Wednesday, May 3, 2017

S5E07: Men of Iron Essay and Rocky (1976)

Welcome back, Cromrades! On this episode we take a deep dive into REH's views on "Iron Men", those boxers who have uncanny tolerance for pain! The "Men of Iron" essay is difficult to track down, but you can find it in the 1976 Donald Grant publication "The Iron Man" and a few other sources. One of those Iron Men that Howard found interesting was Joe Grim. This article by Ron Jackson should give you more of an idea about Grim and his boxing style and approach.

 Then, we visit the cinema to dissect Rocky (1976) directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote the screenplay), Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith, with music composed by Bill Conti. The score is brilliant, and the theme "Gonna Fly Now" has become iconic - just try to think of this movie without calling to mind the scene where Rocky triumphantly surges up the steps as the music swells! It's mythic. In fact, a deeper delve into this film reveals more of its mythic nature - with themes of redemption, renewal, and last chances. We get pretty deep on this one, folks! Let us know what you think!

Jon mentions a New Yorker article that covers the Rocky saga. It's titled "A Unified Theory of the Rocky Movies", and you can find it here.

One Things
Jon: The Fix, a comic from Image, by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber.
Josh: The Real Ghostbusters cartoon on Netflix.
Luke: The OA, a Netflix original science fiction series. (Not affiliated with the Green Lantern Corps or Sector 2814).

We'll be back soon with a Sailor Steve Costigan Dennis Dorgan story, "The Destiny Gorilla."

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Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: "Gonna Fly Now" composed by Bill Conti. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!