Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Watching the Rocky series was a good decision, as it helped me see how inspired it was by the golden era of pugilist propaganda. The problem is, if you’ve watched one boxing drama you’ve watched them all. Each one follows a tried and true method of delivery and characterization with little […]

Rocky (1976)

Boxing movies are a film staple with several movies focused on the bloody sport becoming icons throughout the decade; one of the more legendary is Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky.  I was concerned my response to Rocky would be similar to Saturday Night Fever, a film I felt was too much a […]

Blood and Sand (1941)

Blood and Sand is one of several big-budget Hollywood Technicolor extravaganza’s that took elegance and opulence to the next level.  The overabundance of opulence tends to make up for the dull story, but there’s something about the aesthetics of the film and the gorgeous cast assembled that creates a worthwhile […]