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Most people know Sylvester Stallone from his legendary Rambo and Rocky roles, but it's easy to forget that between 1980 and 1995 he starred in some of the most beloved (and completely bananas) action and sci-fi movies of that era. Nighthawks, Cobra, Lock Up, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, Assassins, and Daylight -- sure, nobody's saying these films belong anywhere near the AFI's top 100, but this stretch of work was Stallone at the top of his game. I strongly recommend Nighthawks (co-starring Billy Dee Williams), it's seriously one of the great unsung action films of the early 80s.
Of course, we all know about Kurt Russell's epic run of action and sci-fi during this same period (starting with Escape from New York and ending with Stargate). It's arguable who's the better actor, but you have to give Stallone the edge for cultural impact during the 80s and early 90s.
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- David Kozlowski
What is it about this big, dumb movie that gets me every time?
You can go ahead and sheathe your Tweets, we are well aware that 1987’s Over the Top is a flawed piece of cinema. It’s called Over the Top for crying out loud; if ever the writing was on the wall. However, there is something about this spectacular failed attempt to take the sport of armwrestling mainstream that continues to delight and inspire this writer and the other hosts of the Junkfood Cinema podcast. If you currently sneer at “that movie where Sylvester Stallone armwrestles for custody of his son,” allow me to offer an argument in favor of Over the Top. Look, just read it, ok? Meet me halfway.
While the popular logline for Over the Top is not entirely accurate, it’s unquestionable that it is a silly movie. Truckers getting their faces smacked before armwrestling each other in sweaty diner back »
- Brian Salisbury
Sylvester Stallone has an extraordinary body of film work that has to be respected. His Rocky and Rambo franchises alone make him a legend in the film industry. However, Stallone did so much more than that. From serious roles like Copland to his amazing 90s run of action films like Demolition Man, The Specialist, Cliffhanger, The Assassins (need I go on?), the man just kept working and kept pumping out solid films. Even today movies like The Expendables are box office hits. But to know Sylvester Stallone is to marvel at all he did in the 80s. That was his
- Nat Berman
One of the most underrated cheesy 80s movies involving Sylvester Stallone (other than Cobra) has got to be Over The Top. Look, any movie featuring an incredible ballad by none other than Kenny Loggins (Meet me Halfway) has to fall into the “cheesy” category. Plus it’s the only arm wrestling movie in the history of movies that’s worth a salt. Other than Lincoln Hawk’s (Sylvester Stallone) bratty and annoying son, this movie 100% rocks. Part of the reason I can look back on it today and love it so much was the movie’s villain, Bull Hurley. The late Richard “Rick”
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- Nat Berman
Sylvester Stallone is the master at making the most out of simplicity. So good is this action legend at taking a basic idea and making it exist forever, that eventually he tries to give said idea a certain degree of gravitas. How does he do this you say?
Take Rocky Balboa. In the first film, this lovable schlub just wants to have a girlfriend and go the distance in a dream title fight. By the fourth film in this wondrous saga, Rocky is defending America on Russian soil and beating a fighter who (realistically) would have Ko'd the Italian Stallion in 1 round. In fact, Rocky was almost Ko'd in one round, however, the referee let it go on. How's that for Sylvester Stallone making the most of something simple?
Here's to the Golden Globes – what other award show would bring Meryl Streep onstage for a lifetime-achievement tribute and then have the orchestra salute her with Abba's "Mamma Mia"? A perfect moment to sum up everything the Globes stand for: finding the cheese lining in any artistic cloud. That's the saving grace of this dippiest and drunkest of award shows. Nobody cares who wins; all that matters at this TV party is locking the stars up together in the Beverly Hills Hilton, getting them ripped on free booze and »
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