Monday, November 7, 2011
Well, apparently I was having a Very Brady 80s weekend or something, because I suddenly got all nostalgic and decided to raid the ol' DVD library to re-watch some timeless classics.
I watched American Ninja II, Karate Kid II, Rocky II, and The Last Dragon.
Sensing a theme here?
Well apparently, aside from having a bad case of "sequel"-itis on my part, they all involve some form of kicking ass! And you know what's funny? I had no idea I was conforming to a trend when I picked these titles. No shit! I thought they were all random choices until RIGHT THIS MOMENT as I started writing this entry. Whoa!
Anyway, it was a good time I had, reminded of days long gone when movies actually made you feel good about yourself -- and had kicking 80s soundtracks to boot! Especially watching Karate Kid II (a very under appreciated film, btw) . . . I was suddenly gobsmacked by that Peter Cetera song from the movie. You know, the one with the really cheesy music video where Pete looks like he's having a cross between a restrained orgasm and a full-on conniption fit as scenes from the movie play out in the background? The song is "The Glory of Love," btw, and personally I think it's one of the best love ballads out there. Each time I hear this, I get all . . . er . . . romantic and stuff. Seriously -- rawrrrrr!
Come on, admit it: you think it's catchy, don't you? It's actually a great song, and I'm not ashamed to admit that it totally rocks my boat. And, damn, that movie is such a huge part of my growing up years! I must have watched it a thousand and one times during my adolescence.
I was also loving, as I always do, the very end of Rocky II. Which, to this day, is still my favorite Rocky bout of all time. I mean, this fight with Apollo Creed was freakin' LEGENDARY! But no more amazing was how it came right down to the very last count. If you watch the clip below, the part that gives me major goosebumps is at the 2:50 mark. The way that wonderful music swells as Rock stumbles around the ring and literally falls into his corner man's arms from sheer exhaustion just . . . *chokes* . . . it gets me EVERY time!
The only thing wrong with this clip is that it stupidly cuts off before an even greater moment in the film when Rocky says to his wife watching from home: "YO ADRIAN! I DID IT!!!" while holding up the belt. That would have made the clip EPIC!
But yeah, I love the Rocky movies! People who write them off as just dumb jock films without properly watching them are doing a huge disservice to some truly great writing, directing, cinematography, choreography, and scoring of films I've ever seen. They're better than you think they are, excluding the fifth movie. Which, let's be honest, was pure turd sauce.
Anyway, how was your weekend? And, hey: don't you miss the 80s? I know it's just my childhood nostalgia talking, but who cares!