In the final installment of the original Rocky series we find the former title holder, now in his late fifties, widowed and running a restaurant – living in the past and struggling to maintain relationships with family and friends. Lured back into the ring to face the reigning heavyweight champ, who finds himself unpopular despite being undefeated, in a charity match. Whilst rebuilding bridges and rediscovering himself, can an aging, arthritic Rocky get back under the lights and prove himself one more time?Continue reading Fight Quality Film Review – Rocky Balboa (2006)
Cinderella Man is the true story of James Braddock a once promising boxer during the Great Depression who’s turned into a stepping stone, taking fights for the paycheck in between working shifts on the dockyard just to put food on the table for his kids. When it looks like there’s no other option he gets the chance to fight a top contender, and has the chance to change his family’s future.Continue reading Film Review – Cinderella Man (2005)
Recently released on Netflix, Conor McGregor: Notorious is the ‘fly on the wall’ style biographical film about the life of the Notorious Irishman, following his career from fighting in small shows to taking on Nate Diaz in the UFC. Featuring training footage, behind the scenes locker room footage and clips from his fights and interviews it charts the remarkable rise of the most well known UFC fighter to date.Continue reading Film Review – Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017)
Three years after the first Creed film Adonis (Michael B Jordan) finally reaches his goal; winning the same belt that his father, Apollo, and trainer, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) held before him. However, whilst balancing his personal life with struggles around not feeling like he belongs, an opponent comes out of the industrial landscape of the Ukraine to challenge for the belt and redeem his family’s name – Viktor Drago, the infamous Ivan Drago’s son.Continue reading Film Review – Creed 2 (2018)
Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris) was a champion youth boxer with top prospects whose life took a turn from a worse. At rock bottom and seeking solace in the bottom of a bottle he decides to return to the only skill he’s got.
A Prayer Before Dawn is based on the 2011 autobiography of Billy Moore, a Liverpudlian boxer who moves to Thailand to escape a history of drug abuse and crime.
Diverting slightly from our normal film reviews we aren’t covering a fictional film, we’re reviewing the documentary ‘Dawg Fight’.
This chapter in the Rocky saga (you can find the previous Rocky films we’ve reviewed here) sees The Italian Stallion take a different role. Suffering with a brain injury from the beating he took at the hands of Ivan Drago in the last film Rocky has to officially retire from fighting, but finding his money has been squandered he reopens Mickey’s gym and starts training fighters.
The next instalment of the Rocky franchise sees the champ still holding the belt and a new challenger rising – Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
Set 18 months after the events of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kickboxer: Retaliation sees Kurt Sloane fighting MMA, having vowed to never return to Thailand. Of course this doesn’t work out, and he finds himself kidnapped and imprisoned near Bangkok.
Rocky 3 finds the champ at the top of his game, with 10 successful defences of his title behind him he’s fighting exhibitions against wrestlers, starring in TV ads and unveiling statues of himself.
Roberto Duran is one of the all time greats, a boxer that a lot of fighters look up to, and the biopic Hands of Stone captures his life in full detail.Continue reading Fight Quality Film Review – Hands of Stone (2016)
Chuck (A.K.A. ‘The Bleeder’ in the UK and Ireland)
Sylvester Stallone was iconic in his breakthrough role as Rocky (which we previously reviewed), one of the most recognisable characters in cinema. Most people know that Stallone also wrote the film, and was struggling to make ends meet when sold the script and became a legend. But what inspired Sly to write Rocky in the first place? He says it wasn’t true, but as this biopic film about Chuck Wepner shows, The Bayonne Bleeder and The Italian Stallion have a fair bit in common.
In the brutal, blood splattered and uncompromising world of bare knuckle boxing, Lenny Mclean is a figure apart.
Having successfully survived till the final bell against Apollo Creed in the first film (which we previously reviewed) Rocky Balboa is trying to enjoy life with his family and move away from boxing, believing he has no future as a fighter.
Rocky is the boxing film. The original and many argue the greatest, it’s about a low level boxer being picked by the undefeated champ for a title shot. Everyone expects him to lose, even Rocky expects to lose. But if he can make it through to the final bell he’ll be the first person to go the distance with Apollo Creed, proving he’s not just ‘a bum from the neighbourhood’.
Aspiring boxer Maggie (Hilary Swank) seeks out top trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) to turn her into the champ she knows she can be. Reluctant to train a girl Dunn refuses, but Maggie isn’t put off. Instead, and with a little help from ex-pro Eddie ‘Scrap-Iron’ Dupris (Morgan Freeman), she wins over Frankie and becomes his star fighter. As Maggie and Frankie grow to become almost family a catastrophic incident in the ring tests just how far their relationship will push them.Continue reading Fight Quality Film Review – Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Bleed for this is the biographical film depicting the life of Vinny ‘The Pazmanian Devil’ Pazienza (played by a jacked Miles Teller), a world champion boxer who was involved in a near fatal car crash that broke his neck and left doubts about whether he’d be able to walk again, despite his vows to step back in the ring.
Like with all classic films there’s eventually going to be a remake. For Kickboxer (the classic Muay Thai and Kickboxing film, which we’ve previously reviewed) this comes in the form of Kickboxer Vengeance.
In the same way that all boxers need to have seen the Rocky films (we’ll be reviewing them in the future) it’s compulsory for all kickboxers and nak muay to have seen Jean Claude Van Damme play Kurt Sloane in ‘Kickboxer’.