I've been getting shifty glances at the video rental shop down the road for the last two weeks, ever since I forced "Gene-Machine" our unofficial new housemate to make me a membership card..... in his name. They'd probably feel more at ease if I was renting out hoards of midget-porn, but NO, what I'm looking for is way more extreme, way more testosterone fuelled, and filled to the brim with lines so bad that they are nearly philosophical............................it's Sylvester Stallone in the ROCKY hexology (I'm assuming that's what you call a series of "six")
Usually my converstation with "Bling" the video-store guy goes something like this:
Me: "Do you have Rocky 3 and 5? I can only find 1,2,4 and 6.....?"
Video-store guy: "er......no"
(5 minutes later)
Me: "Do you have Rambo?"
Video-store guy: "No we lent that to you last year and you never returned it"
Me: "What about Bruce Lee?"
Video-store: "Yes, right at the back, but its dubbed in Thai..."
Me: "IN THAI? why? don't you have it in Cantonese??"
Video-Store Guy: "ermm...do you know we can't let you borrow more than five movies at a time, but I can reserve Rocky 6 for you........by the way is your name really Gene Mahasamut Bunyarask.....?
Some more hidden gems from the 80s action flick.
Anyway, I totally don't understand what's so strange about borrowing the whole sexology/heptology of Rocky, or even Rambo for that matter. It's purely for "research" for the next exhibition. This is where my ultimate fantasy comes true- to see a film where Stallone, Bruce Lee and Nicolas Cage get sweaty and battle it out among each other. I don't really like Jaa Panom because I don't think he's had enough time to "age" and grow "character", but I had to throw him into the equation to make the gallery happy.
.......Sylvester Stallone is totally underrated!
If I have any regrets in life, it's only that I didn't go meet THE MAN himself when my friend was producing ROCKY BALBOA in Chiang Mai (that's Rocky 6 for those of you who don't know). My neighbour, Christian who lives down the road, and has worked with Stallone on "Judge Dredd" (fabulous movie by the way) insists that he's a moron. Here is Christian's website, in case you want to send him hate-mail:
Unfortunately, he also made this nifty special effect in Terminator 2, so you might have to forgive him.