During his preparation for the film, Sylvester Stallone was bench-pressing 220lbs, when the weight fell and tore his right pectoral muscle. This was shortly before the fight scene was to be filmed, and ultimately, the scene was shot with Stallone still badly injured.
Rocky II (1979)
365 Film Challenge - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- gotta say i pretty much got what i was expecting: a middle film. it seems they’re all suckers to kind of the same formula - total turmoil with an open ending to get you there for the 3rd film. thank you Empire Strikes Back for setting the precedent. either way though, the film flew by - it was really entertaining and the acting was swell. Philip Seymour Hoffman was fantastic, as always - but he’s pretty much playing himself. Jennifer Lawrence is stunning. the only real big complaint i have is the assumption the film makes about the viewer’s knowledge - i haven’t read the Hunger Games books and haven’t seen the first film since i first saw it but this one jumps right in like i remember everything perfect - which i didn’t. so it took about 20 mins for me to refresh my brain and get all caught up, since there was just no exposition for me to grab onto. after that though, i was set - just wish i would have been right there from the start. worth catching in theaters though, the effects and cinematography are pretty stunning.
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365 Film Challenge - She’s All That
- would not have guessed this would end up being part of this project, but well here we are. it was admittedly tough to watch this without thinking of Not Another Teen Movie the ENTIRE TIME - that as a parody in my brain made this play out almost just as ridiculously. there’s tons of familiar 90’s faces and all the equally disgusting over-saturated colors on EVERYTHING - makes me glad i was just in elementary school through the 90’s without having to worry so much about high school problems. it’s a pretty silly film, but would be worth kicking back with friends to watch.
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365 Film Challenge - The World’s End
- i just did not see the twist in this one coming at all, and i think that unpredictability is what pushes it up to the level of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz - but without that it definitely would have been a significantly weaker entry to the trilogy. the scale of this one far surpassed the other two films though, and that made me really love it. it’s sad to see the Cornetto Trilogy end, but it sure did go out with a bang. it was also nice to see a little more of an ensemble cast without relying too heavily on just Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, there’s lots of laughs from everyone else as well. Edgar Wright continues to up his ante as a director as well, he just gets stronger and stronger in every film i see and i just CAN’T WAIT for Ant-Man. you’d do well to see this, wish i would have caught it in theaters though.
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