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The Good Parts: Rocky V

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Rocky V was a huge disappointment to fans of the series. Coming off of Rocky IV, fans were eager to see who Rocky would fight next. Turns out Rocky can no longer fight, and is now poor. (thanks to Paulie’s decision of investors) So Rocky and the family return to the streets of Philadelphia. A huge struggle for the boy. Junior slowly loses respect for his father who is more interested in teaching the douche Tommy Gunn than being a father to him.

Ultimately, the film failed to live up to the previous films. A fair comparison would be to the Godfather 3. Nobody wants to watch it. Luckily, Stallone realized this, and made Rocky Balboa. A film that gave a more satisfying ending to the Rocky films.

Rocky V sucks. It never felt right. That’s not to say it was completely bad. Once and a while a something good shines through the pile of shit that is this film. So here is a list of the Good Parts from Rocky V.

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The Rocky Philadelphia Movie Locations

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I am always interested in seeing movie locations from famous films. In fact I’m still working on wrapping up the Pittsburgh Dogma film locations. James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd), last year documented the Philadelphia locations from all six Rocky films. I’ve been to Philadelphia a few times, and I think the next time I go I will track down some of these iconic locations. Check out the videos after the jump.

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Essential Seven Best 80’s Movie Musical Montages

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My recollection of one of the best  “musical montages” as a film technique started with the original Rocky film. Sure other films have used this technique, but what montage is more remembered than the Rocky training montage ending with him running up the Philadelphia Museum of Art stairs. That is an example of it done well.

A horrible trend began with filmmakers in the 80’s began to incorporate this technique constantly. The basic premise was to quickly show the character’s success as he prepares to achieve his goal. It would cost too much money and waste valuable time for a writer to work out plot points, and foreshadow how the character grows to adapt to this problem. Instead, take 3 minutes of video with a kick-ass song, and you got essentially a cheap way to advance a film’s story.

Here is MillionairePlayboy’s Essential Seven Best 80’s Movie Musical Montage:

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