listening to “Gonna Fly Now“. Also, “No Easy Way Out”…there is no shortcut home…some things are worth fighting for…and some feelings never die. This song is perfect. So perfect in fact…
I also bought a Groupon for 5 one-on-one boxing lessons! All because of Rocky. I really just want to be in a boxing ring so I can say, “I must break you”. Expect posts about that when I get going on that.
There’s still enough time in the weekend to watch a Rocky movie! Do it! And have a great Monday!