Category: Fight Like a Man by Ross McIndoe

A Vague Visages Film Series by Ross McIndoe

Rocky V Movie - 1990 Film

Fight Like a Man: ‘Rocky V’ and ‘Rocky Balboa’

“Fathers make sense when we can reduce them to symbols, but the actual business of parenting is so defined by ‘feminine’ qualities — emotional openness, compassion, gentleness, patience — that we often struggle to correlate them with a father figure.”

Rocky IV Movie Essay - 1985 Sylvester Stallone Film

Fight Like a Man: ‘Rocky IV’

“Looking back at a film like ‘Rocky IV,’ we can’t just say ‘wow, look how dumb we were back then’ because the simple truth is that we haven’t earned the right. We are still making the same mistakes, still falling for the same macho con.”

Fight Like a Man: ‘Rocky III’

“There are things about ‘Rocky III’ that definitely raise eyebrows — its racial dynamics and maybe even its class politics — but ultimately it shows a fighter overcoming his opponent by reaching out to those around him and confronting the problems within.”

Fight Like a Man: ‘Rocky II’

“Films like ‘Rocky II’ age well because the moments that now seem anachronistic serve to shed light on problems we still have today, delivered by the kind of characters viewers can sympathise with, even if one doesn’t agree with all their opinions.”

John G. Avildsen Essay - Rocky

Fight Like a Man: The ‘Rocky’ Series and Masculinity

“The ‘Rocky’ films have given us great heroes. Their protagonists are sweet and kind, courageous and indominable. They have given us so much to cheer for. But they’ve also grown out of an idea of masculinity that is deeply, meaningfully flawed.”