Despite all of my pop culture references here on Yes and Yes, there are huge, gaping holes in my knowledge of movies that were released before 1996. I spent the majority of my childhood building forts and writing overly involved stories about pioneer families, so if you reference The Princess Bride or The Goonies, I’ll probably just stare at you blankly and try to steer the conversation in the direction of Jersey Shore.So I began the long process of filling in these holes by watching Rocky. Did you know it won an Oscar?! All I knew about this movie was that at some point, Sylvester Stallone ran up some stairs in a gray sweat suit and pumped his hands in the air. Also, he yelled about his girlfriend at some point.
Not surprisingly, it’s a good movie. And funny! At least I found it to be so. Is it supposed to be? It’s interesting to see how much acting styles have changed and how different cinematography is. At times, it was hard to see the movie as anything other than a long string of one liners that I’ve heard referenced in pop culture for the last 20 years. “Yo, Adrian. It’s me Rocky!” “OK, I’m gonna tell ya! You had the talent to become a good fighter, but instead of that, you become a legbreaker to some cheap, second rate loanshark!”
Have you seen Rocky? What ‘classic’ movies have you never seen?