The Best Romances In Media

You know how every now and then you’ll be watching a movie or TV show, or reading a book, and you’re blown away by the on-screen chemistry between actors, and/or the way they are written and all that?

It really nails home the feeling these characters have for each other, and makes it incredible to watch or read about, and makes it so very believable and awe-inspiring.

So today, I will be starting a running list of romances that I think are some of the best of all time.

Though forgive me, for I can’t think of too many at this time.

*Note these are in no particular order.*

Charles & Caroline Ingalls

(Little House on the Prairie TV Series)

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This is a very well written show, and the father and mother of the main family’s relationship is no exception.

Despite constantly facing hard times, working their butts off always or dealing with raising a handful of slightly troublesome daughters, they always manage to stay positive and cheerful.

There are many scenes where the two of them goof of and laugh together, and share sweet, tender moments, and it’s all so adorable and believable that this is a caring, loving couple whose bond holds their family together, no matter what happens.

 

 

Rocky & Adrian Balboa

(Rocky movie series)

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These two have an infectious chemistry right from their first scene together, despite Adrian saying two words to Rocky. Throughout the series, their bond grows stronger, and despite going through really rough times, and really great times, their love never wavers, but grows stronger. They support each other through the bad, and rejoice together when things go well.

The scene in Rocky II when they are walking through a park after they find out Adrian is pregnant, talking about what they want their kid to be like is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. It’s so natural and simple, and so cute. It’s hard to believe they’re acting here, it’s that good.

 

Kara Danvers & Mon-el

(Supergirl TV Series)

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This is probably the best on-screen couple I have ever seen. Despite being from two rival planets, these two fall in love hard, and the interactions are jaw-dropping. Not even because of their lines, it’s way the look at each other, touch each other, kiss, cuddle… all of it seems so real.

And then I found out the actors were actually married in real life, so it pretty much was real. And it aided their fake relationship immensely.

Peter Parker And Mary Jane Watson

(Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy)

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This one has a lot to do with the way it’s written. This relationship is quite the roller coaster, and the actors nail every point, low or high.

The emotion of each character is so powerful, and portrayed beautifully. Each interaction has me practically holding my breath, for it’s so incredible to watch the points where they love each other, and yet has me full of anxiety during the edgy parts.

From their shy beginnings, when they are just friends, to the moment of climax when they fall in love, to when they fall apart, and come back, repeatedly, it’s all amazing.

 

And that’s all I can think of at the moment.

What relationships do you find extraordinary?

My Top 10 Movies Series

I was recently challenged to make a list of my Top 10 movies of all time. That wouldn’t be very exciting, as most of them would all likely belong to one series or two. So instead, I will do my Top 10 movie series.

So without further ado, here they are!

#10 Halloween

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I haven’t seen the most recent film, but all the others I more or less liked, except Zombie’s Halloween II.

I really like the story and the development of the characters through each movie. The mysterious and intriguing relationship between Sam and Michael is very interesting, as well as the moments when Michael shows he might just have a soul somewhere deep down.

#9 Austin Powers

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These movies get better the older I get, probably because I was too young to get half the jokes when they first came out. They do an amazing job spoofing the old James Bond films, and the goofy jokes, and wackiness of everything gets me every time.

#8 Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

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I can watch this trilogy all the time. The third one took a while to grow on me, but the first two are still two of my favorite super-hero films of all time, and considering they are 20 years old now, and made in a time before technology for such films really got going, that’s a pretty amazing thing to say.

I love the stories, and most importantly, the character relationships. I find them very gripping, and the emotion behind each character is amazing.

#7 American Pie

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I already did a series ranked on these movies. I am only referring to the four main movies. I haven’t seen any of the spin-offs. What I like about these movies so much, besides the incredible humor, is that everyone probably knows someone similar to all the characters in the movies, and can relate to each and every one of them. Not to mention, despite it’s crude, adult humor, there are very emotional issues the characters go through, which are all things people in real life have to deal with, thus allowing us to relate even more.

They are very powerful movies, propelled forward by outrageous humor.

#6 Jason Bourne

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These are probably my favorite action movies of all time. I am excluding Legacy in this. I didn’t really like that one.

I really enjoy the story and characters. This, amplified by the non-stop gun fights, car chases, and assassins fighting each other in hand-to-hand combat, makes for a really thrilling experience.

#5 Rambo

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Speaking of amazing action films, these are five of the best. What makes these better than the Bourne movies is Rambo. I really like his character. He’s this traumatized victim, struggling to find his way in life. Naturally, he is a quiet, innocent man that doesn’t want any trouble. But when trouble knocks on his door, all hell breaks loose, and he turns into a relentless, unstoppable killing machine. I think 1-3 and 5 are some of the greatest films ever made. And 4 is really good too.

I also like that each one brings awareness to real world problems, and they don’t hold back, showing some rather graphic things from time to time.

#4 Star Wars

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With 9 movies and 2 spin-off movies, there is a lot to talk about with Star Wars. I like every single film made, and only one did I ever dislike until I saw it three times. I can go on for days talking about what I like, but the whole connecting themes through three trilogies, the characters and how they grow and change, and everything about the force are probably my favorite things about it.

I really enjoy Lucas’ world building, and the technology he’s come up with as well.

#3 Avengers

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Some of the best coordinated action can be found in these movies. The first two are two of my favorite movies of all time, the third isn’t quite there, but is still incredible, and the fourth…meh…I didn’t really like it all that much.

But thanks to the first three, I can always go back and watch some truly jaw-dropping action.

#2 Captain America

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The first one is wonderful, the second is mind-blowing and intense, the third is easily the greatest action film ever made and will likely always hold that title in my heart. Steve Rogers is annoyingly likeable and it’s fun to watch how everyone he works with grows to like him, despite his often narrow-minded, tunnel-visiony sense of justice.

#1 Rocky

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I absolutely love everything about these movies. The emotion in each character can not be found anywhere else. It’s incredible to watch all these down-and-out characters grow personally, as well their relationships with others. The music is just as emotional and does an amazing job enhancing everything that happens.

Not to mention the training montages and fights are always exciting.

I will keep it short, cuz I could probably rant about these movies for a good long while. so let’s just say, it’s like seeing these movies for the first time every time I watch them, which is often.

One of my first posts ranks this series.

 

So ranking these was really hard. Rocky is absolutely my favorite series, and Halloween definitely belongs in the 10 spot, but the others are kind of up in the air as to what rank they place. Truthfully Jason Bourne and Rambo should probably be higher, but I don’t know. All I know is that these series’ have brought mucho goodness in my life.

Could Nintendo and Sega Be Gearing Up For A Fierce New “War?”

I can’t believe it. We have finally reached a time where video game movies are great!

What, with Detective Pikachu last year, and Sonic this year, and the likelihood of more movies from these and other franchises, we could be gearing up for a new war, but on a bigger screen now; a war reminiscent of the classic clash of the SNES and Genesis, when gaming was incredible for both companies, and video game movies were despicable.

And yes, I am saying the Sonic movie is actually quite good. It has jokes for all ages, and is really quite funny at times. The characters are all likeable, Jim Carey brings his classic acting back, and there are a few nice, and very subtle nods to various Sonic games.

I personally could have done with some more action, but it’s not really an action movie, so I guess it’s not what they were going for.

I highly recommend seeing it whether you are a Sonic fan or not. It’s good ol’ family fun!

I am excited to see if Nintendo and Sega will really try to outdo each other. We’ll have to see what the supposed Mario movie in the works has to offer!

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The Sad Case of Emma Watson

This is the tragic tale of someone who had the potential to be one of the most beautiful women in the world…but it just didn’t happen.

Okay, allow me to explain. Emma Watson was introduced to most of the world when the first Harry Potter movie came out. The world watched her, along with all the other child actors, grow up through this series of movies.

If her Wikipedia page is correct, then I am 10 months older than Ms. Watson, so in a way, I was growing up right beside her, and by this I mean, she was my peer from another continent, and a girl I would be interested in, seeing as we were the same age.

In the first two movies, she was nothing to look at, being so young. But I remember when the third movie came out, I was like “dang, Hermione is beautiful. If she’s this hot now, I can’t imagine how good looking she’ll be as an adult.”

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Sure, now it looks like she’s a little kid, but remember, at the time so was I, and she was better looking than most girls in my school…by far. (Professional make-up tends to do that…) It was at this time she began to mature into a woman, and it was really exciting to see.

I mean, look how much older she looks compared to the previous movie.

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As the years went by, I watched her in each movie, hating the movies generally, but admiring Emma Watson’s good looks.

But by the fifth or sixth movie, I began to notice something, and it was confirmed by the final movies…The woman I expected her to grow up to never came to pass.

Her body never fully developed. She never grew boobs, a butt, any type of womanly growth she was supposed to get in her teen years didn’t really happen. In fact, she just looks a little older and taller by the seventh movie, the rest of her body looks exactly the same as in the third movie.

Seriously! This is her when she’s 13 and when she’s 20. The only differences when she’s 20 is she looks older and a bit taller and broader. It’s tragic, but her body just never reached it’s full potential. Maybe she was huffing too many potion fumes?

By the sixth movie, I lost all interest in her looks. By this time, most of the girls in my high school, and then college, were far better looking than her, and actually had things to look at on them.

Don’t get me wrong though, she’s still a good looking girl, at least when it comes to her face and hair, but as a whole package, she’s not much.

And then when the movies were all done, she made the worst mistake she possibly could. You know what I’m talking about.

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Yuck! She took away her best and only feminine feature. I can’t even look at this picture for more than a second without getting disgusted!

I haven’t really seen anything on her in some time, but I think her hair grew back, but her body remains the same.

But hey, she can still be hot…here’s proof.

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Emma Watson shows off her tiny stomach in revealing costume during the filming of "The Bling Ring" in Los Angeles

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She looks gorgeous and sexy in these pictures, but then again, what woman with a decent figure wouldn’t, dressed liked that?

Really, picture any other woman you’re attracted to in these clothes, and that’s when it hits that maybe she doesn’t look that great after all. I personally would much rather see an infinite number of woman in her place here.

In fact, these pictures may not even be real! I know there’s a lot of fake photos of her face on other women with better bodies, because clearly other people had the same wishes as I did.

I am in no way bashing or insulting Emma Watson for her unfortunate physique. It’s not her fault. And her body is nice and slender, so that’s a plus. It appears she takes care of what little she has anyway.

All I’m saying is what a disappointment it was to see each movie after the third and not see her develop into one of the most beautiful women in the world.

Poor Emma, I had such high hopes for you!

The Most Disappointing Movie Sequels Of All Time

Going hand in hand with my last post about why sequels don’t have to be better, and how expectations ruin any chance of enjoying sequels, I am going to keep a running list of sequels as I can think of them that were disappointing to me, whether I had expectations or not.

spiderman 3 Spider-Man 3

2007

 

 

 

I absolutely loved the first two in this trilogy, and when I heard Venom, one of my favorite villains of all time was at last going to be in a movie, I couldn’t rest easy until I saw it. This is probably the most excited I had ever been to see a movie in my life. In other words, my expectations were through the roof, and they weren’t even close to met.

Too many villains, Venom being terrible, and a heavier focus on MJ’s and Peter’s relationship were not up to my standards, and I hated the movie, all my hopes and dreams shattered.

After the third or fourth time I saw it, it grew on me though, and now I actually like it quite a bit.

 

amazing spider man 2 The Amazing Spider-Man 2

2014

 

 

 

Sticking with Spider-Man, here’s one that I didn’t have any expectations for. And it was still disappointing. Again, too many villains, and all of them pointless. This was almost entirely about Peter and Gwen, Spider-Man being in like four scenes the whole movie.

The first one in the series, I wasn’t crazy about, but it was still enjoyable, but not as much as the original trilogy. I guess I was a little bit hoping this one would be better since all the origin stuff was out of the way, but no, not even close.

But again, after three viewings, I can now say I really like this movie.

star wars last jediStar Wars: The Last Jedi

2017

 

 

 

This is the only movie in recent years that I actually did go into with some expectations, for it was finally going to give me something I have been wanting to see for literally my entire life… what Luke Skywalker was doing after episode 6.

And it was beyond disappointing. I can’t even describe how much so. Especially since the entire plot to 7 & 8 was to find and enlist Luke to help save the galaxy like he did before. The furthest possible thing from this happens, and it is a huge kick in the nads to every person wanting to see what Luke was all about.

The second he tosses his old lightsaber off the cliff, my hopes and dreams and childhood fell with it.

Oddly enough, after the third time seeing it, I like it now. Third time seems to be the charm for all these movies!

nullAvengers: Endgame

 

2019

 

 

 

I call this the best disappointment of all time, for it is a good movie, but nothing worthy of the Avengers name. They spend most of the movie focusing on the past, and paying tribute to the whole 11-year story line. None of the intense action was there, and the climatic fight at the end is a ridiculous mess of cameos.

iron man 2 Iron Man 2

2010

 

 

 

I don’t really like the Iron Man trilogy at all, but this movie is straight up bad. I didn’t have any expectations for this, but again, now that the origin stuff was out of the way, you’d think they’d have a good action movie with Iron Man in more than three scenes, and a final fight that didn’t put you to sleep.

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The Dark Knight Rises

 

2012

 

 

 

After the masterpiece that was The Dark Knight, this one had a lot to live up to, especially since the ending left it open for some awesome possibilities. Instead, it’s way in the future and Bat Man’s crippled and I don’t know what the heck was going on. It was filled with bad choices and ultimately a bit on the boring side.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. I’m sure I will add more later. But it sure seems like Marvel is really good at making disappointing movies.

Why Do Sequels Always Have To Be Better?

If a sequel to anything…book, movie, album, video game…is not better than the previous entry, then it is completely hated by most of the world.

I can understand that people want something to be better, for why make a new product that is inferior to the last? But to expect something to always constantly be better, especially in long running series’ or bands that have been together for decades, it’s just not realistic and not possible.

Say something like the first video game in a series is very good. The sequel is just “good.” This really means, it’s garbage and a stain upon the earth! This sequel should be “extremely good,” then the third needs to be “exceptionally good,” fourth “positively great,” and then the fifth “flawless.” Any made after that is doomed to fail, assuming the series succeeded in the impossible task of making each game better than the last up until that point.

This is a challenging task in itself, but you’ve also have to compete against nostalgia and expectation, two things that doom every product to fail…in one way or another.

If people really like something in a title, then their expectations run wild within their imagination for the next entry. The internet does little to help, by releasing rumors and getting a dozen “hype trains” in motion, so that by the time the product actually releases, fans have these insane delusions of what the product should be, so that it will never be good enough, despite how good it is or not. They never even consider things the creators face, such as time, and budget, and such resources like that.

And nostalgia, that’s it. If someone is nostalgic over something, then it’s over. Every single product is doomed to fail in that series. Nostalgia asks the entertainment business to recreate a feeling or memory that consumer experienced during the the first thing they played, read, listened to, or watched in that series.

This is simply not possible, mostly because that feeling is caused because it is the first time becoming part of that series. These feelings may have nothing to do with the product itself, even, but from something happening in their life at that time that makes them very happy. These feelings can’t be replicated, they just can’t. Especially if they were first experienced as a small child, versus now being an adult.

I made a post going a bit deeper with nostalgia, so I won’t say too much now.

The point is, people need to stop comparing sequels to the other entries in their series’ and simply look at them as they are. Sure it can be fun to compare them, but just because an older one is better, doesn’t mean the new one isn’t good.

I have long learned that going into anything with any personal wishes, hopes, or expectations of any kind, will destroy your experience and you will be sorely disappointed. The likelihood of something meeting someone’s exact expectations, or even some of them, is the equivalent of winning the lottery.

But going in with an open mind, with only entertainment as your goal, then you’ll experience the product with an unbiased vision, and therefore judging it as it is, not by what it should be or what it was, or what you wished it was.

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reaction (No Spoilers)

It’s pretty good.

The only Star Wars movie I never really liked was Last Jedi, but I even grew to like that one, as described here. I say this to let people know I’m a huge fan, and don’t get bothered at all by some of the things pretty much everyone else in the world does, mind you.

The Rise of Skywalker is by far the best film in the sequel trilogy, but I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s better than the other six movies of the same saga. Given the circumstances (Carrie Fischer dying and Last Jedi derailing everything in a way), the movie does a nice job, and completes the nine-movie saga in a mostly satisfying way.

There is just the right amount of nostalgia mixed in with new and exciting ideas, where as Episode 7 slammed nostalgia down your throat until you vomited, and Episode 8 gave the other 7 films the finger.

The first 5-10 minutes are possibly the best moments in Star Wars history. The last 20-30 minutes are pretty incredible, and the middle is a bit on the boring side, but still easily watchable.

I can’t honestly say there’s really anything bad about the movie at all. For the first time, the sequel trilogy has a film that feels like it fits within the Star Wars legacy.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Third Time’s the Charm

For some reason I feel the need to post about this every time I watch the Last Jedi.

If you’re curious, this is what I had to say the first time, and here’s what I said the second.

Basically, I didn’t like it the first time, and then claimed it was bad, but not as bad the second time.

Now the third time, I have to admit I enjoyed it.

It has great action, the characters are cool, there’s some decent humor. Heck, I didn’t even mind Rose this time around.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not thrilled about a lot of the decisions made in the movie, and the casino scene is still horrendous, but overall, it’s a solid movie that leaves a lot open for the ninth episode.

So basically, I’m saying I have hope Rise of Skywalker will smooth out everything, in which afterwards, The Last Jedi won’t seem so terrible, but a necessary component that sets some plots in motion, and simply puts others on hold, and ties the whole trilogy together.

I can see why the second movie may be the toughest to make, since it’s basically filler while the first episode starts up everything and the third concludes it. So the middle movie, as it stands alone without a complete trilogy may seem off and terrible.

Episodes 2 and 5 are my least favorite from the other trilogies (usually), so it’s no surprise this one will definitely be my least favorite in this trilogy too. Unless of course they really mess up Episode 9.

But anyway, I never go into any movie with any kind of expectations, except for Last Jedi, for it was something I wanted to see for literally as long as I can remember, and that is why it fell flat for me, and many other people too. But now that I know what happens and the shock has worn off, and I’ve accepted that this is what it is, I have found enjoyment in it.

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Rambo Series Ranked/Rambo: Last Blood Review

I never thought in my life that a new Rambo movie would come out. The third one released about a year before I was born, so for a very long time, I thought that was it. I remember always thinking, ‘I wish they would make five, so that they could be even with the Rocky series.’

In 2008, the impossible happened. A fourth one came out, along with it, the possibility of another sequel, but eventually it tapered off, Stallone basically saying he was too old for a fifth. And then one day, nearly 11 years after the fourth one came out, my brother informed me that he was indeed making the film, and showed me some set photos.

I was floored. It seems in less than a week, I will get my wish at long last. Five movies to match Rocky, even though thankfully that series has increased in number as well. But I am not  going to wait for a sixth one, for that just isn’t ever going to happen. I am satisfied completely with the fifth one. The trailer alone makes me confident this movie is going to be intense and incredible. I just watched it again, and it gave me chills

So to celebrate this monumental occasion, I will be ranking all the movies from my least favorite to my most favorite.

So away we go!!

 

#4 Rambo

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This movie is incredibly moving and emotional, due to the fact that it very accurately portrays war in third world countries and the cruelty of humanity. Each weapons effects on human bodies is realistic and brutal, which really brings into light how horrible war is and why Rambo tries his best to get away from it.

While I find the movie to be utterly fantastic, it also has a bit of disappointing parts in it. I wasn’t thrilled that Rambo wasn’t doing pretty much everything on his own, despite the fact that I really like all the mercenaries he works with.

I also don’t like that there isn’t any cool stealth kill parts like they have in the first three. That is definitely missed.

The final thing that bugs me is that during the finale scene, Rambo just sits behind a machine gun mounted on a truck the whole time, which is cool, because he shreds up all kinds of stuff, but it is also boring in a way.

 

#3 Rambo III

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This movie is a masterpiece. It’s got intense action throughout most of the movie, and even has Colonel Trautman doing a bit of fighting, which is something many people have wanted to see I’m sure. While Rambo does receive a bit of help in this one, it really just focuses on him, and actually the help hinders him at times.

Rambo faces his most vicious and largest enemies yet, fearlessly taking on an entire army that culminates into the best finale in the series. He drives a tank into a helicopter for God’s sake. This move is the epitome of 80’s action.

#2 Rambo: First Blood Part II

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If the third one is a masterpiece, this  is just a little bit more so. The action, the hate, the betrayal, the message… Everything about it is amazing. And when Rambo starts to fall for someone, she dies immediately, as if the movie is punishing itself for daring to be anything other than awesome. The “Murdock, I’m coming to get you,” scene is one of the most badass scenes in history.

#1 First Blood

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This one is just slightly more of a masterpiece than 2 & 3. The whole calm, sad Rambo being pushed to take on a whole town theme is amazing. How he takes down every cop in the woods, incredible. Showing off his survival skills in said woods and in the mine is fun to watch.

I really like that a lot of the movie is just music and not a whole lot of talking goes on. Trautman’s ridiculous warnings to Teasle really hype up Rambo’s deadly skills. Just every second of this film is either tense, action packed, or awesome in some shape or form.

 

As a whole, this series is one of the best out there, despite it’s ridiculously inconsistent titling. I could watch these every day, they simply blow me away like all the stuff Rambo blows up in his life. I am completely confident that the fifth will be able to stand among these four incredible films. I already like it better than the fourth one just from watching the trailers!

Last Blood Review

The movie is pretty darn incredible. I’m just going to go right out and say it. It shows Rambo in a new light, a brighter one, if you will. One where he is actually content with life, which is something we have never seen before. And then by the end of the movie, we have never seen him so angry. For now, he’s not fighting in someone else’s war. This time, it’s just personal…and it’s awesome.

The first 2/3 of the movie is more like a super violent Taken, and then the last third is just everything you love about Rambo to the extreme. The ending is mind blowing. If you like hardcore action, then this will float your boat, I’m sure. If you are someone who doesn’t like unnecessary violence, well then don’t watch this.

The music is great as well. They take all the themes from the other movies and adjust them to the mood of the scenes going on, so that it actually reminded me a lot of the Rocky series, and actually succeeds in enhancing the emotions being felt or the themes being represented in each scene.

Interestingly enough, being as Rambo is a quiet, hardly talking maniac of death and destruction, this is probably one of Stallone’s best performances. The emotion he gives off, the hate, the rage, the hurt…all excellent. You can practically see an aura of rage floating around him like he is a Super Saiyan by the end. Again, this really enhances the viewing.

Some parts of it are a little slow, but that’s because they are plot building, and I was itching to see Rambo go nuts. And he does. Believe me. It’s worth the wait.

They never describe how Rambo is actually related to the girl who refers to him as “Uncle John,” nor how she is related to the other woman who lives with them. This isn’t really a big deal, but the viewer is pretty much left to assume a whole lot about them, but overall, it’s not really important. The movie makes this clear. All you need to know is the young girl, Gabriella, is like a daughter to Rambo. And this Gabriella has the most beautiful, big brown eyes that kind of make your heart melt. This is fortunate, because she does a lot of crying, and those eyes just make it so much sadder, on top of her being adorable and crying is something you never want to see her do.

As for ranking this…I don’t know…I really don’t. It’s definitely better than 4, but I can’t really say where it falls among the first 3. Sometimes it’s my favorite, sometimes I like it less than 3 or equally as 3. I would just consider it a masterpiece like the first 3.

Watching this made me realize how different all 5 films are. Each brings your attention to a different real world problem, and never really holds your hand doing it. They never hold back from the violence that exists in this world, showing you the cruelty of humanity, something Rambo tries to separate from himself and protect others from. This is a constant theme in the entire series, Last Blood being no exception. And with the advancements in technology, the fourth and fifth film are especially effective in showing how destructive people and weapons can be.

So what I have learned is that the Rambo series doesn’t need to be ranked. They are all so entertaining, educate you in a brutal way, and have an interesting, tortured soul he turns into a volcano of fury and then murders everyone in his way as the lead role. And a credit to this film, there is a slight 80’s action movie feel to this film at times, which is a nice throw back to Rambo’s roots.

Bottom line, if you love Rambo, you are going to love this. If you like action movies, you will like this. If you are expecting a movie with a deep twisting plot, involved, fleshed out characters, and a deep sense of meaning that will leave you feeling like a better person…then you clearly have never seen a Rambo movie before. These films have always been about awareness of global issues and intense action entertainment. And this one delivers on that.

 

P.S.

It’s better the second viewing.

 

 

 

Sylvester Stallone- I Thank You For A Lifetime of Entertainment

This guy. This crazy action star. This crazy not action star as well. He is an amazing writer, fairly decent actor, and master of the entertainment biz.

I grew up in the 90’s, and what I watched was the usual Nickelodeon shows, Hercules and Xena, and FRIGGIN AWESOME 80’s ACTION MOVIES!!!!!

Stallone, Schwarzenegger (thank god that’s in spell check, cuz didn’t know how to begin spelling that), Steven Seagal, Mel Gibson, whatever other movies that involved machine guns that never ran out of ammo and enormous explosions. Though oddly, I’ve never seen a single Die Hard movie.

But it was the Stallone movies that were always my favorite. Demolition Man, The Specialist, Tango & Cash, Cobra. It didn’t matter what, I just love them. But above all, I absolutely love the Rambo series. I still consider them some of the best action movies ever made. Seeing the fourth one opening night was the best movie-going experience I have ever been to. The sold out theater was so full of energy, some of the crowd in red bandanas, everyone in love with the same series as myself. We cheered at the awesome parts, shouted quotes from the older movies; it was like going to a convention all about Rambo.

Then, when I thought his career was over, he brings us a truly incredible trilogy. I am of course talking about the Expendables. Again, these are some of the best action movies out there…all three of them. And what’s more, he gave us something every 80’s and 90’s kid always hoped for. A movie with Stallone and Arnold (not trying to spell his last name again) kicking butt side by side. But he didn’t stop there. He brought in all these action stars from over several decades and actually did a great job balancing screen time for them all. Stallone and Jason Statham are the main characters, so they get the most obviously, but there is plenty of other time for everyone else.

Did you ever think you would see Jet Li fight Dolph Lundgren? How about Steve Austin beat the hell out of Stallone? This is a dream come true, and all done in the style of 80’s action with modern cinematics.

But there is one franchise that sits above all Stallone’s feats. You know I am talking about the Rocky movies. The film that made Stallone world renowned. This movie and it’s five sequels are just phenomenal. I actually have a post where I rank them all.

They are my favorite films of all time. And having him in the Creed movies is just as wonderful, again all these years later, he is still giving us the characters we grew up with, that we love. They age as we age, making it easier to connect with them. We get to watch them deal with struggles throughout these characters lives. We grow and learn with them. It’s just a fascinating experience.

And Stallone, on the downhill slope to 80, is doing it to us again. I am of course talking about Rambo 5, or rather Rambo: Last Blood. When my brother told me that he was making this, I went through the roof. Then the trailer came out, and I went through the clouds. Right away, I gasped, “This looks like it was going to be the best one.” The second trailer solidified that feeling.

I of course will reserve judgement until I see the movie, but damn. What a way to go out. Though I assume Stallone will give us more, and maybe even a Rambo 6 when he gets bored in his late 80’s.

It scares me to say that. If you are like me, you worry about when actors you love get old. I have now lived through this with all my favorite action heroes now senior citizens. But I can’t imagine a world without Sylvester Stallone in it. The movies he comes with out with are always my cup of tea. When he dies, it will be like losing a family member. I know that sounds weird, but it’s the truth. I felt the same way when Han Solo died. I was upset over that for like three days! Stallone will take me a lot longer to get over, because we will lose the actor himself, Barney Ross, Rocky Balboa, and John Rambo. All of them, dead. I have never met the actor and it’s pretty safe to say I never will, but all the characters he’s played, I feel like I know so well. It is going to be a devastating time.

But anyway, that’s kind of depressing talk, so for now, I am going to be anxiously waiting for Last Blood to come out on Sep. 20.

But I just want to say thank you Sylvester Stallone. My life would literally not be the same without you in it.