Category: Movies

It's a Wonderful Life at the Music Box Theatre

You haven’t seen It’s a Wonderful Life until you’ve seen it at the Music Box Theatre. It doesn’t matter if you’ve watched this movie every year on TV or own it on a dusty VHS tape, everyone who enters the Music Box Theatre’s annual showing for the first time is starting at ground zero. And man, I couldn’t... Read more »

Cop Land: Sylvester Stallone's lesser known shot at an Oscar

This has been a very weak “Month of Stallone” on the Medium Rare blog. My goal was to have posts on Rambo, Copland, Cobra, and Cliffhanger, but instead my only post was one about how I didn’t have any posts.  Then on February 19th, Sly Stallone showed up in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. A... Read more »

Netflix, here's my plotline for Captain Ron 2

What would the Captain Ron sequel be about?  Here’s what I’m thinking. The movie starts with the same intro music, and we’ve got a shot of the Chicago skyline with sailboats out on the water (another reason to support this project, Captain Ron was secretly a Chicago film). We then see Ben Harvey, now 32-35 years old,... Read more »

Hey Netflix, can we get a Captain Ron 2?

I think Netflix runs the world. Definitely the world of at home entertainment. And, because of their massive success, I feel like Netflix is not even interested in making money anymore. I think of them as entering the Bill Gates Foundation phase of life; it’s no longer about the big house, or the garage full... Read more »

Rocky III vs. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (part 1)

From a distance, Rocky III can feel like a turning point in the series when the Rocky movies went from serious films to gimmicky popcorn movies. Rocky III, IV, and V are often reduced to one sentence taglines: Rocky fights Mr. T. Rocky fights the Cold War. Rocky takes the fight to the streets. It... Read more »

Rocky II vs. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (part 2)

Darth Vader doesn’t like to lose. I mean, nobody likes to lose, but there is a difference between your aunt Mildred being a little bit frustrated that she didn’t see your double jump coming in a game of checkers vs. the most powerful villain in the universe fresh off seeing his DEATH STAR blown to... Read more »

Rocky II vs. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (Part 1)

Rocky I and Star Wars IV: A New Hope are both David vs. Goliath stories. In the first of many sequels, Rocky II and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, a simple question is raised, “What if Goliath came back for Round 2, but this time around he’s a little bit pissed off.” Rocky II Rocky... Read more »

Rocky I vs. Star Wars IV: A New Hope

For this best-of-seven series to work, I have to wash away somehow all the times I have seen the Rocky and Star Wars films. I have to essentially do the Men In Black memory eraser move and pretend like I’m watching it all for the first time. I’ve found this is especially challenging to pull... Read more »

Rocky vs. Star Wars: A Best of Seven series

If you are a loyal, long-time reader of Medium Rare, you might recall this time last year when I did a barrage of posts on Sylvester Stallone. I’m guessing you fell into one of two camps: Camp A: When last February ended, you were worried, “Will this series be back for Round 2? How am... Read more »

Shadow boxing with Sylvester Stallone

On Sunday night at the 88th Acadamy Awards, Sylvester Stallone was 100% robbed for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. If someone wants to argue for Mark Rylance, go for it, but what I witnessed was the equivalent of a bad call at the end of a football game where everyone, except for the referees, could... Read more »