Rocky LXXVIII: Adrian’s Revenge

The first movie I ever saw was Rocky – it’s one of those memories that are very fuzzy, but there are specific elements that stand out regardless – the smell of the popcorn, the blue carpet in the lobby, the colored lights running down the side of the aisle.

I remember very little about the movie itself, other than thinking it was black and white (it is rather monochrome…) But I have watched it and it’s sequels many times over the years – it ranks up there as one of my favorite movies ever. Except for the last entry in the series – Rocky V. At the time it was obviously meant to be the last one, taking Rocky back to his roots, etc. But it just felt far too contrived; it tried too hard to be contemporary with the hippin’ and the hoppin’ and the bippin’ and the boppin’. Not to mention Sage Stallone’s horrible acting (yack) It was a disappointing end to an otherwise great franchise.

After 15 years and a truckload of rumors and speculation, and we have Rocky Balboa – finally, a fitting finale for Rocky. It is everything Rocky V needed to be, but wasn’t. It definitely has a greatest hits feel to it, and there’s one too many trademark inspirational speeches, but overall it’s a much more authentic return to the first couple of movies. It doesn’t try too hard to be relevant or cutting edge, there’s no Survivor cheese rock or hip-hop remixes of the Rocky theme (Bill Conti for the win), and most of all the movie ends the series as it started. It’s not a matter of winning a championship or obtaining glory – it’s about the internal struggle with oneself and “going the distance” despite everyone else saying you can’t – the thing that made Rocky such a compelling character 30 years ago.

But do we really need another sequel to Rambo?

Fender Strat

 

Fender Deluxe Strat Plus, Crimson Burst
Fender Deluxe Strat Plus, Crimson Burst

Wow – Spring is almost here.  Amazing how time flies!  I can’t wait for summer.

I bought a new guitar last week – a Fender Deluxe Strat Plus.  This is basically what it looks like (except mine is “Crimson Burst”, not black).  Now, for a good amp head.

The word for the day is “congenital myopia”.   Or “Barilla”

Let’s see…  I guess it’s time for my “stuff of the week” list…

CD’s – Undiscovered Soul – Richie Sambora; Crystal Ball – Prince; Van Halen III (I know it’s not out yet, but it’s gonna rock!)

Movie – Rocky II (The best of the series)

Book – “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” Lots of good concepts and ideas, but too radical for most people.   Wait until the wedding to kiss?  Thanks, but no thanks.

Website – Tennessee Annual Conference OK, yeah, I’m designing it.  And it’s not done yet.  But check it out anyway!