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[Reviewed by: Sydney Freeman]

“You take it away and you show them what they had.”

For those big fans of Inception, you can see where Christopher Nolan got his start. Following is Nolan’s breakthrough picture. One made with an extremely tight budget of $6,000 over the course of a year. Invoking the aesthetic of low budget 1940’s and 1950’s film noir Following tells the story of a writer named Bill. Bill needs inspiration for his new piece of writing so he takes to following people around London. This quickly becomes an obsession as he follows more and more people. Of course he establishes rules for himself like never follow the same person for too long or never follow a woman into an alley after dark. Nevertheless he breaks his most important rule 10 minutes into the movie. Never follow the same person more than once. (more…)

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Sylvester Stallone has an impressive resume: he has acting credits in over fifty films and television shows, starring in and immortalizing two major movie franchises, Rocky and Rambo; he has over twenty writing credentials, having written the screenplay to the original Rocky (1976), he’s directed eight films and even has a few soundtrack credits from Rhinestone (1984) and Paradise Alley (1978) So, say what you will about the lack of substance in his work or strength of his acting, but Stallone is a man bent on success and has followed its trajectory all his career. When he first pitched the screenplay for Rocky to producers, they loved it and thought it a vehicle for another, already established, major star. But Stallone envisioned himself as the lead and didn’t want it any other way. As they say, the rest is history. The film was critically and commercially successful, winning the Best Picture Oscar, inspiring generations to come and has even spawned a video game. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Better known as “Rambo 1” these days, First Blood by itself is actually a classic piece of American cinema. But wait it was just a big action flick with a lot of killing and no story right? Wrong! People who say that either didn’t understand the movie or have had their memories of it erased by the sequels. Something people don’t even remember is that only 1 person actually gets killed in the ENTIRE movie, and it’s more or less an accident even in that case. This film is actually a look at how the public treated Vietnam Veterans shortly after the war. Sylvester Stallone even describes it as a modern-day Frankenstein in that we (the American public) made him that way and we refused to accept him. Col. Trautman could also be looked at like the scientist. “God didn’t make Rambo, I made him!” Let’s take another look and see exactly why it’s not the brainless action flick the parodies and the sequels would have us believe. (more…)