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Updated with New Comment From Sly! Stallone Would Like To Thank All Of You!

Published at: Dec. 23, 2006, 11:03 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here with a statement from Sly that he wanted to communicate to all of you. I'm pulling for this film along with all of you. Here ya go:

First of all, it's great to be back talking to you guys again, and I want to say I've been reading all the talkbacks and appreciate the insights into the film. There's one talkback that really caught my eye by Cotton McKnight, who stated that some people might be embarrassed to go see ROCKY BALBOA, or skeptical, even. I couldn't agree more. What I believe can be achieved by people (and not TV ads or newspaper ads or radio blurbs) is the validation of one human being telling another human being that something is either good or bad. ROCKY BALBOA is coming off a 15-year hiatus, from a failed sequel... the unpleasant aroma of that corpse unfortunately still lingers in the minds of moviegoers. It would be great if the patrons of aintitcool.com who like the film would throw their weight behind it and try to convince skeptics that you can go the distance with dignity. I put more of my faith in you than any TV ads, so I would appreciate any of you who would spread the "good word", and give this film a proper send-off and a fond farewell. Also, P.S. I believe I'm going to slip a film in before RAMBO comes out, even though I will be commencing with filming in February. I'll update you when the next project is chosen - hopefully it will finally be POE. So, my best to "the army of the 'right'," the AICN supporters. Sylvester Stallone

Hey folks, Harry here. Stallone is very happy this day, and he's blaming all of you for the grin on his face and wanted to thank all of you. Here's his statement that he sent my way this day...

I want to thank all of you talk-backers. We were hoping to do 2 million dollars last night, and considering the horrible weather that is sweeping the nation, we'd be lucky to get that. Instead, and I attribute it to all the readers of aintitcool.com, we did a little over six million, which has all the financial film analysts in this country in bewilderment and awe. You made an old lion roar proud today. Thank you. Sly

Harry here again. I've seen and been reading your reaction to this film from watching it yesterday. And having seen the other films that have opened against this one, I have to say - I really do hope that ROCKY BALBOA keeps bewildering the experts. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM is a soulless repetitive concoction of CG nonsense, whereas ROCKY BALBOA is a film about nobelity, respect, family, love and striving to never quit. It's a genuine audience film that isn't just a single magic screening at the Alamo Drafthouse, but a bonding experience with every audience out there. I love the character of ROCKY BALBOA, and it's nice to have a genuine icon on the screen again. A real movie star knocking it out of the silver screen. This is the geek film of the holidays. Our pugilistic Star Wars that has never lost his soul or grounding. Let's hope Hollywood learns all the right lessons this Holiday season!

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  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Eye of the tiger, Pearl of the cobra

    by We

    :p

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Rocky v. UFC

    by strongbadmonkey

    Who would win? Chuck Lidell or Rocky?

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    HEAR HEAR

    by Merpio

    nuff said nuff said

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Seeing it Saturday Night...

    by TylerDurden3395

    With dozens of relatives and friends, can't wait!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Grins here too

    by Gigolo99

    I am SO happy for Sly. I visited the review site again today and saw so many glowing reviews for RB and it honestly brought a tear to my eye. As someone with big crazy dreams of my own I have always held a special place for the Rocky character and this movie is bringing that all back for me. I have a framed black and white Rocky poster on my wall(it's been there for many years) and at the top it says, "His whole life was a million-to-one shot." Whenever things get tough I glance at that poster and have a quick thought about the odds Sly has overcome to become what he has:the living embodiment of the American dream. I work days and nights but I have off Saturday and seeing RB is my top priority for that day. Here's hoping RB does boffo box office. Cheers Sly!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    it was amazing.

    by StreetTrash

    it was. He did look really old though. But i loved it.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Q&A got me to go

    by unleashed dog

    I wouldn't have bothered with Rocky Balboa if it weren't for the Q&A. My girl and I had a great time and congrats on the big opening.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Good to hear

    by Volstaff

    I'm seeing it again this weekend.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    This brings a smile to my face

    by Dragon Man

    Nice to hear Rocky Balboa is off to a great start. I've been a fan of the character since I was a kid and I was hoping this movie would do good business. Congrats to Mr. Stallone and company, and we'll pull for bigger and better business in the weeks to come.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Y'er welcome, Sly....

    by Warm Soft Lie

    Now don't fuck up Rambo. Cheers!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Rocky is king

    by viranth

    'nuff said.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Seeing it AGAIN over the weekend...

    by Kal El Vis

    Rocky Balboa deserves to be #1 for the weekend. Night at the Museum? Looks like doo-doo.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1 p.m. CST

    BALBOA selling out across the nation!!!

    by ABking

    SOLD OUT crowds is what's happening...and why not for an AMAZING FILM!!! Thank YOU Sly!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly!

    by Penetron

    I'm taking my whole family. All 12 of us, (Yes, We're Mexican) this weekend. I can't wait to see Rocky go out in style.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Long may he rule.

    by Michael Corleone

    I think this Q & A series will have a huge impact on the gross. more than may be apparent at first but whatever the reason i hope this movie makes a fuck load of money.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I'm going because of the Q&A

    by Stargeek

    Sly, I've never posted a Talk Back on this site before but I wanted to know that my interest in seeing ROCKY BALBOA went up 100 fold because of your great Q&A. I have quotes from it saved to my computer now. Before you did this, I would have said I had a passing interest. Now I feel like I'm going to support a friends project. Best of luck with everything.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa was a great movie...

    by Tarl_Cabot

    I loved it. This was a sequel worth my time and money. If Rambo IV is half as good then it can't get here soon enough.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Still got some stuff left in the basement!

    by Spandau Belly

    Way to go, Rocky! Stallone, you are a gentleman and prince!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Class Act

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    I remember reading an essay by Harlan Ellison once in which he complained about fans coming up to him, asking him questions, wanting autographs and photos. He thought that his onlyy responsibility to fans was to give them a new book, short story, or script every now and then and that was it. we should leave him alone after he has done us such a great favor. I have thought about that a lot over the years and somewhat agree. If a celebrity does not want to communicate with fans, then he ought to be left alone. ~~~All that said, i am pleased as punch when a celbrity does rach out to fans as Stallone has done. It shows that appreciation is a two way street and i hope there are more Stallones ot there than Ellisons. I loved ROCKY BALBOA and am glad it is on its way to being a big hit. Cheers to Mr. Stallone. He's one of the good guys.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Bring on RAMBO IV...

    by ABking

    This movie left me wanting to see where Sly takes RAMBO...

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Starfuckers

    by PwnedByStallone

    all of you

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    For non-US peeps who want to enter the Rocky contest

    by Doctor_Sin

    Remember, I am offering to enter for you. doctorsyn@hush.com - I am a US resident, I don't want the Rocky prize(s). You send me your entry, I enter for you. If I win, you win. If your entry wins, I send you the prize.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    In true underdog fashion Balboa has defied the sceptics

    by KillaKane

    "YOOOOOOO ADRIEEEEEEEEEEN!" ;-)

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Sly, thank you very much! Read....

    by ronniepooch

    I got to see Rocky Balboa last night in a SOLD OUT theater... and I must be totally honest... I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. Where the hell did it all come from Sly? I'm so proud that you ended this character with the nobility and respect he deserves. You poured all that you had left in Rocky's world (and there was still so much to tell) into this film and it REALLY shows. I like the fact that you even made Dixon's character respectable and not a monster. It was the most human Rocky you've done. I loved the drama. There's something which seems to be lost in film nowadays. We've lost the ability to empathize and connect with characters in cinema today. It's very rare that we do. And with Rocky Balboa... It connected with me like a raging left-hook. I simply enjoyed everything: the restaurant, Marie, Duke, Paulie's character being the miserable bastard we all know and love, and the the cameo's (especially Rocky's old foe we see hanging out at the restaurant). I'm trying to be spoiler free here. :-) The film TRULY stands on its own. It felt like all of your previous efforts were prequels to this film, and I truly mean that. Best of luck with Rambo, because with Rocky.. you totally slammed it out of the park for me. :-) Best. -Ron (broccoli_rabe@hotmail.com)

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    ps - the movie rocks MAJOR ASS!!!!

    by Doctor_Sin

    I am seeing this many times this weekend. Sly is getting plenty of my money. I usually see a film (once or a dozen times), d/l if it's available (for those gaps between the theatrical release and official release), then I buy the DVD when it comes out (usually some tricked-out edition). That way, no one loses profits for a great movie and no bootleggers profit off of others' works. And, yes - I will also buy whatever SUPER ROCKY box set gets released ultimately.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I'm not kidding, I have been getting a little misty..

    by Cotton McKnight

    ever since I saw the first showing at 10:30 am yesterday. It's a very moving film, and Mr. Stallone's connection to us here at aintitcool has made it even more touching. This really is one of the most enjoyable times I have ever had at the theater. No scratch that, THE most enjoyable time. Thank you again.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Downloading

    by Stringer Bell

    Just a request to fellow talkbackers. If you read all of Stallone's Q & A's then you know this was not an easy movie to get made. Especially after Rocky 5. But he fought to get it made, he won, and it's really good. I'm not going to get all preachy about downloading, but this flick deserves to make money. So if you do download the movie, and you like it. Go to the theater and buy a ticket. And if you don't want to see the movie again then give some kid on line the ticket as a random gift of kindness for the holidays. That way you get to double up on good karma.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    T'was nuttin, Sly. C'mon back, anytime.

    by JDanielP

    You put the COOoooOOOL... in "Aint it Cool", Sly. It's now official, ...you're the coolest geek alive.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    AK-47

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I want you to go find a soul.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Night at the Museum ......

    by kinghenryVIII

    Girlfriend works at National Geographic and they were screening this there last weekend (I think, can't remember the date), and I am up for free movies and all but this looks horrid. Between this and Underdog - ugh.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Really Helo, watch it in the theater.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I saw it yesterday and like I said, it was one of the most enjoyable times I have ever had. I know McWeiner said that BNAT didn't count because people were jazzed to be at a movie marathon, but you can't say about my showing. In my audience, you just had pure fans of the Rocky and we all cheered when the training montage started, clapped when Rocky started landing hits, you name it. And this was at 10:30 in the morning! The movie obviously stands on its own, but there's something about seeing it in that setting- you don't want to miss it.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly...

    by TELF

    We really enjoyed the movie last night. Good job. Please take the same level of care with Rambo, keep shocking the world. Oh, and well done and thanks to Aicn and the majority of the TB community for making this such a warm and positive event to have been a part of.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    I even liked Rocky V

    by Binkysguy

    I realize it is the weakest of the franchise and Tommy's acting was pretty bad when he was trying to be nice (I thought his pissed off acting was pretty good). That said, I get goosebumps EVERY time I see Sly look up and say "Hey yo, you knocked him down...why'nchoo try knockin' ME down now?" Goosebumps every time.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    This has been a most interesting...

    by armenhamer

    ...experience all around. These Q&A's have been very interesting and what got me to see Rocky Balboa at a packed theater in the metro Detroit area. That was one of the greatest movie experiences I've ever had. Rocky Rules!!!!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Nikki Finke???

    by DarthStallion

    http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/tracking-xmas-giant-museum-good-rocky-great-dreamgirls/ Who the hell is this bitch anyway? She ripped on Stallone and said "Rocky Balboa" would be down to fourth after Christmas. Deal with it, Hater Bitch...RB will rule all this holiday season!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Yes!

    by Zorak5

    So awesome! My entire family is so glad to hear that RB did that great. I was checking boxofficemojo.com but was disappointed they didn't have the Wednesday numbers up yet. This is a great surprise. Definitely "Cool news" to me!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST

    lebron

    by BadMrWonka

    while he may be correct about the movie being great, is 10 years old. look to the iron man talkback for proof.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST

    AK-Phoney 7 at it AGAIN

    by Kal El Vis

    Starfuckers? WTF? Could be worse though. We could be chicken fuckers, as I hear you and your family dabble in. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. But you did do us one small favor. We NOW know why the "Chicken crossed the road".

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST

    zorak

    by BadMrWonka

    I like to check: <br> http://www.the-numbers.com/ <br> they usually have info up faster. but even they don't have wednesday up yet. I guess Rocky blew a few gaskets, huh?

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Can't Recapture the Magic

    by Captain Mal

    As much as I'd love to see it, I don't think the magic of these Q&A sessions will ever be recaptured with another actor. This was a spontaneous event that (IIRC) caught Harry off-guard, and Stallone was the perfect class act at the right moment. While it's clearly been a PR event to draw attention to the film, it hasn't had the stink of Hollywood cynicism about it. Maybe I'm wrong, but I imagine more events like this will begin to feel manufactured.<p> Saw the movie at the late show last night, and it was brilliant. As a husband and father who lost his family this last year, the theme of life getting away from you really moved me. The scene where Rocky breaks down in front of Paulie was a heartbreaking piece of cinema that will live forever, like Brando's "contender" scene from "On the Waterfront." I'm not ashamed to say that I love this character, and seeing him so vulnerable moved me to tears.<p> Thank you, Mr. Stallone, for the Q&A, for the movie, and most of all for being such a relentless romantic who is willing to belief in big, goofy ideas that the post-modern world scoffs at. We need heroes, and you're one of 'em.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    You are welcome, Sly

    by Toby___Wong

    You always ruled and I love your Get Carter remake.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Thank You, Sly.....

    by Boromir187

    For taking the time to talk to us and make the wonderful film that is Rocky Balboa. I can't wait to see Rambo's return! Keep up the good work!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Stallone to Ben Stiller: I MUST BREAK YOU.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Mr. Stallone, I said in the last Talkback not to worry. I've told everyone I know to watch this movie, and it's all anyone is talking about! All your sleeping fans, the ones who havent seen you in awhile, are wide awake now and so happy to see their old superstar friend back. Now maybe you can get some sleep! Once the adrenaline wearsb off a bit you'll probably crash haha. Thank you again for all this. Hope to see you again soon. Don't forget us.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    "FINANCIAL FILM ANALYSTS"??

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    How in the world could these guys not expect Rocky Balboa to do great? They'd have to be either 9 years old or 90 years old to be so out of touch! Rocky Balboa has three decades of fans! It was possible that the film would merely do "okay", but it was never going to flop. NEVER. Everyone 18 years old to 60 years old and older are going nuts for Rocky Balboa. These financial film analysts need to leave their cubicle and going outside once in awhile. All they'll hear is "ROCKY!ROCKY!ROCKY!....". Talk about them being out of touch with the people!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I know I'm a broken record...

    by PwnedByStallone

    and that Sly already "pwned" me, but I just don't understand the love Stallone is getting for this film. Now I know how Star Wars fans have convinced themselves the prequels don't suck. They just see what they want to see. Because if you watch the film objectively it's pretty underwhelming. The giant ad of an ending is rushed and the (SPOILER) way Dixon gets respect at the end after is just laughable, especially considering how underdeveloped his character is. I mean he went from fighting nobodys to going 20 whatever rounds with a near 60 year old TO A DRAW and that legitimizes his title? Please. And the whole interplay with his son would have been good as a mirrored story of them both overcoming their demons but because we don't see the kid stick his middle finger in his cock bosses face (he just shows up and syas he's quit) it jus tfeels extraneous. Perhaps I just expected a little too much from Sly but it just missed the mark for me. I could see the movie being something truly special with an extended version but as it stands it's just kind of weak. But hey, if y'all love it, that's cool I guess.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Great Movie, Stallone is BACK! and my theatre was FULL!

    by DrPain

    And it's been a long time since I've seen a movie where the audience starts to cheer out for the hero! Awesome. One of my fav scenes in the film was the one where Rocky tells Little Marie "It's not okay, Little Marie" classic hero. Where have they gone!? Rocky Balboa is a great flick, thanks Sly! BRING ON RAMBO!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Those who watch A Night at Museum are SINNERS.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Have you no soul? Thus is the word, thus is morality, thus is Slyism.<BR><BR> And Mr. Stallone (if you are still somehow still reading instead of celebrating or finally getting some sleep), you need to stop calling yourself old! My friends and I never think of you as old, yet you keep repeating it in your words and in Rocky's lines! In Rocky Balboa, someone got into Marie's head that she was inadequate. Did someone get into your head that you're out of it? You may be an older lion, but you're still king of the jungle to so many. Still got it. Still good to go. So please stop reminding us that you think you're old, because we actually aren't thinking that way about you!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Love it

    by indiebum

    Thanks Rocky!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Mine was full too

    by artie langes nut

    And Ive been posting all over the place, the man stepped up and delivered a kick ass movie. Hats off to you Sly. I was blown away by how moved by this movie I was. It was a special experience

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I cannot wait for this movie!

    by DirkD13"

    I hope that in 15 years time Stallone is doing a "Clint" and making quality movies as an older gent that are popular and sucessful. Shawn Levy hasn't yet directed a film that wasn't anything less than a complete turd, so I hope that Rocky Balboa kicks his film's ass.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    pugilistic star wars

    by Staldo

    Now that would be a cool movie. a small, clumsy guy wins title fights against multi-armed aliens in a Galaxy far, far away.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    A Wonderful, "Pivotal Moment for AICN"...

    by TheOriginalBubblehead

    Harry and His Merry Men, Hoots Mon got it exactly right: the Stallone fan Q&A is "a pivotal moment for AICN," the site's (to date) crowning achievement, even more so than the "Armageddon" set visit or Harry's first telephone call from Robert Rodriguez late one night, or Harry's "Power" Ranking. Big guy, I've been here since the beginning -- yes, this is THE original Bubblehead, who helped inaugurate the Forum -- and "Forumers" -- way back in '96 or '97 with folks like Luckdragon, TinMan, Ghidorah, and, yes, TravisBickle. I have followed your rise with pride, not a little bit of awe, quite a bit of incredulity and, yes, the occasional head-shake. But THIS, my friend, THIS WAS PERFECT. Harry, at this time, in this, your very OWN "Rocky" moment, I'd like to quote some very appropriate Kipling for you: "If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; / If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, / But make allowance for their doubting too: / If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, / Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, / Or being hated don't give way to hating, / And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; / If you can DREAM -- and not make dreams your master; / If you can THINK -- and not make thoughts your aim, / If you can meet with TRIUMPH and Disaster / And treat those two impostors just the same: / If you can bear to hear THE TRUTH YOU'VE SPOKEN / Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, / Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, / And stoop and BUILD 'EM UP with worn-out tools; / If you can make one heap of all your winnings / And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, / And lose, and start again at your beginnings, / And never breathe a word about your loss: / If you can force your HEART and NERVE and SINEW / To SERVE YOUR TURN long after they are gone, / And so hold on when there is nothing in you / Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"; / IF YOU CAN TALK WITH CROWDS AND KEEP YOUR VIRTUE, / Or walk with Kings -- nor lose THE COMMON TOUCH, / If NEITHER FOES NOR LOVING FRIENDS CAN HURT YOU, / If all men count with you, but none too much: / If you can fill the unforgiving minute / With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, / YOURS IS THE EARTH AND EVERYTHING THAT'S IN IT, / And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!" Merry Christmas, Big Guy. And congratulations. You deserve it, brother -- WELL DONE.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST

    AK-47

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Did you like, miss the movie? You seemed to have missed the point of everything. Here's a "Explanation for Dummies" that I have created for you.<BR><BR> 1.)Dixon DID NOT want to fight Balboa. The point of the fight was not to legitimize the belt. Dixon's promoters saw that Rocky got his license and saw $$$$$$ in promoting a GIMMICK match. They had their own agenda....which was focused more on raising PPV buys than "getting respect" to Dixon. Where do they respect Dixon at the end of the fight? The camera is on Rocky the whole time.<BR><BR> 2.) You fool. Why do you need an actual scene of Robert quitting his job?? And how do you know hos boss was a jerk? All you saw was the boss talking to Robert about being late....it could actually be either person's fault, cause the audience sees it out of context. Why is the Robert/Boss relationship so important to you that you need a additional scene of it? It would be completely out of place and out of line with the focus of the story, which was ROCKY AND HIS SON. The Robert/Boss relationship is meant to play only a minor supporting role to the REAL situations going on in the movie.<BR><BR> 3.) Will you please stop spilling major spoilers in this Talkback? There are people who haven't seen it yet and it's very rude.<BR><BR> 4.) You claimed the training montage was rushed and short. For some reason I actually believed you, but then I saw the movie and you tricked me....it is extended and FINE.<BR><BR> There. capiche?

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    you gotta be a dick not to enjoy Rocky Balboa

    by antonphd

    it's like an heart o' meter. if you have a heart, this movie can't help but tug at it. i notice how much the reviewer's who didn't like this just flat out miss the point of the movie. i mean... you gotta be one serious asshole to not like this movie. this movie is pure heart. if you have one, you will like it if not love it like most people do. and it's not the polish or the fight... it's the human need to pursue a dream. you can hear the hollowness in the reviewer's who don't get it. they just don't get it. and that's sad for them.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Sly, Read This About Rambo

    by jfk1232

    Hi Sly, I hope you don't have any women get assaulted in the upcoming Rambo movie. I have read descriptions saying a church group gets kidnapped by sadistic soldiers. I hope the soldiers don't sexually assault the women. That would ruin the movie for me having to see something like that. Maybe you can hint that eventually the soldiers will do something, but the women wind up getting saved before it actually happens. Also, virtually every person I have ever heard discuss Rambo, has always said that Rambo 2 was his or her favorite. Rambo 1 seemed a bit too dramatic, while Rambo 3 at times seemed either too slow (like the campfire scene) or had too much going on. Rambo 2 seemed a good balance between the two films. So, even though you have said you would like to make the upcoming Rambo more dramatic, I hope you try to keep Rambo 2 in mind at least somewhat. I think that is what the fans would really like to see. One last thing, your hair looked a little too long in Rambo 3 and the knife also looked a bit funny. I would stick with the earlier incarnations of those two things.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Not a "broken record", a "whiney bitch"

    by Kal El Vis

    Do you think your little one-man campaign against a fantastic film is REALLY going to work? When "Sly" verbally bitch-slapped you, it was like a preview of a certain scene in the flick. "See these??". Yes AK-Phoney 7, YOU saw them. And it is good.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I'M GLAD

    by THE KNIGHT

    the movie is doing well so far... Damn that Stiller movie for opening up against Rocky...

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    jfk1232

    by Binkysguy

    Would you like some cookies and warm milk to put you to bed after you've had your diaper changed? Jesus, what a non sequitur of a post!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the movie, Sly

    by BizarroJerry

    My friend and I saw it opening night and found a long line to get in. As I said then, "I bet this movie will make a lot more money than they expect." I watched the films growing up and this was a very nice send off for one of the great characters in film. Good work! I've actually seen a lot of good reviews, but some critics and studio execs are just cynical smartasses who always think a movie with some heart and some sentimentality is corny, schmaltzy, etc, etc. Once again, they're proven wrong.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    TREMENDOUS!

    by NoHubris

    Saw ROCKY BALBOA last night. For me, the movie demonstrated this: Rocky, the human being/man, is why the character is a champion and such an icon. One of the themes I love is how Rocky “widens the winners circle.” Politicians talk about it, but Rocky does it because he’s such an uplifting character. Loved his definition of a winner. IMHO what’s great about his way of winning is it takes along everyone who comes near him – his fans, Little Marie and her son, Paulie, Punchy, the boxing commission, and others in the movie...IMO the sportsmanship Rocky displayed is very notable - especially in light of both the recent brawl in the NBA and recent dirty political campaigns (how very timely).

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Sly doesn't need to thank us.

    by Bubba Gillman

    The good will engendered by these Q & As not withstanding, the B.O. wouldn't have exceeded expectations if he didn't make a great film. Which he did. I only wish I could have seen it at the BNAT screening. I did however have the next best thing - opening night in South Philly!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    THREE WORDS SLY: FUCK-N-A!!!

    by moto

    Welcome back to Respectville Sly! I always respected you, even during rough movie times for you, but Hollywood will FINALLY show some respect for you once again! Not that you gave a damn anyway, but it's just nice to see such an inspiration... and in this case I'm not talking about Rocky. I'm talking about you Mr. Stallone. Defying the odds and the executives, etc. You truly inspire.. what a great film and what a great experience.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by Primogeniture

    I can't wait to see this film now, but I'm already glad to see that it is doing so well. Sly deserves it.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Also,

    by Bubba Gillman

    these days it seems that very few films have "legs." Even the big films seem to make a ton of money early in their runs then fade quickly. It's not like the days when Jaws or Star Wars or ET seemed to play in theaters for a full year. I think this movie will buck the current trend due to the word of mouth - hpefully it'll be in theaters a lot longer than some of the other current releases and generate steady B.O.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Night at the Museum has Ricky Gervais though.

    by The Wrong Guy

    And I don't like the Rocky films all that much. So I know which I'd choose...

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I'll be checking it out this weekend...

    by Retrace

    it never ceases to amaze me how many movies my wife has never seen. I just found out she has never seen a Rocky movie....but she wants to see this one. Rock on.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    God Bless You Sly.

    by Lewster3000

    Thank you and good luck in the future.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    $6,204,105

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Fucking GREAT!!!!! Perhaps the studios will follow Stallone's lead and get back into making proper movies, you remember them, ones with stories, real characters, truthful dialogue, heart and power. Well done Mr Stallone, keep fighting all that CG nonsense.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Rock

    by optimus122

    Ill be seeing it again..this movie will obviously be a money maker because of DVD sales alone. I was in best buy and this 22 year old kid had like the whole Rocky series in his cart and was psyched as all hell to see the movie tomorrow night. It might not come in first place going up against a kids movie but for this movie to be recieved so well by a lot of critics and from this forum of people who normally can't wait to pounce on a bad movie I think its already a smashing success..I mean how many movies get as many sequels as this series did and IMHO the last one is almost as good as the first 2. Thats a miracle and you all know it.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Definitely checkin this out...

    by Rindain

    Thanks for the Q&A's Sly--I'll be seeing this ASAP. Can't wait for your future projects too.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:02 p.m. CST

    The Wrong Guy

    by kwisatzhaderach

    That's right, you keep feeding the Hollywood pap machine.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:04 p.m. CST

    AWESOME!!!

    by robotdevil

    First off, a big thanks to Sly for doing this talkback, about the coolest thing any celeb has ever done for mere fans. Second, saw Rocky, the theatre was sold out and people went nuts for Rocky at all the right moments... haven't had quite that much fun at a movie in a really long time.... thanks Sly.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Went back again today

    by CherryValance

    And I got a crying headache again. I don't know if I can take 3 days of this in a row, but I'll tell you tomorrow. Today's crowd was smaller, by half maybe, but besides me and the 50-ish couple who sat behind me, it was all guys our age. The best part was that at the end I heard 10x more sniffs than yesterday. :D

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:09 p.m. CST

    MrWonka

    by Zorak5

    Thanks for the link.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Dear Mr. Stallone:

    by abovo

    Thank you for making yourself so accessible. Yesterday, I saw Rocky and can’t even begin to describe the emotions it brought up. My eyes were tear filled. So often, characters are super human in ability, strength and emotion, but this movie brought the themes so close to our hearts. Perhaps that is the secret for the future. Showing ordinary people and how they handle extraordinary situations. Looking forward to the next time you’re up on the big screen. Chris

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    HARRY KNOWLES STOOPS TO COUNTER-PROMOTION AGAIN...

    by Frijole

    How fucking classless. Let this movie stand on its own merits and dispense with the out of place trash talking. We'll all make our own fucking choices, Red... You sound like an ass when you do this kind of shit. Personally, my choice IS to see Rocky Balboa this weekend- and I don't need to be guilt tripped into it. Oh and Armageddon, Godzilla, Van Helsing and Sky Captain were all soulless, CGI nonsense too... So maybe this was all a subliminal PLUG for NATM.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

    by armtv

    eeehhh YOOOO..ROCKOOOOOOO...MERRY CHRISTMAS. merry christmas to you Mr. Stallone, from the boys over at ARM TV ARMWRESTLING HEADQUARTERS!!!! MERRY FREAKING CHRISTMAS and I hope you blow every movie out of the water from today until mid february until they announce you as a freaking OSCAR CONTENDER!!! THAT IS WHAT i AM TALKIN ABOUT!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Our pugilistic Star Wars

    by Darth Thoth

    that has never lost his soul or grounding. Awesome line Harry.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST

    YackBacker

    by DarthStallion

    I agree...give Stallone black-box privileges! I'd like to see him pop in from time to time and comment on movies other than his own. Just to see him type "Damn you, Michael Bay" just once would be legendary...

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Rocky is the man everybody wants to be friends with.

    by super Cucaracha

    Sly created a great character. How many screenwriters can claim that achievement. NOT MANY. Even on sports arenas around the country( maybe the world) you can hear the Rocky theme when a team is down on its luck and inspiration and heart is needed. I'll be seeing Rocky Balboa many times this weekend. I need a good shot soul to my veins. Thank you Mr. Stallone. I'll be there for Rambo also. I have your back sir.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:59 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with counter promotion?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Everyone take all the Ben Stiller DVDs you have and burn em! Counter promotion 4 life. Rocky Balboa is going to TKO Night at the Musuem for its treachary.<BR><BR> The Italian Stallion vs. Owen Wilson on a horse.....WTF...the latter DESERVES to be trashed....

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Go back and suck on your mom's titties and grow up...

    by super Cucaracha

    ASSHOLE. You know who you are.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Yes! 50 large by Monday night!

    by Jaka

    Come on! It can happen.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Thanks for puttin up with us sly!

    by clockpolitiks

    All us talkbackers in here will support rocky this weekend. I'm seeing it saturday or sunday definitely.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:48 p.m. CST

    \(^o^)/

    by veritasses

    Hooray!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:49 p.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/ylcclt

    by veritasses

    I hope we don't crash that guy's server.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly...

    by ZaphodBeeblerox

    For taking the time to not only answer the questions that were submitted, but also taking the time to actually read through the talk backs to see what was really on our minds as well. I didnt get to see RB today as planned. Instead I realized that my 15 year old son hadnt seen the the first Rocky film yet, so tonite was spent watching that on dvd. Watching that first movie now all these years later, I still cant understand how there can be those people that dont enjoy the character. I realize everyone has an opinion, but the tenacity that Rocky shows is something that most people wish they could posses at times. I recall you mentioning about how Rocky opens with him boxing under an image of Christ being appropriate because of his journey of atonement I believe you said. At the end of the film, everyone seems to be against him, the vegas odds makers, the announcers and even the promoter telling him that it doesnt matter that his trunks are shown wrong on the banner. He seems to be alone for the most part and has a measure of fear in that he knows he cant win and might be hurt badly, but he has a determination to do it and see it through with every fiber in his being. The surface similarity of those ideas/emotions to the events leading to the crucifixion where not lost on me whether intended or not. I am so looking forward to seeing this film tomorrow afternoon! Once again Sly, thank you not only for the rare treat here with the Q&A, but for creating such memorable characters on film that have provided many of us with untold hours of enjoyment. You've earned the respect of many geeks world wide. ;-) Always remember, the geeks will inherit the Earth. Now time to try and start thinking up a question for the Rambo Q&A!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Rocky is back baby:)

    by cyth

    i am so excited and to see these numbers high gets me thrilled.. i have been a Rocky fan since i can remember.. and wish to thank Mr Stallone for giving Rocky to us.. and now he is back:) and as critiques and fans say.. its awesome.. unfortunetly i have to wait to see it, living in germany it is scheaduled for february but at least i have a date to count down to:)

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Rocky Rocky Rocky!

    by whytee

    Go Sly!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I think AK-47 will have to change...

    by streakerfreak1983

    his talkback name. I don't think anyone on this sight will take him very seriously after this.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 9:42 p.m. CST

    thanks

    by c4andmore

    Stallone is a real class act <p> who knows who his real fan base <p> is. LOTR gave us gifts yearly <p> now we can thank Sly for this <p> everyone say thanks! <p>

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:05 p.m. CST

    thats cool Stallone...

    by Seph_J

    you give a little, we give a little.... everyones happy.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Harry,please submit your own Rocky Balboa review

    by TJ50

    I agree with Harry, Rocky Balboa is up against a number of other crap films being released in North America this week, so please give your own review of the Rocky 6 film and try pointing out what you reckon the film could've done a lot better (as Mori did in his review), as well as what you liked about it.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    This was amazing to see in the theater...

    by colematthews

    I have never seen a Rocky movie on the bigscreen before today, and just refreshed my memory by watching the original 3 nights ago. This was perfect, because many of the highlights of that film are referenced or even shown as Rock's memories. Seeing this with a crowd is the way to go, and even though my theater was only about half full (not bad for a 5:50 show on a thursday night in Vegas), you could feel the electricity in the room during certain moments. The opening credits, when Conti's score is first heard; the training montage, natch; the fight, natch, but specifically (small spoiler) when Rock takes a big lick late in the fight, and has a little pep-talk with himself by remembering his words to his son, then tells himself to "get up" (end spoiler), I wanted to stand up and start screaming for Rocky too. As has been mentioned, the final credits with fans running up the steps, imitating Rocky, is a great note to go out on.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Also?

    by colematthews

    Kudos to two late-movie, uh, well I guess only one is a cameo, and I won't spoil it for anyone, but it's pretty funny, and definitely adds to the sense of surreality. The other is a small role, that of Max Kellerman, played by himself, obviously. It was perfect because he got to give the everyman reaction, "The final moments before a ROCKY BALBOA fight, are you kidding me?" Hilarious.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:37 p.m. CST

    "soul or grounding"

    by DarthDooku

    Remember.... everything we cling to depends greatly on our own point of view. Personally, i loved the PT and OT. :shrugs:

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:41 p.m. CST

    DVD screener is ripped on net already

    by TallBoy66

    No, really, its out there. DVD screener. Well, sourced from screener at least, not a cam rip. Yeesh, fast, huh?

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST

    IF ANYTHING

    by nuetro

    this film (Rocky Balboa) should win Oscars even though it probably won't because they're rigged nowadays. Rocky Balboa is a return to form and is the sequel to Rocky I in my opinion. The only slight problem I had was there wasn't enough tension between Rocky and Mason Dixon, but that's understandable because why would there be? Mason Dixon isn't Apollo Creed, nor Mr T, nor Drago. Thanks Sly for keepin us underdogs inspired to keep going.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:53 p.m. CST

    DAMN IT! Rocky won't be in Australia until February!!!

    by dregmobile

    That really, really sucks, coz I wanna see it NOW! Just rented ROCKY to bring myself up to speed, and will probably troll through the others since I have a lot of lead in time ... <br> <br>Like a friend of mine said, any man who does not see this film must turn in his penis.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:52 p.m. CST

    WE LOVE 'YA, SLY!!!

    by The Krypton Kid

    And always will. Merry Christmas.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Lights out, meatball.

    by The-Warrior

    I bought three tickets. Thank you, Sly. Really. Just thank you. I officially forgive you for half your filmograhy, including Rocky V, and Paulie's robot. Great fucking movie, sir. See you in Hell.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:07 p.m. CST

    the six pack

    by NEOSUPERHERO

    chat about it....

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't watch Rocky Balboa on a computer monitor

    by TallBoy66

    I have a Dvix/Xvid compatable DVD player for a reason, you know...

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Hey Mr.Stallone,is it true u went to Montgomery Blair?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I drive pass there everyday. :)<br> My friend's like "You didnt know that??"

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Saw it at 11 AM opening day...

    by snomusic

    A very nice capper to the series. It felt great to see Stallone as Rocky again, he really ends up the same lovable pug as he started. I really enjoyed the fact we get a chance to genuinely like Paulie and Stollone deserves a major honorable mention for the scene in the empty freezer. I LOVED the fact that after all the movies that had people helping him in the corner, shouting for him to get up, etc - we get to hear Rocky's inner monologue driving himself. My only criticism of the movie is that during the fights MTV-ish 'montage', it has a good definate rhythmn, and then loses it, and then comes back - it was rather muddled actually. But on the whole I give it a 8 outta ten as opposed to my 3.5 outta 10 for Rocky V. As usual, I hope yer still reading our talk-backs Sly. Thanks for all yer time you given us here and I look forward to your return. Until then I will probably just glance at this site anymore...it just...feels empty without having your posts to look forward to.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Downloading

    by antonphd

    Exactly how is it preachy to tell people they are fuckheads for stealing movies? It's entertainment. There's no fucking excuse for stealing entertainment. I work my fucking ass off to make a living at this and people who steal are fucktards. Not judging?! What the fuck?! What the fuck are people who frequent a free speach website about films talking about how it's cool to steal movies?!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Hey AK!

    by darthbinks1220

    George Foreman won the Heavyweight Title at age 52. He knocked out titlest, Michael Moorer w/one head shot. Hence the term, "A puncher's chance".

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 12:21 a.m. CST

    How I feel about Mr. Rocky Balboa.

    by darthbinks1220

    As Paulie said in Rocky IV, "You're all heart, Rock!" Thanks for giving him to us, Sly. Sometimes when I'm alittle down, he picks me up abit.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 12:56 a.m. CST

    What a difference the Q&A made...

    by Zandunga

    I had not planned on seeing Rocky Balboa in theaters, but this Q&A has changed it all. You cannot fake the kind of honesty behind Sly; his enthusiasm for the movie is geniune and contagious...needless to say, I was quickly converted. I wasn't familiar with Stallone as such a thoughtful, witty, hilarious, and soulful human being, and was mightily impressed by how he poured his passion into this film. I realized this was not a cheap cash-in, but spirited, from-the-heart storytelling. I'm definitely going tomorrow, and have invited all of my friends to come along - it's going to be a blast to see Rocko back in the ring!!!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Couple points I forgot to mention

    by snomusic

    The music during the training sequesnce and the trumpet brought tears to my eyes. Also it was refreshing that Mari's sone wasn't a sterotypical gangbanger or a crackhead. I had ta laugh a little that when Dixon comes out, though Stepps is in Rocks corner, he digs Mason' music. Finally the hotel room scene with Maria had me so on edge - thank God it resolved properly. Was a tad disappointed that Rocky suggests the stories, I think his dignity could have been maintaned if a scene showing that his customers regularly request to hear them, before the meeting with Dixon's people. Also Benza's comment about Rocky in his prime was a rather ambiguous statement - couldn't tell who he was saying would win - Dixon or our hero. Finally, the way Rocky "exits" in the final scene is just fantastic!! Seems small probably to most but to me it was absolutely PERFECT.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 1:49 a.m. CST

    You're welcome Sly! We love you!

    by Orionsangels

    Not every celebrity would do what Sly did there. You gotta give it up for the man. I'm seeing Rocky Balboa this weekend! I'm excited! I even bought Rocky Balboa, The best of Rocky (ST). I keep listening to the track. 'Conquist' used to great effect in Rocky III. I can't believe it doesn't have the 'Training Montage' from Rocky IV though. From Vince Dicola. A classic Rocky tune and the perfect cheesy 80's montage music.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 1:54 a.m. CST

    MGM only offered Stallone a measly $US 25 mill budget

    by Chris38

    It says a lot about how much confidence MGM - Sony had in this project, that they only gave Stallone a measly $US 25 million budget to make Rocky Balboa, when it should've got twice that much. Sly must have got no salary for doing Rocky 6 and must be taking a back end deal.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 1:55 a.m. CST

    I haven't even seen the movie...

    by Orionsangels

    and just reading what some of you are saying about the movie is almosyt making me cry. I'm gonna be a wreck after this movie hehe.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Sly, you got heart!

    by deadboy1313

    In this age of motion pictures, where all you need is a $10 script and $185 million of CGI effects, why will Rocky Balboa be such a breakout hit? Because Sly knows the one thing most movie studios have forgotten. It's not about special effects or the ego (i.e. "actor") du jour. It's all about pouring your heart into a good script and having a character people care about. James Cagney never needed CGI or millions of dollars in special effects......it was all done from the heart. Sly, you may yet rescue Hollywood from the bloated and pretentious monster it has become.....thanks for bringing a much needed breath of fresh air to these tired eyes. And I can't wait for your Poe film......not only are you a talented filmmaker, you're a down to Earth heckuva nice guy. Jimmy Cagney fought Warner Brothers to do quality films, and did it by forming his own company. You don't need some 20 year old executive to tell you what people want. You took the time to actually listen to the fans, and we'll support you all the way. Thanks for showing us that with all your fame, you're still one of us.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 2:13 a.m. CST

    BUDGET: Rocky-$25million....Night at Museum-$110million

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    According to Entertainment Weekly, Fox (or whoever) put down $110 million for Night at the Museum. How do you spend $110 for THAT? Pixar's The Incredibles only cost $92 million. Is Museum really gonna come close to that? Against Rocky Balboa? Is someone listening to those "Film Financial Analysts" again?

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Night of Starsky & Hutch.........

    by darthbinks1220

    Is it me, or are Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller alittle overexposed?!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 2:26 a.m. CST

    6 million is good and the movie deserves.

    by The Founder

    Rocky was good, and while I had a few issues with the film, I enjoyed it very much.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Sly!

    by Vicconius

    Thanks for giving us the anecdotes behind the scene of your movies and Hollywood. Your sense of humor and honesty are what made it epic. Even if AICN could get someone else to do this, I'm not so sure that they would embrace it so wholeheartedly and without reservation like you did. ***** I saw the movie tonight and it was as good as I expected. I got a bit choked up a few times, and inspired as well. 5 stars. It was good to see Rocky back, and just as good to see him go out with dignity and class.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 2:30 a.m. CST

    The critics have spoken....

    by Zandunga

    I just had to post the Critical Consensus blurb from RottenTomatoes.com, having compiled all critics' reviews. Check it out! "Forget prizefighting -- Rocky's only a few years shy of cashing social security checks. And his eponymous movie series has made nearly as many ill-advised comebacks as Evander Holyfield. So it's something of a surprise -- nay, a shock -- that critics are praising "Rocky Balboa" as not only a return to form, but the best film in the series since the original. Sylvester Stallone -- who else? -- stars as the retired champ, lured back into the ring with the promise of testing his mettle against a younger fighter (played by real life pugilist Antonio Tarver). Pundits say the moribund series is back in fighting shape, for the back-to-basics "Rocky Balboa" is a gritty, poignant underdog story that redeems one of American cinema's most iconic characters. At 77 percent on the Tomatometer, this one may still be a notch below the original "Rocky" (96 percent), but it gets to wear a new title belt: Certified Fresh."

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 2:55 a.m. CST

    This image of Stallone goes with his remarks above..

    by Cyberfury

    http://tinyurl.com/vlwxg Give that man a sigar.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 2:54 a.m. CST

    my own take

    by stomm

    I copied and pasted this from my reply to a rocky balboa review thread, but i wanted it to be in context here too: I know i might get ribbed for saying this! I live in the UK and I work with a guy who's mad on rocky, ask him virtually any question and he's there (on boxing too) - because he's not so good with using the internet i've been giving him the info on the new rocky movie (onwards from when they said they were making it a couple of years ago). I admitted to him though that i hadn't seen any of them, it was like telling a priest i'd never heard of religion. The day after he brought the dvd's in. Now on top of this i've been reading the sly stallone questions since round 01, at first i thought it was going to be a bit of a stunt; my own impression of stallone was that he was not terribly interesting or eloquent. I was really surprised, he comes across as a very well read and genuine person (i apologise for my original opinion of you sir should you read this), i even printed out on the work's printer the whole 20 odd rounds worth of questions for my workmate who treated them like the lost gospels when i handed them over. After working through those every day and seeing how everybody bigs up Rocky movies (apart from 5 i've noticed!) I've started watching one per night, working my way up to being ready for Balboa. I'm on for Rocky 3 tonight, i watched Rocky 1 two nights ago, Rocky 2 last night and i was really surprised because i loved them both. I was genuinely surprised with how funny and human the characters were, especially how likeable Rocky is, and the interaction between stallone and burgess (weird seeing the penguin training him though)! I watched them with my girlfriend (another person who was shocked i'd never seen them) and i admit that i had to fight back tears a bit at the end of the fight in rocky 2. I knew in my mind that he had to win, but i still found myself boxing the air (a bit!) and my heart was manic. I know this sounds stupid but i'm 23 and not many films can do that to me, and i'm far from a boxing fan. So my point is if you've not watched them yet (at least the first two) get them watched, i have and they're top, especially with a beer after a bad day, nothing better to cheer you up.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Merry Christmas Sly!

    by knightrider

    Looking forward to seeing the movie!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Just saw it with my dad.

    by Lewster3000

    Words would only mess up what i feel about this movie. so all im going to say is that its the best Rocky in the series. I cant bealieve im acually saying this, but its true, Rocky Balboa was incredible. Merry Christmas Sly!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST

    This reminds me of that Critic/Simpsons crossover

    by BannedOnTheRun

    "Now that we've seen your movie, Sly, maybe you could come over to our parents' basements and hang out." "No, I won't be doing that anytime soon."

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 3:23 a.m. CST

    I would like to thank Mr Stallone

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    This was a pretty cool thing he did with these Q&A sessions. Very enjoyable, reminded me of how funny Stallone can be (when he's not acting in comedy films), and made me want to see Rocky Balboa. Good work, Mr Stallone.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Foreman

    by optimus122

    Was 48 not 52. BTW kudo's to you sly for the 6 million dollar opener. Your right , no one was expecting that. Heck if the movie can make 15-20 million over the weekend it will be an incredible success. Either way this movie will make money with DVD and tv rights so bravo to you.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I loved it and will be seeing it again this weekend

    by Trazadone

    Thank you Mr. Stallone, you've made a terrific film.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Now if only Michael Bay would come on....

    by Dazzler69

    Maybe we here at AICN talkback could fix all of Hollywood? We could say Michael Bay what are you on crack? Flames on Optimus? GTFOH! He would listen and put Yosimite Sam mudflaps on that say back off instead! :)

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7 a.m. CST

    I'm completely prepared for NATM to be utter shit...

    by Frijole

    ...I just don't need Pippi Longstocking telling me about it in a Rocky article. Rocky gets my dollar this weekend, by a long shot. But every time Harry pulls this shit of trash talking movies opening against his friends' movies (ala Punisher vs Kill Bill) it turns me off big time, even when the movie being pummelled IS a turd. And again, he calls NATM "soulless, CGI nonsense) which we know he normally LOVES and tells everyone if they don't like it that they "can't get in touch with their inner geek-kid" or "don't know how to approach the movie properly"- which is also bullshit.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:21 a.m. CST

    No...thank you Sly

    by isispop

    Just wanted to say thanks for doin this first & foremost. Been readin all of the rounds and this is the first time I've left comments. Very entertaining read. My Bro-in-Law and I are taking off work today (Fri) to go see the afternoon showing. Can't wait. It may take a while for all of the sheep to come around to this movie after all of us geeks go to see it & tell them how good it is. Then they'll be like "Oh, it's that good?", then go see it. Anyway, thanks again!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Your very welcome you big dopey bastard

    by Kristian66

    Just kidding, dopey people cannot write/direct anything

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 8:25 a.m. CST

    You had me at Ay Yo

    by misterdug

    Still haven't been to see the film yet, but will be doing so this weekend.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Sly STILL wants to come back?

    by Doctor_Sin

    Even after experiencing the TBers' obsessions with bodily fluids, excrement, Teh Suk (c), aggro, and a general disdain for one another's existence? Wow - he IS a god among men!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah.

    by Xorply

    'Nuff said.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    It's a great film. . .

    by skydog

    As long as it's the last one.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry, do you know Chris Garcia? what an idiot.

    by Cotton McKnight

    He's the local movie reviewer for the Austin American Statesman, and while he gave it a fairly decent review (3/5 stars), he said that Adrian died in a previous Rocky with a roman numeral attached to the title. What a joke this guy is. I remember he also said Armageddon was one of the best movies he'd ever seen, and he thought that the Truman Show was garbage.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Chris Garcia has ALWAYS been a cocksucker

    by Doctor_Sin

    You want to rag on someone who is too snobby for his own good? Who was always ready to tear into "unsophisticated" films? Look no further than our own Chris Garcia. I have hated and loathed that man since he started. How he got a career in reviewing films is beyond me. Just think, his reviews have softened since the old days. He's more lenient now than he ever has been, but I despise his 'work.'

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Adrian's

    by snomusic

    I'm just making things up here but....I'd have to say it was an idea both of them had and it was Adrian that had the jacket in the basement for him to change into before going into the dining room. Only Adrian could have gotten him primed for the PR of telling his stories, that probably started with Adrian fighting it at first telling Rock to get outta the dining room until she observes that his stories are requested and he's part of the draw to Adrian's, and that's where the jacket came from. And I STILL say there should have been a scene showing his stories were requested so Rock's dignity is maintained for us the audience, when he makes the offer to Benza's crew.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Yack, read your review in the other Rocky TB

    by NoHubris

    Excellent review. You've definitely "Got Game"/skills to be a reviewer.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    He's Done It!!

    by CrotchTartar

    Only this man could in one fell swoop regain critical and box-office credibility with a FIFTH sequel. And only this man could unite talkbalkers in such an unprecedented way. I've never seen anything like it before. And only this man could give me such a fantastic user name. I really hope you use this platform to make better and better movies, Sly. You have proved to the world what you can do. Now repeat it!! Onwards and Upwards fella!!!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Yo Adrian

    by Darth Busey

    We did it.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Can't wait the DVD!!!!!

    by Hrothgar1977

    Hope there will be a super extended ultimate edition of this film

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST

    The movie rocked!

    by viranth

    I loved the movie, it was beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful movie Sly, it really makes a difference.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 4:54 p.m. CST

    No, thank YOU Mr Stallone.

    by Edward Nymga

    It's been emotional.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 5:10 p.m. CST

    WE...HAVE....THE POWEEEER!!!

    by DOGSOUP

    Sorry this isn't Castle Greyskull. Sly really is a class act and he realizes what many professionals in the industry scoff at, treat us good we'll treat you good. Sly went above and beyond treating us good so we went out in droves. Hell I'm planning on seeing it again....

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Wow, that was a great movie.

    by Pipple

    I was completely captivated during the final fight. That's how I know this was a great movie. We internet nerds will give movies shit and fight all over everything pointlessly and it'll be a real shame if a movie as good as this is belittled by people online. It's a touching and perfect end to a legacy and all your passion was up on that screen, Stallone. I felt it and maybe that's what you wanted, of course it is. Damnit, I felt it. Mission accomplished. Thank you.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I went again today

    by CherryValance

    and someone was bringing a bunch of little twerps into NATM, like 20 of 'em. It got me worried. I just hope Rocky's nighttime crowds will even it out.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST

    An open letter to Sly and Harry...

    by jedimindflayer

    Congradulations to Sly for his outstanding opening, and for the generally positive critical reviews; it seems the old lion still has a bit of a roar to be proud of, and rightfully so. 'Rocky Balboa' is a fitting coda to the legend of Rocky, and allows the audience the opportunity to see a graceful bow and give the man his long-overdue standing 'o'. Showing us sheer will, passion and determination can conquer all has been the backbone of the character and the creator, and Sly, you have done that in spades tis time. Good luck adventuring onto the second part of your storied career; I know somewhere in you there's an 'Untouchables' or 'Unforgiven' (or even a 'Medicine Man' or a "Space Cowboys')in you waiting to be found! And Harry, congradulations on once again showing the power of the Geek Nation. Us faceless masses can control a great deal influence when organized, and you have shown time and again you provide that organization. Let this 200 Questions show that, as a whole, when led by you, we can move mountains, make or break projects, and demand to be heard and recognized. This will always be a turining point for Geek Nation, and, to coin a phrase, Ain't It Cool?

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST

    you can't watch the first rocky and then this

    by slappy jones

    you have to at least watch rocy 2 for it to make sense why rocky is so recognised and respected......

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Just got back...

    by idahomer

    and have to say my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Therater was about 1/4 full at a 2pm show. I asked the ticket person what's been hot and she said "Surprisingly, Rocky is doing the best." I loved this simple but powerful story. The time just flew by. ***MINOR SPOILERS***I loved the line to Marie about "Why do you think you should be owned something before something good is offered to you? (paraphrasing, of course.) The boss wasn't a dick, he too just saw that Rocky's son wasn't doing all he could. No need to have a big "I quit" scene. The scene in the restaurant where Rocky asks if they want to hear a story? Of course he would ask them that. He didn't know them and they asked him to come over. I'm sure he was used to that request. The Montage? Just enough, We got the point (and man, Sly was in great shape.) No problems with the fight scene. Looked completely like the real thing. And again, the right length and completely believeable. Always leave the audience wanting more, and while I think this was an ideal closing chapter, man, I want more. And I do think that was Link and Cuff (they live 50 years or so.) Not to target a particular russian automatic weapon, but I seriously don't understand any major criticism of this fable. Being 49 as of yesterday, I could relate completely to Rocky's uneasiness with unfinished business, and the idea of trying once again to get back in the ring of life. I also can't imagine a life without my wife, and while I think Rocky may still visit Adrian everyday, the talks they have will be more uplifting. Especially when he is there with his son, or talking about Steps, or even when he introduces her to little Marie. EVERY STUDIO should have a requirement that for every $100 million CGI-fest a director wants to make, they should also have to make a simple $20 million dollar film. Mr. Stallone, THANK YOU for this. You have made a beautiful, touching, timeless picture.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Idahomer...

    by TELF

    Nice post mate. I really enjoyed it too.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Slappy...

    by idahomer

    No you do not. Rocky was loved in Philly. Even without RII one could get the idea he did get a rematch and won. They made a point of showing his record (55-32-1 or whatever). I'd say the ideal trilogy would be I, III and VI.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST

    My favorite film of the year

    by 9000rpm

    Truly an enjoyable experience. My eyes welled up with tears more than once. It is so good to actually FEEL something at a movie these days.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Thanks Telf...

    by idahomer

    My longest post ever. BTW, my wife was telling me there's a guy in her office with Rocky figurines (including the slab of beef). She turned him on to this site. He couldn't believe Sly did this. ***HARRY, GET THEM ALL LINKED TOGETHER. It's hard to search for the first ones.***9000rpm, you are so right. Instead of looking at the effects I was listening to and thinking about dialouge and characters.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST

    can't help it, gotta post more...

    by idahomer

    I remember the original "Breathless" and my film school professor pointing out that before that film, if someone was coming into a room, there would be a shot of them opening the door, walking in, and closing it. After that, a hand on the doorknob was enough. The point being you do not have to explain everything. Audiences GET it. Father-Son friction? We get it. Back in the old neighborhood? We get it. Rocky being old but still powerful? We get it. Mason Dixon not getting respect until the end? We get it. RB could have easily been 20minutes longer and nothing would have enhanced the story.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Don't lose your grip, on the dreams of the past...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...you must fight just to keep them alive!<BR><BR> I'm about to head out to my second viewing and am bringing a bunch of friends....help to add to the weekend gross!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Rock's Dignity

    by Captain Mal

    I quite liked the fact that Rocky's stories were "offered" rather than "requested." It nicely and subtly highlighted the fact that these stories of past glory are all that he has left. The customers at the table seem to know all the beats of the story, as if they'd heard it a million times. Perhaps they used to request the stories, but now they're just humoring the old champ.<p> Does this put a dent in Rocky's "dignity"? Not at all. It shows us that he's human. Like Paulie said, Rocky's "living life backwards." I thought it was a poignant touch.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    THANK YOU, SYLVESTER!!! ROCKY BALBOA ROCKS!

    by Kaiser13

    I´ve just seen ROCKY BALBOA...and what can I say? Well, there are a bazillion things I would love to say to Sylvester Stallone...but...I will try to make it short...so THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!...this is the movie of the year..and I loved every second...and...you have no idea how much that film means to me...I will watch it again...and again...and again...and I just can say THANK YOU, Mr.STALLONE!!! And to all the ppl who downloaded the film...just go and fuck your mothers...how poor are you cocksuckers? This is a movie that has a meaning...it´s not a heartless 100 million dollar cgi movie...how can you be that respectles? Jesus Christ...you prolly have the most fucked up parents in the world if they made you to the ppl you are...anyways...Mr.Stallone thanks a lot. You have my biggest respect.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Yack, Cap and Sexy...

    by idahomer

    Now thats an amigo movie i wanna see...You are so right about the state of boxing.Ali/Foreman, Leonard/Hearns/Duran, Tyson and anyone (although I remember one friend came overto watch Buster Douglass beat him in Japan...man was that surreal), there are no great fights anymore. I'd say almost 20 years. It just dosen't connect. I'm sure that's why he made it an 'exhibition fight." (btw, except for the second match in RIII, they all were "set-ups). Boxing is a lost art for the most part. Rock, I didn't see the stories as sad at all. I'd happily sit at a dinner table and recite CaddyShack lines with Bill Murray filling in the details. It was a great scene we take away differently. I got that Rocky would prefer not to tell them but he is the host and doing right for his guests. Sexy, I haven't seen Apcaalypto yet. But it just seems too compelling to pass up. It's good to hear old lions roaring again. I have a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, we aren't doomed to CGI for the rest of our lives.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 9:59 p.m. CST

    AP reviewer...

    by idahomer

    I thought she was with the SF Examiner. What a lame bitch review that was. But picked up by dozens of papers. A cuntlass ass who deserves the miserable life she obviously leads. (man I never swear like that.)

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 10:07 p.m. CST

    abomination

    by idahomer

    I must have seen a different cut. I was so looking forward to the Clubber/Refrigerator scene! Damn you !

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Golden Palace logos...

    by idahomer

    Obviously you never watch ESPN. They are everywhere. To me, it was natural. But then I watch the WSOP. Santa, all I want for Christmas is a Celeste picture.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    actually her name is...

    by idahomer

    J. Celeste Salzer. And she has also been an assistant for John Frankenheimer. Alas, no photos available. We also saw that dumbshit trailer for "LandC." Miserable reaction. I don't remember Rico but loved how he was washing dishes. Rocky, the man who just wanted a Shot, gives all around him a Shot.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Blood...

    by idahomer

    at first I thought "cool, a female werewolf." But then my wife nudged me in the ribs and whispered" not in your dreams..."

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 10:41 p.m. CST

    abomination

    by CherryValance

    Clubber Lang's grill would have been great. LOL That could have been a commercial on the TV in the restaurant, followed by another for Thunderlips' reality TV show.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone you are a god!

    by Kirbymanly

    Dear Sly, I justed to tell you how profoundly moved I was by Rocky Balboa. Cried twice, cheered double that. That last shot was fitting, proper and beautiful. In my opinion, you are one of the most underrated artists out there. I admire your courage greatly. To fight against the system... with everyone laughing at you at the prospect of making another Rocky... and to come out on top is a great story within itself. You are a true American hero, Sly. By the way... line of the year: "Ice is stupid!" Loved it.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 12:11 a.m. CST

    No, thank you Sly

    by Darth Thoth

    I'm still coming down from the experience that was all at once inspirational, motivational, sorrowful, humbling, exhilarating, thought provoking... I could go on. In short, this was the most satisfying movie I have seen in awhile. Shout out to my boy Chris who watched it with me in Times Square. Sly did it kid! We did it kid! Time to make it happen! Thank you Sly for such an excellent piece of work. This movie has shook me to the core. I needed this. Thanks and God bless you!

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST

    NOMINATE STALLONE!!!

    by The Krypton Kid

    I just got back from seeing "Rocky Balboa"...and I don't have words big enough to descirbe how "Rocky Balboa" made me feel. Mr. Stallone made me believe as I did when I was a kid in something beautiful. "Rocky Balboa" was beautiful, and Mr. Stallone's performance was beautiful. I have never seen anything with as much heart, sensitivity and downright decency as I did when watching Mr. Stallone in "Rocky Balboa." He should...no must...be nominated for an Academy Award. It is the most honest, heartfelt, tender performance of the year. Thank you, Mr. Stallone, thank you for making me believe.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 3:30 a.m. CST

    CNN: "'Night at the Museum,' two hours in hell"

    by Isolar

    They also posted a negative 'Marshall' review. Guess they're in the 'Shepherd' camp. BTW, I thought Balboa was great. It greatly exceeded my expectations in it's emotional impact. I plan to see it again.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Thank you Mr Stallone you are the best!

    by Xeniten

    He is the man!

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Seen it once already! Going to see it AGAIN!

    by Splinter76

    I LOVED this movie, Sly. I was moved. Really moved. I connected with this movie like I haven't connected with a movie in a long time. Not just with Rocky's story, but YOUR story as well. What a great movie. Everyone in the theater I was in was cheering. I can't wait to see it again. I hope A Night at the Museum falls flat on its face and Rocky Balboa takes the top spot!!!! Merry Christmas, Sly!

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Man, i can't wait for this to reach here...

    by Wldmk

    While i'm waiting overseas for the local cinemas to pick it up (which should happen sometime in the next decade, by normal rate), everyone i know back home saw it & as they are ALL telling me it rocked like I knew it would, then that, people, is saying something... Kudos, Sly, for a job well done. Hope it breaks all expectations. Merry Christmas & happy Hannukah to all!

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Thank You, Sly!

    by thebearovingian

    My bet's on Punchdrunk Stallone in the 2nd round.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST

    5 million for friday

    by optimus122

    Not bad at all especially going up against that Museum flick and also it being the 6th movie of a series that had a terrible 5th movie. Bravo to Sly , lets hope it ends up with 15 million or so for the weekend. The whole movies production budget should be covered by next weekend. Thats saying a lot these days as every month we see big stars put out new movies that make no money at all. This movie should be good for 50 million or so and then there will be definite big money in the DVD.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I saw it yesterday

    by canopus

    I loved it, it's my favorite Rocky movie, I especially liked Rocky's relationship with little Marie, it was really sweet. You also gave Burt Young a great moment with his obvious regret over not treating Adrien as well as he should have in life. I will be seeing this again on Christmas day.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Saw it 2x ...

    by Chaka!

    and I plan to see it again. Movies with this much heart deserve an audience

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Could Rocky make $100 million?

    by DARTH VOODOO

    It should end up in the $25-$30 million dollar range by x-mas night. If the film can build on this solid performance with good word of mouth. Could Rocky build it's audience up and make $100 million? GO ROCCO!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Damn you Will Smith.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Pursuit of Happyness out of nowhere. Who in the universe buys a ticket for THAT movie? That movie has DVD rental written all over it.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    amazing

    by roccotheripper

    movie was better than i thought it would be

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST

    So it's got 14 million so far.. im thinking 24 million.

    by Cotton McKnight

    for this weekend, which is the entire budget for the movie. Not bad. The moviegoing public is so stupid though, i'm almost embarrassed for them. I have a friend who I consider a great litmus test for everything "average"- that is, he reflects the prevailing attitude of the public at any given moment. I asked him if he would see Rocky and he said "I don't know", leaning towards "not". After all, stupid movies like "Night at the Museum" are out so who knows if there will be time? Ugh. Anyway, it took some convincing but he said he will see it. The moral of the story? SPREAD THE WORD! Tell anyone you know that this is a good movie because I think people want that validation before going.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Been trolling around some message boards...

    by Cotton McKnight

    And one thing I have noticed is people saying they are "embarrassed" to see this movie. Like, they want to, but they think it's going to be terrible so they won't. All the more reason to do what I said above: SPREAD THE WORD!

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I love this movie.

    by Pipple

    Just felt like saying it.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly

    by Remnant88

    It's been an absolute pleasure reading your Q and A sessions. You have truly set a precedent on this website and I'm honoured that I was able to be here for it. Looking foreward to Rocky Balboa, which I will be seeing next week. Been a fan of the Italian Stallion for over 20 yeart now. Thanks for givng us one more opportunity to say goodbye to one of the most endearing characters in the history of cinema.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    A few words on watching the whole series in order

    by Pipple

    It can be done. Rocky V is shit, everybody knows it, but it's not unwatchable. That's all I wanted to say.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Well wait a minute

    by CherryValance

    Box Office Mojo has Happyness at 5.3 and Rocky at 5, and those are estimates so that's a dead heat. I knew the child types would be a problem. I actually thought of a movie like that about that place but instead of being cute it'd be a horror movie about the workers getting possessed by the deceased Native Americans they've got in there. Oh well. We'll see how the box office comes out on Tuesday. I think Monday could be a decent day for us. Happyness is a good movie though, not Rocky Balboa good, but good enough. So it wouldn't be insulting if that came out slightly ahead.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    REVIEWER gave away ROCKY ending

    by Countess27

    Henry Sheehan gave away the story and ending of ROCKY BALBOA yesterday on FILM WEEK, KPCC fm 89.3 Los Angeles. Not only did this disappoint me, but it hurts people like me who work in the film industry. When the ending/story is given away, fewer people attend the film and it hurts the profits, meaning the studios can't afford to hire all the average folks who work on films (from technicians to script readers and costumers, etc). Stallone will be fine!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Rocky KO's "Marshall," "Shepherd"

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    That's y'er headline. Nice job, Stallone. And the fact that it's a great movie and not just some media-buy blitz that got it to that number is fantastic.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa was great, but...

    by hippolyta

    I still don't think I'll go see Rambo 4.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I will

    by Pipple

    I'm ready, Stallone. Bring on Rambo 4 and make it as dramatic as the first. Don't fuck it up and waste our money. ;)

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Rambo 4

    by Yack Backer

    I'm there too. I think Sly got a taste of what it means to do good character work with ROCKY BALBOA, he has seen how fans appreciate his characters, and I know Rambo (particularly from FIRST BLOOD) is a character worth exploring.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Cool that he took the time to thank lil ole us...

    by JunoFallon

    Nuff said...haha

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa is a great film

    by DARTH VOODOO

    I want this film to be a huge hit.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    ah, the comitee

    by Pipple

    I was a little perplexed about their reasons for not wanting to grant Rocky his license until one of the ring-side commentators later said something about the commitee looking bad if Rocky was killed in the fight. It's interesting I guess. Were they trying to protect Rocky or themselves? I wish we could have one more Q&A, just for questions about RB...

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    You made a good film, Sly

    by Chief Redcock

    I've already seen it twice. The first film is great stuff (and highly influential... see Raging Bull). This film is on a par with it... like the first film, I really cared about the characters... and I felt like I was watching the final chapter of a great epic. Very well done.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Me too, Monster2bpitied...

    by Cotton McKnight

    The only thing I was disappointed about was that Duke really only has one speaking line in the entire movie, and that's what we all see in the trailer. The movie isn't about Duke but I would love to see what he was up to. Also, I was surprised at how old he looked. Was that intentional or has he really aged?

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 8:45 p.m. CST

    I ain't heard no bell

    by Pipple

    One more Q&A, please, Harry! You got the connections... One more round!

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Pipple...

    by Cotton McKnight

    Yeah that's why they didn't grant him the license- because even though he passed the tests, they thought it was irresponsible to send him out there to possibly get killed. They didn't say this but I was thinking during the movie that they probably were fighting in Las Vegas to get around the Pennsylvania boxing commission. I assume the Nevada boxing commission was more lenient? Also, you will have plenty of opportunities to ask him when he comes back for RAMBO. How cool is that?

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 8:53 p.m. CST

    True.

    by Pipple

    I'll be participating in the rambo Q&A now. Why not, I like rambo too. Rocky would whoop him though.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    No tune up fights

    by 9000rpm

    It was supposed to be an exhibition match to take advantage of the interest in the computer fight. They would have wanted to hold it soon after the broadcast. As well, I'm sure he would have sparred daily as part of his workouts. We didn't need to be shown every detail of his day.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 10:33 p.m. CST

    from BattleWorlds creator George Edwards

    by George Edwards

    Sly, Thanks so much for ROCKY BALBOA—such a great way to end the franchise. I have seen the movie in a packed theatre in L.A. It’s a theatre experience for sure. I noticed one of the final shots after the montage of people running up the museum steps, is of you overlooking Philly from the top of the steps, on a snowy dusk- wonderful! Your movies have meant a lot to me growing up. You created an icon. We all love you for creating Rocky- a hero with heart, Thanks for the Q & A (with help from Harry)-- unprecedented way of connecting with fans—ain’t it cool –way cool! And you should be very proud of ROCKY BALBOA!!!! Best Wishes, George Edwards Creator/Writer/Artist BattleWorlds www.battleworlds.com george@georgeedwardsmedia.com

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I cried with Rocky at every tearful memory...

    by tbdeinc

    I hesitated to ask Sly my question... until after the movie is out, and I am glad I waited... my question to Sly is: When he was writing it, did he cry when he was writing the scenes. I cried thinking if -God Forbidden anytime soon- my wife passed away, I would most likely be broken up as much, if not more, as it showed on screen... I can't imagine writing the scenes without shedding a tear...

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I couldn't agree with Sly more.

    by Nintendo Dude

    I have been trying to get some friends to go see Balboa with me. They all share the same thoughts: "Rocky's old" "Rocky sucked after 2" "Stallone is washed up" and the like. My only real comeback is, "Its fuckin' Rocky, guys." So far, even that isn't good enough. Sly has a lot riding on this movie.. This is probabably the movie that will either make people take his movies seriously again, or wonder why there is a rocky six. The 20 rounds with sly were the best reading I'd had on AICN in a long time. They actually got me excited to see Balboa, whereas before I was in the "A rocky six? ha" camp. Sly definitely earned a lot of fans with his talkbacks, and at least one more ticket to his latest effort. Mine.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I don't really know those kind of people

    by CherryValance

    That sounds snotty but I don't know people who would really be embarassed to see a movie. I only know people who are too lazy to go to the theater. Short of drugging and kidnapping them I don't think I can get them to go. I've already tried begging. But in the last few days I've been working the movie into whatever conversations I've had. I tried to convince the page at the library yesterday. LOL. And just from being on other movie message boards, I think it's catching on. Also, I was watching FOX News this morning and they were calling the stocks that they think will make a comeback 'Rocky stocks'. And the reporter chick was doing the 'Gonna Fly Now' noises we all do. So I'm thinking it'll be the cool movie to go see soon. I still don't understand the lack of old folks when I went because I go early and I'm usually the only one without grey hair. Has there been any advertising on TCM? I guess I can head over to their boards. I'll keep plugging it wherever I can think of but we've got to work on Oscar buzz, imo. Make quotes from the movie your sigs on other boards and avatars and all that stuff.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST

    WOW.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Oh my gosh, I literally just got back from my second viewing and I was about to make a post about the great reception it got when I read that Mr. Stallone had responded to one of my comments. Thank you so much for reading and everyone else, SPREAD THE WORD! On those message boards I was going to, I literally saw half a dozen posters (that have nothing to do with aintitcool.com) trying to convince othersto give the movie a chance. I honestly have never seen something like this before, and I think part of it is because there is such a reverence to the character. Rocky Balboa is a cultural icon, and I think one of the problems this movie has to overcome is the fear that it just MIGHT dishonor the him in some way. Let's help set the record straight that this is one of the most wonderful movies of the year. SPREAD THE WORD!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Just got back from it

    by indiephantom

    It's beautiful and spare. Feels like it could have been made in the 70's (and that's a great thing). The way Stallone films it is amazing. Nothing is rushed and we don't just get a stream of bland close-ups. This carries over into the fabulous fight scenes. The camera is held back, like a director who knows how to shoot dancing, we are allowed to see the full bodies from head-to-toe. Stallone casts the film perfectly. I love the female lead, and Balboa Junior...Paulie was, as always, great. This film is a throwback, and I hope to see it at least once more befor the year's end.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Funny, nobody I know is embarassed to watch Rocky....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    And my friends and I represent the late teens-mid twenties demographic. Both times I watched it in the theater, it was this demographic that went nuts in cheers as the scrolling text started the movie off. When I bought the Rocky Special Edition DVD at Best Buy, the cashier (in his teens) picked up the DVD and was loudly said "AW YEEEEAH! I am THERE for the new MOVIE!", pointing at the DVD as he said it, loud and proud. Most people I talked to didn't know it was coming out on the 20th though. They thought it was coming "Christmas".<BR><BR> I can't really imagine which demographic would be "embarassed" to watch Rocky. Moms and dads don't care about that embarassment stuff, and everyone I talked to doesnt care either. They either want to see it or they dont....nothing about being cool or uncool seeing it.<BR><BR>Maybe its' because I live in the East Coast close to the city, and we just don't give a crap what people think to begin with haha. Maybe there are indeed bashful people out there who are actually embarassed at which movies they watch. (shrug)

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    ...and I can't believe Sly was still reading....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I was pretty sure he left. Look at him read my trash talking and acting like an idiot lol.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST

    oh and just to be clear..

    by Cotton McKnight

    I was kind of typing in a stream of consciousness on my last message and I had never really thought of it before but I think it's true: Rocky is such a revered character that I think people are worried that somehow this movie will tarnish him in some way. Does that make sense? I mean after all, the premise is that a 50 year old Balboa comes out of retirement to fight the heavyweight champion of the world, which may leave some people skeptical. It's kind of like seeing a film about Abraham Lincoln where he is riding go carts or something. You don't wanna see your heroes in an undignified situation. And one more thing- I gotta tell you, everyone cheered and clapped when the training montage kicked in, and I heard several people saying "man Rocky shoulda won that fight!" when we were walking out. This movie is really moving people.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Yackbacker - Or, he could be like us on Christmas Eve!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Christmas Eve. A house filled with family members and tons of little kids running around screaming and dogs barking....like the beginning of Home Alone. And though we all love or families, in the Christmas Eve chaos sometimes we just want to find an empty room, slam the door shut, and take a breath! Hence why I am signed on right now....and MAYBE why Mr. Stallone is browsing the net too! He may have a million family family members and tons of guests running around going crazy and is like...."ahhhh! get me outta here for a second!".....just kidding

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Yeah, GibsonUSA, I don't get it either..

    by Cotton McKnight

    I went to several different sites that have nothing to do with movies, like a Dallas Cowboys forum, and this is a quote from one of the people there: "A 'B'?? wow, thought for sure everyone was going to give it an "F". Now I won't be so embarressed when I see it". That started a whole discussion about how they thought it would suck and others would say "no it's really very good". The truth is, I don't even think it NEEDS a word of mouth campaign because people are raving about it on their own. Oh yeah and Yackbacker- I went to the 10:05 showing at the Alamo Drafthouse in suburban Austin, and it was unfortunately not TOO crowded. I would say about 25% full. But I got the impression that they were first time viewers and there was a lot of talking after the show. Then I come home and find a shout out from the man himself, and it was pretty much a perfect night.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Cotton

    by CherryValance

    It was funny, because I read it and saw that you hadn't posted yet. And I was thinking 'Dammit Cotton, where are you?!?!' LOL But that's what I'm saying though, I'm already seeing a groundswell. I could be wrong but it seems like it's gone beyond us now into the mainstream. I think Christmas Day will be the real test. Because most grownups are finishing up their shopping. Once they're done I think they'll get to the theater.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1 a.m. CST

    It would be really cool to see Poe come out

    by streakerfreak1983

    He seems really pasionate about the project so I am hoping it could be very good. I feel embarassed to say this but I have still not seen Rocky Balboa yet. I know, I know someone should shoot me. I am trying man, but with 3 jobs ontop of College work, freelance photography, and my fiance's severe uncontrolable depression there is no time. I think Christmas day is looking good. Sorry Sly, but I will make it soon.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST

    that's funny, CherryValance..

    by Cotton McKnight

    because I left to go watch the movie again. Classic timing, huh? I'm going to see it again next week, too.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:19 a.m. CST

    smartest marketing for a movie in years...

    by LUZER

    ...and fortunately has the goods to back it up. It's such a perfect bookend to the original.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Rocky is a genuine, lovable character...so is Paulie!

    by darthbinks1220

    Rocky feeds his turtles, feeds the birds, adopts a sickly dog, loves beautiful flowers, helps those less fortunate, etc.... Paulie is a philosopher, a crazy whacked-out shrink. He and Rocky have gaps. Together, they fill gaps. I mean that in a non-homoerotic way. lol

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST

    TCM is playing Rocky Tuesday Night

    by CherryValance

    See? It's all good. That'll remind the classic movies crowd to go see it. I'm guessing that means there will be ads on there too. No worries.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST

    streakerfreak1983

    by antonphd

    Dude... you need to go see this movie. It will make you feel better about all that stuff you are dealing with. Seriously, it's an amazingly inspirational movie.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:49 a.m. CST

    A Great Showman And A Great Movie.

    by LeviDTinker

    Its soo cool that sly is still reading, everyones comments on here. On my tour at the chinese theatre, whenever i tell people now about last wed the 13ths World Premiere for ROCKY BALBOA we hosted, there is quite a bit of intrest from the tourists, especially when they hear how great the film is. Ive seen quite a few of them go upstairs after the tour to our sister theatre the chinese 6 and buy tickets for the movie, for the next showtime or latter in the evening. i just wish we were showing it on the big screen for its regular engagement, cause let me tell you it was a sight to behold seeing it on that screen at the premiere. but still it looks very impressive in 2k DLP upstairs in the chinese 6 though. And i will tell you I havent heard one person exiting the theatre, haveing anything but great things to say about the movie. I Think Rocky Balboa will be a movie that will have a long shelf life on the screen and that there will be a minimal drop off in ticketsales over the upcomming weeks. and besides its better to have a movie open moderately and play for months, than to open huge and be off the screen 3 weeks latter. seriously 3 weeks from now will anyone still be flocking to the other movies opening this weekend?

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Box Office

    by antonphd

    There's a ton of people who want to see this movie who are more than happy to go after they hear how good it is. Everybody loves Rocky. Sly is right, good word of mouth is going to be what keeps this movie going strong and steady. Right now it's a great opening weekend. This is going to do what 007 and BB did and make it on great word of mouth. Maybe there's a ton of movies to go see this holiday season and not all of them can be seen at once... and half the country is having horrible weather... but this movie is clicking with audiences and I think everyone will watch it eventually. Doesn't have to be a 50 million weekend. It's a grown up movie, growns ups take their time especially around crowds. But... what movie are the grown ups going to go watch on Christmas day and week when they are together with the family? Rocky Balboa.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:48 a.m. CST

    To Sly

    by snomusic

    Thank you again - and if ya missed what I said previously - thank you so much for not creating a relationship with Maria and the way Rocky leaves ****SPOILER*** by disapearing was perfect. I'm 37 and have never had a wife and feel the same kind of empty, aching hole as Rocky has without Adrian. I don't wish for Rock to be alone, just as I don't wish to be, but that space can't be filled by another. It has to heal first and Rocky be whole again before another person could even be considered being accepted into his life. Thank you for showing us we could like Paulie a little more than ever and for !!WOW!! - yer best acting since Copland in the empty locker scene grieving over Adrian. And thank you for making Stepps a good kid, rather than a troubled crackhead or gangbanger - quite refreshing. And the inner monologue of Rocky driving himself for the first time rather than someone in his corner - awesome. And sorry for caring so much for Rock's dignity in my previous posts - guess I was picked on too much as a kid. Yeah I've said this all before but darnit, I wanna make sure ya read it. After seeing the 'blink and ya miss it' usage of Clubber and Drago, it just shows even more what an unbelievably greedy turd Apollo or their agent or Carl Weathers is. Harry, Give Sly his black box!! Of course we'll all cry if he doesn't respond to each of our specific posts....so maybe after he's retired would be better....Jennifer: "Honey, Scarlet is on the phone from college." Sly: "Tell her I'll call her back after I finish responding to each of these talkbackers. Better yet, tell her to go to AICN and post."

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:51 a.m. CST

    I've seen this film four times now....no joke.

    by BJ Stumpz

    I just got home from my fourth viewing of ROCKY BALBOA and am looking forward to seeing it in theaters again. I have so much love for this character, and the closure given to his journey is captured so faithfully here. I've taken different people to the theater with me for each screening, primarily because I want to share this amazing moviegoing experience with as many friends (and strangers) as possible. I'm happy to say that the film grows on you more and more with each viewing....so much so that I've started getting emotional even in the smaller moments of the movie. Some of my favorite parts and moments (SPOILERS): all of the little tributes to the original ("Take You Back," the turtles, Spider Rico, etc.); the feeling of Adrian's presence all over the film (haven't been able to keep from tearing up during any of the flashbacks yet); the look on Rocky's face when his son cancels coming to dinner; any note of Bill Conti's score; Paulie's animal painting; the somber, lonely tone that carries the first half of the movie; "What an ugly dog!"; "Yo Little Marie...Let there be light!"; all the character interaction during Duke's big speech; "...the last thing to age on a person is their heart."; when Rocky says "Get up" to himself during the last round. But the one moment that absolutely makes me lose it every time is when the Balboa team is exiting the arena after the fight. Just as Rocky is about to leave the building, Robert turns his dad around to face the chanting and enthusiastic crowd again for one last minute of personal glory. I can't think of a better or more-fitting metaphor for Stallone's career than this, and my heart truly goes out to the guy. I will NEVER be able to watch this particular emotionally-charged moment of the film and not think to myself, "Wow, Stallone really pulled this off. And the fans love him for it." When this Q&A first began and Stallone claimed that he would personally rank the new film above the original, I thought surely he was saying that just to try to get the talkbackers excited. The original ROCKY is among my top three favorite movies of all time, so the thought of a fifth sequel reiging supreme didn't sit well with me. I am here to tell you that ROCKY BALBOA is every bit as poignant and moving as the original. And the last shot of this beautiful film is one that I will never forget. Sylvester Stallone, thank you.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Sly, be our next Clint Eastwood, Please

    by antonphd

    I can see you having the same career as Eastwood making the move from action to amazing director and dramatic actor. I'm so glad. I hope you keep going with this. There's not enough heart and art in movies anymore. We need you. Don't go away again, please. I always just waited for you action days to end so you could just concentrate on being an amazing writer and actor and director. I can't wait to enjoy the next 20+ years of your movies.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:57 a.m. CST

    We need a supersized post RB Q&A (SPOILERS WITHIN)

    by Wed Vid Guy

    Nothing big. Maybe 20 questions about the movie itself and some insight regarding the editing process. Just in case we don't get that I have two questions......(SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!) The ending to Rocky Balboa was perfect with one last moment in the spotlight and that poignant scene at the graveside. Speaking of graveside (bad segue) there were rumors for a while that Rocky would die in the ring. Was that option ever on the table and maybe actually filmed or is that whole Rocky dying in the ring thing made out of whole cloth? The second question is whether the MTV style editing of the boxing montage was a stylistic choice or was there MPAA concerns as well? (SPOILERS OVER) Thanks for Q&A this month. By far one of the coolest celebrity things I've ever seen. My vote for the next 200? Steven Spielberg.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Well people who like Dallas Cowboys are fools anyhow..

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Can't use them to gauge the intelligent public. Why would you be embarassed to see a MOVIE?? I can understand if you are a 45 year old going alone to see Pokemon, but generally you'd have to be a completely insecure and paranoid idiot to care what people think of what movie you are watching. Or....you'd have to be a Dallas Cowboys fan....

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:01 a.m. CST

    BJ - well said - and ya made me remember the training

    by snomusic

    Man that guy WAILED on the trumpet, didn't he? Made me wanna do some lifting right then and there! Luckily I remembered that I'm a musician and shouldn't over develop my forearms - slows down the speed on electric guitar (Neil Giraldo and Kane Roberts don't exist in my world, ok?) Hope abomination doesn't discover any of my music! lol

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:04 a.m. CST

    I just got my wife to watch Rocky tonight

    by antonphd

    Yeah, she hadn't seen it since she was a kid and she had never seen the first 2. Man she was crying thru the movie. Tomorrow we watch 2. Monday Rocky Balboa. It's hard for me to watch these movies because she's so much like Adrian and the two of us getting together is so much like Adrian and Rocky. I'm the foster kid who grows up being not so bright but a good heart and at 31 I finally worked my ass off into a game developer career. Watching Rocky's character yanks the emotion buried in the walls and gets me every time. I look back a year ago and think how I was delivering TVs and spending all my spare time on games and now I'm a producer, cause I got a shot and as scared as fuck as I was I took it and I made it. The good hearted but not so bright kid is a producer in games now. And the best thing is along the way I inspired my wife to go for her dreams too. So, watching Rocky Balboa had me completely a mess... just understanding how I'd feel like he does if I lost my wife. Cause we both make it with just heart and each other. I'm such a softy talking like this, but, man, if you ever went for it... this movie really gets to you. And in a hard hard week watching Rocky Balboa inspired me to keep on pushing cause if Sly Stallone can make Rocky Balboa, then I can crack artificial intelligence coding. :) anyway. Thanks for the great film experience and inspiration, Sly.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:08 a.m. CST

    and I did crack the artificial intelligence coding

    by antonphd

    the dumb kid who barely passed high school coding artificial intelligence and producing games. this is why movies are the best art there is... cause they make us believe. can't overstate how much that makes a difference in life. so, if you are having a tough time, pop in the Rocky movies and remember that it may be a story but it's a true story about all the people who took their shot and succeeded... no matter how hard life had been. ok. i gotta stop now or i'll be choking up.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Loved Rocky Balboa, Sly except.....

    by Wed Vid Guy

    ....for the shit trailers playing in front of your movie. Epic Movie, Wild Hogs, Freedom Writers, Blood and Chocolate. At least with B&C there were some laughs when the announcer said that shit title out loud. Seriously the worst series of trailers I've ever seen in front of a movie and frankly not worthy of coming in front of your awesome movie. Look forward to hearing about your next project. Looks like you have a whole new lease. Best of luck.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:18 a.m. CST

    BLOOD n CHOCOLATE

    by theisson

    WTF???

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Go see Rocky Balboa on Boxing Day,for a 2nd or 3rd time

    by BDuncan

    If you reside in North America, go see Rocky Balboa on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) for a 2nd, or even a 3rd time (pun intended).

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Blood and fuckin' Chocolate

    by Wed Vid Guy

    Yeah, it's a werewolf movie. How could you not guess that by the title? What's more is that it's produced by the creator of "Under World". That being said, that trailer got bigger laughs than "Wild Hogs" and "Epic Movie" combined. I just can't beleive that's a real title. You gotta watch the trailer for Mr. voice having to say the name of the movie.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Strange - the trailers I got were.....

    by snomusic

    Spidey 3 - looks decent - same trailer we've all seen, Arthur and the Invisibles (yawn - not a fan of big heads), Transformers - standard teaser, not even a trailer(it said a Michael Bay film and remarked to myself "Don't they want it to sell? They should keep that in the small font."), Rescue Dawn - do we really need another Vietnam movie? Well at least Christian Bale is keeping himself from being typecast, Ocean's 13 - personally I love these movies but we need more than just a 'polite choker' in the movie (a reference to a Sly quote when Barkin was choking in a resteraunt), and Meet the Robinsons - actually looks entertaining, at least for the jokes that don't fall flat - how's THAT for ambiguous?

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Wed Vid Guy

    by one9deuce

    Same thing happened at the screening I was at. The Voiceover guy said "Blood", "and Chocolate" and everyone in the theater laughed our asses off.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Semen and Ice Cream

    by Wed Vid Guy

    That would be the vampire film coming out next year

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Agreed Yack

    by Wed Vid Guy

    Sly is an excellent actor. Sometimes that gets lost in some of his 80's blockbusters but the talent is there. As intrigued as I am about Sly revisiting his iconic characters, I'm really interested in what he does from here with new projects and new stories.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Stallone rules

    by Rowley Birkin QC

    The recent Stallone stuff is an unexpected pleasure, the best thing I have ever read on this site. I was never particularly a fan, and I never knew he was so funny and articulate. Has he ever written a book? I'm definitely going to check this movie out.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Is Mr. Stallone going overseas to promote Rocky Balboa?

    by Chris38

    As Mr. Stallone (both himself and the Rocky films) are more popular outside of North America than he is and they are in his own home country, does he have any plans to promote the Rocky Balboa film overseas (in Europe, the UK and in Australasia) as in attending overseas premieres of Rocky Balboa. If not he should, to help the RB film along internationally, where it'll perform better than it does in North America.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Sly Reply Spreading The Word..

    by Donnie_Drunko

    I have seen the movie twice now and it was even better the second time. I have been spreading the word at my work place (Wal-Mart ack) for days. Wishing people a Merry Rocky and a Happy Balboa all week. When my fellow Co-Workers walk by me I try to shadow box or do Rocky Quotes to get them into the mood. Some of them call me crazy but many of them have been asking me about the movie. Is it really good?You can guess my answer to that. Also I have noticed many of the customers/co-workers still think this movie is coming out on Christmas Day and seemed confused when I told them I had seen it already. This seems to happen when release dates are changed close to release. Anyways I plan on seeing it at least 2 more times taking my parents and another time taking this older Co-Worker that works for me. Any movie that makes you tingle with emotion and smile while watching an old friend say goodbye deserves all the support we fans can give it. People need to know Rocky goes out ontop and swinging and Rocky V was like a dream Rocky had one night after drinking too many small beers.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 4:29 a.m. CST

    A New Campaign Should be Started: NOMINATE STALLONE!!!

    by The Krypton Kid

    I can't imagine a more emotionally honest and vividly resonating performance than what Mr. Stallone gave us. The man captured our hearts, so how 'bout giving him the Oscar. But is it impossible? No, certainly not. Paul Newman did not win for "The Huster," but rather for "The Color of Money." And Stallone deserves the award. Not because he put so much time into crafting the character, but instead because he explored the depths of of decent, genuine man, and in the process broke our hearts and built them back up again better than ever. He made us believe, and made us cry, and made us feel good about being human. So how 'bout we support him taking the award he deserves.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by N.Lambert

    Boy! I'm sure glad I stumbled upon these chats. The character of Rocky has always been an inspiration to me... and there have been moments in my life when I have found myself in, or falling into, unfavourable environments. It's at those times that I have thought to myself "What would Rocky do?". Yeah, it may be kinda silly. But, after reading these chat logs I feel so validated in my source of inspiration over the years. Sylvester Stallone rocks! and is every bit as much an inspiration as his on screen character. Thanks, champ. Can't wait for this movie to open in Australia!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Thank you Mr. Stallone.

    by C Legion

    It's been a pleasure reading your contribution to AICN, and thanks to Harry for making it possible, best thing this site has ever done.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Ranking the Rockys

    by darthbinks1220

    From best to worst: 6,1,2,3,4,5

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa replaces "It's A Wonderful Life"

    by Long Tooth

    Rocky Balboa Replaces "It's a Wonderful Life" on my Christmas Films Must-Watch List. I went to RB with my wife Friday night. She knew who Rocky was kinda-sorta but couldn't remember seeing which films specifically. She loved the film, cried a number of times at the great dialogue in the movie, and marveled over the warmth in the relationships in Rocky’s life. I think the reason most people don’t go to see these films is because they think they know what Rocky is all about. I suspect they think the movies are just two hours of boxing, silly if you ponder that, or maybe they don’t see boxers as real people, boxing stories are real stories about spiritual victory and not just violence for the sake of sport. This film reminded me what all adversity should be about and I think it reveals the cancerous attitudes that are ruining a lot of athletics these days. An attitude that is seeping all the way down to children’s sports when you see horrendous acts by parents who fist-fight at little league events. I want to say thanks to Mr. Stallone and everyone involved in Rocky Balboa; this film is an inspiration on so many levels, from so many points of view. An Inspiration to Fathers, sons, wives and true friends… Thanks Again!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Message to Sly

    by gufte82

    You gave me back that hope that Hollywood is not dead and there are still some real men behind the camera !!! 2006 is the year that Sylvester Stallone climbed to the top of my actor-ranking !! Thanks for everything. PS: I'll do my job 2-3 times on the ticket sales ;)

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Bloody pirates!

    by C Legion

    It's such a shame that I spent months generating buzz amongst my friends about Rocky Balboa, showing them the trailers, telling them it looks like a true return to form, encouraging them to watch on opening night (Jan 19th as I'm in the UK). Yesterday I got a call from a friend asking me to come over to watch a pirate copy of RB with a bunch of mates, bugger! I said no way, it will just spoil the film as it should be seen on the big screen, watching a Rocky film in the theatre (even Rocky V) is a magical experience, there's no way watching some out of synch screener on a small set can capture that atmosphere. They still watched it (and so will many, many others), fuck em. If the movie had been released simultaneously worldwide we wouldn't have had this problem, it's such a shame.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Dr_Zoidberg

    Why isn't this film released now in the UK? I'm dying to see this now because everyone that has seen it says it's brilliant. I'll be spreading the word, I want to see Stallone back in cinemas again and again (and Schwarzenegger, give up politics man and go make King Conan). I'm gonna go watch some Stallone films, Rocky 1-4 (honestly, I saw Rocky 5 once when it came out and swore I'd never watch it again although I do own it because it's in the boxset... free coaster for my beer!). Cliffhanger, that's a bad ass action flick. Tango & Cash, very funny cheesy 80s film. First Blood, amazing really stands up better than the sequel by a long stretch. Copland, damn great and was hoping that would have lead to more roles showing you can be ordinary bloke as well as superstar. It's been fun reading all these questions and answers, and it's good to see Rocky Balboa doing well at the box office. should make a tidy profit at theatres, never mind the inevitable DVD sales that should make a fortune.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Yo Sly! You did it....

    by Seany-Wan

    I was crying in the first five minutes. Go ahead, call me a sissy boy, but those shots of Rocky remembering Adrian killed me. Especially the scene where he sees her image at the the apartment stairs. I couldn't hold it in. I just got married and it made me wonder how I would feel if I lost my wife. Bless you Sly, you sent the old man out with dignity!!!! Cheers.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Its a stayer....

    by CrotchTartar

    I really believe this one's gonna be in the charts for a while. NATM is a kid's 'event' movie that'll have a big opening then fade quickly. Rocky has had steady box office for three days, with no real drop-off. Plus, most people think it'll be opening Christmas day, which should give it another boost come Boxing day (appropriate!). Keep spreading the word, guys! Lets hope for a great holiday return. Merry Christmas Sly! Hope to have you back real soon!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:32 a.m. CST

    CONGRATS SLY!

    by WONKABAR

    Can't wait for Rambo-4!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:35 a.m. CST

    "It's good to give."

    by darthbinks1220

    Benza's delivery cracked me up.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Tarver is amazing.

    by darthbinks1220

    Actor. Light Heavyweight Champ.....At least during Rocky Balboa's filming. Now he's ranked 5th by the IBF. Who beat him? Wuz he stripped due to inactivity. Any boxing afficiandos out there for clarification?

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Important question to Sly

    by goekhan82

    Hi Sly. I am from Europe and the film is not going to appear on the big screen until February..It's brutal to wait that long when you see everyone in the net talk about it. Please be honest: What would you have done if you had the oppurtunity to see a Steve Reeves film 2-3 months in advance and you know that you will support your here in cinemas by seeing the film a couple of times on the big screen anyway. Would you see it in advance ? Please imagine you are a young kid that can't wait to see his hero !!! ANd keep in mind: you will see it in cinemas anyway. I hope you answer this question since it's about an important topic.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 7:23 a.m. CST

    ****TO ALL UK/INTERNATIONAL FANS****

    by omega786

    I have heard that the UK release date is Jan 19th. Only about 3 weeks away. We need to get all the cinemas packed out for this one. Yo Rock, forget domestic gross...wait till you check out the international gross. We are gonna make you proud cos you can't get better than your loyal fans. Respect to AICN and STALLONEZONE.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 7:30 a.m. CST

    This movie is

    by optimus122

    definitely worth seeing , I talked like 4 friends already into going to see it and all of them loved it just like I did. Like I said in a previous post even EXCELLENT films these days do not end up making a ton of money in the box office because of how fast they end up on DVD , and of course multiple movies being released at the same time and not to mention last minute shoppers don't go to movies this weekend. Its a shame a kids movie came out the same weekend as Rocky B did but this has to be already considered a success..most people thought it wouldn't make this much money in a month. I am sure quite a few people thought it would make about 8 million or so for the whole week. Nice work Sly , you truly did a great job and trust me I WAS SKEPTICAL after the last Rocky movie.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Case in point

    by optimus122

    The Good shepard..excellent movie , crapload of big big stars in it..Deniro , Pesci , Jolie , Matt Damon etc...it was real good and I thought well acted..it won't make a lot of money and will end up behind Rocky for this weekend. To make a lot of money these days in the theaters is not easy , Rocky Balboa will make all its money back and more in the theaters worldwide..and will kill on DVD..be sure of it.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Looks like Night at the Musuem beat Rocky...

    by tile_mcgillus

    Sad day. Just another example of the downfall of western civilization. If you haven't seen Rocky Balboa go see it. Pure Nostalgia and at the same time a good movie.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone Well Done.

    by Balboas Left Hook

    I just wanted to say I went and saw Rocky Baloboa on opening day in Syracuse, NY during the final showing of the night. To my suprise even though it was a weekday and 9:50 at night the entire theatre was sold out. I couldn't beleive it it was awesome. I have been a huge fan for years and was really just going to wait for it to come out on DVD because of the bad taste Rocky V left in my mouth. This Q & A is really what made me go see it and I'm so glad I did. This is a movie about hope, love, about taking the road less traveled, and that no matter what this sometimes ugly thing called life throws your way that you can still stand toe to toe with it and say I am. I love how Rocky didn't win the fight but won his inner battle, I love how Paulie realizes that he should have treadted Adrian better, I love how Rocky's greatest battle in this movie wasn't his opponent but was life and himself, Everything about this film radiates hope and not giving up. Mr Stallone I'm glad you didn't give up and made the movie that needed to be made for all the people out there that when life has thrown a left hook have needed the inspiration to still get up and say "I Am". This is a movie for the good guys that life has dealt a wrong deal and rather than cash in their chips have decided that they need to keep on coming even though it gets hard. Thank You Mr Stallone for showing all of us in this hard world we live in that no matter what happens in life that if you stay true to yourself and your beliefs that in the end if when you look in the mirror and can say I gave it my all that that is what truly counts. Here's to you Rocky. thanks for the journey.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    STAY THROUGH THE CREDITS

    by ColorBlind Pilot

    Like many here, I loved the film dearly - but left early in the credits the first time I saw it. The second time I stayed throughout and found a nice treat after the running up the steps thing. It's worth the wait and the accompanying score is fantastic. (Personally, I think this segment of the credits should've come before the steps thing, but who cares...) THANKS for ROCKY BALBOA, SLY!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Saw the movie last night...

    by Freefinger

    Mr. Stallone... You made my movie going experience GREAT! Fuck coming out of that theatre was a great feeling.. Gotta give it to you for sending off Rocky on that note. That movie actually had class all the way thru. You respected the character you built with this script, you made him proud and elevated him back to were he should be. I loved this film. Was worth every penny I spent. While no 5 wasn't great I think it was because of the fight at the end with Tommy, other than that it could've worked making Rocky come back has a trainer and all. Hell if the end fight never happened maybe this new flick would be about Rocky training his son to take on the mantle, but I loved this version way more. Making Rocky come back like that. That was plain great. Thank you Stallone, Thank you.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Make it big

    by siriusem

    I relly hope the movie makes it real big in the USA. Of what i've read so far it deserves it. The more big it becomes the sooner the Europe cinemas discover they've made an awful mistake not releasing it at the same time. I can't wait for it to arive here in the EU, its a shame the cinema is packed with awful movies while this gem gets to wait few months.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST

    N. Lambert

    by CherryValance

    Speaking of Australia, I have to tell you that more than once during this process I thought of Lleyton Hewitt. I'm a huge tennis fan and knowing what an inspiration the Rocky movies had been to him all along I'd wondered if he'd seen these talkbacks. He's really the Rocky of tennis and a great champion in his own right. :)Back to the movie's box office, I think it'll have Departed type numbers. I think it should hang on like that one did and it should appeal to the same crowd. Great movies made by people we love. Oh and there's one thing that cracks me up. You know the normal people running up the stairs? Well there's this one blonde chick who is so violent with her uppercuts. It's funny. But the thing with Rocky after that, I like it the way it is. I've stayed for it every time.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Saw Rocky yesterday

    by Dazzler69

    I really loved the story and the build up and felt the emotion of the characters. I thought it ended realisticly also which I won't spoil. I will say my fav fight in Rocky's is the one with Drago in IV which I watched on Demand. I think this movie will go the distance.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    IS THERE A DC OF ROCKY BALBOA PLANNED????????

    by gufte82

    Does anybody know,if there will be a Director's Cut of Rocky Balboa?????It seems that everymovie gets one on DVD.So it would be great to get another 10-20 minutes of Rocky Balboa.I'd like to sea a conversation between Rocky and Duke.That would be so great,since duke deserves more while beeing one of the true old school characters of the franchise next to Rocky and Paulie.Do you know anything about DC Harry,or can you probably ask Mr. Stallone about it???? Greetings

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Sly, if you read this...

    by jack-torrance

    You rock, man! I was a huge fan of yours before you did the Q&A on AICN, and now I'm even a bigger fan! Your answers communicate such a warmth, wit and intelligence. I can't wait to see Rocky Balboa. It opens here in the UK on January 19th. The British audiences tend to be more cynical than the American ones but I'm gonna spread the word and I hope it's as successful here as it has been in its first week in the US. And I'm glad that for once the reviews have been for the most part so positive! James Berardinelli of Reel Views says, among other compliments, "Rocky Balboa has something to say. It's about flawed human beings and how they relate to each other. It's about reclaiming self-respect and dignity." And he also says " It contains some of the best acting Stallone has ever done." Congratulations on the box office and critical success! You're the man!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I feel privledged for seeing Rocky Balboa

    by mpcotey

    I've become a member of AintItCool just so I could make this post to Sly. I have been pumped to see Rocky Balboa since the first trailer. I've always loved watching the Rocky movies (even Rocky V). Memorial Day is always a great time of the year because at least one channel will play all the Rocky movies (well, through IV at least) and I do my best to watch all of them again and again. This past week I dragged one of my best friends to see Rocky Balboa, despite never seeing another Rocky film before. This movie delivers on so many levels for me. I think it's because Rocky is so identifiable for anybody who has ever had to fight for themselves after life get the best of them. After the movie, I leaned over to my friend and said, "So, I know this probably makes me a pussy, but I nearly cried like 12 times in that movie." Sly, the best parts of this movie was not the fighting or the training, but when its just your Rocky at his most vulnerable. Whether its talking about Adrian, his son, or about the time that has passed. Watching that was truly remarkable and a very honest experience. So thank you for making a movie that made me feel like that. I don't think many people do that today, so I think you deserve credit for being very brave in bringing a thoughtful and emotional story that is clearly very personal to you. Good luck on the rest of Rocky Balboa's run.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa is Number 3 with $22m

    by jack-torrance

    IMDB just put up the top 10 for the weekend with estimated grosses. RB is number 3 with a $22m gross. Shame on all those who went to see Night at the Museum or The Pursuit of Happyness instead of the Italian Stallion! But it's still a strong opening. And the movie only cost $25m. Once strong word of mouth spreads, it will go from strength to strength! Rock on, Rocky!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Spread the word with some Blunt Force Trauma!

    by jack-torrance

    Spread the word and help this movie tear it up at the box office! Get some Blunt Force Trauma with your coke, some hurtin' bombs popcorn and calcium deposits candy! Ain't nuthin over 'til it's over!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I simply cannot understand how...

    by SK909

    this movie is third. Even at the theaters, the employees are saying it's doing better than the other films. What the fuck is going on here? Makes me really wonder if they fudge those figures in some way.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Hey Mr. Stallone...

    by Cotton McKnight

    If you're still reading this, I just thought you might like to see some quotes from people on various message boards. This is from a Star Trek board, of all things: Rocky was really one of those movies that defined a generation. A great story of courage and spirit and one of the greatest "underdog" tale in Hollywood history. But that story was tarnished, really. With Rocky's III, IV, and V they stopped being about Rocky so much as they just became Hollywood formula fast food. Little better than episodes of The Incredible Hulk, really. Rocky comes in...something bad happens to Rocky...Rocky gets angry...Rocky turns unstoppable, Rocky wins. The end. The only things missing are the torn clothes and green skin. Much like the first outings the fight is almost secondary to the idea of exploring Rocky. What makes him a fighter inside and out and makes him someone you WANT to root for. Stallone really hits a chord as a man who knows he has more days behind him than ahead, content largely to tell stories of his glory days, pose for pics and sign autographs. But, like that 'everyman' that Rocky is, knows he has it in him for one more glory day. You understand why he wants it and needs it. And you find yourself rooting for him all over again. The film stays very grounded by focusing on Rock's felings and relaitionships than the obligatory training montage (But that's still there.) :)I was really surprised because I'd pretty much wrote the film off as the last gasp of a has-been trying to stay relevant. And the response: I agree. I approached it with a great deal of trepidation, but as the release date came closer, and I was seeing more trailers and TV spots for it, I went back and rewatched the original movies and found myself really jazzed to see it. And I came out very entertained. The movie really brings back the power of the Rocky character - a man who's not very intelligent, but has a huge heart and is extremely charismatic and instantly likeable. And as the movie went on, I loved the little winks and nods to the previous flicks - the tour of Rocky and Adrian's romantic spots, Rocky's stories to the restaurant patrons, the statue, and making Spider Rico a regular was a great touch, too.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Saw it last night...

    by TylerDurden3395

    ... I cried. Nuff said... Brilliant filmmaking... taking fiancee and parents again after holidays... Sly you are definitely the man

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:01 p.m. CST

    #3 with 12 million not 23

    by optimus122

    Its 5 day total is 23 million though which is nice money for a 6th movie in a series where 5 was a bomb and no one had faith in this one either. Sly proved them all wrong.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    abomination

    by snomusic

    Talkbacks as an add-on! Great idea! I gotta say, a lot of these talkbacks are choking me up in themselves. I'm jealous of all these folks that can see it multiple times! I was curious about what kind of music did you follow as a journalist? Might ask yer opinion on some of my stuff...

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 12:01 a.m. CST

    I literally was depressed by the BO

    by andrew coleman

    I thought Americans would flock to a great under dog film. No they went and saw Ben Stiller get attacked by a skeleton that roared and Will Smith play homeless. Not to make fun I'm sure both movies are good but Rocky was something special. Sorry to repeat what people have been saying but I have not been so pumped up in my life when I saw the training sequence. Starting with the "Lets start making some hurting bombs" to the music it was amazing! I'm seeing it again tuesday. Go Rocky!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Other Bookend

    by nexxus7

    I saw "Rocky" when I was sixteen. Read the obligatory book, and the screenplay that was churned out. When it came on HBO, I recorded it on my little five button cassette deck and played back the audio tape. Even drank a few raw eggs, because I was an 89lb weakling. Saw Rocky II the day it opened. Okay, it was just a retelling of #1 and basically a bridge to the rest of the franchise. Didn't have the heart or innocence of the first, but lightning rarely strikes twice. Remains a solid 6/10. Saw III Junior year in college. Now that was just fun. Glossy. Mr. T is still making a career from it. Saw IV a couple of years after college with a gang from work. Looked good. Rocky was on top and taking on the 8' Russian machine of steroid-infused destruction, but what the heck, it was a Rocky movie. Bigger than life. But he was in danger of turning into "Fonzie" (pause for Lords of Flatbush tribute). We were waiting for him to strap on some water skies and jump over a shark tank. Saw Rocky V one night on the late movie. Not even HBO, about 3 years after it tanked at the box office. The less said the better. Saw Rocky Balboa (thanks for not calling it VI) with my 23-year-old daughter Saturday night. A dignified, fitting and well done conclusion. The circle is commplete. (at least until I get it on DVD and my 12" Rocky statue replica from Sideshow). Rock did good.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Telling Friends

    by FearlessJay

    I've gotta agree this movie is a hard sell. My girlfriend was on the fence until she heard DJ's on the radio bantering about how good it was. With her support, I took her and my parents (who were also hard sells) to see it this weekend. They loved it. We all loved it! Rocky Balboa is the type of movie that made me fall in love with film in the first place. I think by word of mouth, this film will become more and more popular.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Genuinely Moved!

    by markmovie

    I'm a HUGE Superman fan! Loved the movies alot. I was excited to see Superman Returns but after it was over.....I came out really flat. Nice movie but didn't grab me personally. Conversely, I came out of Rocky Balboa wanting to go for a run!! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! I was very "emotionally involved" during the whole movie! I don't go to alot of films twice but I'm going back this weekend. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    My ONLY complaint.

    by markmovie

    I wish the music to the fight scene had been more imaginitive. It's the same theme from II, III, and V. I would have love a reworking of the music from the original.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST

    ROCKY BALBOA SOUNDTRACK

    by markmovie

    I don't want a best of. I want an actual soundtrack. I have maybe 5 versions of the Rocky theme from various cds (not Rocky related) and I NEED this new one!! There needs to be an Ultimate Rocky Soundtrack with the versions of "Gonna Fly Now" from the movies in addition to the original albums versions.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9:39 a.m. CST

    I liked it!

    by d3funct

    One of the best films of the year IMHO, and a great sendoff to a iconic character. Congradulations to you Sly!!!!! I've been telling people I know to go see it.

  • Jan. 1, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST

    A 2 hour shot

    by CTU Mole

    ...would have been cheaper. Just sayin'.

  • Jan. 2, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Fantastic...

    by burnett

    My journey with Rocky began many years ago with Rocky II. Seeing those training scenes were truly inspirational. Over the course of one summer, I went from being a "chunky monkey" to a kid with a decidely less noticable "ponche" !. I have enjoyed every Rocky movie...even # 5 ! I remember seeing this in a packed theatre and people were going absolutely ballastic...and yet so many were disappointed...I couldn't figure out why. I finally had the chance to see Rocky Balboa on New Year's Day. I was completely blown away...As if a perfect series couldn't get any better. You have truly created a perfect bookend for a such a beloved character. All the members at my gym will be hearing what a great movie this is. Congratulations and thank you !