Monday, March 31, 2014

Rocky Through a Kid’s Eyes: The Capstones

There was an extensive break between watching parts IV and V of this tale.

This was partially because of my daughter being scared of Drago and not wanting to see him in the inevitable recap. Finding a video of Dolph Lundgren performing an Elvis hit: 

controlled that fear nicely.

The main reason for the delay was that we were planning a Disney World trip.  I could never find any justification for watching the Decline and Fall of Tommy Gunn instead of any of a large number of Classics of Western Animation.

Luckily, I knew how good Rocky Balboa was, which aided my pushing to view the first attempt to end the series.

Rocky V

November 16, 1990

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Another Maturity Gateway Gone

Hey Kids, time to take a hike again. Not even bad words this time, just some boring grown up stuff.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Rocky Through a Kid’s Eyes: the Over the Top Ones

The next two entries into the series were VERY Eighties. They contained far more music video montages and far less substance than the original stories. Because of this, they have been hit with much retrospective criticism. 

This is largely from people who weren’t there.

The critics seem to miss the point that the films WORKED. They pervaded popular culture, made a mint and the box office, and had the nation training and singing.

Heck, I watched Rocky III working out to get psyched up for my wedding.

It is ridiculous to view them only as individual films, when they built on everything that came before.

The original Rocky Series used each movie as one of the phases that individual films went through:

Rocky trains (Rocky III)
Rocky fights (Rocky IV)

As the two phases these movies represent, they were exemplary.

Rocky III
May 28, 1982

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jeff’s Books to Open Your Mind: One Two Three ... Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

I pulled George Gamow’s 1947 book about EVERYTHING off the shelf of the Book Barn with a pile of other science and sci-fi books. They were all stacked in the same section at the time.  It ended up being my introduction to the real world version of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.

It was intensely cool to see detailed examples how that concept, which I’d already seen and embraced through fiction and philosophical angles, applied to science and nature as well.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Rocky Through a Kid's Eyes: The Good Ones

November 21, 1976

In a bizarrely unusual turn of events, I tried to get my family to watch a high quality, Oscar winning film that did not involve anyone wielding a sword or making unrefusable offers.

I will never forget that Rocky won the best picture Oscar in 1976, because of uttering the line, “that kind of movie never wins,” and causing our team to miss an important wedge question in an Up the Lake Trivial Pursuit game.

Sorry about that Linda.

The fact that it was also a love story was far too strange to even bring up.

My daughter had a great dislike of boxing in general.  My wife had the same opinion, plus was no fan of Stallone.

There would be a fight well before Balboa donned his gloves.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lenten Lessons

My daughter has reached the age where she’s both understanding more, and questioning more, about the Considerable Catholic Conundrums she encounters.

Luckily I’m around to help out.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Up the Lake: Music Video! Stinging the Blues

Key things in life are often:

A) Who you know


B) Timing

Lucking out in these two areas led to the first ever original song I wrote that actually has a music video to be posted on this blog.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

George Awards: Toodle-oo Go with God and Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels

This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike. 
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
End of Warning.

With the final special citations complete, that wraps up the George Awards.  Thank you to everyone who’s come along on this long strange trip.  Here’s hoping it’s brought some laughs as people remember their favorite films, are reminded of movies they need to watch again, and seek out comedy they’ve never experienced before.

More importantly, here’s hoping it’s successfully celebrated the important emotional connection we draw from so called “bad words.”