Category Archives: Film

Rocky Balboa Speech

This is my all time favorite speech from a movie. It’s been a long, tough week and I found myself listening to this again. I used to listen to this to get myself pumped up before games back in high school. It really it homes. Give it a listen. Text is at the bottom.

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa [2006]

The World Ain’t All Sunshine and Rainbows Speech

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!” – Rocky Balboa

 

 

Filming The Empire Strikes Back Opening Crawl

My inner nerd couldn’t resist. Who doesn’t love Star Wars? Stumbled upon this picture today while browsing The PhotoMag. It’s amazing to think how far film technology and editing software have come. Check out the full post here http://www.thephotomag.com/2013/03/behind-scenes-shots-from-popular-movies.html

Filming The Empire Strikes Back Credits Roll

5 Songs Beautifully Used In Films

Here is my opinion on some of the best uses of songs in a movie scene; film scores are excluded. These are in no particular order because I don’t particularly like ranking things. I’m not a sap so don’t worry, there’s no ‘My Heart Will Go On’ on this list

 

The Departed: I’m Shipping Up To Boston by The Dropkick Murpheys

It might just be my roots, but the movie and the use of the song are perfection. Just a heads up, there are some f-bombs dropped in this scene.

 

 

Warrior: About Today by The National

Spoiler alert! This is the ending of the movie so if you plan on watching it (and I highly suggest you do) it may not be wise to watch this clip. About Today is a beautiful song on its own and this scene would not be half as emotional without it. The intro and outro of the song was edited by Mark Isham for the movie. I will admit I cried the first time I watched it on the big screen. Be reminded these two characters are brothers!

 

 

The Graduate: The Sound of Silence and Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel

I couldn’t comprise this list without including The Graduate and Simon & Garfunkel. Whether or not a song is effective in a film is pure opinion; however it is a fact that The Graduate changed how film utilizes soundtracks. The Sound of Silence and Mrs. Robinson, in my opinion, are the two most strongest songs in the film. I spent awhile debating which one was more effective, then I gave up and decided “What the hey, let’s put them both in.”

 

 

 

Remember The Titans: Peace Train by Cat Stevens

It only last about a minute, but the use of this song creates a huge emotional resonance that leaves me with goosebumps.

 

 

The Breakfast Club – Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds

I don’t think I need to explain this one. I’ll leave you with this.

 

Chasing 3000

Chasing 3000A simply magical work of art. This film tells the story of Mickey and his younger brother Roger, who as muscular dystrophy, as they travel cross-country to see Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit in the 1972 season. The only problem is that their mother doesn’t know and Mickey only has a learner’s permit. This is a well served dish of character development with a side of baseball. You don’t have to love baseball to appreciate this movie, but if you do it just makes it that much more enjoyable. This film captures the true romanticism of the game. This independent film was released in 2008, and I’m honestly shocked that it hasn’t gained a bigger reception. I highly recommend checking this movie out if you’re in the mood for a heart-felt story. A+ to Chasing 3000.

 

If you’d like to learn more, access Chasing 3000’s IMDB page by clicking here.

Live Action Toy Story

Two teenagers started making this in 2010, as of January 12th 2013, Live Action Toy Story is now finished. The full-length movie was recreated, shot-for-shot, with real toys and people. The quality is not perfect, this was made by teenagers, but the time and dedication that went into this is incredible. I don’t suggest watching all two hours of it, just give it a generous look over. This project deserves some recognition.

 

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

ImageI watched this film last night on a whim, who knew I stumbled onto a story that tugs on your heart strings. It made me want to check into the nearest mental hospital…in a good way! The film starts out with Craig, the teen-aged main character, checking himself into an adult psychiatric ward and finds himself with more than he bargained for. Be prepared for some heavy themes, mainly suicide, but overall the film portrays them in a light way. A classic coming-of-age film that brings us back to our teenage years and shows us that the little things in life are what matter most. For more information, go to It’s Kind Of A Funny Story’s IMDB page by clicking here.

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